A James Beard featured chef who has hosted two sold-out dinner at the famed culinary institution in New York City, Chef Lisa Dahl has pioneered the culinary scene in Sedona, AZ, over the last 20 years. As the executive chef and owner of four extraordinary restaurants in Northern Arizona’s red rock country, she has earned international acclaim for Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano, Cucina Rustica, Pisa Lisa and her newest, most buzzed-about addition, Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill.
Dahl was among the first to introduce fine dining to the small town of Sedona in the late ‘90s and she is now the largest restaurateur in the area with accolades spanning the culinary spectrum. In recent years, she’s been widely credited for Sedona’s emergence as a national “foodie destination”. Along with being a self-taught chef and successful restaurateur, Dahl is also a best-selling cookbook author and interior designer, having single-handedly designed the décor in of each of her restaurants.
After shedding her life in the Bay Area and a career in the fashion industry following the loss of her son Justin,
Dahl sought healing and moved to Sedona, a town famous for its metaphysical energy and healing powers. Once settled there, she unearthed her long-held passion for cooking, one that she and her late son Justin shared. Her life long dream of being a chef and restaurateur was realized in 1995 when she opened Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano, where Chef Dahl’s passion for natural cooking comes to life with uber clean and healthy Italian-Mediterranean dishes.
Today, Dahl Restaurant Group warmly welcomes more than 350,000 guests per year among all four restaurants and is projected to reach 400,000 guests in 2017. On an annual basis Dahl Restaurant Group employs close to 250 people, many of who have been with the company for over 15 years. Each of Chef’s Dahl’s fine dining restaurants continue to garner prestigious recognitions and accolades, including the Wine Spectators Award of Excellence which has been awarded to Cucina Rustica and Dahl and DiLuca for 12 consecutive years.