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Joey and Cristina Maggiore, the husband-and-wife team who own the Maggiore Group, plan to open two new restaurants Italian restaurant to metro Phoenix. The group is behind the popular brunch spot, Hash Kitchen with its build-your-own bloody Mary bar, The Sicilian Butcher, The Sicilian Baker with its create-your-own cannoli counter and The Mexicano,...

The award-winning Phoenix chef behind the acclaimed Pizzeria Bianco and Tratto restaurants will be featured in the next season of “Chef’s Table” on Netflix. Chris Bianco will be the main attraction for one of six episodes of “Chef’s Table: Pizza,” which the streaming giant will release on Sept. 7. “Chris Bianco changed pizza in America forever,” Ne...

Rocco Pezzano and his son, Marco, combine food, family, traditional flavors and modern culinary creations with Sfizio, a scratch-kitchen restaurant with an authentic, Italian focused menu. Rocco was born and raised in southern Italy. At 18, he got his first job working at a bakery and then a pizza place, where he fell in love with the food. Then, a...

A second location of the popular Central Avenue restaurant Forno 301 is now open in south Scottsdale. Initially, the restaurant was called Eat Slice, a drive-thru pizza concept that owner Luca Gagliano launched in 2020. However, he recently evolved the space, bringing the Forno 301 menu and concept to the East Valley. "I didn't enjoy the Eat Slice...

Patrons will literally get a taste of what it’s like to be a member of the Cacchiotti family when Dino and Rhonda Cacchiotti open ENZO in Moses Lake on Aug. 29. Descendants of Italian immigrants, the Cacchiotti family are bringing their "old world" traditions to table in the form of food derived from Rhonda’s recipe book.  The opening of ENZO marks...

Napoli’s Italian Restaurant isn’t “fast food.” It’s an experience. The South Ogden restaurant, which opened in June, serves authentic dishes in a white-tablecloth ambiance. “We have customers here who want their food quick, but we can’t make it quick because we want to make sure it’s cooked right,” said Antonio Geminiani, one of the owners. “Our fo...

The team behind San Diego's "best pizza of 2020" is bringing a fine dining Milanese concept to Phoenix. Ambrogio15 was opened by two friends from Milan when Giacomo Pizzigoni and Andrea Burrone decided to "leave the corporate world to begin a new adventure made up of passion, friendship and a bit of foolishness."  The duo introduced the West Coast...

The latest restaurant offering from the family behind the Lindo Michoacan empire was a massive undertaking that became more challenging over the past two years. But Il Toro E La Capra came to life in January, a unique blend of Italian and Mexican cuisines in the family-friendly format familiar to Las Vegas at Lindo since 1990. Lindo Michoacan owner...

Chef Claudio Urciuoli’s recent trip to visit his family in Italy sounds like something straight out of a travel show, complete with picturesque environs and tantalizing food. He visited a friend who makes extra virgin olive oil in Umbria. And then another who grows farro and other varieties of legumes only found in Italy. Of course, a trip to see a...

There was a time where burrata was having its moment — the golden age of @burratagram, where every pasta, pizza, and sandwich came topped with a jiggling ball of cheese. Burrata, a fresh cheese filled with cream and mozzarella, is something like the lava cake of cheeses: When a ball of burrata is split with a knife, a delicious, decadent filling sp...

Anyone, and I mean everyone, who has ever walked into Hops Sports Grill has met Brian Luceri. You might have seen him making his way through the dining room, bar, or patio of Hops (a bar and grill meets Italian grandma’s kitchen on Tucson’s east side) in an almost statesmanlike fashion; shaking hands, making small talk, addressing the issues of the...

So, here’s the thing: I spent a year and a half as a missionary living in Southern Italy, and that means I ate a lot of good food. Like, a lot. From street vendors, small shops and restaurants, but mainly in the homes of Italian families, eating homemade Italian meals. You tell yourself when you go to Italy that you won’t come back a pasta snob…but...