Italian-American food company Saint Pasta, started by Joe Cetrulo and Racan Alhoch, gained a cult-like following after opening in 2019. Now, vodka sauce fans will be able to find the pasta truck in downtown Phoenix. Saint Pasta is planting the company's food truck at The Pemberton House, a historic home owned by Jonathon Vento and his real estate d...

A tiny hole-in-the-wall Scottsdale pizza joint is getting a second, and much bigger, home on Roosevelt Row in Phoenix. Opened by Bill Forrest in 2012, Il Bosco Pizza quickly became Scottsdale resident Jeff Carlberg's favorite restaurant. In February 2019, Carlberg and his business partner John Dorsey bought the restaurant with plans to expand and b...

Arcosanti has been called an “experimental city,” “an “urban laboratory,” a “caravanserai.” Seventy miles north of Phoenix, the 25-acre compound, built on a 4,060-acre land preserve, rises from the desert like a mirage. The project was the brainchild of “visionary” Paolo Soleri (1919-2013). Arcology — a concept combining architecture and ecology —...

Fans of Food Network star Scott Conant's modern osteria Mora Italian in Phoenix will soon have a second restaurant where they can enjoy the chef's signature brand of elevated Italian cuisine.  Conant and his SC Culinary Inc. team have partnered with Scottsdale-based Creation Hospitality to take over ownership and operation of The Americano, an Ital...

Phoenix's most famous pizzaiolo Chris Bianco has never shied away from making changes within his restaurant group.  Last year the James Beard award-winning chef closed Roland’s Café Market Bar — the restaurant he opened with the owners of fast-growing taco shop Tacos Chiwas — after less than a year, opting instead to turn the historic building that...

One of the open secrets about eating in Italy is this: The food in the touristed cities often isn’t great. If you’re walking Centro Storico in Rome and pick a dinner spot at random, chances are it’s going to be underwhelming, even if you have a hard time admitting it to yourself. Or underwhelming relative to the top-end places to eat in the city an...

A Florida-based Italian ice company is set to make its Arizona debut next month and plans to expand throughout metro Phoenix over the next few years. Jeremiah’s Italian Ice will open its first Arizona store in Chandler near Alma School and Ocotillo roads in late April, according to a press release. “We are so excited to give the people of Arizona t...

Pomo Restaurant Group’s Pomo Pizzeria and Luna Gelateria, has announced its newest casual dining concept, Pomo Pizza. The restaurant is a spinoff of the wildly popular Pomo Pizzeria and will specialize in Pinsa, Pizza Romana and classic-style pizza. The restaurant is now open at the Biltmore Fashion Park (2502 E. Camelback Rd., #148 A & B) in Phoen...

The two gents behind Saint Pasta have plans to expand yet again. A year ago, Joe Cetrulo and Racan Alhoch debuted their food truck with the motto “Al Dente or Die,” slinging impressive pastas with an East Coast accent. The menu listed vodka sauce, carbonara, and bolognese with lamb sausage. They soon outgrew the truck, trading their wheels for the...

On the occasion of Remembrance Day, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Institute of Culture presented an event dedicated to Italian writers who witnessed the Holocaust, in collaboration with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM). The initiative is part of the numerous...