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...

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...

Parma Italian Roots, a new Italian restaurant opening in north Scottsdale, is holding a job fair this week. The fair runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, through Saturday, Aug. 25, at 20831 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 117, Scottsdale. The space previously housed Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers. Candidates can apply in person or send their resume...

It's called Maui Pasta, but there is nothing remotely Hawaiian on the menu of this new Italian restaurant in Scottsdale. However, chef/owner Patricia Inman and her friend and general manager, Debra Lynch, exude the spirit of “Aloha. They moved to Scottsdale from Hawaii last August after the original Maui Pasta closed due to an electrical fire.   Lo...

During a time in my life when I worked on a mountain farm near Bologna, I ate all kinds of off-the-map food. The farmer was a professional cellist who raised crops and made wine. Dinner consisted of rustic fare like minestrone, squash risotto, and rabbit grilled over an open fire. The wildest thing I ate that summer was a plant: agretti. The farmer...

Locally owned Babbo Italian Eatery has announced that it raised $43,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital during its grand opening Day of Giving event on Thursday, April 19. The all day celebration was in honor of its eighth restaurant opening at Scottsdale at Talking Stick, according to a press release. During the grand opening Babbo donated 100 per...

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...