Executive Chef Salvatore Moscato and Sous Chef Jenny Robbins, formerly a team at ShadowRock at the Hilton Resort, have opened Moscato Italian Restaurant, 396 S. Main Street, Camp Verde.
They were intrigued by the ghostly rumors of the former Montezuma Inn but even better, there was a workable kitchen where each of them could ply their trade -- Salvatore his delicate pasta and entrees and Jenny her baked goods and desserts.
They have let their decorating dreams run wild and turned what we would call a first floor hostelry, like the Painted Ladies in San Francisco, into a charming four-room restaurant and bar. Chef Salvatore (from Sicily) & Chef Jenny Robbins (from Kenya) are adventurous and smart cooks, careful in training their staff and love to visit with their dining guests when they can.
We visited them with friends Pattie Hodel and Jennifer Yastic, both of whom worked under Salvatore and Jenny. Of the 4 dining areas, we chose the round center table in The Ballroom.
Other choice spots for the future might be in The Sunroom with its large high top table for 6-8 persons, The Main Dining Room with many tables or try The Lounge. Muted wall colors hold some of Salvatore's artwork, all interesting and inviting.
We began our meal by sharing Shrimp Scampi - butterflied and delicate. Jeff had Linguine Al Pescatore (linguine with mussels, clams and shrimp) and side salad. Jennifer had Pollo Marsala (chicken breast w/ rich Marsala wine mushroom prosciutto sauce over linguine - prosciutto can be optional); Pattie had "Fettuccine al Salmone" (wide fettuccine noodles sautéed salmon, lemon caper cream sauce).
Suzie had Fegato Alla Veneziana (beef liver/onions/roasted potatoes/steamed spinach). We were treated to dessert: cannoli; cheesecake; tiramisu. Everything was wonderful and reasonably priced. We did bring our own wine as the liquor license was not to take effect until the next week.
Moscatos is open six days, presently closed Sunday. Hours are M-Th 11-2 and 4-9. Fri and Sat 11-9 . With its popularity and style, reservations are a good idea. Phone 928-567-7417.
Bites and Sips: During "the best ever" Sedona International Film Festival we did our duty for you and ate out three days in a row: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and 1 carry out -- no complaints! Breakfast at The Golden Goose & Tortas del Fuego; lunches at Karma & Senor Bob's (now serving burgers on homemade buns!); two early bird dinners at Bella Vita Ristorante and one at Red's, and carry out Chile Rellenos from Tamaliza Market. With all that food, we only had popcorn once!
To Your Health and Happiness,
Jeff and Suzie at The Dunnery