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By Mary Minor Davis   When Vito and Rose Croce came to the United States from Italy, both at the age of 15, they had no idea they would end up in Tucson, owning and operating an authentic bakery and Italian restaurant. The former Milwaukee couple came to Tucson 30 years ago and opened a bakery that would offer authentic Italian fare. &...

Named for a monastery outside of Lonigo, Italy, San Fermo in Ballard is probably the first new Italian restaurant in a long time that wants to make its name in rustic, homey southern Italian food.   Instead of focusing on the current trend of modern, interpretive Italian dishes, co-owners Tim Baker (Percy's & Co.), Scott Shapiro (Melrose...

by Terence Murnin   In a turn of events that can only be explained by the stars aligning or perhaps, poetic justice, "Whisked Away" is the name of the bakery shop where Arizona Culinary Institute's December 2014 Student of the Month, Laura Callan, decided to pursue her dream in the culinary arts.   "A woman had opened this cool bakery...

The Salt Lake City Arts Council's is proud to present the annual Living Traditions Festival, a celebration of authentic and traditional folk and ethnic arts. Living Traditions brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to honor cultural traditions and diversity within our beautiful city.   Local ethnic artists—craftspeople, dancers,...

by Lauren Saria   It's been about three months since we told you that well-known local chef Peter DeRuvo had quietly re-entered the metro Phoenix dining scene after a brief stint working in the Second City. For about six months, now DeRuvo's been at EVO in Scottsdale, bringing back his signature style of Italian fare that includes a selectio...

Una mostra dedicata a Stradivari al museo degli strumenti musicali a Phoenix. Si terrà nella città dell'Arizona dal 16 gennaio al 5 giugno con il titolo "Stradivarius: origins and legacy of the greatest violin maker". La storia della liuteria cremonese sbarca così in America con una rassegna realizzata in collaborazione con il Museo del Violino di...

Sunday February 22nd, 3 PM-6 PM. Valley Catholic Early Learning School - 4450 SW Saint Marys Dr, Beaverton 97007. Please join Scuola Italiana di Portland for the 10th annual Festa di Carnevale for Kids! This super-sized costume party celebrates the annual Italian holiday. From face painting to frog hopping to clever clowning and trea...

by Terry Richard   Simone Moro, an elite among a very rare breed that climbs the world's highest mountains in winter, will make a presentation in Portland on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Here's what Ed Viesturs says about such endeavors in the foreword of Moro's book, "The Call of the Ice," recently translated from Italian to English and published...

THERE WERE ONLY TWO FEMALE restaurateurs—Border Grill's Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger—on the Las Vegas Strip when Giada de Laurentiis opened her eponymous eatery, Giada, at The Cromwell a year ago. The unqualified success of her namesake restaurant has gained the 44-year-old Food Network star of Giada at Home access to the very exclusive club...

by Rita Cipalla   For more than 45 years, Frank Isernio's life has revolved around sausage. As with many Italian families, food played a central role in the day-to-day life of this Seattle native. His mother Angetina prepared delicious meals with fresh ingredients from her garden. His father, Frank Sr., was one of the first produce vend...

by Ashley Ludwig When Murrieta residents think of family style Italian dining, Bella's Pizza Villa, off Los Alamos and the 215, is a sure bet. Winners of the West Coast Pizza Championship and finaling in an international pizza competition, Bella's Pizza Villa can satisfy any appetite for Italian food from Chicago Style pizza to homemade decadent p...

One of the few times Chris Bianco, arguably the nation's most revered pizzaiolo, has been at a loss for words was about 15 years ago, when a friend asked him to visit a priest known as Father Joe in hospice care. "I just kind of froze," said Mr. Bianco, a normally garrulous chef who ultimately mustered the strength to speak to the dying priest...