Prado Lands on Esquire's "Best New Restaurants" List
Mentions of Mariani often come with a cloud of controversy, as the writer does not operate in stealth mode for his visits. Restaurants get advance notice of his arrival, and allegedly, a list of special requests. While he was in the Valley earlier this year, he was accompanied by a food critic from another local newspaper, as well as local tourism officials.
His choice of Prado comes as no surprise, though. After dining at a dozen or so local eateries in the Valley, he wrote about them in a three-part series that ran on his blog back in May. J&G Steakhouse, Digestif, NOCA, The Mission, and Sushi Roku were among the newer high-end establishments he checked out, although he was clearly smitten with Prado, calling it "Easily the best new restaurant to open in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area in the last year."