Cielo, the brand-new Italian restaurant at Mondrian Scottsdale, opens tonight at 6 p.m. It replaces three-year-old Asia de Cuba, which served its last dinner there on Saturday.
Executive chef Donald Lemperle remains in charge in the kitchen, and as it turns out, Italian food is his forte.
At the tender age of 16, Lemperle started cooking at his father's Italian restaurant, Genentoni's, in Staten Island, New York. He went on to launch Fiamma Trattoria in New York and Fiamma Osteria in Las Vegas, as well as the Fiamma that preceded Asia de Cuba in Scottsdale.
Cielo's menu features handmade pastas such as braised oxtail tortelli with tomato sugo and parmesan crema, wood-fired pizzas, a variety of antipasti, and several entrees featuring seafood, chicken, and steak. Prices run from $8 to $28. There's also an extensive selection of specialty cocktails.
Read on for the full menu:
CHOPPED SALAD WITH CUCUMBER, OLIVE, RADISH, GORGONZOLA, ROMAINE, FRISSE, RADICCHIO
RED WINE VER JUS
INSALATA DI RUCOLA
ARUGULA, SHAVED FENNEL, GRANNY SMITH APPLE, PECORINO,
CIDER & MESQUITE HONEY VINAGRETTE
ANGURIA & PROSCIUTTO
WATERMELON, PROSCIUTTO DI
CRABMEAT & NDUJA CALABRIAN SAUSAGE
RAISINS, PINOLI NUTS, POMODORO SAUCE, BAKED RICOTTA SALATA
ARTESAN SALAMI, CAPOCOLLO,
PAPPARDELLE ALLA BOLOGNESE
SAUSAGE & BEEF RAGU, HOMEMADE RICOTTA CHEESE
HOMEMADE THREE CHEESE RAVIOLI
SPAGHETTI CON LE VONGOLE
BABY CLAMS, SMOKED BACON, JALAPENO
SHELLS WITH PARMESAN CREAM, GUANCIALE, LEEKS, PECORINO
TORTELLI DI MANZO
HOMEMADE BRAISED OXTAIL TORTELLI, TOMATO SUGO
BUCATINI CON SALSICCIA
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SWEET FENNEL SAUSAGE
SECONDI SALMONE AL BASILICO BASIL MARINATED WILD SALMON WITH SUNDRIED TOMATO 24
SALMONE AL BASILICO
BASIL MARINATED WILD SALMON WITH SUNDRIED TOMATO
POLLO AL MATTONE
WOOD FIRED ROASTED
PETTO DI POLLO CROCCANTE
CRISPY ORGANIC CHICKEN BREAST,
PLEASE ASK YOUR SERVER
WOOD FIRED PIZZA
BACCALONE SALAMI, WOOD ROASTED PEPPERS, TUSCAN OLIVES
HOMEMADE ROSEMARY GARLIC FOCACCIA
WITH WHIPPED RICOTTA CHEESE