On a bend of Cave Creek Road thick with biker bars, rodeo grounds, and timeworn stucco, you see the storefront in a psychedelic swirl. COLOR. DAISIES. STRIPES. A cartoon-purple sign shouts the name of the shop: Vino & Panino. Inside, flower garlands stream and lava lamps glow and glop. Deep purple and highlighter-yellow are the chief colors, but fo...

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Mesa, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges. In the Mesa area, consumer spending at restaurants tends to climb the most in December and November, according to data on l...

There is one box longtime Tucson restaurateur Daniel Scordato has not checked in his 47-year career: fast food. That changes early next month when he opens Posto Sano Foods, a fast-food Italian restaurant in the 1,800-square-foot space at 6370 N. Campbell Ave. that was home to Cafe Jasper. “I just thought I want to start over and try something a li...

How could a new pizza place possibly improve our scene? Given the lofty skills and rigid intention that goes into the best pizza here, how could a pizzeria, aside from bringing in a new style, elevate what we have? Our pizza makers seem to have seized every advantage. Grinding flour. Mixing grain. Dreaming up new topping combinations. But lucky for...

The first rule of neighborhood Italian restaurants is that everybody’s neighborhood Italian restaurant is the best. That’s what everybody tells me, anyway. Kidding aside, I get it. The local Italian joint is an archetype we hold dear — a comfy, welcoming place to spend a little time with family and friends and some no-frills food. It’s only right t...

Main Gate Square gained a new restaurant when Bacio Italiano opened on Friday, September 6 in the former Red’s Smokehouse & Tap Room. Bacio’s interior features a variety of modern art from local artists ranging from mounted paintings to marker-scribble-style doodles made of metal on the wall. The western windows and garage doors let in natural ligh...

For a long time, the state of Italian dining in metro Phoenix was overshadowed by a handful of aging stalwarts, still serving the same dishes they were 30 years ago. That can be good, particularly with a cuisine so deeply rooted in tradition. But in this case, the scene was starting to get a little musty. Thankfully, times are changing. To get a se...

Scottsdale residents, meet Meat the Ball. The Italian restaurant focused on meatballs will hold a grand opening for its new location near Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard on Nov. 7. The full-service eatery was created by Pomo Restaurant Group, which has opened Valley restaurants Pomo Pizzeria, Luna Gelataria and Mora Italian. The 1,...

Although the International Stars College Showcase welcomed baseball players from all over the world, the 19 Italians ballplayers participating were the largest group from any of the countries represented during the program in Phoenix, Arizona from October 1-11, 2019. Led by International Stars College Showcase Technical Director Mauro Mazzotti, the...

An authentic Italian restaurant will open its doors in Carefree on Saturday. Pizzicata is an Italian restaurant located in the Historic Spanish Village that features a Roman take on food, according the restaurant’s website. Owner Federico Venturini and his wife, Viola Tagliaferri, moved from Umbria, Italy, to open Pizzicata along with local busines...