When Giuseppe “Joe” Scalzo talks about Ciao Bella, his Tuscan-inspired restaurant, his passion for creating soul-satisfying dishes comes through. The Calabria, Italy-born Scalzo discovered that passion for cooking while working at a small restaurant in Florence, Italy—and then brought it to the U.S.
“Having a place where people can share love and friendship over good food that's prepared with experience and skill is something beautiful,” says Scalzo, so it’s no wonder he named his restaurant Ciao Bella—“hello, beautiful.”
Echoing the Tuscan trattorias of his youth, Ciao Bella offers authentic Italian fare from family recipes reflecting different regions in Italy. “We wanted to bring a little of that trattoria feel here, to northwest Indiana.”
Scalzo is dedicated to creating dishes embracing the Mediterranean diet, “one of the best in the world, authentic food made with love and appreciation for great flavors.”
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