scalo northern italian grill


V.19 No.45 | 11/11/2010
Steve Paternoster
Mina Yamashita

Mina's Dish

Paternoster’s Table

Restaurateur is a humanitarian with a lot on his plate

It’s no secret that restaurants are strong supporters of the communities in which they serve. They are, after all, the face of the hospitality industry. This year Scalo Northern Italian Grill received the New Mexico Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Neighbor Award, sharing accolades with sister restaurant Brasserie La Provence. Their ongoing contributions have supported many Duke City groups including schools, churches, civic organizations and, notably, Dismas House, a transitional living facility.

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V.19 No.40 | 10/7/2010
William Rodwell williamrodwellphotography.com

BOBR: Community Pick

Community Pick

Can anybody be taught to cook?

Oh absolutely, it just takes a little bit of heart. But as far as training goes, you just need to want to learn how to cook and you can be taught.

When did you start?

I started making tortillas when I was probably about 5 with my grandmother. I grew up on, not a farm, but we grew our own vegetables. And I have always enjoyed playing in the kitchen with my grandmother, rolling tortillas and baking cookies.

How long have you cooked professionally?

Well, I started my career 17 years ago at Scalo, then I left and went to various other restaurants. I have been running Brasserie La Provence down the street since April. And I started [as executive chef] at Scalo in the beginning of September.

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