22: Claudio Urciuoli

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From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creatives on Jackalope Ranch.

Today: We keep the Italians comin'....

Tastemaker 22: Claudio Urciuoli

See also: Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Urciuoli: The Burrata Addiction, Tinkering With Dough, and "Adding Colors to the Palette"

As a native of Italy, Claudio Urciuoli has a true appreciation for the culture, products and cuisine of his home country not to mention a love affair with Ducati Motorcycles. He has worked with some of the great culinary talents in this country since his arrival, including Sirio Maccioni, Nancy Silverton and Phoenix's own Chris Bianco. And he's made a great impression on the Phoenix culinary scene, garnering a spot on Esquire magazine's "Best New Restaurant" list when he opened Prado at the Intercontinental's Montelucia. He is currently the executive chef at Noca.

I arrived in Phoenix with... the plan to open Taggia for the Kimpton Hotel Group.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... having a large Italian family when we have a dinner party the number is greater than 6. At the table would be family from past and present who nurtured my love of food and friendship. If there were two extra seats then I would love to share the experience with the greatest MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Marco Simoncelli.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... without question Pizzeria Bianco.

One menu item this city could do without is... when you go to a sushi bar and they serve bad ginger, the kind that is sort of pink.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... for my culinary farewell to Phoenix, I would make stops to see Shin at Sushi Roku, Pino at Pino's Pizza Al Centro, Giovanni at Andreoli's Italian Grocer and Stefano at Pomo Pizzeria.

The Tastemakers so far:
100: Tracy Dempsey
99: Craig DeMarco
98: Lara Mulchay
97: M.J. Coe
96: Betty Alatorre de Hong
95: Eric Schaefer
94: Hanna Gabrielsson
93: Shinji Kurita
92: Silvana Salcido Esparza
91: Mike Pitt
90: Christina Barrueta
89: Christopher Gross
88: Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung
87: DJ Fernandes
86: Cullen Campbell
85: Chris Lee
84. Gwen Ashley Walters
83: Tony Morales
82: Lylah Ledner
81: Andrea White
80: Lori Hashimoto
79. Mrs. White
78: Eugenia Theodosopolous
77: Lou & Lovey Borenstein
76: Anthony Patafio
75: Carl Seacat
74: Sacha Levine
73: Sharon Salomon
72: Johnny Chu
71: Susie Timm
70: Jason Silberschlag
69: Gina Miller
68: Cindy Gentry
67: Amy Binkley
66: Dave Anderson
65: Mark Tarbell
64: Marianne Belardi
63: Audrey Lasalle
62: Brandon Gauthier
61: Brad and Kat Moore
60: Denise Clayton
59: Nobuo Fukuda
58: Richie Moe
57: Robin Trick
56: Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia
55: Farah Khalid
54: Dave Andrea
53: Vincent Guerithault
52: Danielle Leoni
51: Stan Zawatski
50: Maya Dailey
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48: Lisa Reinhardt
47: Isam Saed
46: Greg Peterson
45: Marco Bianco
44: Mark Fratu
43: Wendell Crow
42. Barb Harris
41: Michael Perry
40: Jeff Kraus
39: Ryan Avery
38: Charleen Badman
37: Damon Brasch
36: Dwayne Allen
35: Jason Asher
34: Pamela Hamilton
33: Victoria Chavez
32: Giovanni Scorzo
31: Tim Wilson
30: Travis Nass
29: Jason Alford
28: Clint Spotleson
27: Daniel Wayne
26: Korina Adkins
25: Carla Wade Logan
24: Jeff Zimmerman
23: Gabriele Bertaccini

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Taggia

4925 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pizzeria Bianco

623 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sushi Roku

7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pino's Pizza Al Centro

139 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Andreoli Italian Grocer

8880 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana

8977 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Noca

3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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