After extensively renovating the space that formerly housed Panino on Central, Myrah and Joe Aiello opened Aiello's, a new Italian restaurant, a little over a week ago.
The couple owned an eatery called Mimi's Macaroni, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, for the better part of the 1990s, and ran a catering business as well. Myrah says having two young kids prompted them to move to the Valley in 2000; since then, they've been working in the corporate world. She says they're thrilled to have their own restaurant again.
The lunch menu features salads and sandwiches (including a grilled eggplant and homemade mozzarella sandwich, and a meatball parmigiana hero), plus a dozen different pasta dishes. Come dinnertime, there are even more pasta options. Look for housemade pappardelle, spaghetti carbonara, spaghetti with "Joe's famous meatballs," and a ravioli of the day, along with a variety of Italian entrees, from chicken Milanese to veal saltimbocca. The wine list features 45 different wines from across Italy, with several available by the glass.
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Aiello's, located at 5202 N. Central (between Camelback and Missouri) is open for dinner nightly, from 4 to 10 p.m. (to 9 p.m. on Sunday). Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 602-277-8700 for info.