Damiano and Assunta Ali
The founders are Damiano and Assunta Ali. They moved to
Tucson in1965 from Calabria, Italy. They opened their first
restaurant in 1972 located near the University of Arizona.
In 1975 they relocated to Stone and Drachman, and
renamed the restaurant to Damiano’s.
Damiano Ali opened the current restaurant in May of 1989.
He purchased the location from a plant nursery. The
original name of the restaurant was Michelangelo’s
Ristorante Italiano. In 2017 we remodeled the restaurant,
and updated the name to Bottega Michelangelo.
Our recipes are passed down from generations, and are
mostly from the south of Italy.
Our concept today is “Italy to Table” comfort food.
Everything is made fresh in house.