Yulissa Acosta named Chef de Cuisine at Hearth ’61

Rising through the ranks can be the most satisfying and rewarding ways to earn a promotion. That’s how Yulissa Acosta earned her new title as Chef de Cuisine at Mountain Shadows Resort’s signature restaurant Hearth ’61. Acosta was part of the opening team at restaurant as a cook when it opened in 2017. Always looking to improve her culinary skills and with her culinary knowledge she was promoted to Sous Chef in 2018.

“We are delighted to have Chef Yulissa Acosta take the reins of our beloved Hearth ‘61 restaurant in her new role,” said Vice President & General Manager Andrew Chippindall. “With her unique culinary flare and working alongside Executive Chef Charles Wiley and Executive Sous Chef Alfred Muro, Chef Acosta will be the perfect person to continue elevating our cuisine by highlighting the best local ingredients.”

The Nogales Mexico born and Phoenix raised Acosta realized her passion for cooking in high school and was awarded a scholarship to Scottsdale’s Classic Cooking Academy upon graduation. From there she worked at Bink’s Midtown and Mirabel Golf Club before joining Hearth ’61.

Part of her new role is menu development and she will use her roots and love of Mexican-American & Southwestern cuisines and incorporate classic French cooking skills to the menu. She recently debuted Duroc Farm’s Pork Chop with Jacob bean ragu and black pepper glaze as well as the Two Wash Ranch Chicken Roulade with barley risotto, romanesco, and natural jus to the menu. She will also continue to follow the culinary standards set by Chefs Wiley and Muro.

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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.

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