Andrea Volpi

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    Spotted Donkey Cantina Tuesday, September 9 Tomorrow Spotted Donkey Cantina at el Pedregal in North Scottsdale will host a tequila dinner event featuring Tequila Chamucos. The five course dinner will start with appetizers including la canasta chips and salsas; cheese chicken quesadillas; and salmon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2014

    17 Food and Drink Festivals in Metro Phoenix This Fall

    As the weather cools off and the snowbirds start flocking, the short waits and summer discounts at restaurants go out the window. It's not all bad for food lovers, though, as September marks the official beginning of the fall food festival season. There are new and old food festivals popping up just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Central Bistro's Andrea Volpi Offers Tips on Cooking with Wine

    You've probably seen the meme about wine and cooking: "I tried cooking with wine for the first time last night. After 5 glasses, I forgot why I was in the kitchen." Even if this is you, have no fear. General "cooking with wine" rules including things like "don't use cheap wine," or use a dry whit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Central Bistro Starts Off Right Down the Middle

    When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Biltmore's Central Bistro Announces Grand Opening Date (We've Got the Happy Hour Menu)

    The construction is finally finished in the former home of Zen32, at 32nd Street and Camelback Road, in the Biltmore Neighborhood. And at 5 p.m., Sunday, November 4, Central Bistro, the modern restaurant featuring flavors from Italy, France, and Spain, opens its doors after nearly nine months of rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Here's an Update on Central Bistro, the New Italian/French Restaurant Coming to Camelback

    See also: Local Bistro Owner to Open Central Bistro in Phoenix If you've driven by the northwest corner of Camelback Road and 32nd Street lately, chances are you've noticed a fair amount of construction going on at the former home of Zen 32. The space in the Biltmore neighborhood, which sat vacant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Local Bistro Owner to Open Central Bistro in Central Phoenix

    It looks like there are finally signs of life starting to happen at 3160 East Camelback Road -- and they promise to be tasty ones. The property, on the northwest corner of Camelback Road and 32nd Street, was the former home of the upscale sushi restaurant Zen 32 for nearly fifteen years, until own ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Andrea Volpi's Pappardella Bolognese

    Courtesy of Local Bistro​Chef Andrea Volpi of Local Bistro learned to cook at an early age, watching his mother in the kitchen and helping her with fresh, simple recipes like this delicious Italian Bolognese sauce. Mangia!   Pappardella Bolognese What you'll need: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Andrea Volpi of Local Bistro, Part Two

      Chef Volpi is a big fan of salads.​Yesterday, we spoke with Chef Andrea Volpi of Local Bistro about his gypsy ways and his life growing up in Italy. Today, the conversation continues... First cooking job: I was a manager at a 14-top place in Chicago in '87. My job was to make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Andrea Volpi of Local Bistro

      Courtesy of Local Bistro Milan-born chef Andrea Volpi fancies himself a gypsy. After learning to cook in his mother's kitchen, Volpi enrolled in a top Italian culinary school; then traveled through Italy and Spain for several years before crossing the ocean and set ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Chef Andrea Volpi Heads Up New Local Bistro

    ​Andrea Volpi, the Milan-born chef who impressed the Valley with his Italian cuisine at La Locanda in the '90s, and later succeeded Claudio Urciuoli at Taggia, will be heading up the kitchen at Local Bistro, a new European eatery set to open in early November. Restaurant owner German Osio, ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 6, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 21, 2008

    New menu highlights from Eddie's House, Luc's, and more

    By Michele Laudig Reading menus really is one of my favorite pastimes, and lately there have been quite a few landing in my inbox. The newest one comes from Eddie's House, chef Eddie Matney's new spot, which opens to the general public tonight. Among the quirky, Middle Eastern-inspired entrees, th ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 29, 2004

    Colangelo's Kitchen

    Our cafe critic goes Italian under America West Arena