In Italian, Scalo means stopover; a transportation location that ultimately helps you reach your destination. Much like our name, our restaurant experience aims to do the same: transporting you to a culinary destination of authentic, always delicious Italian dishes. Derived from traditional ingredients and generations of perfected recipes, the food at Scalo serves to do more than satisfy your tastebuds, but provide you with a culinary experience that exudes the passion, culture, and history of Italy.
Located in the heart of Albuquerque, Scalo in Nob Hill is the perfect destination for any occasion. Whether date night, a birthday, or everyday dinner, our team is ready to serve up an experience unlike any other, complete with unparalleled customer service, food, drinks, and an elegant atmosphere. Make a reservation today and discover why we’re Albuquerque’s best Italian restaurant.
The Scalo Team
Executive Chef: David Ruiz
Inspired by summers at his grandmother's northern California farm, Executive Chef David Ruiz’s culinary foundation is anchored in the farm to table movement. A graduate of the California Culinary Academy, Chef Ruiz is an active proponent of and participant in food education and the connection between food and farming. He has worked in award winning restaurants in Aspen, San Jose, Yosemite and Albuquerque and considers the Bay Area’s Chef Scott Baumann and Albuquerque’s Boris Revilla valuable mentors at the intersection of culture, creativity, and consistency. Recognized for his technique, integrity, experience, and creativity, Chef Ruiz has been featured on Food Network’s Chopped (2016) and Guy Fieri’s Family Road Trip (2017). In 2018 he won the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Competition with his approach to the sustainable burger.
Chef David has been at the helm of Scalo since April 2022 and since then he has transformed Scalo menu to a blend of classic Italian with modern American interpretation.
Owners: Kristie & Prashant Sawant
Kristie & Prashant took over Scalo in 2019, with the simple intention of bringing this iconic place back for the city of Albuquerque. Having degrees in Engineering they both worked in technology industry for over two decades. In the early 2010s they hung up the techy hats to pursue their passion in Travel, Food, Wine and Family. Having traveled extensively though Europe and, in particular Italy, their attempt is to bring that perspective to Scalo. Kristie is spearheading Scalo’s bar program and has curated an award-winning wine list with over 160 selections. Prashant is usually found in the back kitchen having fervent discussions with Chef about food and philosophy.