Welcome to Amano Bistro and wine bar!
Enjoy gourmet pizza, fine Italian food, and seasonal daily specials with 25 wines by the glass to choose from.
Amano Bistro has lost its lease. The property has been sold and the new owner has other plans. Amano will close its doors on January 16, 2016 after an eleven year run.
When we saw this dilapidated building
thirteen years ago we had no idea what it would become. We knew we liked the location, right on Baseline and central to the South Mountain area. We had become tired of long commutes to other areas like Scottsdale to find a desirable place to eat. The solution was simple, open the kind of place we would like to go to on a regular basis. It was a year of zoning hearings, neighborhood and city council meetings, building department applications and inspections, and construction; all of which took almost a year. Amano opened in September of 2004 and has been evolving ever since.
While there is a certain sadness in closing, all the memories can only invoke pride and happiness. Amano has seen friendships made, marriages happen, children born, celebrations, family reunions, art shows, and birthdays by the thousands (must have been the free dessert). We are very proud of all the chefs who have passed through our doors but none prouder than of Keith and Kevin Johnson, the two brothers who have put Amano in such ample hands the last two years. Our three girls who have been here since the beginning have been truly amazing. Patrice Bower, Tess Sokolova, and Courtney Bower have carried this restaurant on their shoulders with the pride and professionalism that made Amano such a welcoming and happy place. The common thread with all the employees over the eleven years was that they all simply cared and wanted to make the customers happy. We can never forget the customers over the years. Their warmth, generosity, and appreciation of life was a beacon to Amano and sustained us in the lowest of times.
Kathy and I have always felt that in the same way paintings are art and beauty to the eyes, and as music is art and beauty to the ears, food and wine are art and beauty to the senses. We ran Amano with that philosophy in mind. Our food, handcrafted from the finest ingredients, came directly from our heart and hands. Never settle, let the beauty of all things light your way. We will never forget anybody and you will all remain our friends for life. Eric and Kathy Bower
Amano Bistro owners Eric and Kathy Bower have lived beneath the South Mountains for over thirty years. In the early years Baseline Road was a sleepy two lane road with only one traffic light for miles. During this time it was a tourist destination bordered by miles of citrus groves and over a thousand acres of flowers grown by the Japanese flower growers and shipped to all parts of the world.
Baseline fruit stands offered the best variety of sweet oranges anywhere and extras, such as fresh squeezed juices and date shakes. The Japanese flower stands were a perfume of fresh cut flowers and also had shelves full of seasonal vegetables, melon and fruit. No need to grow tomatoes as the Japanese gardeners offered a box of ripe beefsteak tomatoes for two dollars.
Amano Bistro was opened in 2004 with the concept taken from the early years of Baseline Road. Offer tasty, honest Italian food using the freshest and finest of ingredients and do whatever it takes to provide a comfortable and memorable dining experience. This is a neighborhood Bistro where you can relax over wine and order your favorite item or try something new and different from our daily changing specials menu. Whether you order fresh seafood, fine steaks, pasta specialties, or gourmet pizza, Amano will treat you like family under the shadow of the South Mountains.