Brody’s Italian, 10810 N. Tatum Blvd. in Phoenix, is announcing its rebranding from Nick’s Italian, and is now under new owner, Jason Brody. Guided by a profound dedication to excellent hospitality cultivated since his early days in the industry, Mr. Brody is poised to elevate the dining experience for all patrons while preserving the cherished ele...

At his newest restaurant, The Rosticceria, Joey Maggiore greets guests with wide blue eyes, an even bigger smile, and a hug. Dripping in his trademark gold chains, he treats diners like they’re entering his home — or, better yet, his kitchen. “We create these brands, and we hope that they’re received well,” he says, fiddling with his rings. “My pas...

CiBo, derived from the Italian word for food, stands as a beacon of Neapolitan culinary excellence in downtown Phoenix. Under the guidance of Chef Guido Saccone, hailing directly from Italy, CiBo offers a pizza experience that is unrivaled. The secret lies in the crust, achieved through a meticulous process that results in a texture both chewy and...

San Diego-based Ambrogio15, which announced a planned expansion to Phoenix in 2022, is finally opening at the Biltmore Fashion Park. Owned by friends Giacomo Pizzigoni and Andrea Burrone, the Italian restaurant is located between The Cheesecake Factory and Macy's. Modern, sleek glass, metal and wood define the exterior. Inside, a 1,000-bottle glass...

The Italian Daughter, conceived by Melissa Maggiore Meyer as a heartfelt tribute to her late father, the renowned restaurateur and chef Tomaso Maggiore, is an inviting haven where guests are welcomed into the warmth of Meyer’s own home. This homage to old-school Italian favorites features cherished dishes like burrata, linguine with clams, gnudi, e...

Known for Hash Kitchen and The Sicilian Butcher, local restaurant company The Maggiore Group has launched a new concept on Tatum Boulevard and Cactus Road. The Rosticceria started dishing out Italian cuisine in mid-December.At the entrance, customers are greeted by two Roman gladiator statues and a touch of intentional graffiti, a bold pronouncemen...

The Rosticceria, a new Italian restaurant specializing in Abruzzo-style cooking, has opened its doors in Phoenix. This newest restaurant concept by The Maggiore Group features a menu of wood-fired meats with an Italian twist. “The inspiration for the new concept came from traveling through the Rome and Abruzzo regions with my wife, Cristina, and fa...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is excited to announce the upcoming NIAF Arizona Regional Gala is set to take place on January 27, 2024, at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Arizona Biltmore Hotel. This prestigious event will recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to the community while raising funds for two deserving...

He had been in the restaurant business for most of his life. But chef and restaurateur Rocco Pezzano left the time-demanding industry to start a wholesale business that would allow him to spend more time with his young family. Eight years later, COVID-19 hit and effectively shut down his company. By now, Pezzano’s personal life had also changed as...

Anyone who has met me knows I am very proud of my Italian heritage. And anyone who has ever worked with me knows a day doesn’t go by when I don’t eat Italian food. Lasagna for breakfast? All the time. Pizza at any hour and at any temperature? I wouldn’t have it any other way.  But the quintessential Italian dish in my mind is gnocchi. It’s the firs...