Welcome Back, Joe Scordato

Joe Scordato seems happy to be back in the restaurant business, and why wouldn’t he? His name is synonymous with fine food in this town and people have reportedly been flocking to his new Italian restaurant, Guiseppe’s, since it opened a few weeks ago at 6060 N. Oracle Road.

Scordato sold his popular and well-reviewed restaurant Trattoria Guiseppe about eight years ago and has been repairing appliances and hanging drywall for a living ever since. He said the urge to cook again struck when he helped his brother, Daniel Scordato, open Pizzeria Vivace last summer.

He’s partnered with two former employees for his newest venture, and despite long hours and some very busy dinner hours, is thrilled to be back at it.

“I just love to cook and it’s fun to have people enjoy your food,” said Scordato. “I’ve had people stick their heads in the kitchen and just yell, ‘Thank you! Thank you!’”

The most expensive item on the menu is $16, but a large plate of pasta and meatballs will set you back about $7. Wine ranges from $11 to $32 per bottle, and a draft Peroni costs $2.75.

Must try items? Scordato says the Bolognese sauce made with prosciutto, pork sausage, beef, veal, heavy cream and tomato paste is very popular. He’s also been getting great feedback about the seafood soup, and says he’s never sold so many stuffed mushrooms in his life.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Call 505-4187 for more information.