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Claudio Urciuoli

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    March 25, 2014

    Jason Grossmiller of Arizona Distilling Company on SB 1397: "It's a Shame."

    Jason Grossmiller Co-Owner, Distiller Arizona Distilling Company azdistilling.com Arizona Distilling Company seems to be making a habit of blazing trails for the state's fledgling micro-distilling scene. When it released Copper City Bourbon last June, it was the first legally distilled spirit made ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    Chris Collins of Grassroots Kitchen and Tap: "Enjoy What You Do or Don't Do It at All"

    Chris Collins Chef/owner Grassroots Kitchen and Tap (Phoenix, Scottsdale) www.grassrootsaz.com "I can't paint you a picture. I can't play the guitar. But I can run a really, really great restaurant." For Grassroots Kitchen and Tap owner and chef Chris Collins the restaurant industry is more tha ... More >>

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    March 12, 2014

    Perry Rea of Queen Creek Olive Mill on What Makes Good Extra Virgin Olive Oil Good

    This is part two of our interview with Perry Rea, owner of Queen Creek Olive Mill. Today, the certified olive oil sommelier explains the differences between good and bad extra virgin olive oil and gives us advice on how pick good oil. If you missed part one, in which we learned how the mill makes Ar ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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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 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 >>

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    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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    July 2, 2012

    15 Favorite Spots for Late-Night Eats in Greater Phoenix

    It wasn't until a few years ago that getting late-night eats in the Valley meant hitting up a 24-hour chain restaurant (Oh, boy, another Belgian Waffle Slam) or picking through the contents of your refrigerator. Thankfully, things have changed a bit as more independent restaurants are keeping later ... 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 >>

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    December 23, 2010
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    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

    Digestif's chef Payton Curry (left) and GM Pavle Milic hug it out over some fresh mozz at last year's Eats3 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 al ... More >>

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    September 25, 2007
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