The Italians Are Coming 2

Tomaso’s II…. When in Rome is Making It’s Much Anticipated North Scottsdale Debut

That’s right, Tomaso Maggiore is coming to North Scottsdale and opening his new restaurant, Tomaso’s II…. When in Rome, on the northeast corner of Pinnacle Peak and Scottsdale Road. If you’ve lived in the Valley awhile, you’ve undoubtedly heard of this legendary chef and restaurateur who brought authentic Italian cuisine to the desert.

Tomaso was born in Sicily and grew up cooking beside his mother. As he got older, his passion for cooking grew, as did his dream of becoming a chef. So, when he moved to New York, he took cooking jobs, where he developed his skill under some talented chefs. One nasty winter a friend invited Tomaso to vacation at his place in Arizona; and it wasn’t long after that he moved to Phoenix. In 1977, he opened his first restaurant, Tomaso’s, where he blended his creative flair of cooking authentic Italian cuisine with the cooking styles he learned in New York. He has continued to please his customers with delicious Italian cuisine for the last 40 years.


Tomaso doesn’t skimp on quality and uses only the best cuts of prime meats in his recipes. Plus, each entrée looks as good as it tastes.

“I don’t know how to make bad food,” states Tomaso. “Only the highest quality products are used to produce the best possible dishes.”

You’ll also find locally grown vegetables and artesian cheeses incorporated in his dishes. He continues to make fresh pasta for his restaurants and shares that the secret to his savory pasta recipes aren’t the noodles, but the sauces. I can attest to that, as they are fantastic. You will find three of his signature pastas on the menu: Cacio e Pepe, a Roman classic with Pecorino Romano cheese and toasted black pepper; Amatriciana, a favorite served with tomato sauce, guanciale, spices and Romano cheese; and another Roman classic, Carbonara, that’s prepared with cheese, topped with thin zucchini strips and served in a beautiful Parmesan Basket.

Other signature classics include my favorite, Saltimbocca alla Romano, tender veal served with prosciutto fontina and lightly drizzled with sherry. Saltimbocca means “to leap into the mouth” and it is magnifico! You’ll also find the popular Osso Buco, which means “hole in bone”, a braised veal shank with porcini mushrooms and black truffle ragu. And, of course, Tomaso’s famous lasagna, which he explains is “Absolutely amazing……the best in town!” It’s prepared with sauce that’s made with three different meats – veal, beef and pork. The same three meats are used to form mini-meatballs, which are tucked under the layered noodles and served with parmesan cheese and beschamel sauce. A very flavorful dish!

The Maggiore family owns a vineyard in Sicily as well, and one of the wines produced is Luxus 5. It’s a delicious, smooth tasting red wine blend of five grapes – Carbernet Sauvignon, Nero Davola, Merlot, Petite Verdot and Syrah— and a perfect choice to pair with your entree. They also own olive groves and produce their oil under the brand Tomaso’s.


Tomaso invites the community to dine in a chic, relaxed atmosphere with dishes that are sure to please each family member. In addition, small plates, an all-day happy hour and a special happy hour menu makes it a destination for all.

“There are no strangers here, only friends we have yet to meet,” shares Tomaso.

We are fortunate to have a plethora of amazing restaurants in the Valley, but this iconic chef’s commitment and dedication to his craft these past 40 years was commemorated last year by Phoenix Major Greg Stanton who proclaimed September 29th as Tomaso’s Day. Tomaso’s love for food and passion for cooking are contagious and we are blessed he shares his amazing talent!

Tomaso’s II …When in Rome is located at 22623 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 120, Scottsdale, AZ 85255. For more information, please visit 

Contact number : 480-404-6085