The Italian Association of Arizona is excited to announce its 7th Italian Festival, celebrating all things Italian. This two-day event will entertain and delight guests with live music, delicious Italian food and wine, entertainment, authentic Italian art and more. This year’s event will begin Saturday, February 26th at 11:30 am with a parade and o...

Pasta has always been there for me when I needed it. When I'm sad, a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. When I'm celebrating, a decadent heap of seafood linguine with blackened scallops in a white wine butter sauce. Pasta is my favorite dining partner and it never lets me down.    I've been eating a lot of pasta lately. From the baked penne with n'du...

When restaurateur Melissa Maggiore Meyer was a guest on the AZ Big Podcast, one of the themes that ran throughout the conversation was “family” and the importance of food when it comes to family — especially Italian families. Some of the strongest memories that fill the minds and spirits of those who grew up in Italian families are those of family...

For the last 18 years Jeff Miceli, founder of Mici Italian, has been on a mission to solve an issue plaguing the $47b pizza industry ? speed and quality. While the vast majority of pizza restaurants can own one ? he wanted to own both. Now, with six ? and soon to be seven ? Colorado-based restaurants, a systemwide AUV of $1.2m, an award shelf full...

Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus returns to Tucson for its 11th year at the Mercado District, bringing new acts to perform under the Big Top tent. Circus director Giovanni Zoppé said returning to the Big Top “feels like we’re home again, back where we are supposed to be.” When COVID first swept the nation, the circus adapted their show into a drive-...

Peter Fogel wants to give Phoenicians a laugh heading into 2022. The pandemic has made it feel like “two years that everyone lost their lives,” he said. “People are looking to laugh. They got to get back to their lives.” Fogel is the star of “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & The Therapy Continues,” which began a four-week run at the Herber...

The US subsidiary of Italian electronics giant Leonardo is building a $100m semiconductor laser fabrication plant in Arizona. Leonardo Electronics US Inc. (LEI) has purchased 12 acres in Oro Valley, north of Tucson, and is planning the construction of a state-of-the-art semiconductor laser manufacturing facility. LEI has been present in the Tucson...

Call me provincial, but I'm convinced that specialty sandwiches of a certain region or city are infinitely more delicious when eaten in the region or city that made them famous. Eating a Philly cheesesteak within blocks of the Liberty Bell or devouring Chicago's famous Italian beef while looking out on Lake Michigan? Pure magic. But eating those sa...

Frankie Valli has rescheduled his forthcoming concert at ASU Gammage in Tempe from Saturday, Jan. 29, to Sunday, Dec. 4, as he continues to recover from pneumonia.  Tickets purchased will be honored at the rescheduled date and additional tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, starting at $49.  The singer shared the news on social media, saying,...

Fri, Dec 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Rawhide Western Town & Event Center, 5700 W North Loop Rd, Chandler, AZ, 85226. Zoppé Italian Family Circus, with its multi-generational cast of characters, will be creating a blend of holiday magic previously not experienced in the Valley. As if stepping into the past, the 179-year-old Zoppé truly is an ‘old-world eve...