Proudly serving fine Italian Cuisine to Phoenix, Arizona since 1987

Our Story

Chef and Owner Christo Panagiotakopoulos invites you to join him at one of Phoenix’s longest standing family-owned Italian restaurants. Since opening our doors in 1986, we have prided ourselves on providing our customers with an unforgettable dining experience.

Christo’s Ristorante boasts an atmosphere that is elegant and romantic, yet simple and relaxing. Whether you’re here for business, a romantic evening, or a celebration, we can accommodate you and help make your night extraordinary. We simply aren’t like any other Italian restaurant in Phoenix. Benvenuti (Welcome)! We hope you’ll dine with us soon!

Our History

Circa 1977

Christo moves to Washington, D.C. from Athens, Greece to play soccer and attend college. While in school, he begins working in kitchens while studying electrical engineering at George Washington University, beginning his love affair with restaurants.

Circa 1980

Christo moves to Arizona to study at Arizona State University. His interest in restaurants continues to grow while he works at the Orangerie at the Arizona Biltmore and at Victor’s.


Connie and Christo get married and begin working towards their dream of opening their own restaurant.


Christo’s Ristorante officially opens and begins serving its signature Northern Italian and Continental Cuisine.


Alexi’s Grill, Christo’s second restaurant, named after the family’s second oldest son, opens on Central Avenue.


The restaurant is remodeled for the first time since opening.


Christo’s celebrates it’s 25 year anniversary!