In honor of the 21st annual Week of the Italian Language in the World, Fondazione Italia, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles & San Francisco and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles & San Francisco, would like to invite K-12 students to participate in a poetry contest that will showcase their creativity and...

Italian food fans in Metro Phoenix are most likely aware of the delicious menu offered at one of three North Italia restaurants in the state. It was originally conceived by notable Arizona restaurateur Sam Fox in 2002. If you have not had the luxury of visiting a North Italia location, there is good news! The modern Italian concept has taken the to...

After being in the restaurant industry for more than 25 years, owner and chef Bruno Girardi thought he was ready to retire, but it turns out that the more time he spent away from the kitchen, the more he missed it. In turn, the downtown area between Stone and Church Avenue has been missing the scent and tastes of authentic Italian food. The wait wi...

Arizona men's basketball has hired Riccardo Fois as an assistant coach. Fois was previously a player development coach for the Phoenix Suns during the past two seasons. Prior to that, he spent five seasons working at Gonzaga with Wildcat head coach Tommy Lloyd. "Coach Lloyd and I have developed a close relationship over the years, going back to my...

In this series, we’ll share a local restaurant, food store or an event. We have so many wonderful restaurants in our community. This is a great way to promote our local economy and give you a peek at what they have to offer. This time we picked Cafe Pinoli at 1676 W. White Mountain Blvd. in Pinetop-Lakeside. As some people refer it, the Café Pinoli...

This month, James Beard Award-Winning Chef Scott Conant is debuting friends-style dining and the first-ever happy hour at Mora Italian in Phoenix along with an expanded happy hour menu inspired by his travels at The Americano in Scottsdale. Giro d’Mora (“Tour of Mora”) is a five-course meal that features an ever-changing lineup of crowd favorites a...

We Americans like to think we own the comfort food genre, but I'd argue the Italians have us beat in the warm, fuzzy, comfort-via-cooking department. Consider Italian chefs who can't spend five minutes in a culinary conversation without mentioning cooking at their mothers' or nonnas' knees. And what about pizza, arguably America's favorite comfort...

Chef Riley Chandler is not your traditional chef. While he’s plenty knowledgable and skilled with traditional techniques and methods, Chandler has charted his own unique path that has allowed him the freedom to explore all things culinary his own way. It’s this path that has led to Stancato’s Italiano Sonoran, a delivery focused restaurant operatin...

Waco businessman Tom Wright travels Interstate 35 almost weekly, craving the lasagna and the crab fondue at Pignetti’s Italian Restaurant in Temple. “Waco needs something like this, a high-class, upper-end, five-star restaurant,” said Wright, whose construction company bears his name. Heeding his own advice, Wright persuaded Pignetti’s owner Clinto...

For Rafael Barceló Durazo, who grew up across the border from Arizona in the Mexican state of Sonora, Venerable Father Eusebio Kino is a symbol of unity. Today, as the Mexican consul in Tucson, he also looks to the famed missionary known as Padre Kino — and declared venerable by Pope Francis — as an example to follow. “I have always admired the cou...