Newest and (Depending on Who You Ask) Third Ciao Grazie Opens at DC Ranch
According to the Republic, Maurizio and Sandra Cristiani used to own all three of the restaurants: the first Grazie in Scottsdale (opened in 2001), a second in Buckeye (opened in 2007), and a third at DC Ranch (opened in 2008 and closed in 2010). Then, in 2009, restaurateur Franco Dalu purchased the Buckeye location and currently owns the newest (and re-opened) Ciao Grazie at DC Ranch.
The Republic goes on to say although the Grazie name is common to all the locations, the downtown Scottsdale and Buckeye/DC Ranch operations are owned and operated differently.
Which brings us to the most important part of the newest Ciao Grazie (on Thompson Peak Parkway at Legacy Boulevard): the pizza.
Drawing on owner Franco Dalu's Italian heritage as well as gigs as a chef at the Ritz Carlton in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Grand Hotel Eden in Lugano, Switzerland, Ciao Grazie at DC Ranch will focus on wood-fired, thin and crispy Italian pizza made with homemade tomato sauce and topped with locally sourced ingredients.
The restaurant's menu will also feature wood-fired salmon, chicken, beef kabobs, paninis, and homemade desserts along with more than 100 red and white boutique wines.
On Ciao Grazie's contemporary space, complete with a bar cut from native rock, Dalu says, "Our vision was to take a modern environment, and insure that it is comfortable and family-friendly. We are especially proud of our expansive outdoor patio and stunning views of the neighboring McDowell Sonoran Preserve."
18835 North Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale
Sunday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.