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Claudio Urciuoli

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    May 12, 2014

    Josh Bracher of Second Story Liquor Bar: "There's a Reason for Everything on the Plate"

    Josh Bracher Executive Chef Second Story Liquor Bar www.secondstoryliquorbar.com It's been about two months since Second Story Liquor Bar opened in Old Town Scottsdale above The Gelato Spot. The cozy restaurant and bar brings a dose of old school-style to the area's nightlife scene. Everything f ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    Joe Absalor of Clever Koi in Phoenix: "I'm Having to Hold Back A Little Bit."

    Joe Absalor Chef, owner Clever Koi www.thecleverkoi.com You might already have heard the story behind the other half of Clever Koi's culinary team. Chef Jared Porter, formerly executive chef of The Parlor, has been in the business since age 15. He won a full ride to culinary school at the Art In ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Noca vs. Chestnut Fine Foods & Provisions: Lobster Roll Rumble

    Normal people eat on vacation; around here, we go on vacation to eat. And while we love our desert home, we're not above booking a ticket to the coast just to get our hands on some decent seafood. The good news: With a handful of Valley menus offering fresh lobster rolls, we can now get shellfish wi ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Adam Brown of Noca in Phoenix: "This Has Always Been Home"

    This is part two of our interview with Adam Brown, the executive chef of Noca in Phoenix. Brown's been in charge of things since the restaurant resumed dinner services last month, after a months-long hiatus that began when the previous chef stepped down. On Tuesday, we heard from Brown and the resta ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Adam Brown of Noca in Phoenix on Chris Curtiss and the "Gluten Intolerance" Trend

    Adam Brown Exective Chef Noca restaurantnoca.com This is part one of our interview with Adam Brown, the new executive chef of Noca in Phoenix. Brown, a former Noca sous-chef, was named executive chef in late January, taking the job that had been vacant since mid-2013 when former chef Claudio Urc ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Noca Dinner Service Is Back and We Tried It

    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 >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Jason Raducha and Claudio Urciuoli of Noble Bread: "These Loaves Reconnect Me"

    This is part two of our interview with Jason Raducha and Claudio Urciuoli of Noble Bread, the micro-bakery that's been producing Old World-style breads of top quality since last year. Today, we're back to talk about Urciuoli's family history and how it drew him to bread making. If you missed part on ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Jason Raducha and Claudio Urciuoli of Noble Bread: "We're Making It the Hardest Way Possible"

    Jason Raducha and Claudio Urciuoli Noble Bread www.noblebread.com Artisan bread is hot right now. But for the guys behind Noble Bread, it's not about the trend. It's about getting reconnected to the way things used to be done, using a stone hearth and stone-ground heritage grains to make naturally ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Noca in Phoenix Names Adam Brown as New Executive Chef

    In October we reported that Noca, the Biltmore restaurant owned by Eliot Wexler, was losing its executive chef Claudio Urciuoli to the San Francisco Baking Institute. At the time Wexler wouldn't name the restaurant's next chef and said that Noca would be serving lunch only for the time being. That ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    Top 5 Things to Eat This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market Saturday, November 16 With a huge variety of colorful produce and just about every other type of vendor you can imagine, it's no wonder why the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market is one of the busiest in the Valley. Last weekend we headed out to take you on a vis ... More >>

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    October 4, 2013

    Big Changes Afoot at Noca: New Role for Claudio Urciuoli, New Chef, Restaurant Remodel, and Lots of Nocawich

    What's happening at Noca these days? The better question may be what isn't. Eliot Wexler, owner of the venerated restaurant in the Biltmore area, tells me that, in March, executive chef Claudio Urciuoli went to San Francisco to further his baking skills at the San Francisco Baking Institute. That d ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Nikki's Five Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week (May 18-27)

    Arizona Restaurant Week -- the Spring 2013 Edition -- begins Saturday, May 18 and ends Monday, May 27 (which is Memorial Day, when most of us will be grilling burgers and drinking beer at home . . . but never mind). By the end of this week, ARW officially will be upon us: a 10-day eating extravaganz ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Ehren Litzenberger of BLD in Chandler on Mario Batali and Why It's Hard to Be a Three-Squares Chef

    This is part two of my interview with Ehren Litzenberger, executive chef at BLD in Chandler. If you missed part one, where Litzenberger dished about simplicity, chocolate-covered grasshoppers and his beef with "foodies," read it here. See also: -- 11 Great Cooking Supply Stores in Metro Phoenix -- ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Ehren Litzenberger of BLD in Chandler on Simplicity, Chocolate-Covered Grasshoppers, and Who We Can Blame For "Foodie" Obnoxiousness

    Ehren Litzenberger BLD 1920 W. Germann Road, Chandler 480-779-8646, bldchandler.com See also: -- Cork Earns Wine Honors From OpenTable -- Chou's Kitchen in Chandler Makes Travel Leisure's List of Best Chinese Restaurants in the U.S. This is part one of my interview with Ehren Litzenberger, execu ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Claudio Urciuoli on Nancy Silverton, Noma, and Italian Cooking

    This is part two of my interview with Noca chef Claudio Urciuoli. If you missed Monday's interview, in which he dished about Olive Garden, truffle oil and the weirdest thing he ever ate (which pretty much tops everybody else's), read it here. See also: -- Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Ur ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    4 Phoenix-Area Chefs to Watch and What Their Big-Name Bosses Say About Them

    If you're any kind of food geek at all, you're already familiar -- by fork and good press -- with local celebrity chefs such as Chrysa Robertson, Chris Bianco, Kevin Binkley, Greg LaPrad and Charleen Badman. But what you're far less likely to know are the names and faces of the behind-the-scenes che ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Claudio Urciuoli on Olive Garden, Truffle Oil, and the Weirdest Thing He Ever Ate (Which Is Pretty Weird)

    Claudio Urciuoli Noca 3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 602-956-6622, restaurantnoca.com See also: -- Noca Re-Opens with New Look, New Breads and New Cocktail Program -- Noca Serves Up Wallet-Friendly Lunch with Nocawich This is part one of my interview with Claudio Urciuoli, the executive chef at ... More >>

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    October 2, 2012

    FnB and Noca Create Goofy Promo Video for Upcoming Fried Chicken Throwdown

    Never mind that the Fried Chicken Throwdown scheduled for Sunday, October 21 at Noca is very nearly sold out. The two contenders -- in one corner, Charleen Badman of FnB, and in the other, a possibly reluctant Claudio Urciuoli of Noca -- and their backup men (namely Eliot Wexler of Noca and Pavle Mi ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012

    Tastemaker No. 1

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 25, 2012
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    September 24, 2012

    4: Cathy Hayes

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 20, 2012

    Eliot Wexler Challenges Charleen Badman of FnB To Fried Chicken Throwdown at Noca

    It sounds like the start of a politically incorrect joke: A White Girl, A Jew, An Italian and a Colombian going to battle over the greatness of FRIED CHICKEN. See also: Nine Favorite Spots for Fried Chicken in Metro Phoenix Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles' Big New Flagship Now Open for Business

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    September 20, 2012

    6: Francesca Bianco

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    8: Bob McClendon

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    9: Eytan Zias

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    10: Joe Johnston

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 13, 2012

    11: Chrysa Robertson

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 12, 2012

    12: Dave Johnson

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    14: Josh Hebert

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 7, 2012

    15: Jim Cerreta Sr.

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    16: Bernie Kantak

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    17: Bryan Dooley

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 31, 2012

    19: Eliot Wexler

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 29, 2012

    21: Peter DeRuvo

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    August 28, 2012

    22: Claudio Urciuoli

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Urciuoli: The Burrata Addiction, Tinkering With Dough, and "Adding Colors to the Palette"

    A few weeks ago, a series of rat-a-tat news events left Valley foodies gripping their collective forks and then poking themselves with them to make sure what they were reading was true: chef Claudio Urciuoli had parted ways with business partner and James Beard Award-winner Chris Bianco, chef Matt T ... More >>

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    May 2, 2012

    Chris Bianco Changes Up the Kitchen at Italian Restaurant, But Is That Enough?

    When pizza guru/restaurateur Chris Bianco brought chef Claudio Urciuoli onboard to run his generically named Italian Restaurant -- which opened in Central Phoenix last January -- the partnership promised to be interesting, at the very least. Both men have earned stellar reputations for their meti ... More >>

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    January 16, 2012

    Chris Bianco's New Italian Restaurant (Called Italian Restaurant) Opens Today

    Last October, rumors were flying, then confirmed, that legendary pizza master Chris Bianco was planning to open a up a trattoria in CenPho. Now, it appears the launch date is set -- TODAY. Monday, January 16, Bianco is opening his much-buzzed about new restaurant, called Italian Restaurant, in the ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011
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    November 10, 2010

    Chef Claudio Urciuoli Leaving Prado

    Claudio Urciuoli Staff at Prado just got the announcement today: Chef de cuisine Claudio Urciuoli will soon be leaving his post at the Italian fine dining restaurant. "It has been a great journey and I'm very grateful for the opportunity that they gave me," says Urciuoli. "I have esta ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    It's Restaurant Week. Do You Know Where You're Eating?

    The third Arizona Restaurant Week is underway as we speak, with a huge variety of participants enticing newbies and regulars alike with three-course meals at a special price of either $29 or $39. The price depends on the place -- a spot like Roaring Fork will set you back $29, while something m ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    Changes at Prado at the Montelucia

    He's been on board for a while, but as of today, former Digestif front-of-the-house personality Pavle Milic has officially been named the new general manager of Prado, the fine-dining restaurant at the InterContinental Montelucia resort. Another well-known local talent, Paul Xanthopoulos, ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009
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    December 19, 2008

    Christmas Day Dining at Prado

    Here's another good question from a pal: What's open on Christmas? A few minutes after I got that email, I heard from PR whiz/gourmet cook/blogger Kirsten Shaefer from InterContinental Montelucia. Turns out, chef Claudio Urciuoli is going to be cooking up a special dinner menu for Chr ... More >>

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    November 3, 2008
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    August 23, 2008

    Prado, M Bar, Crave Cafe set to debut at new InterContinental Montelucia Resort

    By Michele Laudig One of the most high-profile restaurant developments of 2008 also happens to be a home-grown Arizona original. Prado is the name of the new Spanish-style signature restaurant at the soon-to-open InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa, and unlike some of the other high-profile e ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 7, 2008

    Different Pointe of View, indeed

    In a separation finalized on Friday, Claudio Urciuoli has left his post as the executive chef at Different Pointe of View at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs resort. He'd started the gig in late January, after a brief but buzzworthy tenure at Taggia, at the Firesky Resort. According to Teri James, ... More >>

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    February 29, 2008

    Get ready for West of Western

    Don't spoil your appetite on the weekend of March 15 and 16! That's when the West of Western Culinary Festival will bring a jaw-dropping lineup of some of Arizona's most high-profile chefs into one central location for guests to sip wine, sample delicious foods, and socialize all afternoon. Consid ... More >>

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    December 10, 2007
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