Trendsetter to Know: Nico Doniele of Santé Restaurant

Name: Nico Doniele Scegiel

Facebook: Nico Doniele Scegiel

Instagram: @roundtheworld / @EatatSante


Age: How old do I look? 😜

Title: Owner / partner/ Creative Director at Santé Restaurant

Married/Single: Single

Kids: Fur baby

City you live in: Phoenix / Marina Del Rey

A typical day in my life includes… Hot yoga, meetings at Santé, working with our chef team, or bugging them about new ideas 🙂

I was born… In San Diego.

My favorite thing about Arizona… I love how clean, beautiful and bountiful it is. There is so much to see in nature here, an hour and change to snow, Sedona, and of course, the Frank Lloyd Wright inspiration.

I’m listening to… The Ben Greenfield podcast and French lounge house music.

My family… Is supportive, loving and open minded. My mother passed a year ago, of cognitive related illnesses, and my father is in Surprise, Arizona, and my brothers are in Mesa and Cabo.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… This is a hard one! Richard Branson or Peter Diamandis (which could happen). 

One thing I cannot live without… I’d say something silly like my phone or coffee, but I’d truly say I couldn’t live without human connection and community.

When I was younger, I wanted to be… an actress.

I’m inspired by… Adrian Grenier, and what’s he’s doing to support the regenerative movement.

The one person who motivates me is… My dad. 

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… Factory farming and Global warming.

The perfect day would be… Wake up with coffee on the outdoor patio of a little cabana overlooking a crystal blue sea full of sea life, somewhere tropical with someone I love ❤️ and nothing else to do but swim and eat 😍

My first job was… A retail girl at Merry Go Round in PV mall!!

My favorite escape… Costa Rica or Paris it’s a tie.

My life…I’ve created an abundant, slightly nomadic, exciting and fulfilling life that I couldn’t be more proud of. Helping people elevate their consciousness around food and the choices they make is my purpose.

I’m currently working on… My business of course, my coaching business, the wellness retreat in Costa Rica we’ve invested in, as well as growing our baby Santé.

Always… Ask yourself, “Am I being kind or just trying to be right?”

Never… Regret what has happened. The universe has a plan.

Favorite Quote… “Let us eat to live and live longer to eat.” —me 🙂

Biggest Dream… To create boutique wellness hotels.

My Pet Peeve(s)… Absence of communication. 😱

Bio-on yourself/company: Nico Doniele has been around the restaurant industry her entire life. The daughter of an award-winning executive chef. Before she knew it, she was working in restaurants in Scottsdale, tending bar, serving tables, and being a part of restaurants’ opening teams for countless years. Now, she’s marrying her love of the restaurant industry with the passion she has for food health and health education.

Through struggles of her own with gut health issues, she found it difficult to find places where she could eat and celebrate food with her friends. Furthermore, being a change maker, she found it difficult to find conscious places to eat where all things were thought about. 

By creating the concept Santé, it is her mission that eating out with diet restriction frustrations are a thing of the past and acknowledging that the choices WE make for our planet, are the future.

The 5,000 square-foot space includes an extensive, wrap-around patio and private dining space with chic décor that blends Hollywood Regency glamour with boho touches. Design features include living green moss walls, neon signs and a pink feather chandelier, with a focus on blush tones, brass accents, and natural wood. 

Check out their North Scottsdale location at 15507 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

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