The Source restaurant will open at Epicenter in Gilbert

The owners of Pa’La and Thai Chili 2 Go have teamed up to create Source, a new restaurant to open in Gilbert’s Epicenter, a mixed-use development within the upmarket, planned community of Agritopia.

Prolific restaurateur Akshat Sethi of Thai Chili 2 Go developed the concept with chef Claudio Urciuoli of Pa’La. Urciuoli curates a menu of ingredient-driven Mediterranean dishes for the casual concept.

What to expect at Source Restaurant

Claudio Urciuoli poses for a photo at Pa'La in Phoenix, Arizona on April 20, 2018.

Urciuoli is best known for Pa’La, Phoenix restaurants known for their minimalist tapas, wood-fired dishes, and fresh Italian bread served with high-quality olive oil.

At Source, dishes will be prepared using a variety of cooking techniques, from steel plancha to fermentation, and bakers will bake bread with naturally leavened, stone-ground whole grains.

“We are a vital link between land and sea and our guests,” Sethi said in a press release. “We believe in cooking in symbiosis with the ecosystem, balancing our consumption with the rhythms of nature.”

The menu will include sandwiches, salads and pizzas, as well as a variety of mezes, tapas and cicchetti – small snacks typically served in Venice and accompanied by a small glass of wine.

Source will also feature a retail market where customers can purchase a bottle of natural wine and homemade bread.

What is Gilbert’s epicenter?

A rendering of the new Epicenter mixed-use development in Gilbert's Agritopia.

Epicenter is Agritopia’s flagship project, a 166-acre community catering to middle class to affluent families. Designed by father-son duo Joe and William Johnston, Agritopia features the family farm, a private Christian school, a retirement home and tree-lined sidewalks in front of the cottages.

Epicenter is an upscale mixed-use development comprising luxury apartments, restaurants, bars, retail stores and fitness studios. Air Guitar, a swanky convenience store from the Postino co-founders, opened in Epicenter in fall 2021.

Other catering businesses opening soon include award-winning tiki bar UnderTow, Peixoto Cafe and Vietnamese-inspired restaurant Belly.

Source is scheduled to open at Epicenter in the spring of 2022.

Details: Source at Epicenter, 3150 E. Ray Road, Gilbert.

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