Tomaso Maggiore's Vivo! Ristorante in Scottsdale Is Now Open; Here's the Menu

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The 12th restaurant from local restauranteur Thomaso Maggiore is now open.
The latest dining spot to come from Valley chef and restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore is now open at 6560 N. Scottsdale Road, in the same newly-built dining and retail complex as SumoMaya and Scramble. The restaurant and Italian marketplace is called Vivo! Ristorante and serves a menu of Italian cuisine inspired by Maggiore's travels around Italy.

In addition to lunch and dinner, Vivo! offers an array of Italian food products including wine by the bottle, dried pasta, and more.

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Mucho Macho Taco is Now Open: Bacon Tacos, Hummus Burritos, and Date Sweetened Horchata

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Lauren Saria
Mucho Macho Taco is now open in north Phoenix.
As of this week the neighborhood around 7th Avenue and Missouri has a new option for Mexican cuisine and that's Mucho Macho Taco, the restaurant concept from of Chilean-born Daniel Maldonado and partner Aaron Miller. Valley diners may know the Maldonado as part of the two-man team behind the defunct-Tacos Atoyac team.

Mucho Macho Taco, located at 5341 N. Seventh Avenue, serves a selection of tacos, burritos, and tortas including a few off-the-wall options such as a bacon taco and grilled vegetable and hummus burrito.

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Marigold Maison Indian Cuisine Opens Today in Former Bombay Spice Space

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About a year ago, Bombay Spice, the Indian restaurant owned by JNK Concepts, made some big changes. The restaurant, originally located off Tatum and Shea, moved up the road to a new spot outside Paradise Valley Mall. It also went from serving a full menu with table service to being a Chiptole-style fast casual dining spot.

Now, Bombay Spice has closed altogether and a new Indian restaurant is ready to take over its former home. Marigold Maison Indian Cuisine will open its doors today at 4720 East Cactus Road. The new restaurant will serve a menu of both Northern and Southern Indian specialties.

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Shabu Fondue Opens Saturday in Phoenix: Hot Pots Return from Chef Johnny Chu

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Nikki Buchanan
Johnny Chu at Sochu House.
It's been a few months since Johnny Chu's T. Spot (formerly Tien Wong) closed its doors and left a giant, gaping hot pot hole in our Valley dining scene. But don't worry, Asian fondue lovers. That's about to change.

The chef's new hot pot restaurant, named Shabu Fondue, will open at 7822 N. 12 Street in Phoenix tomorrow. According to Chu's wife, partner, and general manager Linda Q, Shabu Fondue will be serve a menu similar to T. Spot but with a few new additions.

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August Restaurant Openings and Closings in Metro Phoenix

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Lauren Saria
Have you made it to Scottsdale's The Standard yet?
Another month, another crop of new restaurants. While some places simply rebranded, others are completely new concepts with entirely new takes on cuisine. Benihana-style Mexican restaurant, anyone? Well, whether you're into that or not, there are plenty of other new spots to check out. Unfortunately, there are also some spots that closed, too, so read on to find out if you've lost any restaurant loves in August.

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Castillon's Brings Crazy Cheap Breakfast Burritos to North Phoenix

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There's no shortage of outstanding Mexican fare in metro Phoenix, but we're more than happy to welcome another south of the border joint onto the scene -- especially when it offers to-go breakfast burros at just $2.75 a piece.

Since that's exactly what one experienced Phoenix by way of Ft. Collins restaurant owner decided to do when he opened the doors at Castillon's Family Mexican Restaurant in late July, it might be time for you to pay a visit to the new restaurant located off of Bell Road just east of 32nd Street. Plus, it's not just the burritos that are a steal at Castillon's.

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Now Open: Fluff It Marshmallows in Gilbert

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Thin Mint marshmallows -- just one of the many varieties at Fluff It.
If you're in Gilbert and you have a serious sweet tooth, you're in luck because Fluff It Marshmallows recently opened on Gilbert Road between Baseline and Guadalupe roads. The customizable handmade marshmallow shop offers a range of flavors and a build-your-own s'mores bar.

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The Standard in Scottsdale: A Restaurant, Market, and Bar in One

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Lauren Saria
The Standard's ahi tuna sandwich
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: The Standard
Location: 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, Ste. 127
Open: Less than a week
Eats: Healthy grab-and-go
Price: $20+ per person

Over the last few months, restaurants with a focus on healthy food and grab-and-go options have been popping up all over town. The Arcadia neighborhood might be the best example of the recent trend, with several of these market/restaurants popping up at all once.

But the newest of this breed of eatery has put its roots down in a different part of town, specifically at 10050 N. Scottsdale Road, in the former home of Abe's of Scottsdale Deli. The Standard serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers the neighborhood two bars, a spacious patio, and market-style takeout dining options.

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Pizza a Metro in Phoenix Opens Second Location in Gilbert

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Nikki Buchanan
A Pizza a Metro pie with fennel sausage, broccoli, and mozzarella.
For years Pizza a Metro on the city's west side has been an out of the way but favorite spot for wood-fired pizzas and scratch-made Italian specialties. The restaurant, formerly owned by Maurizio Benforte, is known for its meter-long pizzas -- in fact, that's where the restaurant gets its name, which translates to "pizza by the meter."

Well, there's good news for East Valley-ites who want to get in on this Italian cuisine action. Pizza a Metro has opened a second location of the popular pizzeria in Gilbert. The new Pizza a Metro is located at 832 S. Greenfield Road, on the southwest corner of Greenfield and Warner.

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Fogon Opens Today in Scottsdale (Spoiler Alert: Benihana-Style Mexican Cuisine)

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A new dining spot, Fogon, a Mexican Eatery, will open its doors today.The restaurant is located at 7001 N. Scottsdale Road, inside the Scottsdale Seville shopping complex.

Fogon will offer new way of experiencing Mexican food to the table, one you might already associate with Japanese teppanyaki and onion ring volcanoes. That's right, the restaurant will be doing Benihana-style Mexican fare: Your entree will be prepared at custom grill stations located throughout the dining room.

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