This Feature Friday, we check in with Melissa Maggiore Meyer.

Meyer's passion for food and wine began from traveling extensively with her father, restauranter Tomaso Maggiore, through his native Italy. For over 20 years, she has now created and ran memorable dining experiences that she molds after her own family’s dinner table.

She currently owns and operates The Italian Daughter, the fifth restaurant in her portfolio. Located in North Scottsdale, the restaurant boasts a variety of classic Italian dishes including handcrafted pastas, fresh seafood, and wood-fired pizzas, using recipes passed down through generations.

Melissa Maggiore Meyer

Founder/President Pazza Ragazza Restaurant Group (The Italian Daughter, The Italian Daughter Wood Fired Pizzeria … coming soon)


What do you love about the restaurant business?

I love the energy of a busy night , I love meeting new people daily, and I love sharing the beauty of Italian Cuisine.

Tell us about The Italian Daughter ...

The Italian Daughter is a reflection of my childhood, serving classic Italian recipes passed down from my father. I try to extend the essence of Italian hospitality I learned from my father to honor his legacy.

Your personal favorite dish at The Italian Daughter?

Pasta Norcina.

If you weren’t a chef, you’d probably be…

On Broadway. (Wishing to be, anyway.)

Favorite Scottsdale locale?

My husband and I love going to Confluence in Carefree. The owners are a dynamic husband and wife team and do an exceptional job.

Favorite place in Scottsdale to show visitors?

We love hiking pinnacle peak—the views are spectacular!

Anything else you’d like to add?

I want to take this opportunity to thank the community for all the love and the support they have shown my family and let them know what a pleasure it is to serve them.