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...

If you’re familiar already with the formidable work that chef Matt Pilato is doing at LAMP Pizzeria, a neighborhood parlor nestled among the scenic desert peaks and million-dollar homes of far-north Scottsdale, the answer might be: pretty damn far. If you’ve never heard of LAMP Pizzeria, though, and you don’t already spend your free time navigating...

by Frazier Moore   Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular character actor played a TV cop on "Law & Order" during his wide-ranging career, has died. Death came Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after Farina suffered a blood clot in his lung, according to his publicist, Lori De Waal. He was 69.   F...

Scottsdale-based Pomo Restaurant Group recently announced plans to open a fourth location of Pomo Pizzeria in Glendale. The restaurant already has two locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix, as well as a third location that's currently under construction in Gilbert. The newest Pomo Pizzeria will take over the space formerly occupied by Tutti Santi by...

I rarely eat in Italian restaurants. Raised on basic Italian fare, I'm put off by menus featuring chicken parmigiani and "gourmet" versions of pasta fagioli (peasant food, made with white beans and macaroni in a watery tomato broth, but invariably Italian-­Americanized with veal and a half­-dozen vegetables in the pretentious "Italian" diners that...

This is part two of our interview with Joey Maggiore of Cuttlefish in Scottsdale. The seafood restaurant opened late last year and features an oyster bar (complete with Vespa seating) and a menu of coastal Italian cuisine.   Today, we're talking about the two new restaurants Maggiore plans to open around Scottsdale this year. Be sure to go b...

Two longtime Valley restaurants are closing their doors.   La Fontanella After 10 years running restaurants in Chicago, Isabella Mannone moved to Phoenix in 1982 and opened La Fontanella. A few years later, husband Berto Bertuccio came on board, adding to La Fontanella's charms with his homemade gelato, a Valley rarity in those days.  ...