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Last year was a special dining occasion for me; 2016 marked a decade of writing about Las Vegas restaurants. After eating so much fantastic food in so many electric environments on and off the Strip, the years start to blur together, but the restaurants don't. Certain dishes and flavors will forever stand out in my mind.   One of my most mem...

Quality of food, service most important Owner and chef of Mezza Luna, Juan Barcenas, practices fundamentals of fine Italian cooking by creating simple, fresh and comforting dishes. Following the unspoken oath of soulful chefs, he starts with simple ingredients and makes as much as possible from scratch. The lasagna noodles, sauces, salad dressings...

By Holly Prestidge It was the Sunday gravy — that rich sauce of tomatoes and fresh herbs enhanced by meaty beef shank bones and marrow — that made an instant believer of Lee Casazza many years ago. Now the Seattle resident wants to make the authentic Italian-American meals of her husband's family available to everyone. Casazza's cookbook, "B...

by John Jamison   Are we not all agreed that Italy stands for the good life? Espresso, pasta, Chianti and seaside villas. Even if we've never gone there, we have an image in our minds of how the Italians came up with a culture with universal appeal. Milanese handbags, sleek Vespas and Maseratis — yes, all these things we can't affo...

Taormina serves the timeless cuisine of Southern Sicily with contemporary style and flair. Inspired by the authentic flavors of Taormina, a seaside village in Sicily. Executive Chef Hiro Mimura pairs fresh pastas with the highest quality seafoods and meats unspoiled by heavy sauces, Sicilian style pastas are dressed in pure, extra virgin olive...

by Kurt Kragthrope   Tony Lazzeri rounded the bases and ran into an overwhelming welcome. Lazzeri's Salt Lake Bees teammates greeted him after a game-winning home run, and then the celebration rose to another level.   Many fans among the sellout crowd of 10,000 at Bonneville Park on a Sunday afternoon in 1925 watched the first ga...

By Carla Pellegrino   It is that time of year again. Our friend is out and about enjoying his annual "escape the heat" trips to Italy and La Jolla, and we, friends and admirers, are having a ball guest writing for his column and expressing to the world how dear Robin Leach is to us. Thanks, handsome! I hope that you're having a blast and enj...

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 Bianco, a normally garrulous chef who ultimately mustered the strength to speak to the dying priest...

An Arizona woman is hoping a discovery at the bottom of Italy's largest lake may lead to the recovery of the remains of her uncle from western Indiana who was among 24 soldiers who died in the last days of World War II.   Although the volunteer group trying to recover the wreckage of an amphibious vehicle that sank in 1945 hasn't positively...

La moda italiana grande protagonista a Las Vegas. L'ICE-Agenzia sarà infatti impegnata, nei prossimi giorni, in due missioni nella città americana, che vedrà impegnata una folta delegazione di aziende tricolori attive, da una parte, nel settore abbigliamento, e, dall'altra, in quello delle calzature.   Si inizia il 17 febbraio con il MRket T...

by Michael Russell   Nick's Italian Cafe in McMinnville has been named one of the James Beard Foundation's America's Classics restaurants, the foundation announced Thursday. Nick's, which was originally in 1977 by Nick Peirano, grew into a Willamette Valley wine country favorite for juice-stained vintners and day-tripping wine sippers alike...

‘A Ziarella va in America. Non è un titolo da film, ma una piacevole realtà.   Il gruppo folk di Reino (Benevento), infatti, dal 14 al 24 marzo prossimi, il gruppo – lo comunica il direttore artistico e responsabile, Giovanni De Nunzio - sarà protagonista di una tournée nello stato dell'Arizona (USA), rispondendo così all’invito dell’ ‘’It...