For wine, panini and pizza fanatics in the Valley, a festival highlighting Italian culture is set to come next month. Visitors are invited to attend the Taste of Italy and Music Festival, located at the Scottsdale Water Front on Camelback and Scottsdale roads, on Oct. 15-16. Musicians scheduled to be in attendance include Angelo Torchia, Sahnas Bro...

Scottsdale’s Taste of Italy and Music Festival, a two-day event celebrating Italian culture with food and live music performances, will bring Italian culture, food, and entertainment to the Valley. Hosted by the Italian Association of Arizona, a local 501c(3), this two-day celebration will take place on the Scottsdale Canal and feature everything f...

A second location of the popular Central Avenue restaurant Forno 301 is now open in south Scottsdale. Initially, the restaurant was called Eat Slice, a drive-thru pizza concept that owner Luca Gagliano launched in 2020. However, he recently evolved the space, bringing the Forno 301 menu and concept to the East Valley. "I didn't enjoy the Eat Slice...

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen is serving up a solution for those looking to shed any lingering “Quarantine 15" pounds. Picazzo’s, located at 7325 Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, is an Arizona-based family-owned healthcentric restaurant, offering a menu of salads, entrees, pasta and pizza. The eatery fuses modern-Ita...

The sixth addition to the Spinato’s Pizzeria empire has just opened in Scottsdale as Spinato’s at The Block. The family-owned destination has been in the Valley for 47 years and is excited to continue growing its roots by serving up traditional Italian fare from their family’s own recipes.  The family-run business first arrived in Arizona in 1974 a...

When restaurateur Melissa Maggiore Meyer was a guest on the AZ Big Podcast, one of the themes that ran throughout the conversation was “family” and the importance of food when it comes to family — especially Italian families. Some of the strongest memories that fill the minds and spirits of those who grew up in Italian families are those of family...

Call me provincial, but I'm convinced that specialty sandwiches of a certain region or city are infinitely more delicious when eaten in the region or city that made them famous. Eating a Philly cheesesteak within blocks of the Liberty Bell or devouring Chicago's famous Italian beef while looking out on Lake Michigan? Pure magic. But eating those sa...

Saturday, November 6 from 12:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Scottsdale City Events, 3939 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ, 85251. Click here for tickets. The Italian Association is happy to present its first edition of the Italian Pizza and Wine Festival. A celebration of food, music, and dance. We invite you to join us in this celebration of life and what bet...

Italian Association of Arizona will present its first Italian Pizza & Wine Festival from 12 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Scottsdale City Hall. Delivering authentic pizzas with imported Italian wines, imported beer and non-stop entertainment for the whole family, according to a press release the event is designed to celebrate popular Italian cul...

We Americans like to think we own the comfort food genre, but I'd argue the Italians have us beat in the warm, fuzzy, comfort-via-cooking department. Consider Italian chefs who can't spend five minutes in a culinary conversation without mentioning cooking at their mothers' or nonnas' knees. And what about pizza, arguably America's favorite comfort...