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Old County Inn in the town of Pine by the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park was recently ranked as the best small-town restaurant in Arizona. According to Thrillist, the quaint Italian spot in small-town Pine, population of 1,963, features a wood-fired pizza oven and fully stocked tap room. Owner Michael Dahling studied at the Culinary Institute of A...

Months before this statement appeared in USA Today, Tucson Museum of Art docent Chuck Tampio had planned his Focus on Art talk on “Overlooked and Forgotten: Italian Women Artists of the Renaissance.” When he asked about 75 attendees at the Feb. 20 lecture how many could name a famous Italian woman artist, only one hand went up. At the end of the...

Two Eugene brothers are racing to open an Italian restaurant in the former Papa’s Soul Food Kitchen and BBQ location in the Whiteaker neighborhood. Sean and Samuel Verkler plan to open Bari Trattoria in the Blair Boulevard building that housed Papa’s Soul Food for more than a decade, according to an Oregon Liquor Control Commission Application.  Pa...

Our presenter next Wednesday February 28 will be Cecilia Strettoi from the University of Washington.   Cecilia will first outline some crucial events of Italian history during WWII – specifically the events that led to the civil war and to the Partisan Resistance. Secondly, she will explain how the war experience has motivated some authors to write...

The Gila Valley Arts Council’s February performers, the Italian Saxophone Quartet, offered an hour-long free concert for the public at the Safford City-Graham County Public Library on Wednesday. “We decided last year, in Friends of the Library, why don’t we do some cultural literacy at the library?” said Paulette Leblanc, who serves on both the Gil...

Utah Opera's 40th anniversary season continues with a celebratory double-score production of Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci" and Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi." The shows will be performed five times at the Janey Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre on March 10, 12, 14, 16 at 7:30 PM, and March 18th at 2 PM. Tickets, priced from $15-$105, are available for purcha...

The latest culinary upgrade at the iconic Mirage transports us to the seaside villages of Southern Italy. At Osteria Costa, the focus lies on spectacular seafood dishes like the frutti di mare salad—loaded with poached shrimp and squid, bright cherry tomatoes and shaved radish—and a classic linguine and clams; but the menu stretches comfortably to...

The Nevada Museum of Art is working to keep a popular rock art installation west of the Las Vegas Strip in the state through the rest of year or longer if possible. According to the Reno-based museum, about 1,000 people have visited the Seven Magic Mountains daily for the past two years. The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Wednesday that the museum i...

One of the oldest restaurants in Cheney, Lenny’s has served traditional Italian cuisine for over 20 years. The restaurant’s menu is massive, with over 50 entrées alone. Entrées range from pastas and eggplant parmesan to stuffed cod. According to owner and chef John Maticchio, the large menu is intentional. “The menu is big, but I give lots of choic...

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...