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The Vig McDowell Mountain to open June 5th

After months of searching for the right location and construction Genuine Concepts is ready to open its new location of The Vig in north Scottsdale. With the McDowell Mountains serving as a backdrop the restaurant is set to open June 5th and will be the 5th location of the successful modern tavern and the 2nd in Scottsdale.

At the intersection of Bell Rd. and Thompson Peak Parkway is where excited residents and visitors will be headed to enjoy the lunch, dinner and brunch in this spacious restaurant of over 13,000 square feet indoors and out.

Frank Lloyd Wright inspired design

The natural desert setting and straight lined designed building was inspired by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Tucker Woodbury, a partner in Genuine Concepts says “I had the pleasure of once again collaborating on the design of the property with Artie Vigil and his team atAV3 Design. We both love the simplicity of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West’s iconic structure and the Usonian style of architecture it represents, which was the inspiration of the design. With a lot of help and collaboration with our development team” YAM Properties, Alexander Building Company, K&IArchitects, the City of Scottsdale and our Genuine Concepts team, we were able to bring our vision to fruition. The end result is an astonishing property and we can’t wait to show it off! “

The Vig McDowell Mountain location

The Vig McDowell Mountain’s location will satisfy all whether your coming of one of the trails of the nearby Sonoran Mountain Preserve, any of the annual events that take place such as the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction or Waste Management Golf Open Tournament. Also an idea spot for residents and visitors to come out to mix and mingle and enjoy the newest member of the community.

Community involvement

Genuine Concepts is a locally owned restaurant group and is committed to to the communities in which there restaurants are located and north Scottsdale will benefit from their new neighbors. The Vig McDowell Mountain will be making an ongoing contribution to the Sonoran Mountain Preserve with sales from its “Bitty Cocktail”. Named after the Bitty Cycling Club, 50 cents from each rum & Coke style drink will be donated to help keep the trails of the McDowell Mountain Preserve safe and maintained for its users.

VMM is located at 10199 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 11am-11pm, Friday 11am-1am, Saturday 10am-1am & Sunday 10am-11pm




Owners of Classic cooking Academy open La Pizzetta in north Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountain Ranch

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After running a successful cooking school Pascal & Donna Dionot decided to test their skills opening La Pizzetta www.lapizzettaaz.com in north Scottsdale’s master planned community of McDowell Mountain Ranch. As the name might suggest La Pizzetta specializes in the popular wood fired pizza using flour imported from Italy and using local grown produce when possible all baked in Valoriani pizza oven made by hand in Tuscany.
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After working in several well respected restaurants in Washington D.C. for over three decades, Pascal and accountant wife Donna, opened Classic Cooking Academy where they teach classic and contemporary food concepts with produce focusing on dietary foundations and using practical skills.

As for La Pizzetta Pascal says “Together, we are able to do what we love most – make people happy through the power of cooking. Making a perfectly crafted pizza is an art form, and we’re happy to share our interpretations of this classic dish with the public.”

The quaint restaurant also serves salads, appetizers and desserts to compliment their pizzas.

La Pizzetta is located at 10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Road Scottsdale, AZ 85255. 480-521-1101 and is open daily Mon. – Sat. for dine in or pick up.