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Diamondbacks infielder Daniel Descalso will play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, but not because he simply accepted an invitation. Things aren’t so easy for an Italian from Redwood City, Calif. His very Italian last name wasn’t good enough to convince the International Baseball Federation of his heritage, either. “It was like a little fact...

Stories and memories? You’d have as much luck holding them back Sunday at the Italian-American Club as you would reining in Carme Pitrello, the outsized Las Vegas entertainer whose life will be celebrated there that day. But two stories — told by Pitrello’s girlfriend and business partner — look forward, not back. They get to these questions: How d...

Are you going to feel slightly overwhelmed the first time you step foot inside Mora Italian, chef Scott Conant's eagerly anticipated new Italian restaurant in uptown Phoenix? Possibly, yes. Mora Italian is busy, youthful, loud, and even a little grand. It's hard to resist the urge to just stand there for a minute and gape at its color and spectacle...

Columbus Day became a Federal holiday in 1937.  In 1992 the City Council of Berkeley, CA declared October 12th the day of solidarity with Indigenous People's Day to protest Columbus historic voyages and travels and calling attention to the losses suffered by Native American peoples and their cultures.  Their premise is that Columbus’s discovery of...

Join us this Tuesday at Caputo's Deli to celebrate the traditional Italian festival of Carnevale! Feel free to come dressed up with a mask or just as yourself. We will have light refreshments, games, and more. Be sure to come slightly early, if possible, as our time is limited and we want to have as much fun as possible with the time we have. There...

FRIDAY, FEB. 24 | 6 P.M. TO 9 P.M. Where:College of Southern Nevada - Charleston campus. Start time:6:00 pm End time:9:00 pm. Address:6375 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas. Cost:Free. Age limit:All ages The Oscar-nominated documentary feature Fire at Sea, which never played in Las Vegas theaters, will be shown at the College of Southern Nevada’s Char...

He's worked in kitchens for three decades. He's gotten rave reviews from the New York Times. His Manhattan eatery, L'Impero, won a James Beard Award for best restaurant. You've very likely watched Conant in action, because he's been a judge on Chopped, Top Chef, and 24 Hour Restaurant Battle. He's traded cooking techniques with Anthony Bourdain for...

There's pizza. And then there's wood-fired pizza. Every now and then, I'm lured from our regular pizzeria by the promise of a smaller, even less elaborate pie that redeems itself with incomparably crunchy crust and that telltale whiff of wood smoke. Among several wood-burning ovens in the Rogue Valley, Rosario's is my go-to in Medford for pies that...

Every morning Steven Cappelli, the owner of Casanova in Makawao, gets up and reads reviews from Open Table, Yelp and Trip Advisor. “My mornings start with reading these reviews,” says Cappelli. “What a way to start the day, I know. My phone gets the notifications. But I really use it as a training tool. In the beginning of social media sites like t...

Students from all levels of Italian joined the officers of the UW Italian Club on Friday to prepare a four-course meal together. On the menu was a caprese salad, pasta al pesto, duck breast in orange sauce (petto d'anatra all'arancia), and a mandarin sorbet. Everyone pitched in with shelling, peeling, slicing and boiling to get the dinner ready, sp...

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...

With two new pizza joints appearing in the last two months, it’s tough to argue that Boise is hurting for places to grab a slice. But a new Italian restaurant? That’s an offer we can’t refuse. Vincenzo Trattoria plans to open in early March at 6970 W. State St., according to chef and manager Vincenzo Nicoletta. The 2,241-square foot space at Northg...