Chris Bianco's mom used to take him to antique and thrift stores all the time when he was little to look for frames for his father's artwork. He hated it.
Now, Bianco's a junkie for a good thrifting find, and it shows in all four of his spots -- Pizzeria Bianco, Bar Bianco, Pane Bianco, and Italian Restaurant -- in Phoenix. The design of each of his places is a painstaking process. He starts with an empty space and spends hours imagining the flow of the people and the environment he wants to create.
Each of his spaces is extremely personal. At least half of the artwork on the walls is his father's or has close family roots. Other pieces and design inspirations are done by close friends including Pete Deise, Sloane McFarland, and his brother, Marco Bianco (to name a few).