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  • Writer's pictureDiana Brandt

Restaurant Opening: Americano

Pomo Restaurant Group has announced the opening of a 7,000 square-foot contemporary Italian steakhouse, The Americano. The restaurant will open in early 2020 in North Scottsdale (17797 N. Scottsdale Rd.).

“The Americano will bring the best of Italian firepower cuisine with the finest American steaks,” says General Manager Paride Guerra. “We want to offer guests a contemporary dining experience that merges both Italian and American influences.”

Modern in approach and Italian in spirit, the concept will embrace a European style of personalized service. The elevated menu includes fine steaks, certified Italian purebred Piedmontese cattle and Domestic Wagyu beef, house-made pasta, organic salads, Italian antipasti and Mediterranean seafoods, including 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.”

The restaurant will house an open kitchen concept with a wood-fired grill that will be used to create the flavorful selection of fine steaks and fish. The restaurant’s interior was designed by Testani Design Group in collaboration with LGE Design Build and the spacious dining room will include a dark grey and light green color pattern, modern art, eye-catching crescent shaped booths and butcher block tables. There will also be a lively island bar area and lounge with a full view of the terrazza, a large outdoor dining patio.

The Americano brings together an impressive international team with Executive Chef, Matthew Taylor, a Calgary, Alberta native who also serves as executive chef at Mora Italian. Taylor previously served as executive​ ​sous​ ​chef​​for Michael​ ​Mina in Las Vegas as well as working in acclaimed restaurants around the Valley.

Switzerland born General Manager, Paride Guerra, was previously director of food and beverage of the landmark Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington DC. Paride has covered several food and beverage management roles in some of the finest hotels around the world including the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, The Setai Hotel in South Beach, The Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland and with Como The Treasury in Australia.

The Americano will also welcome Director of Service & Beverages, Elya Coffman, from upstate New York. She previously worked at the prestigious Starr Group from Philadelphia and was instrumental to the expansion of its concepts. Most recently, Coffman was a special events manager for the Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood in Florida. Previous Corporate Chef for Mina Group’s International Smoke in San Francisco and former Executive Chef for The Mission restaurants in Arizona, CJ Kahley, will serve as Americano’s chef de cuisine.

The restaurant will also offer an extensive wine list with a mix of American and Italian labels. Americano’s Head Sommelier, Nicholas Padua from Hawaii, will curate the wine program with vintage bottles and a mix of both boutique and iconic wineries. Padua has worked as lead sommelier for the Michael Mina Group in Scottsdale and Miami, as well as spending five years at the Four Season Resort at Troon North in various management roles.

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