It was 10 a.m. on a typical warm May morning, and Jerry Colangelo cruised down North Central Avenue in his all-black Mercedes-Benz with tinted windows. He's listening to faint music by Frank Sinatra on the Siriusly Sinatra SiriusXM Radio channel.   "I always have Sinatra on," Colangelo said. "The Italian neighborhood [near] Chicago I'm...

The scene: Pizzeria Bianco is one of the most important restaurants to open in my lifetime in terms of transforming America's food scene. Recent years have seen a proliferation of high-quality foods in places outside their traditional regions, places they might not be expected to excel.   The obvious example is barbecue, which can now be fou...

The 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open was packed well before 11:30 a.m., but that's when the fans who got there early enough to grab seats got their money's worth. Italian golfer Francesco Molinari's tee shot with a pitching wedge landed on the green, then gently rolled into the cup for a hole-in-one.   Read more   Sourc...

Downtown Phoenix has a new spot for pastas, salads, and steaks in Mancuso's restaurant, now open at the Collier Center. The Italian restaurant comes from the Mancuso family, who have owned and operated several restaurants around the Valley since the 1960s.   Mancuso's, which is located at 201 East Washington Street, takes over the space most...

In this crazy busy world, sometimes there is nothing better than a big, soothing bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. You know the kind, where the sauce has chunks of real tomato and bits of fresh basil leaf; the al dente noodles curl around the fork; and there is no stinting on the meatballs, dense and beefy and glistening in more sauce. A shower of f...

You've got to be joking, right? It sounds like a preposterous claim, and will certainly garner a a dismissive snicker from hard-core pizza enthusiasts in Boston's North End, New York City, and Chicago.   But Phoenix's Pizzeria Bianco, tucked away in a corner adjacent to Heritage Square, has received accolades as the country's best pizza...

Una mostra dedicata a Stradivari al museo degli strumenti musicali a Phoenix. Si terrà nella città dell'Arizona dal 16 gennaio al 5 giugno con il titolo "Stradivarius: origins and legacy of the greatest violin maker". La storia della liuteria cremonese sbarca così in America con una rassegna realizzata in collaborazione con il Museo del Violino di...

The mission of Phoenix Sister Cities is to promote cooperation through exchange, sending people to places around the world to foster economic, social and technical growth. Hosting more than 52 events per year, Phoenix Sister Cities continues to advance its mission, and its upcoming Mayor's International Gala is its preeminent event.   Read...

by Francesco Onorato   An entertainer elegantly dressed in a cufflink shirt is playing the piano and singing American '80s music. People are drinking wine, eating pizza and talking loudly. It's Sunday and Forno 301 — a new pizzeria restaurant run by two Italians — is hosting its grand opening.   Forno 301, located near Roosevelt Stree...

Not every neighborhood Italian restaurant can claim a world-class musician as its owner — but Giuseppe's on 28th in Central Phoenix can. For nine years, owner Richard Bock was the principal cellist for the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra in Italy.   And if that's not impressive enough, he played with the Phoenix Symphony for 24 seasons,...