Tomaso Maggiore


Name: Tomaso Maggiore

Age: 67

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Title: Chef

Married/Single: Married

A typical day in my life includes…

starting the day with exercise, hot coffee and managing the kitchens at Vivo! and Tomaso’s. Creating special menus for the evening and sharing them with all my friends and guests of my restaurant.

Favorite thing about Arizona

being able to grow vegetables in my backyard year round.

I’m listening to

Andrea Bocelli.

My family

loves to hear me sing.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be

Sophia Loren.

One thing I cannot live without…

a great dish of pasta.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a Chef!

I’m inspired by…

the reaction of my friends and guests when I personally prepare a fantastic authentic Italian dinner.

The one person who motivates me is…

my first and last customer every day.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be

a world without war and terrorism and to be able to grow tomatoes with a lot less seeds!

The perfect day would be…

being able to spend time with my grandchildren: Tomaso, Francesco, Marcella, Giuliana & Melina.

My first job was…

working side by side with my mother in the kitchen.

My favorite escape…

every year in September, I go on a culinary trip to Italy and I love spending time with my friends at the restaurants that they own. I also enjoy seeing Giovanni Maggio, my partner, childhood friend and winemaker at Monte Olimpo Winery in Sambuca di Sicilia.”

I’m currently working on…

a restaurant in North Scottsdale, “Tomaso’s When in Rome” and expanding the production of olive oil on my farm in Sicily.


looking to improve the quality of the food I serve.


compromise on quality.

Favorite Quote

“One cannot think well, love well, and sleep well, if one has not dined well” and “If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.

Biggest dream…

when people think of Italian dining there would be only one place on their mind…Tomaso’s!

My Pet Peeve

anything less than ultimate customer service in my restaurants.

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