Josh Riesner of Scottsdale's Pig & Pickle Dishes on Bartending Bullshit and What He Ate That You Probably Never Will

Next, he took a job at AZ Wine Co. in Scottsdale, where he met the talent behind adjacent Atlas Bistro: founding chef-owner Carlos Manriquez and his partner Todd Sawyer. Riesner began working for them and over time, he and chef-cohort Brandon Crouser abandoned the Southwestern and Asian accents on the menu for a more classical (but no less playful) style.

Riesner says Pig & Pickle has been his brainchild for years now, and he's happy to have found a restaurant space in an "honest neighborhood" like South Scottsdale, which is his own.

Five words to describe you: That guy is a cartoon!

Five words to describe Pig & Pickle: Honest neighborhood restaurant and bar.

Favorite food smell: Mirepoix as it is caramelizing or freshly baked bread out of our wood oven.

Favorite cookbook and why: It's not really a cookbook, per se, but I love to read Larousse Gastronomique and books from the late 1800's. It makes my soul feel good.

Name an ingredient you love to cook with and explain why: Anything humble or overlooked is always fun. Most people grow up eating things they hate in adulthood. I like to be the guy that changes people's perceptions.

Location Info

Pig & Pickle

2922 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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