Perfect Main Street dining experience #2: Ciao Grazie

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Ciao GrazieWelcome to part two of the three-part series where we are taking a tour of Verrado’s eateries and getting dining recommendations from the restaurant owners and managers. In part one, we visited Tempo Urban Bistro, a one-stop shop for the eclectic foodie. This time we explore Ciao Grazie, and hear from Restaurant Manager Anthony Salamone from the popular pizza eatery. The series will conclude with Kitchen Manager Becca Carlson from Verrado Grille.

Contact information will be included for each, so you can make your reservations!

Let your wine preference be your guide at Ciao Grazie
Anthony seems to channel Billy Joel’s famous song “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” in his dining suggestions at Ciao Grazie. Would you like a bottle of red, or a bottle of white? His recommendations truly depend on your appetite.

If you are a lover of red wine, Anthony recommends beginning your dining experience at Ciao Grazie with a Sangiovese or a young Super Tuscan. These are medium to full body wines that are great with food or simply enjoyed alone. These pair nicely with their Bruschetta Salmon, a twist on the Bruschetta Pomodoro, which has a creamy gorgonzola spread with smoked salmon and capers, and the Insalata Veneziana — a salad made with fresh spinach, crumbled gorgonzola, dried cranberries and shaved Parmigiano cheese.

Then on to the pizza! Anthony’s personal favorite is the Cinque Formaggi, or Five Cheese, to which he adds prosciutto, a thinly sliced cured ham. Each Ciao Grazie pizza comes out perfect from a wood-burning oven. Top off your dinner with Ciao Grazie’s famous Dolce Della Casa, a caramelized calzone filled with hazelnut chocolate and bananas, topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Now, if you’re a lover of white wine, Anthony offers a lighter alternative to his otherwise perfect red wine and pizza pairings. In this case, he suggests starting off with an Italian Pinot Grigio. Crisp and refreshing, the “Dolomiti” is one of his favorite white wines.

The Dolomiti is amazing paired with “Scamorza,” a smoked mozzarella cheese melted in a skillet and served with your choice of sautéed mushrooms or Prosciutto and a side of garlic bread. For the main event, the “Al Fresco” pizza finishes this meal off perfectly: a white pizza with fresh tomatoes, onions, arugula, prosciutto and roasted red peppers tossed in balsamic vinaigrette and placed on the pizza.

It’s worth noting, too, that there is much more on the menu at Ciao Grazie than pizza and salads, like filet mignon and Alaska salmon. Indulge whichever mood you’re in at Verrado’s favorite Italian restaurant!

21051 W. Main Street, Buckeye, AZ 85396 | 623-853-1717 | http://www.ciaograzie.us/