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SECOND STORY RESTAURANT & LIQUOR BAR
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
July 2016 Issue | Vol. 4, No. 14                          Mad Men in the kitchen; honestly good food.
 

  
                                                                                                                

 

 

 










 
 
 
 

Executive Chef
DOMA - MANHATTAN BEACH
KRISTINA MIKSYTE

Owner / Chef
BARAN'S 2239 - HERMOSA BEACH
TYLER GUGLIOTTA

Executive Chef
SECOND STORY - SCOTTSDALE
NICK RUSTICUS

      
Lead Sommelier
RITZ-CARLTON
HALF MOON BAY CA

TODD BRINKMAN

      
Chocolate Stars USA

     
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA
Doma Kitchen

     
Stolen Fruit
Cocktail Mixers

     
Gary Spadafore
CERTIFIED WINE EDUCATOR
Napa Valley Chardonnays


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Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar | Executive Chef Nick Rusticus | Scottsdale, Arizona
“This is not what you’d expect in Old Town,” Tommy Plato said about his restaurant, Second Story, located above his family’s gelato shop. The restaurant turned out way different from the original plans for the upstairs space. “It was going to be a pizzeria,” Plato continued on the story behind Second Story. “We were going to have them sent up from The Gelato Spot.” But Plato couldn’t get the idea of Mad Men out of his mind. After two years of planning, he opened the restaurant. Rather than pizza, it offered an experience—a dark, elegant atmosphere with a crystal chandelier and floor globe, a stellar collection of brown spirits, waitresses with outfits inspired by a Victoria’s Secret floor show, and a fine dining menu. The kitchen, under the direction of Executive Chef Nick Rusticus for the last year, picks up where the dining room leaves off. “I want to create an experience,” Rusticus said. “Obviously I’ve been blessed with an opportunity with a gorgeous space. You get the lights turned down and the candles lit and it’s beautiful in here. Coming up the stairs with our hostesses, it’s quite the experience.” Rusticus wants “the complete open opportunity to provide something different for each guest.” Which means? “What we provide and what people are willing to sacrifice to come up here,” Rusticus explained, “they should be blown away and they should be able to go home and wake up the next day and remember it and say, Wow, that was awesome. Go out the next couple of weeks and share with friends how memorable the experience was. That’s one of the biggest things I stress, and that’s what we provide. That’s what we push for.” Admirable. Does he pull it off? Very well.