Cowboy Ciao, known for its Stetson Chopped Salad and extensive wine list, opened on Stetson Drive west of Scottsdale Road in 1997. The restaurant was owned by Peter Kasperski. Peter’s other restaurant in Old Scottsdale, Kazimierz World Wine Bar, has also closed. Taxes and finances may have played a role in the closure.
Posted on their Facebook Page: Unfortunately, an end of an era has come upon us. Tonight is the last night Cowboy Ciao will be open. Thank you to all for the wonderful memories and support over the years. We will miss you all. Raise a glass of whatever vino you are enjoying. Cheers to a wonderful run!! Please visit our sister restaurant New Wave Market and Super Chunk Sweets & Treats for the Stetson Chopped Salad, now on their menu. Cowboy Ciao will be dearly missed, but their legacy will live on!
The Stetson Chopped Salad is probably the most photographed dish in the Valley. Some referred to it as the state salad of Arizona. The salad’s creator, Bernie Kantak, was a longtime chef at Cowboy Ciao