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56: Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia

From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creatives on Jackalope Ranch.

Today: a couple devoted to keeping Scottsdale cool

Tastemaker(s) 56: Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia

See also: Cool Gelato Italiano Is Scottsdale's Newest Sweet Secret

The husband and wife team behind Cool Gelato Italiano take their craft, artisnal gelato, very seriously. Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia were both born and raised in Italy and trained with Italy's champion gelato artisan as recognized by the Italian Academy of Gelato. They moved to the states in 2008 and opened up their one-of-a-kind gelato shop on Valentine's Day this year.

I arrived in Phoenix with... a lot of dreams and hope and looking for opportunity.

If I were sitting down to dinner for six, my five dining companions would be... all friends, people I know and can trust.

One place everyone who comes to Phoenix must eat is... Ristorante Giuseppe at Thunderbird and Scottsdale Road. The owner is Pasquale and it's great.

One menu item this city could do without is... escargot.

My last meal in Phoenix would be... appetizers at Tomaso's, my first plate at Veneto off Scottsdale Road, a third plate and Sakana and for dessert, I'd come here.

The Tastemakers so far: 100: Tracy Dempsey 99: Craig DeMarco 98: Lara Mulchay 97: M.J. Coe 96: Betty Alatorre de Hong 95: Eric Schaefer 94: Hanna Gabrielsson 93: Shinji Kurita 92: Silvana Salcido Esparza 91: Mike Pitt 90: Christina Barrueta 89: Christopher Gross 88: Jan Wichayanuparp and Helen Yung 87: DJ Fernandes 86: Cullen Campbell 85: Chris Lee 84. Gwen Ashley Walters 83: Tony Morales 82: Lylah Ledner 81: Andrea White 80: Lori Hashimoto 79. Mrs. White 78: Eugenia Theodosopolous 77: Lou & Lovey Borenstein 76: Anthony Patafio 75: Carl Seacat 74: Sacha Levine 73: Sharon Salomon 72: Johnny Chu 71: Susie Timm 70: Jason Silberschlag 69: Gina Miller 68: Cindy Gentry 67: Amy Binkley 66: Dave Anderson 65: Mark Tarbell 64: Marianne Belardi 63: Audrey Lasalle 62: Brandon Gauthier 61: Brad and Kat Moore 60: Denise Clayton 59: Nobuo Fukuda 58: Richie Moe 57: Robin Trick

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