The Sicilian Butcher, Craft Meatballs and Charcuterie Bar, in tandem with Sicilian Baker, Cannoli Bar and Market, are scheduled to open on Dec. 19, 2019 at Chandler Viridian Primegate within Chandler Fashion Center. Brought by the visionaries and operators of Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant, Tomaso’s Italian Kitchen, and Hash Kitchen, The Sicilian Butcher and The Sicilian Baker are chef-driven neighborhood restaurants developed by husband-and-wife duo Joey and Cristina Maggiore as well as entrepreneur Flora Tersigni.
“Both of these restaurants have grown into North Phoenix favorites and it was more than necessary to share the love with our East Valley community,” said Joey Maggiore, co-founder and executive chef. “With the create-your-own experiences for meatballs and cannoli alike, these concepts will continue to expand with the fun and unparalleled spirit that they bring.”
The new 6,500 square foot space will be the largest Maggiore Group concept to date and hold a total capacity of 420 guests. Unique to this Sicilian Butcher location will be a pasta room and a chef’s table in the dining room. The space will feature a butcher knife wall, an indoor-outdoor bar, a large outdoor dining patio with a 300-person capacity complete with fireplaces and lounge seating.
The Sicilian Butcher is centered on a build-your-own meal experience with hand-rolled meatballs made daily, made-from-scratch pasta and Sicilian-style charcuterie boards. Using family recipes, The Sicilian Butcher presents nearly 10 rotating craft meatball varieties including steak, lamb, lump crab and shrimp, and Tomaso’s Sicilian version made with ground veal, prime beef, pork, pine nuts, raisins, and pecorino cheese as well as meatless choices such as eggplant parmigiana. The choose-your-own-meatball adventure continues with 10 housemade sauce options such as garlic-basil marinara, pesto trapanese, parmigiano cream, truffle mushroom, and spicy arrabbiata and guests can pair their meatballs with a selection of bases such as house-extruded pasta, polenta or risotto. The lunch and dinner menu extends to signature pasta dishes, authentic Sicilian staples such as spiedini, flatbreads, sandwiches, and Sicilian-influenced charcuterie and bruschetta boards including the famous “Sicilian in Strada,” a five-foot-long charcuterie board serving panelli fritters, arancini, cazzilli, artisanal meats and cheeses, craft meatballs with polenta, pickled vegetables and house preserved jams.
The beverage program will include an Italian-focused wine list, craft cocktails and shareable social cocktails. Apéritifs include a Sicilian spritz and a Guiness World Record Negroni, the largest Negroni cocktail created by mixologist Sheldon Wiley.
Connected next door to The Sicilian Butcher is the cannoli bar, pastry counter and café at The Sicilian Baker, offering endless cannoli combinations, from cream fillings to four cannoli shell sizes including: mini, regular, large and Sicilian (foot long). Guests can choose from 12 different sweet ricotta creams including chocolate, cookie butter, pistachio, espresso, lemon, strawberry, peanut butter, cookies and cream, chocolate and mint, and original as well as chocolate-dipped shells in white chocolate and dark chocolate. Additional baked goods and sweet and savory pastries include arancini, pizzettes, cassatas, muffuletta sandwiches and a variety of Sicilian cookies. The espresso bar will be open for morning, afternoon and after-dinner coffee creations including a Nutella latte and honey nut macchiato.
Starting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 19, The Sicilian Butcher Chandler will provide $15 gift cards and complimentary meatball samples to the first 100 guests in line and The Sicilian Baker will offer $10 gift cards and complimentary medium-sized cannoli for the first 100 guests in line who mention “Holy Cannoli” to celebrate the official opening.
The restaurants will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Sicilian Butcher and The Sicilian Baker Chandler is located at 3151 W. Frye Road, Chandler. For more information, visit www.TheSicilianButcher.com and www.TheSicilianBaker.com and for updates on the grand opening, visit The Sicilian Butcher and The Sicilian Baker’s social media pages:
Instagram and Facebook: @TheSicilianButcher and @TheSicilianBaker