The Italian Daughter Cucina + Cocktails
Text by Fiona Clarke

Melissa Maggiore Meyer continues the tradition of a family-
oriented restaurant that offers authentic Italian cuisine.

Above: Melissa Maggiore Meyer continues her father’s legacy with The Italian Daughter restaurant.

What matters to restaurateur Melissa Maggiore Meyer is family. And when it comes to Italian families, it’s all about the food. Some of the strongest memories that fill the minds and spirits of those who grew up in Italian families are those of family dinners — in particular, Sunday dinners … which sometimes stretched from lunchtime until bedtime.

For the daughter of the late, great Tomaso Maggiore, founder of Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant, quality Italian restaurants run in the family. Maggiore Meyer continues her father’s legacy by bringing those family dinner memories to life with The Italian Daughter Cucuina + Cocktails in North Scottsdale. 

Above: The Italian Daughter Cucina + Cocktails specializes in a wide variety of house-made pastas and pizzas.

“The Italian Daughter is a restaurant concept that I believe my father would have been really excited to see,” Maggiore Meyer says. “I want people to experience the joys of our authentic Italian cuisine in an atmosphere full of music and energy.”

With new twists and tastes on Italian classics, the made-from-scratch menu focuses on handcrafted pasta, stone-fired pizzas, charcuterie boards, seafood, veal dishes, and delectable desserts. For starters, select one of the restaurant’s iconic Italian craft cocktails and The Sicilian Rice Balls, stuffed with bolognese, (just like Grandma Gossie used to make). Just be careful to save room for what’s to follow.  

As for house-made pasta, the choices are both authentic and impressive. Topping our long list of favorites are Portobello Ravioli, classic Rigatoni with Meatballs, Fusilone Bolognese, Strozzapreti Norcina, Linguine Frutti di Mare, and Spaghetti Picchiu Pacchiu with Shriimp. All are as rich in taste as they are beautiful in presentation. For entrées, the culinary standouts include Braised Veal Osso Buco Milanese, Sicilian Mixed Grille, Slow Braised Short Rib, Eggplant Torte + Gnocchi Pesto, Sicilian Lamb Chops, and Chicken Parmigiana.

Above: Only available on Friday and Saturday nights, Braised Veal Osso Buco Milanese is a standout entrée.

Not to be overlooked, Maggiore Meyer brought back pizza during the pandemic because it was an easy meal for people to carry out of the restaurant. But The Italian Daughter’s stone-fired Margherita Pizza and Tre Carne Pizza will more than satisfy even the most discriminating pizza lover. There’s even a gluten-free dough option available.

For the finale, The Italian Daughter guests can cap off their evening with one of several quintessentially Italian desserts like the Limoncello Cake that boasts a perfect balance of tart and sweet, a classic Sicilian cannoli or an especially decadent tiramisu treat.

As for décor, The Italian Daughter’s interior aesthetic feels effortlessly quaint and cozy, with modern finishes and other thoughtful touches that pay homage to the Italian culture. And in the evenings, the ambience is elevated even more by live piano music that’s performed nightly—with tunes from Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra being particular favorites.

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