21: Peter DeRuvo

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Photo courtsey of Peter DeRuvo
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: A guy with some history in the (salt) cellar.

Tastemaker 21: Peter DeRuvo

See also: Chef Peter DeRuvo Shares What's in Store at Davanti Enoteca

From Andalusian-inspired fine dining to decadent Italian feasts, Chef Peter DeRuvo and his knack for creating truly excellent cuisine ought not be unheard of to Valley food lovers. And if it is, you're missing out. In the past he's been tied to Sassi, Prado, Cuoco Pazzo but currently operates as the executive chef of Davanti Enoteca. From his command in the kitchen to his impressive knowledge of Italian ingredients, DeRuvo exudes a passion to excellence and undying loyalty to his Sicilian roots in everything he creates.

I arrived in Phoenix with... Nothing in my hand except determination, guts, a bag of italian knives, my cook books, $25.

If I was sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Sean Penn, Jeff Cohen, Bruce Lee, Scott Harris, and Brian Kingsford.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is.... Other than Davanti, Rancho Pinot, that's where it all started! Chrysa's broke more spirits than an exorcism!

One menu item this city could do without is... anything with the word "slider" in it. Jesus!


My last meal in Phoenix would be... With my wife at the Salt Cellar for reverse happy hour. It's old school but it's where I asked her to marry me!

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
22: Claudio Urciuoli

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Location Info

Sassi

10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Prado

4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cuoco Pazzo - CLOSED

4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Davanti Enoteca - CLOSED

6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Rancho Pinot

6208 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Salt Cellar Restaurant

550 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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