56: Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia

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Lauren Saria
From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creatives on Jackalope Ranch.

Today: a couple devoted to keeping Scottsdale cool

Tastemaker(s) 56: Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia

See also: Cool Gelato Italiano Is Scottsdale's Newest Sweet Secret

The husband and wife team behind Cool Gelato Italiano take their craft, artisnal gelato, very seriously. Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia were both born and raised in Italy and trained with Italy's champion gelato artisan as recognized by the Italian Academy of Gelato. They moved to the states in 2008 and opened up their one-of-a-kind gelato shop on Valentine's Day this year.

I arrived in Phoenix with... a lot of dreams and hope and looking for opportunity.

If I were sitting down to dinner for six, my five dining companions would be... all friends, people I know and can trust.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Ristorante Giuseppe at Thunderbird and Scottsdale Road. The owner is Pasquale and it's great.

One menu item this city could do without is... escargot.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... appetizers at Tomaso's, my first plate at Veneto off Scottsdale Road, a third plate and Sakana and for dessert, I'd come here.

The Tastemakers so far:
100: Tracy Dempsey
99: Craig DeMarco
98: Lara Mulchay
97: M.J. Coe
96: Betty Alatorre de Hong
95: Eric Schaefer
94: Hanna Gabrielsson
93: Shinji Kurita
92: Silvana Salcido Esparza
91: Mike Pitt
90: Christina Barrueta
89: Christopher Gross
88: Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung
87: DJ Fernandes
86: Cullen Campbell
85: Chris Lee
84. Gwen Ashley Walters
83: Tony Morales
82: Lylah Ledner
81: Andrea White
80: Lori Hashimoto
79. Mrs. White
78: Eugenia Theodosopolous
77: Lou & Lovey Borenstein
76: Anthony Patafio
75: Carl Seacat
74: Sacha Levine
73: Sharon Salomon
72: Johnny Chu
71: Susie Timm
70: Jason Silberschlag
69: Gina Miller
68: Cindy Gentry
67: Amy Binkley
66: Dave Anderson
65: Mark Tarbell
64: Marianne Belardi
63: Audrey Lasalle
62: Brandon Gauthier
61: Brad and Kat Moore
60: Denise Clayton
59: Nobuo Fukuda
58: Richie Moe
57: Robin Trick

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Location Info

Cool Gelato Italiano

7373 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Ristorante Giuseppe

13610 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Veneto Trattoria

6137 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sakana Sushi

6989 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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