Our Story

Zio Peppe is a collaboration between Chef Devon Sanner and Chef Mat Cable. Our menu is anchored in Italian-American classics of pizza and pasta, but draws heavy influence from the foods and flavor profiles of Tucson and the Sonoran region.

Cable has been the owner/operator of Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria since 2008, and First We Eat Catering and Confections since 2019. Mat is also a partner in Dante’s Fire, the house caterer for Z Mansion, and a two-term President of Tucson Originals, a collective of independent, locally-owned restaurants.

Sanner joins forces with Cable after having cooked under Tucson culinary legend Janos Wilder for the past 15 years, serving as chef at Janos, JBAR, Downtown + Cocktails, and The Carriage House.

Zio Peppe, which means “Uncle Joe” in Italian, is in part a tribute to Cable’s uncle, Joe Sottosanti, who opened Tucson’s first Sicilian pizza place, Tesseo’s Pizzeria, nearly 50 years ago.