There is something downright restorative and celebratory about a pizza dinner. It's casual, comforting, and feels like a break from workday routines. Add to that feeling the near euphoria of a well-made cannoli, and you've got yourself a humble, but oh-so-indulgent feast. The family-owned Defalco's Italian Deli makes pizza in a stone-fire oven for...

Celebrated chef and restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore launched his first restaurant in the Valley in 1977. Four decades later, he opened his latest venture, Tomaso’s When in Rome. The new 5,000-square-foot restaurant is on the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Pinnacle Peak roads in north Scottsdale. It's the first spinoff of Tomaso’s Italian Restauran...

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art has announced an October event, unveiling a groundbreaking and unprecedented retrospective of seminal Italian-born American artist and architect, Paolo Soleri. Organized by SMoCA Curator of Contemporary Art Claire C. Carter, Paolo Soleri: The City Is Nature focuses on drawings, sculptures and models that Mr...

She was raised in Italy in a family that loved to cook. Her father ran restaurants in their homeland. But occasionally, Hera Ambrosio, co-owner of Casa Mia Italian restaurant, is stumped by a new customer asking for shrimp scampi or chicken Vesuvio. “People ask me for dishes that I don’t know,” Ambrosio said in an energetic voice that flaunts an al...

I have been coming to Guido's Chicago Meats and Deli since I was in high school. The Italian sub is to die for, but there are so many more options at Guido's. You name it, they have it-- and it's likely made from scratch right there at the deli! Guido's Chicago Meats and Deli has been on Scottsdale Road and Shea since 1983. Owner Joe Guido was trai...

Unless you were looking for it, you might breeze past Nonna Urban Eatery, a matchbox-size lunch and dinner spot in Old Town Scottsdale. The restaurant is set back off Main Street, almost hidden in a courtyard on the east end of the street. If you look while walking past, you’ll spot the bright, sunshine-colored chairs on the patio. Opened by a husb...

Get a broader view of Italian traditions than what you've seen on TV or in movies with the 4th annual Italian Festival of Arizona at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall on March 25 and 26. The festival brings a touch of the old country and modern Italy into a city-square-like setting, with diverse forms of music, food, dance and artwork that shape Ita...

Jon Morosi’s first taste of the World Baseball Classic came on March 7, 2013, when he watched from the press box as Italy scored two ninth-inning runs to beat Mexico 6-5 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The game had some personal relevance for Morosi, then a Fox Sports writer—he is Italian-American, his wife his Mexican-American, and that was the first ever...

Scottsdale residents will have the chance to impress their friends and family with a homemade authentic Italian meal after learning from an expert at this four-course cooking demo. Join co-owner of Casa Mia Hera Ambrosio at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 13, for the demo at family-owned Italian restaurant, Casa Mia. During the class, Ambrosio will show yo...

The Italian Association of Arizona will host its 4th Annual Italian Festival in Scottsdale, Ariz., this month on Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m,, and on Sunday, March 26, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. This two-day celebration will include vendors, entertainment, live music, wine tastings and authentic Italian cuisine. A portion of proceeds from the e...