ABOUT

Sonata’s Restaurant brings the “food is life” philosophy to Scottsdale. Using real, fresh and in-season ingredients to create traditional Old World cuisine with a touch of American flair. Sonata’s is dedicated to bringing the flavors and dining style of Europe to each of their guest’s table with every meal.

The restaurant development team’s Lithuanian heritage combined with their prior successful restaurant experience, the chef’s innate ability to create dishes crafted with respect to tradition while adding his own take on each. Sonata’s stunning and upscale environment — created by COO and Chief Designer Deividas Molocajevas — meld seamlessly to ensure every guest that enters the restaurant feels right at home.

Sonata’s was developed in part so owner Sonata Molocajeviene Tuft herself wouldn’t have to spend all day in the kitchen when she craved a taste of home — and now Scottsdale can have a taste of true European cuisine, too, without any of the work!

We invite you to dine with us, drink with us and become part of our family — but don’t worry, we won’t make you do the dishes afterwards!

Sonata Molocajeviene Tuft

OWNER

Lithuanian-born Sonata Molocajeviene Tuft has traveled the world, but now calls Paradise Valley home. However, she feels that the Scottsdale dining scene is missing something — authentic European food. “Before if I wanted a taste of home, I would have to spend all day cooking. I figured other people are missing out on the tastes of the world, too. So why not bring some European flavors to Scottsdale?” With her own arsenal of classic Lithuanian recipes, she helped Chef Josh create European comfort food — with an American twist and some Scottsdale flair. As the restaurant’s owner and namesake, Sonata’s portrait graces the restaurant as does much of her style influences, but the beautiful redhead notes her husband’s business skills, Deividas’ (her son) education and worldly personality, and the experience of the rest of the development team as the keys to the future success of the restaurant. “We’re introducing people to ethnic dishes that are high quality, organic, healthy and creative,” she says.

Sonata Molocajeviene Tuft

Deividas Molocajevas

Deividas Molocajevas

COO

Deividas Molocajevas, COO and Chief Designer is described as analytical, driven and good humored, the restaurateur found his calling almost by accident. As he earned his degree in Healthcare Management at a university in Chicago, he and his family got to know Andrew and Laura Bucas while dining at their restaurants in Chicago. Deividas convinced them to come out West to help him introduce Scottsdale to the best of Old World European Cuisine. His background in construction has come in handy guiding the restaurant through the remodel, and his passion for interior design is evident throughout the restaurant. When he’s not working around the clock at Sonata’s, you’ll find Deividas modeling, exercising, producing music, traveling and juicing— though preferably not cleaning the juicer. One of his priorities is his family as he wouldn’t be who and where he is without them!

Andrew and Laura Bucas

Restaurateur duo Andrew and Laura Bucas opened their first restaurant, Grand Dukes, in 2005, and six years later opened their second, Old Vilnius Café in the Darien suburb of Chicago. Both have since been visited by Lithuanian celebrities, including the president, and often receive accolades from the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun Times. While Laura jokes she likes to stay “behind the scenes” as Sonata’s accountant, her design elements are very prominent throughout the restaurant, as she and Deividas worked closely together to fine tune the glamorous décor at Sonata’s. Meanwhile Andrew’s influences are prevalent on the menu, where he has worked with Executive Chef Josh Bracher to creative a unique menu indicative of many European cuisines as well as healthy and organic juice combinations for Restart Bar. He also brought the idea for Sonata’s Hangover Soup with him from Chicago — we’re not asking whether he knows from personal experience if the soup really does its job.

Andrew and Laura Bucas

Josh Bracher

Josh Bracher

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Executive Chef Josh Bracher is humble about his work — he simply lets his dishes portray his passion in the kitchen. The Arizona Culinary Institute Graduate cut his teeth in the industry at local restaurants from Posh to Second Story Liquor Bar. He did extensive research on the Lithuanian culture and cuisine — from ingredients to techniques — to prepare for his role at Sonata’s. He works closely with the restaurant’s ownership team to ensure the dishes he creates here remain authentic while also introducing the Scottsdale dining community to his creative twist on traditional European cuisine. “We’re taking homey, comfortable dishes and elevating them to the Scottsdale level,” he says. Josh feels strongly about incorporating organic, local, in-season ingredients and fresh, wild caught fish and game whenever possible. In his spare time, he enjoys getting his hands dirty in his own garden, riding his bike, and spending time with his fiancé and son.