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Congratulations, Uptown Plaza, you win the Lou Malnati's lottery! The much-beloved purveyor of Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza is targeting a May opening, and the restaurant's management has chosen a location at Phoenix's Uptown Plaza, alongside Sam Fox's Flower Child and New York's famed burger joint, Shake Shack.   It's a coup both for...

by Robrt Pela   I paused for a moment outside La Bella Pizzeria last Friday afternoon. Oh, no. I thought. I heard this was a kosher Italian restaurant. Yet nothing among the many signs posted outside this neat-as-a-pin strip mall diner indicated that one could eat here without busting Kashrut.   Then I stepped inside and saw the...

By Joey Martin   Culinary Arts students from the College of Southern Idaho tested their Italian cooking skills for the 11th annual Italian Buffet. The annual event tests the skills of CSI Culinary Arts and Hospitality students as they prepare and serve Italian cuisine for the general public. The evening's menu featured an array of...

The Seattle School Board unanimously voted Wednesday to have public schools observe "Indigenous Peoples' Day" on the second Monday of October — the same day as the Columbus Day federal holiday.   The resolution, in part, said the board "recognizes the fact that Seattle is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous Peoples of thi...

By Providence Cicero   Opening a restaurant is never easy, but the owners of San Fermo cleared historic hurdles in renovating The Pioneer Houses to create an inviting, unpretentious neighborhood Italian restaurant.   Erected in the 1850s, the twin, two-story structures are believed to be Seattle's oldest, intact residential properties...

Italian food dominates the menu this week for local restaurant openings. One locale is expanding, while two new restaurants will offer pizza, pasta and other Italian favorites.   In Summerlin, however, patrons will say adios to an upscale Mexican restaurant for the second time. Take a look at some of the valley's recent openings and closin...

by Patrick Sisson   A recently reopened residential project by famous Italian-American architect Pietro Belluschi provides a lesson in the value of simple, straightforward design. Literally reassembled piece by piece after years in a storage locker, the Griffith House, a single-family home designed for newlyweds, has been rebuilt at a new si...

by Al Mancini   In a town full of flashy celebrity chefs, it's easy to overlook some of the corporate executive chefs who run large, quality local restaurant groups from a little further behind the scenes. Brian Massie has long been one of those chefs.   For years he helmed kitchens at many of the restaurants within the Light Group em...

Gino Ferraro, owner of Ferraro's Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar, introduces an extraordinary opportunity for wine and food lovers—Il Circolo, the Ferraro's Wine Club. Members will enjoy authentic Italian food, superb wines and gain invaluable knowledge about Italy's best wines and wine producers from Tuscany and the Piedmont. Members will join...

In celebration of 2013: The Year of Italian Culture in the United States, arte italia is pleased to host UNESCO Italia, a photographic exhibition featuring Italy's archaeological, artistic, and architectural treasures.   The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated and preserved 981 World Herit...

by Ed Langlois   August 16 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, the charismatic Italian priest, juggler, musician and educator known for his joyful work among youths. Two ministries in the Archdiocese of Portland are named after him. Bosco House of Eugene welcomes young mothers, helping them get their lives t...

by Russell Contreras   Popular Frank Sinatra tunes in Las Vegas hotel lobbies have been replaced by the likes of Sia and Rihanna. The final tower of the famed Riviera Hotel and Casino has fallen, and the Sands Hotel and Casino is long gone. A tribute show to the Rat Pack draws mainly retirees. True, Sinatra's Sin City presence is fading...