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...

Are you going to feel slightly overwhelmed the first time you step foot inside Mora Italian, chef Scott Conant's eagerly anticipated new Italian restaurant in uptown Phoenix? Possibly, yes. Mora Italian is busy, youthful, loud, and even a little grand. It's hard to resist the urge to just stand there for a minute and gape at its color and spectacle...

He's worked in kitchens for three decades. He's gotten rave reviews from the New York Times. His Manhattan eatery, L'Impero, won a James Beard Award for best restaurant. You've very likely watched Conant in action, because he's been a judge on Chopped, Top Chef, and 24 Hour Restaurant Battle. He's traded cooking techniques with Anthony Bourdain for...

Something about the desert, that vast expanse of nothingness, leads to Utopian thoughts. Here is where you can take a stand. Here is where you can make things right, correct society's ills and begin again with a blank slate. Here, you can create.   The problem is, in much of Arizona, the desert isn't deserted anymore. Sprawl has leached out...

Mancuso's Restaurants and RED Development announced Tuesday one of the Valley's favorite Italian-American restaurants, Mancuso's, will open a new location at Collier Center this August.   Mancuso's will continue its 40 plus year tradition of fine Italian-American cuisine in a new, approximately 8,700 square-foot space on the upper level of t...

In our discovery of new points of view from which to analyze the relationship between Italy and the US, today we want to talk about Sister Cities programs. There is an American institution, called "Sister Cities International", which takes care of these aspect of how the US partner up with other countries. So we are happy today to have as our gues...

Scottsdale-based Pomo Restaurant Group recently announced plans to open a fourth location of Pomo Pizzeria in Glendale. The restaurant already has two locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix, as well as a third location that's currently under construction in Gilbert. The newest Pomo Pizzeria will take over the space formerly occupied by Tutti Santi by...

If you're planning on going out to grab a bite for dinner in Phoenix, you should probably plan on bringing a couple of Jacksons for the pasta dish you're ordering. A report from Zagat on dining trends for the Phoenix metro area said the average person will spend $30.85 on a dinner out, among some other interesting facts.   If we continu...

When catering to the taste buds of the masses no genre of food is a bigger culinary crowd-pleaser than Italian -- thinly pounded meats, hand-rolled pasta, rich and zesty sauces paired with red and white Tuscan wines, and oh, did we mention all the cheese? Sorry, Phoenix, better check your no-carb New Year's resolutions at the door, because we're a...

The Consulate General of Italy, in order to facilitate the access to the services rendered by the passport department to our citizens living in areas far away from Los Angeles, also this year is organizing - in collaboration with our local Honorary Consulate - a meeting in Phoenix to take the fingerprints of those who wish to apply for a new passpo...