The Arrivederci story begins with Franco, born in Sorrento, a seaside village
on the Amalfi coast in Southern Italy. After spending the first 25 years of
his life studying the fine art of Italian cuisine, Franco received the distinction
of "Maestro Di Cucina Italiano" (Master of Italian Cuisine) from the
Italian Council of Chefs.
Arrivederci was to specialize in Franco's new "Nouvelle Italian Cuisine"
which focused on fresh ingredients, no preservatives, and more vegetables,
a very healthy style of Italian cuisine that was a hit with the local "health
concious" Californians. Two years later Franco met his current business
partner Max Sahin, the Chef/Owner of Avanti's of La Jolla, CA. The two
became instant friends and decided to open a restaurant together the following
spring of 1995 in North Scottsdale.
The "healthy but tasty" concept provided to work very well in the
North Scottsdale location and therefore followed 2 years later by a location
inHouston, TX and finally by its newest location in Ahwatukee - Phoenix,
AZ in the winter of 2004.
Arriverderci Ahwatukee's unique blend of healthy but tasty food, casual
elegance, and impeccable service has made it the company's most popular
location. Chef Franco's expertise in the kitchen coupled with Max's expertise
in the dining room has produced a winning concept in Italian Dinning that will
continue to thrive for many years to come.