After eight European tours, the festival — which is dedicated to artisanal Italian gelato — travels back to Tucson. Gelato Festival America is making its final stop in the U.S. and setting up shop at La Encantada from noon – 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28. The festival gives everyone the opportunity to learn the secrets of hi...

If a customer walks into Casanova Bros. Pizza expecting to find a typical pizza parlor, he or she could be in for a surprise from the moment the door swings open. Employees greet customers at the front desk and ask if it is their first time visiting the restaurant. For first-time customers, a fresh batch of garlic knots with marinara sauce is deliv...

When in Tucson, do as the Tucsonans do, which is currently for many, a late breakfast with bottomless mimosas. The brunch trend is alive and well from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Bottega Michelangelo, and it’s brunch menu is just one of the latest additions to the historic restaurant’s re-imagined menu. There’s plenty of choices to be made during brunch...

Marco Bianco watches dough like a surfer watches a wave. “I like to think of dough rising as a wave. If I wait too long, and the wave rises too high, I won’t be able to surf it,” second generation, Italian-American Bianco said. “If the dough is above or below the correct temperature, or it rose for too long, I just missed its perfect peak time.” Bi...

Team Italy manager Gilberto “Gibo” Gerali is doing all the right things to prepare his Azzurri squad for next year’s Olympic Qualifier. During the final days of a two-week camp and Instructional League Exhibition Series in the Phoenix, Arizona area, Team Italy played against some of MLB’s best prospects in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athlet...

Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream, but is there a difference between the two? According to kitchen.com, gelato begins with a custard base, as does ice cream, "but has a higher proportion of milk and a lower proportion of cream and eggs (or no eggs at all). It is churned at a much slower rate, incorporating less air and leaving the gelato den...

The Sicilian Butcher will soon be slicing up its popular Italian eats in the Southeast Valley. Scottsdale-based the Maggiore Group plans to open a second location of its north Phoenix concept in Chandler at the Viridian PrimeGate development. It will occupy a 4,600-square-foot space at 3151 W. Frye Road and is slated to open in December. The Sicili...

Flagstaff City Council may be ready to declare Indigenous Peoples Day to occur on the second Monday of October, the same day as Columbus Day. A resolution to do so was originally brought up in 2015 by Councilmember Eva Putzova. But rather than passing a purely symbolic resolution, Council, pushed by indigenous members of the community, voted unanim...

At just 27 years old, Chris Gentile has already won recognition for being the youngest executive chef in downtown San Diego. He opened Double Standard Kitchenette when he was 24 and has since earned praise for serving inventive Italian-inspired cuisine including fresh pastas, wood-fired pizzas and creative small plates.  Gentile is about to turn 28...

The Arizona Wildcats’ recruiting is back among the nation’s elite. The nation’s top 2019 point guard, Phoenix Pinnacle’s Nico Mannion, announced he will play for the Wildcats in 2019-20, giving Arizona its first five-star commit since its projected powerhouse 2018 class was severely compromised by a federal investigation into college basketball. Th...