6: Francesca Bianco

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Lauren Saria
Hand-drawn recipes of desserts by Francesca Bianco
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: The Motherlode.

Tastemaker 6: Francesca Bianco

See also:
- Tastemaker No. 45 Marco Bianco
- Caprese Clash: Pane Bianco vs. Cibo

Born in New York and with a background in fashion (she went to FIT and Parsons and worked as a buyer and custom bridal designer for 25 years), Francesca Bianco made her way to Phoenix 15 years ago - on the heels of her son, you may have heard of him, Chris. At 12 she received her first crepe pan from her grandmother and although not a trained chef, Francesca's knowledge of family recipes from both Northern and Southern Italy give her a special know-how that money can't buy. When she's not baking cakes and desserts at Italian Restaurant or welcoming guests into the dining room every Thursday, you can find her working at the Heard Museum.

"I'm just a pair on hands in the back," Francesca says.

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Lauren Saria
One of Francesca Bianco's recipes, on display at Italian Restaurant
I arrived in Phoenix with... a large black Labrador, a silver tea set and a cookbook.

If I were sitting down to dinner for six, my five dream dining companions would be... Thomas Jefferson; Catherine the Great; Rose Bertrand, who was Marie Antoinette's dressmaker; Maria Montessori, because my grandmother came to America with her but I never got to meet her; Michelangelo and Cezanne.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Pizzeria Bianco.

One menu item this city could do without is... cilantro, I just don't like it.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... breakfast at [T.Cook's at] the Royal Palms.

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
21: Peter DeRuvo
20: Natalie Morris
19: Eliot Wexler
18: Sam Fox
17: Bryan Dooley
16: Bernie Kantak
15: Jim Cerreta Sr.
14: Josh Hebert
13: Michael Brown
12: Dave Johnson
11: Chrysa Robertson
10: Joe Johnston
9: Eytan Zias
8: Bob McClendon

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Location Info

Trattoria Bianco

4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Pizzeria Bianco

623 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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