We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mike, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
How did you come up with the idea for your business?

You hear these things all the time…..but it really did come to me in the shower, well, the name at least.

S. Maranto’s isn’t just the name of the Scottsdale restaurant project I am working on, it also happens to be my late grandfathers name.

My grandfather Sam Maranto, born in 1926, was the son of first generation Italian immigrants from Cefalu, Sicily. In 1948, Sam opened a Texas Italian Restaurant celebrating authentic and approachable favorites. This institution still stands today after over 70 years in business!

After being in the restaurant business here in Scottsdale since 2017, and getting to know the market, I knew we had a concept that the community could get behind.

We have great restaurants here in Scottsdale, they are new, vibrant, and unique. Don’t get me wrong we have a tremendous food scene with great people behind them. However, sometimes as a community we fall into the “Trendy Food Trap” with “Trendy Food Prices”. I want to give the community 100 year old recipes that have stood the test of time, while still keeping an eye for progression. I want to bring some history to a growing city, with a lot of history still to write.

S. Maranto’s will be an Italian Restaurant, Market, and Bar coming to North Scottsdale in late 2021.

What should our readers know about your business?  We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, and how you got to where you are today business-wise?
I started working in my family’s restaurant from a very young age, and at one point or another have worked every restaurant job. Most of the learning came from doing, and figuring it out as I went along. I come from a small market, El Paso. I knew to progress in the food world that I would have to eventually leave. I went to business school at The University of Arizona, and found a home in Scottsdale.

You go from real small markets like El Paso & Tucson then suddenly you’re in one of the biggest Hospitality markets in the country. It was a learning curve, luckily I’m a quick learner. Before deciding to branch out on my own I had food & beverage leadership positions at Hotel Valley Ho, JW Marriott Desert Ridge, and The Westin Kierland. I formed great relationships and connections in the industry. I can tell you that I was never late, always did what I was told, and never minded working 7 days for the success of the operation. It definitely was not easy choosing a career path that works while everyone else plays. Thats why I knew that it had to be on my own terms.

I’m a huge proponent of getting the basics right, whether its in the restaurants or my personal life. It is my biggest differentiator.

So many people are focused on the details that they forget to take care of what’s important.

Bottom Line: Its a restaurant, the food needs to taste good, and people need to come first.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Scottsdale is a collective golf Mecca. There are so many great golf facilities here that I am constantly showing visitors. I have lived here since 2017, and really have only scratched the surface from a shear course quantity standpoint.

A trip here is never complete without a sunset to appreciate the Sonoran Desert. Best view in town for it is Jade Bar at Sanctuary…..the food, drink, and service never disappoint. Best Pork Chop in Town!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others that you feel deserve additional exposure. Is there anything or anyone you would like to shout-out?
The Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger- its business school in a book. A must read for any professional!

Website: smarantos.com

Instagram: @smarantositalian

Facebook: Facebook.com/smarantositalian

Nominate Someone: ShoutoutArizona is built on recommendations and shoutouts from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you or someone you know deserves recognition please let us know here.