San Diego-based modern Italian eatery to make Arizona debut

The restaurant offers a unique experience with homemade pasta being prepared at the table inside a wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

San Diego-based modern Italian eatery to make Arizona debut

San Diego restaurant group prepares to open its first outlet outside of California in the Valley.

Ambrogio15 will open its sixth location in Phoenix in the former California Pizza Kitchen at Biltmore Fashion Park at 2502 E. Camelback Road. The opening is expected to be in December.

We wanted to bring a brand-new concept to Phoenix and are thrilled to bring Ambrogio15 into the Biltmore area, which is known as a luxurious and stylish neighborhood. We are prepared for this exciting journey because of our Italian roots and what we learned from the San Diego market," said co-founder Andrea Burrone in a press release.

View renderings of this modern Italian restaurant by clicking through the gallery.

The menu, which was created by Silvio Salmoiraghi, a Michelin-starred chef from Italy’s Acquerello, and Choi Cheolyeok as a business partner, is full of authentic Italian food, made with local ingredients. It includes pizzas, pastas, Italian steaks, seafood, and a raw-bar serving oysters and other crudo.

According to Ambrogio15, the Phoenix location will offer a wide selection of boutique wines in a two-story tower of 2,000 bottles of wine carved right into the center of the restaurant. It will also feature an extensive cocktail list designed by Marco Russo. He is the mixologist of Bar 1930, a bar that has consistently been ranked as one of the 50 best bars in the world.

Ambrogio15 was founded in 2016 by Andrea Burrone, a Milan native, and Giacomo Pizzigoni. The group launched its first location in San Diego’s Pacific Beach and quickly became famous for its gourmet Milanese style pizzas with a paper-thin, special crust.

GTC Design, based in San Diego, has designed the restaurant space at Biltmore fashion park, which was inspired by the hometown of its founders, Milan, Italy. The 145-seater restaurant will have a wood-lined, two-story facade with a central wine-tray, leather-wrapped seats in the main dining room, and a private 12-person dining area for "omakase", where guests choose their own meal.

The restaurant offers a variety of tableside shows, including a homemade spaghetti prepared in a wheel Parmigiano Reggiano and a tomahawk steak that is flaming.