Bello Gusto Creates Crowd-Pleasing Pizzas and Entrees
Tucked away in a small shopping center on the southwest corner of Alma School and Warner roads, owners Matt Nobile and John Araujo dream came true when they opened their urban pizzeria in March 2016. They named it Bella Gusto, which translates to “Beautiful Flavor,” and that is exactly what you’ll find at this pizza bistro.
Nobile and Araujo paths crossed years ago in Dallas when they both worked for the Dallas Cowboys. Nobile’s background includes a culinary and a hotel restaurant management degree from Oklahoma State. He spent eight years working in restaurants in Tulsa before heading to Las Vegas, where he worked as sous chef for celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Mario Batali. He then ventured to Dallas and spent five years working with the Dallas Cowboys overseeing the catering department. Araujo’s background starts in El Paso, where he attended the Art Institute of Dallas’ International Culinary Program. He became sous chef over Corporate Research and Development for Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Later, Araujo gained experience in a Neapolitan-certified pizzeria that inspired him and Nobile to team up and create amazing pizzas and other Italian cuisine.
There is a required skill set and talent needed to perfect the art of baking Neapolitan pizza. It takes just the right amount of wood to make sure the pizza oven is kept at 1,000 degrees so they bake quickly, 90 seconds or less, and evenly without burning.
To continue with the authenticity of the pizzas, the owners import flour from Italy, use only San Marzano tomatoes in their red sauce and make their own mozzarella cheese. The 14-inch thin crust is soft and chewy and comes with a variety of toppings. The traditional Margherita includes tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, garlic oil and basil. The four cheese pie has mozzarella, parmesan, herb ricotta and goat cheese with basil. The Triple P has mozzarella, pancetta, goat cheese, fig jam, roasted mushrooms, arugula, pickled red onion and basil. A popular item is the Sicilian, which is made with San Marzano sauce, mozzarella, homemade meatballs, spicy soppressata, ricotta cheese and basil. All of the pizzas are made with the freshest ingredients and fired in that special oven, giving them a notably charred, wood-burning taste.
A selection of appetizers, sandwiches, pastas and desserts are also available. The meat and cheese board is a great choice for a small group to graze on before the entrees arrive. There are five salads, including the popular Caprese Salad made with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil pesto and balsamic vinegar and served with a slice of one of their fabulous wood-burning breads (take your pick between sundried tomato or rosemary farm and olive). The sandwiches are equally as popular, with choices that include Italian Stallion, Caprese, Araujo’s Meatball and Nobile Chicken Parmesan. All the pastas are homemade—the Bolognese Gnocchi is especially scrumptious, made with veal ragu, herb ricotta and arugula. The Pasta Pomodoro has housemade pappardelle, San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. And, be sure to save room for dessert with choices such as an Elvis pie, Nutella cheesecake, flavored gelato, chocolate coffee brownie or sticky toffee cake, which is a date cake that is topped with bourbon caramel sauce and vanilla gelato.
Specialty House Cocktails
Bella Gusto proudly uses Tito’s Handmade Vodka to concoct their four specialty drinks. The Bella Gusto Mule is made with Tito’s, pineapple juice, basil, ginger beer and jalapeno. The Arizona Sunset has Tito’s, watermelon limeade, guava juice and fresh thyme. The Kat’s Kooler is made with Tito’s, housemade limoncello, fresh basil, lemonade and soda water. And the Blackberry Smash Mojito is made with Tito’s, blackberry, mint and lime. A wide array of red and white wines and draft and bottled beers make perfect dining companions.
Bella Gusto Urban Pizzeria
1964 N. Alma School Road
Chandler, AZ 85224