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Scottsdale’s Grazie Italian restaurant changing ownership, name, menu

(Yelp Photo/Grazie)

PHOENIX – As the year comes to a close, it’s out with the old and in with the new for one Scottsdale Italian restaurant.

The owners of Grazie, an Old Town fixture for 18 years, announced they are handing their Main Street location over to a familiar name in the Valley dining scene.

Grazie’s last day of business will be Dec. 28. Chef Gio Osso, whose renowned Virtu Honest Craft is a few blocks away, will reopen the venue with a new menu in January as Pizzeria Virtu, according to a message on the Grazie website.

Osso, a James Beard Award nominee, worked at Grazie making pizzas when he first arrived in the Valley in 2002, according to the message.

“When Gio found out we wanted to retire, he jumped on the opportunity to grab Grazie’s great location and open his own pizzeria,” the message says.

Osso debuted Virtu Honest Craft in 2013, earning a prestigious James Beard nomination for best new restaurant. He followed that up in 2016 by opening Nico Heirloom Kitchen in Gilbert’s Heritage District.

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