When it comes to Italian food in the Valley, it can usually be broken down into three categories: high-end, fast-casual, and pizza. For individuals who are looking to kick back and enjoy Italian food that is beyond fast-casual, there are a handful of options in metro Phoenix, but often there is a long wait or hours are limited for the restaurants....

The James Beard Awards, arguably the most prestigious accolades in the culinary realm, are back after a two-year hiatus. The awards were abruptly canceled in 2020 amid concerns of a lack of diversity and allegations against some nominees, coupled with COVID-19’s impact on the food world. The James Beard Foundation took time to audit the awards, whi...

Mamma mia, it’s a new restaurant alert. Over on the east side of Tucson, Guiseppe’s Ristorante Italiano opened its doors to the public at 9431 E. 22nd St. #157. The restaurant was open for business early last week but made the official announcement on Friday, May 27. This is Guiseppe’s second Tucson location, the original location can be found at 6...

It’s hard to find someone with more enthusiasm and excitement than Joey Maggiore when it comes to being a chef and restauranteur. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since Joey is the son of Valley chef icon, Tomaso Maggiore. Like Father, Like SonFor years, Joey grew up in the kitchen learning from his Sicilian-born father, who was a fixture of...

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen is serving up a solution for those looking to shed any lingering “Quarantine 15" pounds. Picazzo’s, located at 7325 Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, is an Arizona-based family-owned healthcentric restaurant, offering a menu of salads, entrees, pasta and pizza. The eatery fuses modern-Ita...

Claudio Repetto wasn’t sure of the idea at first. Since he was 10, he had played for the academy of Italian Serie A club Genoa, operating with the wide-eyed dreams that accompany academy players. “Your goal is to make it to the first team,” said Repetto, who now plays striker for Phoenix Rising. But here he was, 19 years old, being told by his agen...

Remember when Fazoli's served up its famous breadsticks and pasta in Arizona? It won't be just a memory much longer... The fast-casual restaurant announced its return to our state on social media Thursday. Fazoli's says it will begin its return to Arizona starting in Phoenix with the first location opening Fall 2022. Eight other locations are repor...

Måneskin have announced that they will be hitting the road this autumn to kick off a massive world tour. The dates serve as the Italian rockers' rescheduled run of their Loud Kids tour, which was previously set to take place earlier this year. The newly renamed Loud Kids Get Louder tour, will kick off on October 31 in Seattle for the North American...

The Fogolâr Furlan Nevada - Utah - Arizona provides connections to Friulians emigrants and their descendants residing in Nevada, Utah and Arizona with their land of origin, the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy. The aim is to connect people (Friulians, descendants and supporters), preserve the awareness of the Friulian identity, promote our...

Babbo Italian Eatery is expanding in metro Phoenix with plans to open a location in Goodyear in April. The Italian restaurant’s first foray into the West Valley city will debut April 7, according to a press release. The 6,000-square-foot space at McDowell Road and Pebble Creek Parkway can seat 236 guests and will feature outdoor seating with a fire...