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Eggplant parmigiana may not be a staple of most drive-thru menus, but the owner of a popular Phoenix pizzeria is looking to change that. Luca Gagliano, owner of Forno 301, is set to serve wood-fired pizza and Italian food to Valley customers in the comfort of their cars at his new drive-thru concept Slice Eat in Scottsdale. Gagliano is from Sanremo...

When a new spot opens in town, we're eager to check it out, let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead, a peek inside restaurants that have just opened — an occasion to sample a few items and satisfy curiosities (both yours and o...

Restaurateur Tony Gemignani has devoted his life to pizza. A California native, he opened his first restaurant, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, in San Francisco’s North Beach in 2009. He now operates about 30 restaurant locations under eight brands. He’s a 13-time world pizza champion with victories in Italy and gold medals on Food Network. “I don’t think...

Las Vegas’ population includes quite a few New York City transplants. If you were to poll a small sample, we’d wager that one of the things that most excites them about Las Vegas is that it has the only other Rao’s Italian restaurant in the entire country. And if you’re at all familiar with the original location in New York City, you’d get what the...

Federico Venturini and Viola Tagliaferri, the husband-and-wife duo behind Carefree’s Pizzicata, are expressing their love for their home country of Italy with Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood in Cave Creek. The couple says, in Italy, the most important part of the dining experience is the company. They believe in those interactions, and they want t...

During football season, I try to go to a lot of sports bar-themed places for my reviews. But as we all know, 2020 has been extremely difficult for a lot of local restaurants. So I am trying to have a good mix of the places I go to and review. This week, I tried a place that had opened last November and even though this place is just three minutes f...

While all outlets at Eataly have not reopened, there’s still more than enough reason to visit the huge Italian marketplace that offers fresh fare and an abundance of food-and-wine retail from the boot-shaped country. There’s still a week left of October, the month that celebrates vegetarianism, and you can get your fix at the La Pizza e La Pasta ou...

Fans of Food Network star Scott Conant's modern osteria Mora Italian in Phoenix will soon have a second restaurant where they can enjoy the chef's signature brand of elevated Italian cuisine.  Conant and his SC Culinary Inc. team have partnered with Scottsdale-based Creation Hospitality to take over ownership and operation of The Americano, an Ital...

Don’t you want a slice of pizza right about now? I mean, you’re in Las Vegas, you’re walking around a lot of casinos, expending a lot of energy and burning a lot of calories. Sure, you want a slice—and maybe a little bit more. If you find yourself walking the floor of The Mirage, you’ll find plenty of that satisfying foodstuff and much more at Oste...

Phoenix's most famous pizzaiolo Chris Bianco has never shied away from making changes within his restaurant group.  Last year the James Beard award-winning chef closed Roland’s Café Market Bar — the restaurant he opened with the owners of fast-growing taco shop Tacos Chiwas — after less than a year, opting instead to turn the historic building that...

One glance at the hot-pink cardboard box with the dark blue lettering and chances are you know exactly what’s inside. If any doubts remain, you have only to read the store motto, prominently printed on the lid: “Cakes decorated while you wait.” Borracchini’s Bakery & Mediterranean Market, a family-owned business, has made its name by providing cust...

If you frequented the Macayo’s restaurant on West Sahara and have grown curious about the Italian eatery that has taken its place, get ready for a wildly different experience. The 8,000-square-foot space is completely unrecognizable from its former life as a popular Mexican restaurant—still open and airy but much more refined. Done up in bright but...