Melissa Maggiore Meyer

Name: Melissa Maggiore Meyer

Facebook: Tommy Vs Urban Kitchen Carlsbad, Tomaso’s, Tomaso’s When In Rome

Instagram: Tommy V’s Urban, Tomasos When In Rome, Tomaso’s, Maggiore Group.

Website: www.tommyvsurbankitchencarlsbad.com, www.tomasos.com

Age: 47

Title: Owner of Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen Carlsbad, Operating Partner of Tomaso’s Restaurant Group, Cantina Mont Olimpo Luxus 5 Ambassador.

Married/Single: happily Married to a nice German boy who is the polar opposite of me and brings balance to my life…or, at least he tries to!

Kids: Marcella – 20, Francesco – 13, Abbie – 22, Jacki – 25, Lindsey – 23. We had four in college at once, so needless to say we had to sell a lot of cannoli!

City you live in: Scottsdale

I was born..

in NYC.

A typical day in my life includes…

my eyes open without fail every morning at 5am, even on vacation, which is extremely annoying! I drink about a pot of coffee while frantically trying to get Francesco motivated to start his day. We make a mad dash out the door at 7am to get to school, and then I am off to work. By the time it is 8am I have already spoken to my mom, my brother, my father, Marcella and my nieces. I arrive to the restaurant and the day takes off. I answer, or avoid, what seems like hundreds of calls. I try to keep up with the constant emails. I am also in daily communication with my restaurant in California. Once dinner service starts, it is showtime! One-hundred percent of my focus is on our guests. Somewhere in between all of this, I get Francesco to soccer, his tutor and help him with his homework. One of the best things about being a restaurateur is that no day is ever the same. It is crazy, exhausting, but always exciting. I fall asleep reading Yelp reviews, have restaurant dreams and wake up to do it all over again.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the Arizona sunsets, the sense of community and our family all being together in one place.

I’m listening to…

it changes on any given hour…dependent on my mood. Snoop, Maroon 5, Billy Joel, Dr. Dre, Sinatra or Eros Ramazotti.

My family…

is a loud, crazy Italian family. We are extremely close and in each other’s business ALL OF THE TIME. We laugh, we yell, we fight, we cry, we are super opinionated and competitive. There isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for each other. We always have each other’s backs. My family is the most important part of my life.

 If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

I wish I could sit across a dinner table with my grandparents, my Uncle Tino and my best friend Karen. Unfortunately they have all passed away. I wish I could enjoy the table with them all one last time. Of course I would invite Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln and Jack Nicholson there as well!

One thing I cannot live without…

my family (and Foie Gras).

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a marine biologist and stage actress.

I’m inspired by…

my parents. My father immigrated from Sicily at the age of 19 with nothing more than $100 and a dream. My mother came from humble beginnings in the Bronx. Together they built a restaurant empire and succeeded in my father’s pursuit of the American Dream. I am so proud of their work ethic and accomplishments.

The one person who motivates me is…

my kids motivate me to be the best I can be. I am motivated to teach my daughter to be a strong, independent and confident woman. I am motivated to raise my son to be a gentleman, who respects woman and has a strong work ethic.

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

the political divide in our current landscape. I long for the days when we all respected one another and celebrated our unique differences.

The perfect day would…

start with a mushroom frittata followed by a round of golf, a walk on the beach, and end with Sunday family dinner and a bottle of Abacus.

My first job was…

hostess at Tomaso’s on 32nd Street & Camelback. Circa 1983.

My favorite escape…

travel, golf and a great meal.

My life…

is organized chaos.

I’m currently working on…

finding a location in Scottsdale for my newest concept and a children’s book series that I have wanted to start for the last 10 years but never found the time.

Always…

remember your worth and be true to who you are.

Never…

let a setback define you. It is how you bounce back after a setback that speaks to your character.

Favorite Quote…

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”-Maya Angelou

Biggest Dream…

I would love to continue in my father’s footsteps and ultimately own and operate my own winery. It would be my dream to open a true Agriturismo, which in addition to the winery would have its own intimate restaurant, working farm, garden and bed & breakfast.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

slow drivers, over-cooked pasta and disingenuous people.

More about Melissa…

as the daughter of an Italian immigrant, Melissa traveled extensively to Italy with her father where her love affair with food and wine began. After pursuing a journalism degree at Arizona State University, she decided her passion for food, wine and hospitality could not be ignored and returned to San Diego to assist in the opening of a new family restaurant venture in Coronado. In 1997, Melissa opened a trattoria, La Bruschetta, in La Jolla, Calif., and embarked on a second location, Zibibbo Italian Bistro, in Encinitas, Calif. in 2000. Melissa has been instrumental in marketing her family’s Luxus 5 wines from Sicily in the U.S. marketplace. In January 2010, Melissa opened Tommy V’s Urban Kitchen in Carlsbad, Calif.,the subject of Food Network primetime series, Family Style. In 2018 Melissa and her husband Kevin relocated to Scottsdale to be closer to family. Melissa oversees the operations of the Tomaso’s Restaurant Group with her father, Tomaso Maggiore. She is currently scouting valley locations for a new restaurant concept.



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