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I was excited that Andreas also left us with a 2012 Syncline Mourvèdre sampling. Over 60 percent of these mourvèdre grapes were sourced from the Red Mountain AVA in Yakima giving them the preferred sun time to yield high tannin wines while blending it with Horse Heaven Hills grapes that bring along the intense fruit flavors mourvèdre-lovers seek ou...

By Cathalena E. Burch A protégé of pizza maker Chris Bianco is opening his own pizzeria in Tucson's downtown warehouse district. Scott Girod hopes to open Monello — Italian for "brat" or "street urchin" — by late December or early January, once he finishes renovations to the former gallery space at 222 E. Sixth St. Work includes knocking down...

Hawaii Kai Thai restaurant owner Maile Sengoura is opening her second restaurant, this time one serving Italian cuisine, in Honolulu's Ward Centre in April. Bellini Bistro and Bar will offer indoor and outdoor seating for 47, including a private dining room that seats 12. Multiple flavors of bellinis will be on the menu at the Auahi Street establi...

Gelarto Italian Ice Cream and Global Arts, founded on Bainbridge Island, is expanding to add an Alki Beach location. We discovered this in the city permit files over the weekend, with remodeling work planned at 2648 59th SW, former home of Alki Beach Dog.   After sending a note to Gelarto's proprietors, we went by the Alki site this mor...

by Samantha Bakall   "I have an obsession with marble," Kevin Chambers, the former Chefstable operations manager, says. The weekend of May 8, Chambers, with culinary guidance from friend and former Bluehour chef Thomas Boyce, will be opening Marmo, a refined, casual Italian deli in downtown Portland.   Italian for marble, Marmo h...

Congratulations, Uptown Plaza, you win the Lou Malnati's lottery! The much-beloved purveyor of Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza is targeting a May opening, and the restaurant's management has chosen a location at Phoenix's Uptown Plaza, alongside Sam Fox's Flower Child and New York's famed burger joint, Shake Shack.   It's a coup both for...

by Robrt Pela   I paused for a moment outside La Bella Pizzeria last Friday afternoon. Oh, no. I thought. I heard this was a kosher Italian restaurant. Yet nothing among the many signs posted outside this neat-as-a-pin strip mall diner indicated that one could eat here without busting Kashrut.   Then I stepped inside and saw the...

By Providence Cicero   Opening a restaurant is never easy, but the owners of San Fermo cleared historic hurdles in renovating The Pioneer Houses to create an inviting, unpretentious neighborhood Italian restaurant.   Erected in the 1850s, the twin, two-story structures are believed to be Seattle's oldest, intact residential properties...

Italian food dominates the menu this week for local restaurant openings. One locale is expanding, while two new restaurants will offer pizza, pasta and other Italian favorites.   In Summerlin, however, patrons will say adios to an upscale Mexican restaurant for the second time. Take a look at some of the valley's recent openings and closin...

by Al Mancini   In a town full of flashy celebrity chefs, it's easy to overlook some of the corporate executive chefs who run large, quality local restaurant groups from a little further behind the scenes. Brian Massie has long been one of those chefs.   For years he helmed kitchens at many of the restaurants within the Light Group em...

Gino Ferraro, owner of Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, introduces an extraordinary opportunity for wine and food lovers—Il Circolo, the Ferraro's Wine Club. Members will enjoy authentic Italian food, superb wines and gain invaluable knowledge about Italy's best wines and wine producers from Tuscany and the Piedmont. Members will join...

Chicken marsala and hot spaghetti are both smells you'll find in a typical Italian kitchen. Chris Schiavone, owner of Toni Rigatonis, said, "The kitchen is open so it provides the warmth. There's no enclosures so the warmth and the smells of the kitchen just waft through the whole restaurant."   Inspired from his childhood memories, Sch...