Celeb chef Josh Marks at Ciao tonight, Thursday

First Fabio. Now this?

Another celebrity chef is making a stop in Wichita this week. Josh Marks, who finished second on the third season of Fox’s show “MasterChef, is in town right now and cooking at Ciao Italian Kitchen, 1720 N. Webb Road.

Marks, a 7-footer who played basketball in college, will be at a meet-and-greet from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight at the restaurant. Then, on Thursday, he’ll cook a four-course fundraising dinner that costs $70 a person. Spots are still available for that dinner and can be claimed by calling 316-613-2426 .

The restaurant will only be serving the four-course meal from 7 to 9 p.m. It will raise money for the Make a Sound project, a suicide-prevention program that Marks supports.

Westside Ciao’s delay is Sandy’s fault

Initially, owners of Ciao Italian Kitchen – the Italian restaurant whose first location opened last October at 1720 N. Webb — hoped to have the westside counterpart opened by this coming Monday.

But because of Hurricane Sandy, the delivery of some key equipment the restaurant needs has been delayed, a manager said. The new projected opening date is Nov. 19.

The second Ciao is going into the space vacated when Tommy’s closed in April. It had recently been updated, with new carpet and more, so the restaurant didn’t need much remodeling.

The new Ciao will be open for lunch and dinner will offer the same menu as the eastside Ciao. It specializes in large portions of pasta dishes plus pizza, stromboli and more.

I’ll keep you updated on the opening.