You will immediately feel the friendly energy when you step into The Italian Daughter. The hostess and waiters are welcoming, and even with the wait, there are plenty of people watching – couples huddled in a corner, a group of friends enjoying appetizers and wines, and families laughing in front of bowls of pasta and homemade bread. The atmosphere is comforting and cheerful, and the cuisine offers taste and flavor.
This energy is not accidental. According to owner Melissa Maggiore Meyer, daughter of the late Tomaso Maggiore, founder of Italian restaurant Tomaso, there is texture in the restaurant’s contagious character.
“I try to do everything as traditionally as possible with just a little elevation or just with my own rocket,” says Maggiore Meyer. It’s a tribute to how I grew up. ”
And this tribute to how she grew up includes honoring her father, who passed away in January 2021.
“I was very close to my father,” she says. “He wasn’t just my dad but my best friend, and we’ve worked together all of our lives.”
Her father never attended the opening of The Italian Daughter. She confesses as she watched her father struggle with his illness, “I started to think about all the things I had left because I was about to lose him. And I just woke up one day, and I was like, I’m my dad’s daughter. I’m an Italian girl. ”
That’s how the name of the restaurant was born, and she told her brother and father about it, and they loved “The Italian Restaurant”. Maggiore Meyer added his own touch with the logo. Not only does she enjoy catering, but she is also a shoe fanatic. She associated the name with the boot from Italy with a chunky heel on it.
This tribute to Italy has another story. Maggiore Meyer wanted to make sure that the customers of The Italian Daughter feel at home in her restaurant.
“Our clients are like our family,” she says. “We see the same clients several times a week. … I chase my father’s mind. My dad’s favorite thing in the world was to cook for his clients, whom he called friends, and cook something special and get off the menu and grow with his clientele. I want to do the same.
The menu matches the ambience of the restaurant. The servers are friendly and accommodating. The homemade bread is warm and fresh, and the butter spread on the slices is a comforting balm. The wine list is extensive with specialty cocktails like a White Fig Cosmopolitan which includes Figenza Fig Vodka, Triple Sec, White Cranberry, and Lime.
Libations showcase pasta selections. And, The Italian Daughter takes their pasta seriously. Choose from spaghetti carbonara, penne vodka with salmon, rigatoni with meatballs and more. Most of the pasta is homemade. She says, however, that some do not prefer homemade pasta because it has a different consistency. Tomaso’s Pichiuu Pachiu spaghetti has subtle notes of tomato and garlic, as well as olive oil. The mixture works well and the ingredients do not outdo each other.
It’s not just the pasta, however. Other highlights include the braised veal osso buco, chicken parmigiana, eggplant pie, and gnocchi pesto. For pizza cravings, stone-baked pies are available.
The dessert menu includes cannolis, tiramisu and Nutella pizza. It’s a dining experience at The Italian Daughter – from the moment you sit down to the end of the last bite of dessert.
Maggiore Meyer wants her customers to feel at ease.
“If someone wants something they don’t see on my menu and I have the power to do it, I’m happy to do it for them,” says Maggiore Meyer. “I am so excited to be a part of the North Scottsdale community and I want people to see us as their little neighborhood restaurant where we are like family.”
The italian girl
23687 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Sunday to Thursday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.