The grand opening of Babbo Italian Eatery at the Scottsdale at Talking Stick location is Thursday, April 19. This will be the eighth Babbo in metro Phoenix and, to celebrate, all Arizona locations are donating 100 percent of profits that day to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, according to a release. “We are extremely excited to bring this location to...

For the fifth year, Scottsdale will feel more like Italy as the Italian Festival of Arizona gets underway at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Guests will enjoy authentic live music directly from Italy, traditional Italian cuisine, dancing and more as they celebrate the Italian heritage. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and children 1...

When Stefano Fabbri left Italy for the Valley, he wanted to open an eatery. He narrowed things down to a pizzeria or gelateria, then got stuck. Choosing rankled him. Fabbri grew up in his family's gelateria and cafeteria in Emilia-Romagna. He had gone through a program at the University of Gelato in Bologna. But Fabbri chose to make pizza and today...

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...

While the Ferrari market has retreated a small amount since its meteoric rise over the past half-decade or so, Gooding & Company found the Italian delicacies of significant importance to its bottom-line during its Scottsdale auction this past weekend. Of the top four sellers, Ferrari accounted for three spots, including the most expensive vehicle G...

A tiny, quiet, 28-seat Italian eatery in North Scottsdale is cooking some really good Italian-American food. The other night, the charming place was almost empty for early dinner hour. This changed when a woman hurried in. She must have been hungry, for she asked for whatever dish took the shortest to make, and tacked on a soup once she learned a p...

A standout selection of Alfa Romeos will cross the block at the Gooding and Company auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, from January 19-20. Spanning the Italian automaker’s 1960s era, along with a rare model from 1951, are a number of seldom-seen Alfas, many of which are offered at No Reserve. Lot 136, a 1951 1900C Sprint, is one of the most-important...

If you’re a fan of pistachio ice cream and gelato, then you may know from reading ingredients labels that many are secretly loaded with almonds. Large producers often balk at spending what they should on the pricey green nut. They advertise pistachio, and they often deliver mostly almond. Sacrificing flavor, seeing dollar signs, they try to buffalo...

When most think of important architects with Arizona ties, Frank Lloyd Wright comes to mind first. And while Wright definitely left his mark on the state, he’s not the only one. Paolo Soleri -- an Italian citizen who who spent his later years in Arizona -- built two experimental communities in the Grand Canyon state: Cosanti in Paradise Valley and ...

The first time Marcellino Verzino cooked at the James Beard House in New York City was in 1998, long before he and his wife moved to Arizona to open a fine-dining Italian restaurant. Nearly two decades later, he is preparing for his second appearance at the prestigious brownstone once owned by culinary legend James Beard. Verzino, owner of Marcelli...