Nestled in Old Town Scottsdale is a cozy little Italian restaurant called EVO. You’ll find Chef Pete DeRuvo running the kitchen and putting out classic Italian cuisine and timeless American dishes made with fresh, local ingredients.
A few of us media peeps got the chance last week to enjoy an amazing meal and some quality time with Chef Pete “pasta” DeRuvo. He showed us how he makes his fresh pasta and did a few other demos for us as well. All while we feasted on some of the dishes that I’ll share below. First out to us were the antipasta dishes, we had the focaccia “DeRuvo,” which was crispy and sprinkled with cheese and honey – a group favorite. The most spectacular charcuterie ultima was then presented to us in all its glory with everything from bone marrow to your usual meat and cheese.
For the Sfinci course we had two of my favorite dishes, the glazed crispy pork belly with watermelon, crispy shallots, herbs and sea salt. I absolutely loved the way the pork belly and watermelon flavors melded together. Then the crispy chicken thigh came out with duck gravy and olive oil mash. Talk about heaven, this dish I could not get enough of and I will order every time I go back!
At this point in the meal I had to head home because I’m lame and I go to bed early since I know I’ll be up all night with a cute little #azfoodiebaby. I missed out on a lot of food and from what I tried, I was pretty sad to miss out on it too.
Up next was the beef heart sandwich with house giardiniera, whole grain mustard and pickled onions. They also had the charred Spanish octocpus with pimenton potatoes and tomato romesco.
For the Paste course whole wheat orecchiette with sweet sausage, chili, pecorino and greens hit the table. Along with squid ink chitarra with lumb crab, uni butter, panna montata and scallions. The raviolo with duck egg, truffle scented ricotta, brown butter and pancetta looked like it would have won my heart!(Photo courtesy of Awe Collective)
Cut tableside by the Chef was a bistecca florentina 48oz porterhouse with bone marrow sauce (I really missed out you guys!)
And if that wasn’t enough, they finished out the meal with an upside down cake with walnut and fig creme fresh.
One thing I know for sure, if you go to EVO, you’ll definitely be back for more. Thanks again to EVO for providing us with a media family style dinner. Even though the meal was provided, my opinions in the post are my own.
4175 N. Goldwater Blvd.