What would a great lunch restaurant look like? It's a question James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco has been working to answer over the past few months as he's reworked the menu at his restaurant on Van Buren Street near downtown Phoenix.  The space was previously home to Roland's Cafe Market Bar, which Bianco helped open with Nadia Holguin...

A 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet owned by a California collector for more than two decades will highlight RM Sotheby’s annual sale in Arizona in January, with a presale estimate of between $6 million and $7 million. The car will be one of the most desirable early open Ferraris to be publicly offered, the auction house said Monday. The Ferrari was o...

The Sicilian Butcher, Craft Meatballs and Charcuterie Bar, in tandem with Sicilian Baker, Cannoli Bar and Market, are scheduled to open on Dec. 19, 2019 at Chandler Viridian Primegate within Chandler Fashion Center. Brought by the visionaries and operators of Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant, Tomaso’s Italian Kitchen, and Hash Kitchen, The Sicilian But...

Nook Kitchen has an official reopening date after temporarily closing its original location near Arcadia. The popular Italian restaurant will open Tuesday, Dec. 3, confirmed owner Frank Vairo. Nook has moved into a larger space just down the street near the southwest corner of 44th Street and Indian School Road, the former location of High Dive bar...

Phoenix is rich in pizza. The sprawling metropolis is home not only to the world's most famous pizza maker, but also legions of talented pizzaiolos slinging everything from Neapolitan-style pies and Chicago deep-dish to the thin-crusted, Provel-covered creation beloved in St. Louis and pinsa, the ancient Roman dish that's almost pizza but not quite...

We're lucky that Italian food reaches some of the heights it does here in metro Phoenix, in the Sonoran, in a state with no coasts or long history of Italian-American settlement. We are also lucky that the top Italian chefs in town know that Italian food is much more than pasta. It is flaky, shell-shaped pastries stuffed with cream. It is cocktails...

On a bend of Cave Creek Road thick with biker bars, rodeo grounds, and timeworn stucco, you see the storefront in a psychedelic swirl. COLOR. DAISIES. STRIPES. A cartoon-purple sign shouts the name of the shop: Vino & Panino. Inside, flower garlands stream and lava lamps glow and glop. Deep purple and highlighter-yellow are the chief colors, but fo...

How could a new pizza place possibly improve our scene? Given the lofty skills and rigid intention that goes into the best pizza here, how could a pizzeria, aside from bringing in a new style, elevate what we have? Our pizza makers seem to have seized every advantage. Grinding flour. Mixing grain. Dreaming up new topping combinations. But lucky for...

The first rule of neighborhood Italian restaurants is that everybody’s neighborhood Italian restaurant is the best. That’s what everybody tells me, anyway. Kidding aside, I get it. The local Italian joint is an archetype we hold dear — a comfy, welcoming place to spend a little time with family and friends and some no-frills food. It’s only right t...

For a long time, the state of Italian dining in metro Phoenix was overshadowed by a handful of aging stalwarts, still serving the same dishes they were 30 years ago. That can be good, particularly with a cuisine so deeply rooted in tradition. But in this case, the scene was starting to get a little musty. Thankfully, times are changing. To get a se...