Locally based Babbo Italian Eatery is growing. The family-owned restaurant concept plans to open its ninth Metro Phoenix location in Goodyear, Ariz. in early 2019. “We opened our first Babbo Italian Eatery in the West Valley more than 15 years ago,” said owner Ken Pollack. “We are excited to bring another dining option to this extremely busy part o...

Depending on where you live in the Valley, a visit to Osteria might feel like something of an odyssey. To get there, drive past the fraying orange groves on McKellips Road, past the sun-blanched hangars of Falcon Field, until you reach the northeastern edges of Mesa. Drive any farther east and you’ll hit the Superstition Mountains. Until recently,...

Simone Lorenzo Prosperi of Italy's decision to postpone his honeymoon to compete at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Tucson paid off as he claimed the gold medal in the men's trap event. Prosperi, competing in his maiden final at this level, clinched his first World Cup victory with a score of 43 hits at the Tucson Trap and...

It's called Maui Pasta, but there is nothing remotely Hawaiian on the menu of this new Italian restaurant in Scottsdale. However, chef/owner Patricia Inman and her friend and general manager, Debra Lynch, exude the spirit of “Aloha. They moved to Scottsdale from Hawaii last August after the original Maui Pasta closed due to an electrical fire.   Lo...

Arizona American Italian Club - 7509 N 12th St, Phoenix (Arizona) 85020. Our first FAMILY STYLE SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL FUNDRAISER for our SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, Sunday, July 15th, from 5PM to 7PM. All the spaghetti you can eat, served in one of those large huge bowls Nonna had everywhere, along with 2 meatballs, salad also served family style, and roll...

Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia was an everyman’s Jack of all trades—an impressionist painter and sculptor, a composer, an architect, a director and a lithographer, among other titles. His work was all created in and inspired by the world of the Sonoran desert and the melting-pot culture it provided. The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun has 15,000 original DeGraz...

In the attempt to be No. 1, Mike Candrea started his No. 2 pitcher in Sunday’s NCAA regional final. Boom. Home run I. Boom. Home run II. Boom. Home run III. “It was pretty great,” said Mississippi State catcher Mia Davidson, who hit the second home run. “(Sarai Niu) hit one that hasn’t landed yet.” This wasn’t a February freebie against Montana or...

During a time in my life when I worked on a mountain farm near Bologna, I ate all kinds of off-the-map food. The farmer was a professional cellist who raised crops and made wine. Dinner consisted of rustic fare like minestrone, squash risotto, and rabbit grilled over an open fire. The wildest thing I ate that summer was a plant: agretti. The farmer...

The Salt River Valley is a country, an ocean, and a sea away from Italy. The arid climate feels so different from mountains and coasts, which run down the length of the Mediterranean's boot-shaped country. But the pungent aromas of basil and garlic float in the air here, too. Some of metro Phoenix's choice Italian restaurants collapse that distance...

Locally owned Babbo Italian Eatery has announced that it raised $43,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital during its grand opening Day of Giving event on Thursday, April 19. The all day celebration was in honor of its eighth restaurant opening at Scottsdale at Talking Stick, according to a press release. During the grand opening Babbo donated 100 per...