Visitors to Italy who stray from well-tread tourist paths in small villages or obscure city neighborhoods often report the discovery of charming cafes, trattorias, and ristorantes — family owned and operated, some with folksy names like “La Cucina Della Mamma,” offering delicious, reasonably-priced, house-made cuisine. Transported to Northern Italy...

Team Italy put together back-to-back wins with victories over Grand Canyon University on March 25 and Paradise Valley Community College on March 27 at Mesa’s Hohokam Stadium. Leo ZileriAfter the dynamic pitching duo of Mattia Aldegheri and Alex Bassani worked in synergy to defeat the Grand Canyon University Antelopes by a score of 5 to 2, Azzurri m...

On April 12,13 and April 26,27, the annual edition of Italian Film Festival USA of Phoenix will feature local premieres of recent, critically acclaimed Italian films and shorts. Organized by Italian Film Festival USA in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles, ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures and Scottsdal...

In the first of three afternoon exhibition games against a group of Oakland Athletics prospects, Team Italy tied the A’s minor league squad 5-5 at the Arizona spring training facility in Mesa on March 20, 2019. Azzurri manager Gilberto “Gibo” Gerali’s squad played well in the desert and nearly beat the prized Athletics. Team Italy showed strength a...

Stefano Fabbri, owner of Pomo Pizzeria, says the idea for his latest restaurant concept came to him from his customers.  "We are a pizzeria, but everyone eats meatballs. It's the Number 1 seller after pizza," he says.  So he's giving the people what they want. On Thursday, March 21, Fabbri will open Meat The Ball, a casual spot at Biltmore Fashion...

The Azzurri baseball squad arrived safely at Phoenix International Airport without bench coachAugusto Medina and infielder Erick Epifano for 2019 Spring Training at the Oakland AthleticsArizona complex in nearby Mesa. Team Italy manager Gilberto "Gibo" Gerali replaced Augusto Medina, who was stranded in Venezuela due to flight cancellations to and...

The Maggiore Group is bringing a little bit of la dolce vita to Phoenix with a new Italian bakery called The Sicilian Baker, opening at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 20. To celebrate on opening day, The Scilian Baker will offer a free classic-size cannoli to the first 100 customers who say "holy cannoli" at the counter. The business also will give out f...

Ever wanted to whip up Italian cocktails like a pro? Mora Italian (5651 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ) is offering the opportunity to pick up some skills at a cocktail class presented by Rich Heider from Southern Glazer and Campari, Saturday, March 16, 3–4:30pm. The class will teach guests about the art of making Negroni Italian cocktails and an Ap...

With an Italian-born mother and American-born father, Nico Mannion is fluent in both English and Italian. But he's not sure if there’s a direct Italian translation for “Bear Down." "I don’t think there’s a translation,” he said. "I’ll get back to you on that one.” Mannion, who just led Phoenix Pinnacle High School to its second straight 6A state ba...

Leave it to restaurateur Grant Krueger to use gunpowder and 16th century tax collectors as inspirations behind the name of his third eatery in St. Philip’s Plaza. This and other secrets were recently revealed to me at Proof Artisanal Pizza and Pasta, 4340 N. Campbell Avenue. Krueger stopped short of calling them secrets, but acknowledged that the s...