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...

Although the International Stars College Showcase welcomed baseball players from all over the world, the 19 Italians ballplayers participating were the largest group from any of the countries represented during the program in Phoenix, Arizona from October 1-11, 2019. Led by International Stars College Showcase Technical Director Mauro Mazzotti, the...

An authentic Italian restaurant will open its doors in Carefree on Saturday. Pizzicata is an Italian restaurant located in the Historic Spanish Village that features a Roman take on food, according the restaurant’s website. Owner Federico Venturini and his wife, Viola Tagliaferri, moved from Umbria, Italy, to open Pizzicata along with local busines...

Scottsdale/Phoenix enjoys a vibrant food and wine culture. But also due to its great weather year-round, is home to top aerobatic pilots and two of the busiest general aviation airports in the United States. Scottsdale/Phoenix’s energetic outdoor spirit is the perfect location to push the limits and celebrate the victory with diverse fine foods and...