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...

Franco Cacace used to come into his Italian restaurant and change the tables around if the mood struck him. Some days he was more humble than others, family described. He didn't like to be contradicted, cared about whether his hat matched his shirt, and wouldn't let work get in the way of his tennis and poker games. On the morning of his cremation,...

Roma Imports stands alone, and not just figuratively. It has been standing alone since 1984 in midtown Tucson in a corner of Barrio San Antonio amid other tucked away and dusty commercial and corporate enterprises. It is not too difficult to find, although one would never just be driving by it. This is a true destination. The current owner, Lilian...

Arizona restaurant legend Tomaso Maggiore, a fixture on the Valley culinary scene for more than four decades, died after battling cancer, the family announced Saturday. He was 73. Maggiore, who was born and raised in the Sicily region of Italy, opened Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant on Camelback Road in 1977. He would go on to launch more than 50 resta...