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Award-winning San Diego restaurant group brings Ambrogio15 to Biltmore
Ambrogio15, the award-winning restaurant group out of San Diego, is making the move to Phoenix with its 6th concept set to open at Biltmore Fashion Park (2502 E. Camelback Rd.) in December 2023. Even tastier, this striking, all-new Ambrogio15 will feature an extensive menu of authentic Italian fare handcrafted by one of Italy’s top Michelin-starred chefs, from their famed pizzas and pastas, to Italian-style steaks, seafood and even a raw bar serving oysters and crudo. Plus, all new for Phoenix, Ambrogio15 will showcase its globe-straddling selection of boutique natural wines inside a soaring, 2,000 bottle, two-story wine tower carved right into the heart of the restaurant, as well as an extensive cocktail menu designed by Marco Russo, the world-famous mixologist behind Bar 1930 in Milan, consistently ranked among the World’s 50 Best Bars.
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Founded by friends and fellow Milan natives, Andrea Burrone and Giacomo Pizzigoni, Ambrogio15 first launched in 2016 in San Diego’s Pacific Beach, and quickly won rave reviews for its gourmet Milanese-style pizzas featuring a special paper-thin crust. Now home to five unique restaurants across Greater San Diego, Ambrogio15 has also expanded its menus to include wide variety of modern and classic Italian dishes with a twist, all designed by the Michelin starred chef, Silvio Salmoiraghi, and business partner chef, Choi Cheolyeok. The two met at Ristorante Acqurello, chef Silvio’s restaurant outside of Milan, when chef Choi was promoted to head chef, and co-owner. It was at Ristorante Acqurello that the two chefs joined with Andrea Burrone and Giacomo Pizzigoni with the ambitious goal of redefining what modern Italian cuisine means in San Diego, and now Phoenix. Think a deconstructed lasagna baked in a wood-fired oven, cacio e pepe prepared tableside and finished with fresh truffle, or award-winning pizzas crafted with hand-washed flour imported from a 191-year-old family-run flour mill in the province of Piacenza, just southeast of Milan.
Set to open on the west side of Biltmore Fashion Park inside the space formerly occupied by California Pizza Kitchen, Ambrogio15 is working with San Diego’s GTC Design, to construct a soaring, sleek and wood-lined space inspired by the owners’ hometown of Milan – the capital of design and fashion. Stepping past the glowing two-story glass façade, guests can dine in the electric, lively lounge featuring a central wine tower, cuddle up inside leather-wrapped booth in the main dining area, or reserve the posh 12-person private dining room for an omakase experience, featuring a dedicated bar. Seating up to 145, Ambrogio15 will be open for lunch and dinner, with plans to add weekend brunch and late-night dining.
“We wanted to bring an all-new concept out to Phoenix, and we are super thrilled to be bringing Ambrogio15 to the Biltmore neighborhood, which is known for being luxurious and stylish. Our Italian roots, combined with what we have learned in the San Diego market has prepared us for this exciting adventure! Says Andrea Burrone.
Modern Italian cuisine is what Ambrogio15 is bringing to the Biltmore area through the lens of head chef Fabio Pizzigoni, formerly at the Park Plaza London Riverbank. This means locally sourced, authentic Italian appetizers, a raw bar, signature pasta made in-house, incredible cuts of meat and seafood, and their famous gourmet pizzas, of course. Guests can expect a few table-side “shows” like a homemade pasta that is prepared at the table inside of a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano, and a flaming tomahawk steak.
The entire beverage program at Ambrogio15 has been created by world-famous mixologist, Marco Russo, of MAG Café, and Bar 1930 in Milan, Italy. Russo got his start in Milan, and after years of honing and perfecting his craft, he opened up Bar 1930. Bar 1930 has been ranked in the top 50 bars in the world for the last five years on the list of the World’s 50 Best Bars, and is known to have some of the highest quality cocktails in Europe. Ambrogio15 will have an extensive craft cocktail list with about 15 signature cocktails from Russo.