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Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani’s Pescato Set to Open at Morongo

MORONGO CASINO RESORT & SPA – Pescato, a seafood lovers oasis offering the freshest catches from across the globe, is set to become the first dining venue created by renowned celebrity chef Fabio Viviani to open at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa near Palm Springs, CA. 

Located at the entrance to the highly-anticipated Marketplace by Fabio Viviani, Pescato officially opens on April 2 and will offer fresh water and world-class seafood dishes and luxurious oysters on the half shell to Morongo guests, as well as expansive cocktail menu. 

In Italian, “Pescato” means fresh fish caught by hand, and the venue’s name embodies the ethos of excellence for which Chef Viviani is widely known. 

“Pescato is about quality first, not big commercial fishing with big nets. Everything at Pescato is line-caught, fresh, and of course, undeniably delicious,” Viviani said. “Our vision for Pescato is built around this principle, and I am excited to start my culinary journey with Morongo.”  

Pescato’s opening will come just a few weeks before Vivani’s expansive Marketplace food hall is set to open. The Marketplace by Fabio Viviani will bring an international dining adventure to Morongo with six gourmet eateries spanning the globe and a sweet spot for desserts. 

In addition to the seafood and oysters at Pescato, Marketplace guests will enjoy delicious Italian fare at Mercato Centrale, or Mexican and South American taste sensations at Al Comal. Pork & Waffles will offer guests mouthwatering plates of down-home BBQ and Southern comfort food while Prime Cuts will feature part steakhouse, part Brazilian Churrascaria. Pan Asian dishes are the scrumptious star of the show at Sukiru, and diners can top off their meal with delectable deserts from Sweet Things. 

“We are thrilled to welcome Pescato as the first venue from international restaurateur Fabio Vivani to open at Morongo, which will soon be followed by his incredible Marketplace food hall,” said Richard St. Jean, Morongo’s Chief Operating Officer. “Fabio is one of the world’s greatest names in dining and restaurant innovation, and we are delighted to be collaborating with him to enhance our guest experience at Morongo.” 

Charming and gregarious, the Italian-born Viviani has created restaurant concepts and great food across the USA. Fabio Viviani Hospitality has opened 41 restaurants to date, with three new venues planned in Chicago and numerous other projects across the nation.  

A recurring guest on national television shows such as Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, and countless Food Network shows, Viviani appeared on three seasons of the hit reality TV show, “Top Chef” where he was voted “Fan Favorite” in his first season. His passion for delicious food, exquisite hospitality and entrepreneurship is evidenced by his successful launch and operation of two nightclubs and five restaurants in Florence by the time he was 27. He has also authored several books on cooking.  

About the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa  

The AAA-Four Diamond Morongo Casino Resort & Spa is located along the 10 Freeway near Palm Springs, Calif.  Owned and operated by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa offers the hottest slots and an array of table and high-limit gaming at one of the largest tribal gaming centers in the United States. The towering 27-story resort features five top-rated restaurants, a stunning swimming pool with private cabanas, a world-class spa, legendary live entertainment and, nearby, the 36-hole championship Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon. For more information, visit morongocasinoresort.com.