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by Lauren Saria   He's already changed the way America thinks about pizza, and now, nearly three decades after he opened his first restaurant, chef Chris Bianco will focus on something new. "My dream was always to do a little trattoria, to put as much emphasis on pasta as we did on pizza in the past," Bianco says.   That's why in...

by Katrina Valcourt   Philippe Padovani calls himself the Donald Trump of chocolate. "I shake up this town. That's my French part," he says. Outspoken, brazen and with an impressive résumé spanning 45 years in the food industry, Padovani has achieved worldwide recognition as a chef and founding member of Hawai'i Regional Cuisine.  ...

Later this month, Scottsdale residents will get a new destination for European cuisine when Sonata's Restaurant opens at 10050 North Scottsdale Road, south of the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard. The restaurant will serve dishes from Lithuanian, German, Polish, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Russian, Spanish, French, Irish, and other Euro...

When it comes to Italian chefs in Phoenix, you can hardly ignore chef Peter DeRuvo. After all, he's been associated with some of the top Italian restaurants in town, including most recently, Davanti Enoteca, home of the most beloved focaccia di recco this town has ever known.   The restaurant closed last year after having been open for just...

by Adam H. Callaghan   Named for a monastery near Venice, Italian restaurant San Fermo opens its doors today, about half a year later than expected. The wait has produced a gorgeous blend of rusticity and modernity inside and out of the historic Pioneer Houses, which were moved to Ballard years ago from the International District.   A...

by Robert Pela   Few are surprised that, in less than half a year, Vivo! Ristorante has established itself as one of the more refined dining spots in town. Its pedigree helps: Vivo! is the latest offering from Phoenix restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore, creator of Tomaso's and a long list of other local restaurants.   After decades of manag...

by Rob Clay   The sign says Vita D' Italia but the location is in Manhattan...View, just off 176th and 1st Avenue S. in that small shopping district on the east side of the street. For starters, it is definitely Italian. There is an old adage that the Italians taught the French how to cook. We're not sure about that but if you go you wi...

Who: The Italian Business Club Foundation (IBC)- A local nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, promoting, and celebrating Italian culture! What: Italian Marketplace ~ Italian Food, gelato, olive oil, wine, music & entertainment, games, art, activities for the entire family!   Where: Beautiful Cannery Square "Piazza" in Old Tow...

by James Patrick Kelly Grimaldi's pizzeria at The Village at Meridian plays its New York City theme well. The red-and-white checkered tablecloths will have diners humming Billy Joel's song, "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant." And yes, you can get "A bottle of white, a bottle of red, perhaps a bottle of rose instead," because the wine list bo...

THE PLACE: My friend is more than happy to accept my invitation to lunch at the new Skipolini's Italian in the Summit. She doesn't know anything about the restaurant, but she can't wait to go. Why the eagerness? Because my friend lives in the provinces — I mean, off Mount Rose Highway — and she's always lamenting the lack of good dining option...

by Nikki Buchanan   It's opening day at Virtù Honest Craft, and Gio Osso is feeling pretty good, despite what he describes as the previous evening's "cluster" for Friends and Family night. According to Osso, nearly everything that could go wrong did, but then, that's the point of F&F anyway, getting at least one or two of the kinks worke...

An evening at Giada DeLaurentiis' self-titled Italian restaurant in The Cromwell will undoubtedly leave you pleasantly full, with happy memories of each morsel. The Food Network star designed her restaurant to capture that California feel, both in decor and in interpretations of classic dishes and DeLaurentiis' family recipes on a delightful dinner...