The Americano, an Italian steakhouse coming to Scottsdale in early 2020

The owners of Pomo Pizzeria, Mora Italian and Meat the Ball have announced their newest restaurant that’s expected to open in early 2020. The Americano will be a contemporary Italian steakhouse offering European style personalized service and the finest meats, seafood and more.

The restaurant will feature an open kitchen concept with a wood fired grill for preparing steaks and seafood. Testani Design Group and LGE Design Build collaborated on the interior design of The Americano. Dark gray and light green colors will set the tone for the large dining room. Modern art, crescent shaped booths and butcher block tables will be eye catching and functional. Seating will also be available at the island bar, in the lounge and on the patio.

A world class team at The Americano

Pomo Restaurant Group has brought together an impressive team to run The Americano. Canadian born Executive Chef Matthew Taylor comes from Mora Italian and with his team will serve steaks from purebred Piedmontese cattle & American Wagyu beef, pasta & antipasti and Mediterranean seafood. The restaurant will also have a raw bar and caviar service.

“We are thrilled to introduce our carefully curated menu to guests,” says Executive Chef Matthew Taylor. “The Americano will bring the best of both worlds from Italy and America to provide some of the finest steaks, seafood and pasta that Arizona has to offer.”

Swiss born Paride Guerra will serve as General Manager and comes from the Hays-Adams Hotel In Washington D.C. Guerra has worked in restaurants and hotels around the world including South Beach, Beverly Hills, Switzerland and Australia.

Elya Coffman will be re-locating from south Florida to serve as Director of Service & Beverage. Coffman has previously worked with Philadelphia’s Starr Group & the Michael Mina Group.

An Italian and American wine list will be curated by Head Sommelier Nicholas Padua. The wine list will feature vintage bottles along with wines from boutique and iconic producers. Padua has worked as a lead sommelier here in Scottsdale for the Michael Mina Group and Four Seasons Resort.

The Americano will be at 17797 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale 85255. For information about the restaurant and hiring visit their website.

Villa Pozzi & Grimaldi’s partner for new winter menu

Tis the season for wine and food and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has collaborated with Villa Pozzi for its new winter menu. The seasonal menu, Pizza & Pozzi is available until March 2nd, 2020 and features wines, pizza, cheesecake and more.

“Winter is a great time to introduce warm, rich ingredients and flavors to our menu,” says Grimaldi’s Executive Chef, Cory Lattuca. “Through my collaboration with Daniele Pozzi, founder and winemaker for Villa Pozzi, we crafted sausage and Villa Pozzi Nero d’ Avola braised red wine onion pizza, evoking the comforting feelings we share during the holiday season.”

Villa Pozzi
All photos courtesy of Hannah Johnston of Evolve Marketing

The Sicilian winery was originally built in 1860 and has been owned by the Pozzi family for 5 generations. A new modern winery was completed in 2000. All grapes are hand harvested and picked in the evening or early morning during cooler temperatures. The winery makes 6 varietals of food friendly wines.

The Pizza & Pozzi menu includes the Winter Harvest Salad with roasted Brussel sprouts over a bed of Arugula, Sausage & Wine Braised Onion Pizza, a Resse’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake and Eggnog Cheesecake.

Nero d’ Avola and Pinot Grigio are the featured wines along with Winter Citrus Sangria and a Holiday Cranberry Mule.

To find a Grimaldi’s Pizzeria near you visit https://www.grimaldispizzeria.com/.

Tomaso’s to host 4-course Italian wine pairing dinner

Long time Phoenix restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore of Tomaso’s knows his way around the kitchen and dining room after serving guests since 1977. He also knows what wine goes well with his authentic Italian specialties coming from his kitchen. On Saturday August 25th he will share his culinary knowledge as he prepares a 4-course dinner that pairs his food with wine inspired by his Sicilian upbringing.

Tomaso’s wine pairing menu

The dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. with a reception as guests arrive with dinner starting at 7. Guests will dine on…..

Swordfish Braciola with seafood and zucchini blossom couscous paired with Monte Olimpo- Chardonnay Insolia blend.

Veal with wild mushrooms & truffle ravioli paired with Monte Olimpo – Cabernet Sauvignon Nero d’ Avola blend.

Grilled Prime Bistecca a la Siciliana with Sicilian croquettes and grilled asparagus paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mixed Berry cake with Peachello.

The dinner costs $80 ++ per person with reservations being made by calling 602-956-0836. For more information visit http://tomasos.com

Tomaso’s is at 32235 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix 85018

Murder Mystery Theater just one of the upcoming events at Coup Des Tartes in October

Coup Des Tartes, the central Phoenix French styled bistro is stepping out of its comfort zone to bring customers not only delicious food but a murder mystery dinner theater, a burlesque dinner show and an Italian wine dinner over a 3 week period in October.

Photo courtesy of Coup des Tartes
Photo courtesy of Coup des Tartes

Mafioso Murder mystery dinner

This 3-course dinner scheduled for Sat. Oct. 8th will let diners figure out who ordered the “hit’ when the godfather and his mob pull back the curtains. The dinner costs $65 per person and consists of….

1st Course

Anti-Pasto (cheese & Meat)

2nd Course (choice of)

  • Greek Sea Bass, Israeli Cous Cous, Sautéed Spinach with Fresh Blueberry-demi-glaze
  • Moroccan Lamb, Stone Fruits, Veggies and Couscous
  • Chicken Parmesan with Roasted Garlic, Thyme, and Lemon Risotto
  • Short Rib Pappardelle with Creamy Pancetta Sauce

3rd Course

Homemade Cannoli

Alto Adige wine dinner

Tues. Oct. 18th brings you an Italian wine dinner featuring the wines from Alto Adige, the northern Italian region known for its white wines. The dinner starts at 6pm and costs $80 per person or $150 per couple and includes 4 courses plus dessert paired with wines. The menu consists of…

1st Course

Risotto With Rock Shrimp and Fire-Roasted Tomato

2nd Course

Lolla Rossa Lettuce, Grilled Apricot, Gorgonzola Salad

3rd Course

Fresh Pappadelle Pasta, Tomato, Shaved Grana Padano, Fresh Basil

4th Course

Rack of Lamb, Sweet Potato, Golden Raisins, Pine Nuts, Baby Kale, Chianti Glaze

Dessert

Lemon Panna Cotta, Fresh Berries, Crème Anglaise

high-end burlesque and live variety dinner show

On Sat. Oct. 22nd diners can enjoy an evening filled with music and entertainment that includes burlesque styled performance. The evening is for those 21 and over dinner starting at 7pm and curtain to drop at 8:30. Cost is $90 per person an includes a 3 – course prix fixe dinner and glass of sparkling wine.

For reservations for any of these 3 exciting night please contact Coup Des Tartes at (602) 212-1082 or http://www.nicetartes.com/

Coup DesTartes is at 1725 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

 

 

Crudo to host 3 Italian winemakers at dinner on Sept. 21st

Whats goes better with Italian food paired with Italian wine, not much unless you’re in the company of 3 Italian winemakers who will discuss their wines being poured and paired that evening. This will be the reality on Wed. Sept 21st when Cullen Campbell, executive chef & co-owner of the award-winning Crudo hosts a 4 course Italian wine dinner with the wines imported by Kobrand.

Attending winemakers

It’s always a treat when you get to hear the inspiration and philosophy of winemakers about the complexity that goes into making wine. With that in mind Ernes Scardova of Medici Ermite, Giovanna Moretti of Tenuta Sette Ponit and Giovanni Folonari of Tenuta Di Nozzole & Camp Al Mare will all be flying in from Italy to enjoy the company of attendees and share their passion for Italian food and wine.

Crudo menu pairing

The 4-course dinner will cost $75 ++ per person and will start at 6pm and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling 602-358-8666 http://www.crudoaz.com. The menu is as follows…

1st Course
Albacore Crudo | Fermented Chili & Citrus Paste| Garlic Chives
Campo al Mare Vermentino di Toscana 2014
2nd Course
Butcher’s Pate|Truffle Conserva| Noble Bread
Medici Ermete Concerto Reggiano Lambrusco 2015
3rd Course
Gargati |Two Wash Farm Ragu|Basil
Tenuta Sette Ponti “Crognolo” 2014
4th Course
Teres Major Steak|Oxtail| Roasted Fingerlings| Salsa Delle Erbe
Tenuta di Nozzole “La Forra” Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

Riondo Prosecco celebrates National Prosecco Day on Saturday August 13th

Prosecco, the sparking wine from Italy’s Veneto & Friuli Venezia Giulia regions has been gaining momentum over the last decade with over 4 million cases being sold in the U.S.A. making it the most sold sparkling wine in the country.

It should come as no surprise to Prosecco drinkers that it now has its 1st National Prosecco Day on Saturday August 16th, 2016 founded by Riondo Prosecco to celebrate the wine, the summer months and the Italian philosophy of “La Dolce Vita”….the good life.

Made from at least 85% of Glera grape, Prosecco can range from dry to sweet and is best drank young and fresh with salads and lighter foods or as an aperitif. Although great for celebrating Prosecco is great as a year round sparking wine for its refreshing, light to medium bodied taste and affordable price. Although usually drank by itself in recent years Prosecco has been used in cocktails recipes.

Riondo’s Spago Nero is made from 100% Glera from vineyards in the Veneto region, is made in the frizzante style (semi-sparkling) and is recognizable by its signature string closing. Flavor profiles include fresh green apples, pears and flower blossoms. Suggested retail for Spago Nero is $14.

Zappone’s Italian Bistro to host “All the Classics We Love” wine dinner

Zappone's Italian Bistro

Zappone’s Italian Bistro in Gilbert will be hosting a “All the Classics We Love” dinner as part of their Italian 101 Wine Dinner series on Thursday, June 16th 2016. This 3 course dinner is only $40 per person & is all inclusive. The menu is a s follows…..

1st Course:
Italian Chopped Salad
Aperol Wine Spritz

2nd Course:
Spinach Ravioli a la Vodka
Ruffino Chianti

3rd Course:
Porchetta with creamy polenta
Capezzanna Super Tuscan

Affogato:
Espresso, vanilla gelato, coffee liqueur

Tickets on sale at www.zapponesbisto.com Or call for 480-218-2338 reservations

Zappone’s Italian Bistro is at 1652 N. Higley Rd., #103 Gilbert, AZ 85234