Anthony "Rocco" Andiario
Andiario brings his passion for Italian cuisine to Quiessence. Anthony grew up in Pennsylvania where his parents inspired his love for food. After graduating from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in graphic design, he traveled to Italy where food inspired him to change careers. He graduated from Arizona Culinary Institute while working at Michael's at the Citadel in Scottsdale, which is where he met Chef Greg LaPrad.
Shortly thereafter, Anthony joined Chef Greg at Quiessence and together, they helped pioneer the "locavore" culinary movement in Phoenix. As the Chef de Cuisine, Anthony mastered the art of salumi making, creating an awarding winning in-house cured meat and charcuterie program. With a passion for sustainability, Tony has raised the bar on showcasing the versatility and delectability of pork.
Described by the staff as "unmissable," Chef Tony's hand-rolled pastas have been show-stealers on the menu, with premier ingredients and soulful flavors. Chef Tony brings authenticity to Quiessence' Italian-inspired platform.
In September 2011, Andiario was promoted to Executive Chef of Quiessence, complimented by his Sous Chef Stevan Kosanovich, formerly of Brix Restaurant in Flagstaff. As an advocate of culinary tradition and artisanship, Chef Tony works tirelessly with his team, mentoring them to develop talents and skills that keep the cuisine of Quiessence picturesque and mouthwatering.
Tony's passion for sustainability and farming does not stop once dinner service is over. He has cultivated and nurtured a respectably-sized farm on his property, complete with chicken coop and compost. Tony spends his free time tending to his garden and brainstorming ways to showcase the offerings from the earth in exquisite ways.
Quiessence has been graced with countless accolades and awards, including Four Diamonds from AAA, America's Most Romantic Restaurant by Travel & Leisure, The Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, and Best Restaurant in Phoenix by Phoenix Magazine. Chef Greg, Chef Tony, and their team have stayed true to the concept of seasonal & handcrafted and strive to share their passion with Valley diners every evening.
The Arizona Winemaker Dinner Series
Featuring Five Winemakers, Five Nights, Five Menus, celebrating the food & vino of Arizona!
Seating: 6:30pm for each event
Cost: $79.00 per guest, per event
Purchase the entire Arizona Winemaker Dinner Series for $300.00 if prepaid before April 4th!
Book online or call (602)276-0601