Love at first sight drove an Italian chef to open a new restaurant in Tucson

Aug 04, 2021 231

BY: Cathalena E. Burch

A funny thing happened to Bruno Girardi on his way to retirement. The longtime Washington state restaurateur drove through Tucson, fell in love with the Old Pueblo and ditched his plans to spend his twilight years on a boat in the Virgin Islands.

Instead, he’s bringing his nearly three decades of restaurant experience to Congress Street where he will open a little Italian bistro in the heart of downtown. If all goes as planned with the permits, Girardi will open Perché No in the former Caffé Milano spot at 46 W. Congress St. by early September.

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