The Maggiore family opened their first restaurant, Tomaso’s, on the Camelback Corridor in 1977. Since then, the family-owned restaurant group has opened four more restaurants: Scottsdale’s Tomaso’s Italian Kitchen, North Scottsdale’s Hash Kitchen, Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen in Carlsbad, CA, and The Sicilian Butcher, with three locations in the greater Phoenix area (not to mention its neighboring cannoli bar and pasticceria, The Sicilian Baker).
Now, with a firm — or shall we say, al dente? — grasp on Italian cuisine, Chef Joey Maggiore is crossing the Atlantic into Mexico, with the opening of The Maggiore Group’s first Mexican restaurant, The Mexicano.
“I wanted to explore the art of Mexican cuisine,” Chef Joey said in a press release. “Like cooking Italian food, I appreciate the culture and tradition behind creating authentic recipes, and this was a project I was very excited to share with my staff and the public because it’s an unexpected passion of mine.”
The Mexicano, at 4801 E. Cactus Road by Phoenix’s Village Crossroads, will have fiesta energy, with lots of vibrant colors, weekend Mariachi bands and latin DJs, imported furniture, and one of Arizona’s largest covered outdoor patios.
No opening date has been announced, but the restaurant is set to be serving up fresh margaritas by summer.