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Anna Vogel of Spokane’s Italia Trattoria is a semifinalist for a prestigious James Beard Award. Semifinalists were announced Thursday. Vogel is one of 20 semifinalists for best chef in the region that includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. She’s the only chef from the Inland Northwest to be named a semifinalist. Most of th...

When he opened Piazza Italia with the late Gino Schettini back in 1999, Kevin Gorretta says he quickly saw a service snag in his soon-to-be popular Pearl District Italian eatery: On busy nights, he and his staff often sent would-be guests to nearby bars with the hope they wouldn’t bail after staff called their cell phones when a table freed up. Thi...

Welcome to the 2018 edition of The Essentials, our catalog of indispensable and quintessential Phoenix food and drink. From now until May, we'll be sharing 50 dishes, drinks, and food experiences that make up the culinary backbone (and personality) of metro Phoenix. This list is highly eclectic, mixing classics with newer and lesser-known favorites...

A pizza made by Vincent Rotolo isn’t just cheese, sauce, pepperoni and crust. What you don’t see are the hidden ingredients: love, honor, respect and reverence. You taste all those things when you bite down on a slice from his new restaurant, Good Pie, which opens February 9 at Pawn Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas. Each slice is airy yet crispy with ju...

For discerning diners who turn up their noses when they hear someone talk about going out for "eye-talian" food, The Daily Meal has come up with a definitive list of the best Italian restaurants in every state. In Phoenix, Bronx native Chris Bianco brings an authentic Sicilian pizza to the menu at Pizzeria Bianco. Italy's rich cuisine culture goes...

As someone who used to live outside a small town in central Italy (and makes an annual pilgrimage back), I don’t think we can have enough reputable Italian restaurants in Seattle. But hitting the gelato-sweet spot that good Italian hits is tougher than an over-cooked Bistecca Fiorentina. Too many places either focus on overwhelming by pure weight o...

A lifelong pizzaiolo who spent years in fine dining on the Strip before helping open Fremont East’s flavorful Evel Pie, Vincent Rotolo has found his dream gig. It’s Good Pie, the tiny new pizza shop opening at Pawn Plaza on February 9, which just happens to be National Pizza Day. Good Pie will celebrate by participating in the national charitable e...

For discerning diners who turn up their noses when they hear someone talk about going out for "eye-talian" food, The Daily Meal put together a definitive list of the best Italian restaurants in every state. In Oregon, chef Cathy Whims' Nostrana holds the crown for its delicious variety of authentic Italian dishes, not least of which includes its fa...

Most of you reading this column are a lot like me when it comes to our wines. We are always in search of something new and interesting, something not found everywhere, a wine that that is food friendly yet can be sipped on its own, cool story and cool label. Here are a few notes that fit all the criteria listed above. The 2016 Casasmith Cervo Barbe...

TV star chef Giada De Laurentiis has been spending a lot of time in Las Vegas since she opened her very first restaurant at the Cromwell on the Strip more than three years ago. She was back in town Saturday for an extra special occasion — Nevada Ballet Theatre’s 34th annual Black & White Ball at Wynn Las Vegas, where she was honored as “Woman of th...

Scott Conant, a frequent judge on Chopped, made quick work of revamping the former Salute Italian Trattoria at Red Rock Resort into Masso Osteria. Now the chef plans to debut his new restaurant on Friday, Feb. 16, with a decor inspired by the desert and a menu of Italian fare. Conant plans to serve whole sea bass al forno, tagliata di manzo, lamb s...

Arizona-based Fox Restaurant Concepts’ first successful foray into the Las Vegas market was the hip, friendly Culinary Dropout at the Hard Rock Hotel. Now the innovative dining group has invaded the Vegas ’burbs with the warm, homey North Italia in the renovated Rampart Commons center at Charleston and Rampart boulevards. Its expansive dining room,...