John Mariani

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Virtú in Scottsdale Makes Esquire's 2013 Best New Restaurants List

    If you haven't been to Virtú Honest Craft in Scottsdale yet, you might want to make reservations soon. The tiny, wonderful cafe from chef-owner Gio Osso has been tapped by Esquire magazine's restaurant features writer John Mariani as one of this year's Best New Restaurants.

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2013

    Is the Michelin Guide Still Relevant?

    Over a century old, the Michelin Guide, the star-ratings restaurant guide paid for by the French tire company, is arguably the best-known on the planet. See also: - What Are the Pros and Cons of Food Festivals? - What Are Three Cooking Skills Everyone Should Know? But recently, the guide has taken ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Kevin Binkley Stiffed at James Beard Awards

    This just in: Valley chef Kevin Binkley -- the guy pretty much everyone agrees owns the best restaurant in Arizona -- did not win the 2012 James Beard Best Chef Southwest award this year. Instead, the honors went to Paul Qui, executive chef of Uchiko in Austin, Texas. Last year, the category tied. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    October 5, 2011

    Your New Favorite Coffee Table Book Is Full of Vintage Menus

    Until restaurants became popular in the 1800's, a printed menu, unless it was a special occasion, was as rare a sight as eating with your hat on. Since then, menu design has become more and more important as a branding tool, an excuse to sit back and peruse an establishment's offerings, hell, even a ... 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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    May 12, 2009

    John Mariani Gives Scottsdale Some Love

    Restaurant critic John Mariani, who contributes to national publications such as Esquire, just published the first installment of a feature called "Scottsdale and Beyond" on his website. He visited Digestif, Estate House, Prado, and The Mission, and had good things to say about all of them (I have ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Scottsdale Culinary Fest Comprises 12 Events This Week

    The Scottsdale Culinary Festival sounds monolithic, but the granddaddy among the Valley's culinary festivals is surprisingly multifaceted -- a dozen different events at 16 different restaurants and venues around town, ranging from casual tastings to semi-formal sit-down occasions.