Nico Mannion was not supposed to be home for his birthday. If things had gone according to his plan, on March 14 the freshman guard and fifth-seeded Arizona would have been competing in the Pac-12 title game. At the very least, he would have been in Tucson with his teammates. But instead, Mannion was back at home with his family in North Scottsdale...

A Florida-based Italian ice company is set to make its Arizona debut next month and plans to expand throughout metro Phoenix over the next few years. Jeremiah’s Italian Ice will open its first Arizona store in Chandler near Alma School and Ocotillo roads in late April, according to a press release. “We are so excited to give the people of Arizona t...

Pomo Restaurant Group’s Pomo Pizzeria and Luna Gelateria, has announced its newest casual dining concept, Pomo Pizza. The restaurant is a spinoff of the wildly popular Pomo Pizzeria and will specialize in Pinsa, Pizza Romana and classic-style pizza. The restaurant is now open at the Biltmore Fashion Park (2502 E. Camelback Rd., #148 A & B) in Phoen...

The two gents behind Saint Pasta have plans to expand yet again. A year ago, Joe Cetrulo and Racan Alhoch debuted their food truck with the motto “Al Dente or Die,” slinging impressive pastas with an East Coast accent. The menu listed vodka sauce, carbonara, and bolognese with lamb sausage. They soon outgrew the truck, trading their wheels for the...

Scottsdale Fashion Square has added another high-end luxury brand to its lineup: Versace. The Italian fashion company will open a 3,131-square-foot retail store inside the mall's so-called "luxury wing," near Neiman Marcus, and will be located across from Michael Kors, the mall announced in a news release on Monday. It is anticipated to open in the...

When Michael Elefante was bussing tables at his family’s Italian restaurant at the age of 5, virtually every dish on the menu was ladled with red tomato sauce. These days, as executive chef at the same eatery, he’s pushing culinary boundaries in a way that honors the traditions of old school Italia while exploring the potential that seasonality can...

Italy-based confectionery group Ferrero has set up another distribution outlet in the US with plans to take on 50 workers during its first year of operation. The more than 640,000 sq m facility is located in Goodyear, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, and will become operational around mid-March. "Ferrero is investing in our presence and business in t...

Bellissimo Ristorante Italiano is scheduled to open at Casino Del Sol on Monday, March 2. “We are eager to open Bellissimo and share our love for freshly made pastas, breads, sauces, and desserts with our guests,” said Ryan Clark, executive chef at Casino Del Sol. “We didn’t want to open just any Italian restaurant. We wanted as much as possible to...

This month, celebrated Scottsdale, AZ chef and restaurateur Gio Osso of Virtù Honest Craft opens a casual yet elegant spinoff concept called Pizzeria Virtù right down the street from Virtù Honest Craft in Old Town Scottsdale. The focus of Pizzeria Virtù is Neapolitan pizza, and the menu will also feature Italian small plates and a selection of sala...

Niki Cuccinotto says her large, loud Italian family has always been Cubs fans. From a very young age, Niki remembers seeing her Grandpa Joe in a crisp blue Cubs jersey while the whole family cooked on the grill during the game. He was a thin man confined to a wheelchair who couldn't speak, and Niki says it's because Grandpa Joe had Huntington's dis...