Fans of the lovable Chef Gio Osso and his much celebrated Virtu, the James Beard nominated restaurant in Scottsdale, will now have another delicious option to indulge in Chef Osso’s simple, handmade food this winter. Enter Nico, the newest “delivery” to the East Valley restaurant lineup. As a paternal ode to his first-born son, Nico, Osso’s newest and first casual concept of the same name emphasis casual approachability, heirloom family recipes and appropriate price points to match.
While Osso’s famed Virtu is a well-known destination for fine dining, Nico is designed to be a breezy neighborhood hangout where the chef feels like he’s cooking delicious, simple food for his closest friends and family.
A newcomer to downtown Gilbert’s already dynamic, growing dining scene is set for an early winter opening, and will serve seasonal, west coast inspired Italian cooking built upon Osso’s own family recipes, including his famous handmade pastas, wood-fired entrees and other generational dishes crafted from fresh ingredients, both local and imported from Italy.
“We wanted to give folks who love the food at Virtu an opportunity to enjoy high-quality Italian cuisine in a lively atmosphere that’s comfortable for the entire family,” Gilbert resident Osso said of the new eatery’s casual, laidback vibe. “Dress up for Virtu or drop in at Nico – either way, guests can expect a memorable dining experience where the food speaks for itself.”