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John Arena started making pizzas professionally in 1967, at age 13, in his family's pizzeria in New York. He and his cousin Sam Facchini came to Las Vegas from New York in 1980, driving a borrowed car. They had freshly minted college degrees — Arena's in communications, Facchini's in accounting — but they'd end up opening a pizzeria; all they had,...

You might feel like you're in Venice if you visit the Italian Festival of Arizona this weekend at SouthBridge in Scottsdale.   Umbrella-shaded tables will be placed along the bridge to re-create the ambiance of the canal-laced city in northeastern Italy. "People can look over the canal while they eat dinner, kind of like you're in Venic...

By Heidi Knapp Rinella   Tips come in from many different places, and in this case it was a regular reader and dedicated fan of a restaurant who just wouldn't give up. But, I told him, I'd looked at the menu on the restaurant's website and didn't think it was much different from any other Italian restaurant in the valley. Ah, but he tol...

by Mattie John Bamman   Figlia Americana, the new Italian-American cafe serving breakfast and lunch, opens Friday, December 23, at 1100 SE Grand Ave. (inside the Rejuvenation lighting and hardware store). Figlia is the follow-up to Renata (The Oregonian's 2015 Restaurant of the Year), and owners Sandra and Nick Arnerich say they hadn't plann...

If you have walked down Ballard Avenue in the past few months, you've probably noticed that the pea-green freestanding house that didn't really fit in with the slick new restaurants and boutiques has been getting a paint job—among other things. "The Pioneer Houses"—in fact, two houses connected—were brought from the International District years ago...

It's always nice when customers leave a restaurant happy and even say thanks for a great meal. But what happened Friday night at Pietro's Pizza Kauai went beyond the usual show of appreciation for a pie done well. Maria Lopez, a professional opera singer on her honeymoon on Kauai, stood up after finishing dinner.   "I haven't had p...

Italian restaurant La Locanda Italiano will host a grand opening Dec. 27 in Old Town Scottsdale. La Locanda Ristorante Italiano offers an authentic Italian dining experience using the best local ingredients, shop served with flourish. The menu is simple, order with fresh original recipes from the northern regions of Italy. Pasta is fres...

Molly Wizenberg is co-owner of the Delancey and Essex restaurants in Seattle, founder of the popular Orangette blog, author of A Homemade Life and Delancey, and host of the "Spilled Milk" podcast.   She took an afternoon out of her busy schedule to eat a rather unique 16-course lunch, hang with Italy's coolest and most famous chef, and repor...

One culinary upside of living in a town full of expatriates is the cross-section of regional delicacies available in the Las Vegas Valley. But two of the northeast corridor's favorite sandwiches, the Newark Italian hot dog and Philadelphia roast pork, have proven fairly elusive — rarely attempted and almost never done properly. Fortunately for...

by Gerald M. Gay   As food truck options continue to grow in Tucson, one family is banking that bigger is better. Joseph Sotomayor and his father, Daniel Sotomayor, launched the Jozarelli's Italian Street Food truck earlier this month. They enlisted the Armenco Catering Truck and Hot Dog Cart Manufacturing Co. in Los Angeles to bui...

Last year was a special dining occasion for me; 2016 marked a decade of writing about Las Vegas restaurants. After eating so much fantastic food in so many electric environments on and off the Strip, the years start to blur together, but the restaurants don't. Certain dishes and flavors will forever stand out in my mind.   One of my most mem...

By Holly Prestidge It was the Sunday gravy — that rich sauce of tomatoes and fresh herbs enhanced by meaty beef shank bones and marrow — that made an instant believer of Lee Casazza many years ago. Now the Seattle resident wants to make the authentic Italian-American meals of her husband's family available to everyone. Casazza's cookbook, "B...