D-backs manager Torey Lovullo was driving home from an eye doctor appointment Tuesday when general manager Mike Hazen called to let him know that the team had opted to exercise Lovullo's contract option for 2023. Hazen said he had the full support of managing general partner Ken Kendrick and team president/CEO Derrick Hall in making the decision. "...

Joey and Cristina Maggiore, the husband-and-wife team who own the Maggiore Group, plan to open two new restaurants Italian restaurant to metro Phoenix. The group is behind the popular brunch spot, Hash Kitchen with its build-your-own bloody Mary bar, The Sicilian Butcher, The Sicilian Baker with its create-your-own cannoli counter and The Mexicano,...

The award-winning Phoenix chef behind the acclaimed Pizzeria Bianco and Tratto restaurants will be featured in the next season of “Chef’s Table” on Netflix. Chris Bianco will be the main attraction for one of six episodes of “Chef’s Table: Pizza,” which the streaming giant will release on Sept. 7. “Chris Bianco changed pizza in America forever,” Ne...

Rocco Pezzano and his son, Marco, combine food, family, traditional flavors and modern culinary creations with Sfizio, a scratch-kitchen restaurant with an authentic, Italian focused menu. Rocco was born and raised in southern Italy. At 18, he got his first job working at a bakery and then a pizza place, where he fell in love with the food. Then, a...

The team behind San Diego's "best pizza of 2020" is bringing a fine dining Milanese concept to Phoenix. Ambrogio15 was opened by two friends from Milan when Giacomo Pizzigoni and Andrea Burrone decided to "leave the corporate world to begin a new adventure made up of passion, friendship and a bit of foolishness."  The duo introduced the West Coast...

Chef Claudio Urciuoli’s recent trip to visit his family in Italy sounds like something straight out of a travel show, complete with picturesque environs and tantalizing food. He visited a friend who makes extra virgin olive oil in Umbria. And then another who grows farro and other varieties of legumes only found in Italy. Of course, a trip to see a...

You'll immediately sense the friendly energy when you walk into The Italian Daughter. The hostess and wait staff are welcoming, and even with the wait, there is plenty of people watching — couples huddled together in the corner, a set of friends enjoying appetizers and wines, and families laughing over bowls of pasta and house bread. The vibe is co...

When I walked through the double doors of The Old Spaghetti Factory on Central Avenue, I half expected to be greeted by a haunting chill. The beloved Phoenix institution sits on hallowed ground.The iconic spaghetti spot has been open since the 1970s, but the old historical building was originally built as two individual residences, The Baker House...

When it comes to Italian food in the Valley, it can usually be broken down into three categories: high-end, fast-casual, and pizza. For individuals who are looking to kick back and enjoy Italian food that is beyond fast-casual, there are a handful of options in metro Phoenix, but often there is a long wait or hours are limited for the restaurants....

It’s hard to find someone with more enthusiasm and excitement than Joey Maggiore when it comes to being a chef and restauranteur. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since Joey is the son of Valley chef icon, Tomaso Maggiore. Like Father, Like SonFor years, Joey grew up in the kitchen learning from his Sicilian-born father, who was a fixture of...