Pa’La Chef Claudio Urciuoli To Open a New Restaurant Bringing His Italian Roots to Gilbert


Chef Claudio Urciuoli’s latest journey to go to his household in Italy appears like one thing straight out of a journey present, full with picturesque environs and tantalizing meals.

He visited a good friend who makes further virgin olive oil in Umbria. After which one other who grows farro and different kinds of legumes solely present in Italy. In fact, a visit to see a pal who makes wine was a should.

“After I go residence I spend the time with household. My mother, my sister,” Urciuoli says, “after which I am going throughout to see mates.”

This trip included some enterprise combined with pleasure. It was a reunion of kinds for Urciuoli and the individuals who make his seed-to-table dishes attainable. This connection is on the coronary heart of his latest restaurant, Supply.

Within the Valley, the chef is understood for his restaurant Pa’La, which has areas in downtown Phoenix and the Arcadia space. Now, he is centered on his newest venture which permits him to deliver the flavors and textures impressed by his residence area to metro Phoenix.

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Urciuoli writing the day’s menu.

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Supply, a quick-service restaurant slated to open in Gilbert this September, can be constructed on all issues Mediterranean, from the tradition to meals, Urciuoli says. Sandwiches made with artisan bread, hearty and artistic salads, pizzas, small plates, and different wood-fired delights can have the highlight. Lots of the elements will come instantly from purveyors Urciuoli is aware of properly.

With an idea specializing in the basis of the place the dishes come from, Supply isn’t only a intelligent identify.

“I’m capable of have my enterprise due to an important reference to individuals who do farming, fishing… and that’s what’s most necessary to me. That’s why we created Supply, to acknowledge the individuals who work very onerous,” Urciuoli says.

The brand new restaurant can be situated in Epicenter at Agritopia, a master-planned group and city middle. Supply will supply an analogous model to Pa’La, with counter service in a manageable 2,000-square foot area – two traits Urciuoli prefers.

Some dishes the chef cannot wait to share embrace an Albacore tuna sandwich made on complete grain panozzo full of arugula, pickled inexperienced onions, and Pantelleria capers, a seasonal salad that flaunts avocado and Discussion board Cabernet vinegar, beet with Labneh and toasted pecans, the Coppa E Carciofini pizza with tomato, mozzarella, coppa, Taggiasche olives and artichoke “sotto olio,” and the Margherita with tomato, mozzarella, and wild oregano.

The restaurant’s proximity to Agritopia means entry to a plethora of native natural greens. Anticipate completely different sorts of rice, together with sushi, brown, and black rice, and seafood dishes with shrimp and octopus.

Additionally on website can be a mini bakery and wine bar with tapas-style bites created to pair with a lineup of pure biodynamic wines. Prospects on the go can go to the retail part and seize pantry items, wines by the bottle, ready meals, and different take-home-friendly gadgets. Search for a wine membership to launch within the close to future. DJs and stay musicians will spherical out the expertise.

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Supply is the brainchild of Pa’La chef Claudio Urciuoli (proper) and good good friend Akshat Sethi, the founding father of Thai Chili 2 Go, proven right here on the storied Ristorante Masolino in Umbria.

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Supply is the brainchild of Urciuoli and good good friend Akshat Sethi, the founding father of restaurant chain Thai Chili 2 Go.

Sethi walked into the Arcadia Pa’La 5 years in the past and was instantly blown away by the simplicity of the dishes and Urciuoli’s wood-fired idea. After speaking, they realized they shared the identical natural, moral, meals, and sustainability philosophies and sense of duty to their prospects. A friendship fashioned.

Sethi lives in Gilbert and launched Urciuoli, who lives in Arcadia, to his a part of city. Urciuoli liked the power and ambiance and so they each noticed the chances. The seeds for Supply have been planted.

 And, it didn’t take lengthy for Urciuoli to bond with Agritopia visionary Joe Johnston over their mutual ardour for Vespas.

Sethi says he would have by no means thought-about this enterprise with anybody else.

“Meals is probably the most intimate relationship with any individual you possibly can have as a result of they’re going to devour it. And it’s a stranger,” Sethi says. “It’s necessary to have a partnership with somebody who speaks the identical language, who understands it.”

Sethi accompanied Urciuoli on his journey to Italy this summer time. After assembly his household and mates, every little thing he felt about his friend-turned-business associate was confirmed, Sethi says.

“I’m from India and Italian households are like Indian households, actually tight. The nice and cozy feeling, genuine welcome, it confirmed every little thing I knew about him,” Sethi says, recalling their go to to the olive oil and farro farms.

“I’ve a brand new respect for farmers. We went to the supply,” Sethi says, chuckling on the unintentional pun.

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Supply founders Akshat Sethi (left) and Claudio Urciuoli (proper) go to Urciuoli’s good friend and winemaker Lorenzo Mattoni at his winery in Umbria. Supply will carry a lot of pure wines from Italy within the restaurant and retail store.

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Urciuoli was raised within the Liguria area alongside the Mediterranean shoreline and he travels residence yearly. Nonetheless, his household visits have been placed on maintain in the course of the pandemic. This summer time was his first time seeing his mom, sister, and prolonged household since strict insurance policies have been put in place to cease the unfold of the coronavirus.

However the affect of his household and tradition is a part of every little thing the chef does. Rising up, Urciuoli’s grandmother had a grocery retailer. His father offered flour and the younger chef typically accompanied him on gross sales jobs.

“I used to be all the time excited to go to the bakeries due to the odor,” Urciuoli says.

Afternoons have been spent doing homework within the kitchen whereas his mom, grandmother, or aunt ready supper. He typically helped with chopping and making gnocchi or pizza dough.

“I grew up with fairly good meals. Cooking was second nature,” he says.

Urciuoli opted for vocational college, which gave him a proper cooking schooling and the chance to earn a living at a younger age. Associates talked about good profession choices within the U.S. so he made the transfer at 19.

Touchdown a place on the 4 Seasons in Newport Seaside, California, was an enormous turning level, the chef says. He began as a line cook dinner after which moved up the ranks.

“I paid $325 for a studio condominium. There was no kitchen, it was tiny however sufficient for me. I used to be all the time excited to go to work,” Urciuoli says.

He went on to helm eating places in luxurious accommodations throughout the nation. That led him to Arizona in 2006, the place Kimpton Resorts despatched him to open the previous Taggia at Firesky resort in Scottsdale. Then, the Montelucia enlisted his experience in opening its wonderful eating signature Mediterranean restaurant Prado.

“I’ve been fortunate and really blessed,” Urciuoli says.

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The unique location of Pa’La serves contemporary sandwiches on a shade-dappled patio.

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Marriage and kids impressed him to undertake a much less nomadic and work-consuming life-style. Opening his personal eating places turned the appropriate match, he says.

“Having three youngsters and a household, for me, it’s the pure factor to do,” he says.

Urciuoli’s schedule grants him the time to create recipes, one thing he misses when every day operations demand his consideration. He additionally likes spending time along with his group, assembly individuals, and doing new issues that spark new concepts.

“With cooking, it’s a must to be very inventive and take a look at the seasons and provides one thing new to the visitor,” he says.

Nevertheless it’s not nearly presenting a fairly plate. What drives Urciuoli is an intangible magnificence that’s achieved by means of one of the best elements and reaching those that eat his meals in a spot past their palates.

“I wish to let the elements communicate, do their very own issues, and ship that to the visitors,” he says. “For me, meals has all the time been about human connection.”


Scheduled to open in September
3150 E. Ray Street, Gilbert


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