Il Naso has been a proud member of the Ketchum/Sun Valley dining community for more than a quarter of a century and has always aspired to bring exceptional Italian Dining to the "best mountain town" in the world.
Jim Fosler, Owner
Jim, an avid skier and cyclist, fell in love with the valley over 15 years ago. In 2012, when the opportunity to purchase his favorite restaurant, il Naso, arose, he couldn’t refuse. Jim’s vision for the valley dining institution is to nurture the cozy, romantic vibe, build an unparalleled wine list, and continue to serve comforting Italian fare sourced from high quality, local ingredients.
True to that commitment, il Naso has received Wine Spectator Awards year after year for its extensive and refined selections, and Chef David Cruz’s ethos centers around the local farm to table concept.
Jim is deeply committed to maintaining il Naso as an inter-generational dining “go-to” for the Ketchum community.
David Cruz, Chef
Chef David Cruz is a third-generation restaurateur. Both his mother and father were accomplished chefs with acclaimed Italian restaurants in Acapulco, Palm Springs, and Houston. He was groomed from a young age in the culinary arts.
Raised in Acapulco and educated in the United States, Chef Cruz graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. It was in NYC that Cruz learned his craft, working with some of the most celebrated chefs in the business, before heading west to hone his skills under chef Nancy Oakes of San Francisco’s Boulevard Restaurant.
In search of a change of pace, Chef Cruz left San Francisco and landed in Ketchum as the chef of Evergreen. During the off season, he continued to hone his craft by being a stagiaire at some of the most famous kitchens around the country.
Chef Cruz was recruited from Evergreen by celebrated restaurant developer Elizabeth Blau to help initiate the concept of celebrity chef “kitchens” in Las Vegas. It was during this time that he worked closely with Chef Kerry Simon of Simon fame and other well-known chefs to open their satellite restaurants. His list of restaurant openings outside of openings for other chefs include 8k at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass, CO (Best New Restaurant and Chef, Esquire Magazine) and Sage in Edmonton, Alberta (Best Restaurant and Chef in Canada). Most recently, Chef Cruz has consulted with hotels, independent restaurants, and celebrity chefs looking to expand their influence on a global scale. This chapter of his career took him to 87 countries and allowed him to live in 34 of them.
In 2020, il Naso was fortunate enough to find Chef Cruz keen on returning to life in the valley and recruited him. A cornerstone of Chef Cruz’s culinary philosophy is respecting the source of ingredients and keeping the chain from growers and farmers to the table as direct as possible.