Paulie’s Little Bite of Italy specializes in Northern Italian cuisine
By Steve Stockmar
Paul Ghiglieri loves to cook Italian, loves to golf, and loves Sun City. He definitely found the best way to combine them all.
Mr. Ghiglieri, 38, bought the Little Bite of Italy restaurant, at 15456 N. 99th Ave., and, after closing for a few days to redecorate, has re-opened the local favorite as Paulie’s Little Bite of Italy.
The menu will focus on Northern Italy cuisine, he says.
“Northern Italians tend to gravitate toward meat, pasta, basil, their many local wine varietals, and overall simplicity,” he stated in an email. “The best food doesn’t need to have 35 ingredients.”
The resident of Sierra Verde at Arrowhead Ranch in Northern Glendale was drawn to Sun City primarily for its golf courses.
“After a round with a good friend, we were hungry, and stopped by the restaurant back last October,” he stated. “While sitting there, I literally told my friend, ‘I like the feel of this place. I can see myself owning something like this!’ Two visits later, I (purposely) ran into Bryan Foley, and asked if he and Nancy would like to sell the restaurant.
“Turns out, the timing was perfect for them, so here we all are today, just a few days away from the transaction going through!”
He may even see some of the local residents he knows from the fairways at Paulie’s Little Bite of Italy.
“I really like Sun City. I love how incredibly clean, safe, and quiet everything is here,” he said. “Over the many, many rounds of golf I have played, whether it was at the North, South, or Riverview courses, the Sun City residents I have been paired up with have always been great people.”
Mr. Ghiglieri will primarily work the front of the house at Paulie’s. He’s also putting his own touches on the environment inside.
“The restaurant will be made a bit more colorful and fun,” he said. “There will be over 140 8×10 framed photos of celebrities, all of whom are Italian. Some people are present-day, many others from the past. Name that Italian celebrity, and we will almost certainly have them somewhere in the restaurant.”