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Anna Vogel of Spokane’s Italia Trattoria is a semifinalist for a prestigious James Beard Award. Semifinalists were announced Thursday. Vogel is one of 20 semifinalists for best chef in the region that includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. She’s the only chef from the Inland Northwest to be named a semifinalist. Most of th...

When he opened Piazza Italia with the late Gino Schettini back in 1999, Kevin Gorretta says he quickly saw a service snag in his soon-to-be popular Pearl District Italian eatery: On busy nights, he and his staff often sent would-be guests to nearby bars with the hope they wouldn’t bail after staff called their cell phones when a table freed up. Thi...

Welcome to the 2018 edition of The Essentials, our catalog of indispensable and quintessential Phoenix food and drink. From now until May, we'll be sharing 50 dishes, drinks, and food experiences that make up the culinary backbone (and personality) of metro Phoenix. This list is highly eclectic, mixing classics with newer and lesser-known favorites...

As the afternoon light casts a shadow from over the red rocks into the Dixie State University Sears Art Museum Gallery, one piece of art stands out among the rest: an exact casting of Michelangelo’s Pietà. Thanks to a generous contribution from an anonymous donor, a rare casting of Michelangelo’s original masterpiece has taken residence in Dixie St...

A pizza made by Vincent Rotolo isn’t just cheese, sauce, pepperoni and crust. What you don’t see are the hidden ingredients: love, honor, respect and reverence. You taste all those things when you bite down on a slice from his new restaurant, Good Pie, which opens February 9 at Pawn Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas. Each slice is airy yet crispy with ju...

For discerning diners who turn up their noses when they hear someone talk about going out for "eye-talian" food, The Daily Meal has come up with a definitive list of the best Italian restaurants in every state. In Phoenix, Bronx native Chris Bianco brings an authentic Sicilian pizza to the menu at Pizzeria Bianco. Italy's rich cuisine culture goes...

Mistaken identity, misunderstandings and music were a big part in the opening of "A Comedy of Tenors" by Ken Ludwig at Westside Players. This was their first production of the 2018 season, which is their 32 season in Pocatello! They have been a big part of the history of theater in Pocatello as well as sharing a love of the craft with anyone in att...

As someone who used to live outside a small town in central Italy (and makes an annual pilgrimage back), I don’t think we can have enough reputable Italian restaurants in Seattle. But hitting the gelato-sweet spot that good Italian hits is tougher than an over-cooked Bistecca Fiorentina. Too many places either focus on overwhelming by pure weight o...

Tacoma Musical Playhouse continues its 2017-18 season with “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” which functions as the playhouse’s romantic Valentine’s show, featuring a bounty of songs about love and romance. The cast of eight singer/actors are backed up by a live band on stage: Jeffrey Stvrtecky on piano, Jessie Kuras on string bass and...

A lifelong pizzaiolo who spent years in fine dining on the Strip before helping open Fremont East’s flavorful Evel Pie, Vincent Rotolo has found his dream gig. It’s Good Pie, the tiny new pizza shop opening at Pawn Plaza on February 9, which just happens to be National Pizza Day. Good Pie will celebrate by participating in the national charitable e...

Playing this week at the Prescott Center for the Arts’ Small stage, Stage Too, is “Italian American Reconciliation: A Folktale.” Playwright John Patrick Shanley is best known for his Oscar winning Screenplay “Moonstruck.” The PCA production features five seasoned actors in roles they seem to inhabit gracefully.  The narrator is Aldo, played by Rex...

For discerning diners who turn up their noses when they hear someone talk about going out for "eye-talian" food, The Daily Meal put together a definitive list of the best Italian restaurants in every state. In Oregon, chef Cathy Whims' Nostrana holds the crown for its delicious variety of authentic Italian dishes, not least of which includes its fa...