Melissa Maggiore remembers her father, well-known Phoenix chef Tomaso Maggiore, as full of life, passionate, always smiling and laughing, and "had this gift of making everyone in his life -- whether they were customers or family -- feel important." When he died earlier this year after a nearly two-year battle with cancer, she said she began to refl...

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Tim Locastro stole his 28th career base in Saturday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds. With it, Locastro broke the Major League Baseball record for most successful stolen bases to start a career. Since making his MLB debut in 2017 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, he's gone 28 for 28 on his stolen base attempts. Hi...

Portillo's will open its fourth Valley restaurant in Glendale -- and its second located in the West Valley -- on April 27, the Chicago restaurant chain announced Monday morning. The restaurant was initially expected to open before the end of 2020, but encountered some delays that pushed the opening to the first part of 2021. It is located in front...

Here are the Top 10 Italian restaurants in Arizona, based on public voting for the 2021 edition of Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll. Ranking Arizona is based purely on opinion and ranks companies based on how voters answer this simple question: with whom would you recommend doing business?

It was 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and the Arizona Diamondbacks' clubhouse was not yet open, but there was Tim Locastro sitting in the parking lot anxiously waiting. After spending 10 days in isolation following a positive COVID-19 test, Locastro craved being around his teammates again. "I was completely bored," Locastro said. "For the last 10 da...

Medford's Italian sister city helped raise money for a donation of nearly $5,000 to the Phoenix-Talent Schools Fire Relief Fund, the Medford-Alba Sister City Association announced on Monday. "Our friends in Alba were devastated to hear of the Southern Oregon fires that affected our community," the Association said in a statement. "They immediately...

Tucson natives Mat Cable and Devon Sanner had flirted for a couple of years with the idea of a culinary collaboration, and as luck would have it, the timing and circumstances that had never seemed right before came together last fall — at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, the two longtime friends will open Zio Peppe on East Tanque Verd...

Great wine within arm’s reach was always a staple in executive chef Joey Maggiore’s family home. Now, the founder of Scottsdale-based family-owned restaurant group, The Maggiore Group, is releasing his own line of wines, appropriately called Chef Joey. Maggiore kicked off the wine line by releasing the first of 12 wines, Chef Joey’s Cabernet Sauvig...

A new concept from the family of late Phoenix food icon Tomaso Maggiore is launching soon in Scottsdale and looking to hire 100 workers. The Italian Daughter Cucina + Cocktails will hold a job fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the restaurant, The Maggiore Group announced Monday. The new concept is taking over the former home of Tomaso’s Ita...

With crisply starched fatigues, World War II veteran and 101st Airborne Division patches fixed on his uniform, paratrooper boots glistening, Private First Class (PFC) Vince Speranza marvels at the thrilling twist his life took in his mid-80s. Now 95, the veteran, retired history teacher, widower, father and grandfather, has a popular book called Nu...