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Claudio Urciuoli

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Tom Harvey of Cuff in Glendale: "I Loved The Industry Long Before I Loved to Cook"

    Tom Harvey Executive Chef Cuff 5819 W Glendale Drive, Glendale www.cuffdowntown.com It might surprise you to hear that Tom Harvey, a former executive chef at Eddie V's in Scottsdale, chose to leave his comfortable, cushy corporate gig to help open an independent restaurant in downtown Glendale. ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Gabriele Bertaccini of iL Tocco Food: "Life Is About Beautiful Things"

    Gabriele Bertaccini Owner, Executive chef il Tocco Food www.iltoccofood.com Gabriele Bertaccini looks more like an Italian clothing model than a hardworking, über successful chef. But if you get him talking about cooking, dining, and Italian cuisine, it becomes immediately clear that he's much ... More >>

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    October 6, 2014

    Stephen Eldridge of Pink Pony: "I Think We're Moving in the Right Direction"

    Stephen Eldridge Executive Chef Pink Pony 3831 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale www.pinkponyscottsdale.com /www.facebook.com/pinkponyscottsdale You can't talk about dining in Old Town Scottsdale without mentioning the Pink Pony. After all, the steak house has been a part of the restaurant scene ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Stephen Jones of Bootleggers: "I'm Just Going to Do The Damn Thing"

    Stephen Jones Executive Chef Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse When we met with Stephen Jones late last week, it'd been just over a week since he started his new gig as executive chef of Bootleggers Modern American Kitchen. And in just that short amount of time, he'd already written a new m ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Silvana Salcido Esparza on Barrio Queen: "I'm Proud of What I Did"

    Silvana Salcido Esparza Chef, Owner Barrio Cafe www.barriocafe.com If you haven't been paying close attention, then the last few weeks may have been a bit confusing in regards to what exactly James Beard Award nominated chef Silvana Salicido Esparza is and isn't up to these days. So first, let's ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Matt Zdeb of SumoMaya: "I Don't Want Anyone to Walk Out of Here Unhappy"

    Matt Zdeb Executive Chef SumoMaya Mexican Asian Kitchen www.sumomaya.com When local restaurant owner German Osio announced his plans to open an ambitious Mexican-Asian restaurant last summer, he immediately made SumoMaya one of 2014's most-anticipated dining spots. Then Osio stoked the fire even ... More >>

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    August 26, 2014

    Aaron Pool of Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soups on The Perfect Enchiladas and Why Sporks Suck

    Aaron Pool Owner, founder Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup 3313 N. 7th Street, Phoenix www.gadzooksaz.com When you hear the word "Gadzooks," you probably don't think of food. Toys, maybe. Or a children's clothing store. But a place for a good meal isn't likely to be the closest association. "People ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    Chef Patrick Karvis of TapHouse Kitchen: "If I Were to Open My Own Restaurant, This Would Be It"

    Patrick Karvis Executive Chef TapHouse Kitchen www.taphousekitchen.com There's certainly no shortage of beer-focused restaurants opening around town these days. Which chef Patrick Karvis knows is making it difficult for his restaurant to stand out. "That's the way it works," the chef says with a ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    Pastry Chef Marisa Lown on Eating Well: "It's Not a One Size Fits All for Everyone"

    Marisa Lown Pastry chef The Radical Cupcake theradicalcupcake.blogspot.com These days you won't find pastry chef Marisa Lown in a restaurant kitchen, but that doesn't mean she's left the Valley pastry scene. Lown is still active both in her kitchen and on social media as The Radical Cupcake, whic ... More >>

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    July 22, 2014

    Kelly Fletcher of The Revival on Why He's Playing It Safe

    Kelly Fletcher Chef The Revival www.therevivalaz.com For years chef Kelly Fletcher wooed diners from the kitchen at Tempe's House of Tricks, where he'd been working for some 10 years. But earlier this spring he left that post, seeking an opportunity to really do his own thing. He teamed up with b ... More >>

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    July 14, 2014

    Bob Tam of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour: "We Want to Feed Those Who Feed Others"

    Bob Tam Chef, partner Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour www.bitterandtwistedaz.com In the words of Bitter & Twisted Principle Barman and Proprietor Ross Simon, the downtown cocktail lounge is "a bar that happens to have great food." As in, first and foremost, this place is about the drinks. But ... More >>

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    July 8, 2014

    Betty-Jane Hernandez of Havana Patio Cafe: "You Just Have to Roll With The Punches"

    BJ Hernandez Havana Patio Cafe Chef, owner www.havanacafe-az.com In 1991, when Betty-Jane (BJ) and Gilbert Hernandez opened Havana Cafe in a space just off Camelback Road, you couldn't even get chorizo or black beans in this town. You could smoke inside restaurant dining rooms (in fact, Havana Cafe ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Matt Taylor of Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden: "It Doesn't Get More Arizonan Than This"

    Matt Taylor Executive Chef Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden www.gertrudesrestaurant.net It's been about four months since news broke that chef Matt Taylor would be taking over the kitchen at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden and since the initial announcement, we haven't head much ... More >>

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    June 9, 2014

    Jared Lupin of Umami: "I Try to Have That Visionary Brain, But With Food"

    Jared Lupin Chef/owner Umami www.umamitempe.com It might be more accurate to call Umami's Jared Lupin a ramen artist rather than a chef. After all, he really is one -- a former graffiti artist whose work once graced a wall at his restaurant. But he also takes a creative approach to ramen that make ... More >>

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    May 19, 2014

    Doc Brown of Doc's Artisan Ice Creams, Arizona's First Small Batch Ice Creamery

    Doc Brown Owner Doc's Artisan Ice Cream www.artisanicecreams.com If you stop by Doc's Artisan Ice Cream in Tempe, you won't find a charming ice cream parlor with a brightly painted walls and beautifully displayed desserts. You'll probably find Brown working away in what amounts to an ice cream lab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2014

    Chris McKinley of The Local in Downtown Phoenix: "We Just Want to Have Fun"

    Chris McKinley Chef, co-owner The Local www.iamthelocal.com If you've been to The Local, then chances are you've already seen chef Chris McKinley. He's usually in the open kitchen, sporting some unexpected item of clothing, like bright red pants or fancy-looking shoes or a newsboy hat. It's also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    James Fox of Bootleggers on The Barbecue Trend in Phoenix

    James Fox Executive Chef Bootleggers (Phoenix, Scottsdale) www.bootleggersaz.com It's taken a while, but if you're a fan of slow smoked barbecue then you're probably already aware that we have a pretty solid selection of 'cue joints in this town. There are the standby options like Bryan's Black Mo ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Steve Kraus of Press Coffee Roastery Takes Us Through a Coffee "Cupping"

    This is part two of our interview with Press Coffee owner Steve Kraus. Today, he's taking us through our first coffee "cupping," a process similar to a wine tasting -- except with a lot more slurping. On Monday, we chatted about coffee as an agricultural product and found out why cuppings are so imp ... More >>

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    February 24, 2014

    Steve Kraus of Press Coffee Roastery Will Change the Way You Think About Coffee

    Steve Kraus Owner Press Coffee www.presscfw.com This week we're taking a break from our weekly chef chat to talk coffee with one of the Valley's coffee roasters. According to the National Coffee Association, more than 80 percent of American adults drink coffee. For many people -- us included -- ... More >>

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    January 21, 2014

    Noca Re-Opens Feb. 12 and We've Got the Menu (in Progress)

    Eliot Wexler is insane. I can say that without fear of retribution because he has become a close friend of mine since he opened Noca in August of 2008. To say that he is obsessive about food doesn't even begin to do it justice; Eliot is unrelentingly hell-bent on sourcing the highest quality ingr ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013

    Noca and Posh Teaming Up for One-Night-Only, 5-Course "Dine-Around" Dinner

    As Eliot Wexler, owner of the venerated Noca in east Phoenix told me, the decision to do a one-night-only, five-course dinner pairing between his restaurant and that of Posh, the restaurant of improvisational cuisine in Scottsdale from chef-owner Josh Hebert, happened rather suddenly -- as in last w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    11 Favorite Salads in Metro Phoenix

    Summer is just weeks away, which means it's panic time for those of us who packed on the lbs. over the winter. Yes, of course, we should've seen this coming, and what the hell happened to that exercise regimen we felt so enthusiastic about back in January? Now there's no place to run and certainly n ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Crudo and Noca Team Up for a One-Night-Only, 5-Course Cocktail Dinner Tour (Bus Included)

    When it comes to one-of-a-kind culinary adventures, venerable East Phoenix restaurants Crudo and Noca serve them up regularly. But at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, the two are teaming up to bring 32 lucky diners a taste of the both of them. See also: - Get Your Tickets Now for the Arcadia Edible Garde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Chris Bianco's Italian Restaurant Gets a Facelift (And We've Got the Photos)

    Since it opened early last year, James Beard Award winner Chris Bianco's Italian Restaurant in Central Phoenix has had its fair share of troubles. There were complaints about portion sizes, uppity staff, uncomfortable seating -- and then, as if things couldn't get any worse, Bianco parted ways last ... More >>

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    December 17, 2012

    Chris Bianco Finds New Chef (Who Shares His Philosophy) for Italian Restaurant

    Word on the street was that Chris Bianco had installed somebody new in the kitchen at Italian Restaurant, but nobody was quite sure who. So I called the pizza maestro and soon-to-be cookbook author (No, it won't be entitled The Life of Pie), who confirms that he's brought in some new talent -- namel ... 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 >>

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    September 26, 2012

    Tastemaker No. 2

    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 21, 2012

    5: Stephen Jones

    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 19, 2012

    7: Snir and Kierstin Mor

    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 11, 2012

    13: Michael Brown

    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

    Nikki's Top Four Picks for Arizona Restaurant Week

    See also: Kevin Binkley on Loving In-N-Out Burger See also: Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Urciuoli Restaurant Week begins September 15 and runs through September 23. And while it smacks of Black Friday, Christmas in July and all the other bargain bonanzas that attract the great unwashed, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    18: Sam Fox

    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 30, 2012

    20: Natalie Morris

    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 3, 2012

    Noca Re-Opens with New Look, New Breads and New Cocktail Program

    See also: Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Urciuoli See also: Windsor and Churn: Behind the Design Scenes with Craig DeMarco, Lauren Baily and Daniel Germani What a difference a month makes! Owner Eliot Wexler closed Noca for summer hiatus the first of July. And today, he re-opens with a b ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    74: Sacha Levine

    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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    May 4, 2012

    Chow Bella's Top Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

    Every week, there's a cornucopia of new Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth . . . or in t ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Bianco's Italian Restaurant: Low-Key, Fabulous Food, and Sipping the Olive Oil Is Acceptable

    ​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, 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 items, and satis ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Laura Hahnefeld's Year in Food: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    ​In addition to food trucks making the scene in a big way in 2011 (see the article here), the year in food for the Valley was chock-full of other newsworthy goodies as well -- even chef Payton Curry managed to slip in a last-minute announcement. Here are a few of Laura's favorites:10. Chefs o ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    September 26, 2011

    Chef Peter DeRuvo Leaves Prado

    ​After less than nine months at Prado, the Andalusian-inspired fine-dining spot at Paradise Valley's InterContinental Montelucia, chef de cuisine Peter DeRuvo has left. DeRuvo, who started at Prado in January a few months after leaving Sassi, the award-winning Italian restaurant at the foot o ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    Pane Bianco Opens for Dinner Service

    Pane Bianco, the Italian sandwich take-out shop owned by James Beard Award-winning pizzaiolo Chris Bianco, now serves a full dinner menu from 4 to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  "We wanted to expand the experience at Pane, with iconic dishes from my childhood," Bianco says. The rest ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Peter DeRuvo Hired as Chef at Prado

    Chef Peter DeRuvo was invited to cook at New York's James Beard House while he was chef at Sassi. ​The off-the-record buzz about chef Peter DeRuvo taking over the chef de cuisine position at Prado is now confirmed news. He officially starts the job on Monday. DeRuvo seems lik ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    More on Vatra/Kitchen 56 Changes

    Kitchen 56 is the new name for a completely overhauled Vatra Grillhouse.​Bill DeGroot, the industry pro who was brought in to help revamp Arcadia's Vatra Grillhouse this past fall, confirms that he's still in the picture as a consultant for the new Kitchen 56, and that chef Peter DeRuvo has i ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Chris Bianco Buys Out Business Partner in Pizzeria Bianco

    Pizzeria Bianco co-owner Susan Pool has parted ways with the restaurant.​After a 16-year business partnership, James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco is parting ways with Susan Pool, who's been a front-of-the-house fixture at the popular downtown eatery. "I'm taking over the ownership ... More >>

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    January 3, 2011

    Vatra Grillhouse to Become Kitchen 56

    Vatra Grillhouse is now called Kitchen 56.​Will the third time be the charm for the restaurant at the southeast corner of Indian School and 56th Street? The recently renovated building, which used to be a garage, opened in August as Vatra Grillhouse, and, after getting a lukewarm response fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Prado Lands on Esquire's "Best New Restaurants" List

    ​Food critic John Mariani's annual list of best new restaurants for Esquire magazine hasn't hit the streets yet, but it's already shown up on the web, courtesy of the Eating Las Vegas blog. For 2009, the lone Arizona pick in Mariani's roundup is Prado, chef Claudio Urciuoli's Spanish-themed ... More >>

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    March 20, 2009

    Digestif: Pavle Departs, Payton Gets on Camera

    Pavle Milic, general manager at Scottsdale's groovy Digestif, was a man with a plan. But in the words of John Lennon, "Life is what happens while you're busy making plans." So although Milic had gotten the ball rolling on opening his own gourmet panini restaurant (inspired by Ino, in New York ... More >>

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    September 25, 2007

    Is cuisine an artform?

    Earlier this year, legendary Spanish chef Ferran Adria found himself out of the frying pan and into the fire, when the organizers of Documenta -- a huge, once-every-five-years contemporary art show held in Kassel, Germany -- invited him to be one of only two Spanish contributors. It's an understat ... More >>

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