Early this summer we told you Chef Peter DeRuvo (of Sassi, then Prado and most recently Cuoco Pazzo) was getting ready to take on a new venture in Scottsdale. Well, the time is drawing near for Davanti Enoteca to open its doors to the public and judging from the looks of things when we dropped in on Chef DeRuvo, he's got a lot of prep work to do.
Want to know what he's got planned for diners? We've got a preview of the menu and a look at the funky, rustic design.
When we stopped by Devanti Enoteca, located on the southwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln, the place buzzed with energy as wait and kitchen staff worked on perfecting their duties in preparation for the upcoming opening. At the head of it all was DeRuvo, orchestrating the relatively organized chaos with his characteristic hard-ass-chef attitude. We just tried to stay out of his way -- and got a peek at some food in the meantime.
The menu at Davanti Scottsdale carries the same classic Italian fare as the San Deigo and Chicago locations, but with a few additions. Here's a selection of items from each of the menu sections:
Clams + house sausage + escarole + chilies Roasted cauliflower steak + Sicilian olives tapenade + marinated lemon jam Crispy pork belly + canelli beans +grapes + herb salad mostarda oil
Polpo con Rafano - seared octopus + warm fingerling potato salad + marcona almonds + finnochiona + fresh horseradish aioli Miale alla Piastra - pork blade steak + heirloom blade ragu + arugula + spiced honey + sea salt + local olive oil
Orecchiette con Salsiccia e Rapini - house made little ears + sausage + rapini + pecorino Riccio di Mare e Granchio - linguine + sea urchin + crab Gnocchi di Ricotta - eggplant + roasted tomatoes + basil + mozzarella
Pizza della Fattoria - farmed egg + pork belly + potato + scallions + asiago + bechamel Pizza della Terra - foraged mushrooms + braised leeks + taleggio + truffle oil Pizza con Soppressata e Ripini - spicy red pepper salami + rapini + garlic + chili oil + fresh mozzarella + tomato
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Diners can look forward to hand made pastas and super-thin crust pizzas as well as a sizeable wine list with which to wash it all down. They will also offer daily specials and a large collection of cheeses and cured meats. Need help decoding the Italian ingredients? Don't worry, there's a glossary.
Design features include a wall of Italian wine cases and a room papered in Italian newspapers. The heavy woods, exposed brick and muted colors provide a cozy backdrop in a place where the focus is clearly on the food.
Davanti Enoteca expects to open to the public on Saturday, August 4th. Stay tuned to Chow Bella for more details.