Fabio Ceschetti, the chef and owner of popular West Valley Italian restaurant Fabio on Fire, has announced plans to open Fabio On Fire Gelateria & Panini in Peoria.
In addition to sandwiches and house-made ice creams, Fabio on Fire Gelateria & Panini will also have a market selling imported products from Puglio and Piedmont, like prosciutto and cream of ricotta.
The new business is taking over the 1,500 square-foot space formerly occupied by Wow Wow Lemonade in the Four Corners shopping center at the corner of Happy Valley and Lake Pleasant roads. It will offer indoor and outdoor seating with a 55-person capacity.
Unlike his sit-down restaurant in Peoria, the new concept is more casual. He will not offer alcoholic beverages and the focus will be on the sandwiches and gelato.
“I’m gonna make something very unique for Arizona that nobody has,” he said. “Hopefully, people will enjoy it.”
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What’s on the menu at Fabio On Fire Gelateria & Panini?
The menu features woodfired oven paninis layered with Italian meats and cheeses. And gelato.
Ceschetti makes the sandwich bread from pizza dough and stuffs them with “all the good things imported from Italy,” he said.
Ceschetti uses high hydration dough, which results in tangier flavor, an open crumb and thinner, crispier crust that’s the perfect vehicle for toppings like pistachio mortadella paired with stracchino, an Italian cow’s milk cheese, burrata and pistachio spread for the La golosa sandwich.
Rocco is made with prosciutto crudo, bufala stracciatella, cherry tomatoes, baby arugula and garlic aioli may.
He will also bake a batch of his perfect bread every morning. But it’s first come, first served.
Ceschetti wants everything to be as close to their Italian counterparts as possible, so even the gelato machine is imported from Italy. He plans to have rotating weekly gelato flavors like pistachio, amarena, stracciatella and berries. Currently, the most popular flavor at Fabio on Fire is lemon cake, which will be on the menu at the new place.
When will Fabio on Fire Gelateria & Panini open?
Ceschetti expects to open in late spring. And if this location does well, he plans to open more locations.
Details: 24775 N. Lake Pleasant Pkwy, Suite 101, Peoria. fabioonfire.com.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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