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By Rebecca Scott Italian restaurants are all about atmosphere. Deep, rich paint on the walls, wood-grain tables, the sound of wine glasses clinking and intimate chatter. The world falls away while you share a meal with family or friends.   That warm, engaging mood is alive and well at Cicily's Pastaria & Grill in Medford. My mom an...

Hayden Milanes is too young to have caught the Four Seasons' music when they were topping the charts during the 1960s, but growing up in Tampa, Fla., he often heard his parents play the band's records, and vividly recalls his father walking around the house singing, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."   Milanes also feels at least two strong conne...

Please join Scuola Italiana for its annual party this Friday, February 27th from 7:00 – 10:00 pm at Caffe Umbria in the Pearl. Admission is $25. The Festa di Carnevale party offers another terrific opportunity for the local community to come together to socialize and celebrate Italian language and culture in Portland. The lively event include...

by Lavinia Pisani   Discipline and dignity are Stefano Pelinga's motto. A five-time World Champion in Artistic Pool, the Roman talent is now residing in Las Vegas twirling from one show to another. 2015 marked a lifetime achievement for the star who officially became a U.S citizen.   With an Italian accent and charming personality, Pe...

Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante is simply "faboo," or "fabulous." I say, run, don't walk to this award-winning Italian restaurant perched on an oceanfront bluff above Wailea Beach.   Every single bite on a recent visit was off the charts in taste, presentation, texture and aroma — and although I dined there a few weeks ago — I can't quit raving a...

by Marco D'Angelo   If you have been in Las Vegas for any amount of time chances are you've eaten at Nora's Italian Cuisine. When I moved here eight years ago this was one of the first Italian restaurants I tried.   It is a family-owned operation that was started by Nora and Gino Mauro. The success has grown over the years. In fact, i...

The Italian Baroque chamber orchestra Interpreti Veneziani has played two sold-out concerts in Tucson in recent years.   Both were set in Crowder Hall, a venue that seats about 600 and is your classic concert hall, with seats that can grow hard after a long spell and darkness that swallows the hall and forces you to focus on the light shinin...

It's 8:59 am on a dank, drizzly Sunday morning. The spritely painted KBOO building in southeast Portland brightens up the gray day.   Inside, the cramped studio is abuzz with activity: microphones are checked; earphones are clamped upon unsuspecting heads; CDs are loaded; buttons are punched; sliders are slid. And fingers are crossed.9:00 am...

If you take even a passing interest in Arizona's culinary scene, you know the name Chris Bianco, the self-made pizzaiolo and restaurateur whose handicraft and devotion to quality ingredients has singlehandedly made Phoenix, of all places, synonymous with world-class pizza.   Bianco's pizza has been lauded as one of the best in the country by...

Gabriele Bertaccini looks more like an Italian clothing model than a hardworking, über successful chef. But if you get him talking about cooking, dining, and Italian cuisine, it becomes immediately clear that he's much more than just a handsome face and an exceptionally well-tailored suit.   He waxes poetic about the beauty of sunsets, the s...

By Genesee Martin   Italian Family Pizza has moved to First Hill after four years operating downtown, opening up across from Pacific Medical Center at 1028 Madison St.   The First Hill spot is one large room, with brick along one wall and wood on the other. Large windows form the corner entrance, which lets out into the dining area. T...

Vegas is all about culinary diversity these days, but the Venetian/Palazzo complex literally has a dozen Italian restaurants. And it works, especially when you realize how many conventioneers want to hang out on a faux patio in the faux St. Mark's Square noshing on pizza and pasta.   The newest offering, Miami's Mercato Della Pescheria, sits...