Chef Spotlight

Chef Spotlight

Chef Spotlight

Chef Giovanni “Gio” Mauro is the owner of Old School Pizzeria in North Las Vegas, an original pizza concept dedicated to Mauro’s “respect for ingredients” philosophy.  No commercial yeast, all natural starters, a commitment to fresh and seasonal menu items, and a focus on strong community ties.  With his new restaurant concept, Pizzeria Monzú, he hopes to expand upon that philosophy and present a unique and authentic pizza experience to Las Vegas, sharing recipes cultivated from his proud Sicilian heritage.  More than just a meal, Chef Giovanni is most passionate about creating a personal connection through the cooking and sharing of food, and is looking forward to gathering at the table with the Las Vegas community.

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Recent Posts

Spices Shelf Life

Spices Shelf Life

Just about every fresh herb or vegetable will stay fresh for about five to seven days, and the ground and/or dried versions will stay fresh for about two to three years. The vibrant color of dried and ground spices and herbs will fade as they […]

Are Your Avocados Turning Brown or Gray?

Are Your Avocados Turning Brown or Gray?

What makes a cut avocado turn brown? Cut avocados turn brown for the same reason that cut peaches and apples darken: the oxidation of phenolic compounds. Almost all fruits (and avocado is a fruit) contain phenolic compounds, which turn brown when they react with oxygen. […]

Chef Spotlight

Chef Spotlight

Chef Giovanni “Gio” Mauro is the owner of Old School Pizzeria in North Las Vegas, an original pizza concept dedicated to Mauro’s “respect for ingredients” philosophy.  No commercial yeast, all natural starters, a commitment to fresh and seasonal menu items, and a focus on strong […]

Think Inside the Box

Think Inside the Box

Whether it’s a birthday, Valentine’s Day or other special occasion finding the perfect gift can be frustrating and stressful. For longtime friendships it can be even more difficult at times to come up with something new. Let’s be creative this year and treat your friend, […]

The Power of Scent

The Power of Scent

We are taught growing up that we have five senses: taste, sight, smell, touch and hearing. It was originally believed that we could identify around 10,000 different smells with our nose. However, today scientists believe that we have the capability of smelling, although possibly not […]

Wine & Food Pairing Information

Wine & Food Pairing Information

First look For Flavor Links Check the flavor profile of wine typically relates to specific foods. Create a good match by pairing the ingredients in your food with you wine. Just smell chocolate in your Syrah? Then pair it with your chocolate ganache dessert. Typically, […]

Don’t Be a Flake!

Don’t Be a Flake!

When the weather changes so should your skin care routine. Failing to do so can result in dry, even cracked skin that can become itchy and pronounce your fine lines even more. So what are some of the things that can help you avoid dreaded […]


Seasonal

Shrimp & Sausage Stew

Shrimp & Sausage Stew

Spicy Cauliflower

Spicy Cauliflower

Braised Beef with Root Vegetables

Braised Beef with Root Vegetables

White Bean & Chorizo Soup

White Bean & Chorizo Soup

Spaetzle

Spaetzle