A European-based gelato festival is crossing the pond and making its debut in America with stops planned in Scottsdale and Tucson. Organizers of Gelato Festival America said the three-day food festival will make four stops in the western part of the United States and bring international and national gelato-makers together for people to taste Italy'...

It has been an incredible four months for me as Phoenix New Times' food editor. This city is a treasure trove of inventive, chef-driven restaurants — both high-end and hole-in-the-wall. And working for a progressive publication like New Times has allowed me to explore the Valley food scene beyond high-profile restaurant openings and really dig in t...

At certain times of the day, the Esplanade — the mixed-used development near 24th Street and Camelback Road — can feel eerily desolate. The complex has been known to turn into a ghost town after business hours, and its sprawling, boxy design, anchored by soaring office towers, lends a gloomy air of impenetrability. From the street, it’s difficult t...

The performance is described as “A shamanic experience not to be missed. It will change your life” – “creative synergistic genius” – “(the performance) brings DaVinci and Michelangelo alive”. “WOW. What an amazing show. It was joyful, meaningful, powerful, and inspirational! Thank you for doing a magical job! Your words and visuals were fantastic,...

Arizona restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore is unveiling a new concept in North Scottsdale. The new restaurant, called Tomaso's When in Rome, will open Wednesday, June 14, in a 5,000-square-foot space at 23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 120 at The Pinnacle of Scottsdale center. The concept, which representatives are calling the "first derivative of the ori...

The idea began with the band Hundred Waters, but given, in part, the general vibes and communitarian spirit, they don’t really take credit for it. “I believe that the stars align in a lot of things like this,” says Zach Tetreault, the band’s drummer, and a cofounder of FORM Arcosanti, which, with its location and tiny, by-application-only audience...

Home-sick Chicagoans will no longer have to fly off to Chicago or order a frozen pizza online in order to satisfy their Gino’s East of Chicago deep-dished pizza cravings. Gino’s first Phoenix location, and 18th overall, is set to open in Arcadia at 3626 E. Indian School Rd., on Monday, April 24 at 4 p.m. And the food? It’s delicious, it’s gooey and...

Today we go west, to the Grand Canyon State: Arizona. The story of the Italians here starts with an important explorer, Father Eusebio Kino: we will learn about this incredible hero, another Italian explorer who helped many people, included a lot of Native Americans. Our guest, the person who will lead us through Italy in Arizona, is Massimo Paolil...

Italian immigrant Alessio Carraro dreamed of building a resort hotel as the centerpiece of his high-end subdivision, Carrarro Heights. He and his son constructed the hotel over just fourteen months, between 1928 and 1930. The building was a thing of beauty, based on Italian architecture and tiered like a wedding cake. However, perhaps because of th...

Diamondbacks infielder Daniel Descalso will play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, but not because he simply accepted an invitation. Things aren’t so easy for an Italian from Redwood City, Calif. His very Italian last name wasn’t good enough to convince the International Baseball Federation of his heritage, either. “It was like a little fact...