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...

Melissa Maggiore remembers her father, well-known Phoenix chef Tomaso Maggiore, as full of life, passionate, always smiling and laughing, and "had this gift of making everyone in his life -- whether they were customers or family -- feel important." When he died earlier this year after a nearly two-year battle with cancer, she said she began to refl...

Great wine within arm’s reach was always a staple in executive chef Joey Maggiore’s family home. Now, the founder of Scottsdale-based family-owned restaurant group, The Maggiore Group, is releasing his own line of wines, appropriately called Chef Joey. Maggiore kicked off the wine line by releasing the first of 12 wines, Chef Joey’s Cabernet Sauvig...

A new concept from the family of late Phoenix food icon Tomaso Maggiore is launching soon in Scottsdale and looking to hire 100 workers. The Italian Daughter Cucina + Cocktails will hold a job fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the restaurant, The Maggiore Group announced Monday. The new concept is taking over the former home of Tomaso’s Ita...

Michael Corleone says it best in “The Godfather.” Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family. That is very true when it comes to food. Especially Italian food. The tough thing about growing up in an Italian family is that every bite of Italian food you take that comes from a source outside of the family is always compared with the delicio...

Eggplant parmigiana may not be a staple of most drive-thru menus, but the owner of a popular Phoenix pizzeria is looking to change that. Luca Gagliano, owner of Forno 301, is set to serve wood-fired pizza and Italian food to Valley customers in the comfort of their cars at his new drive-thru concept Slice Eat in Scottsdale. Gagliano is from Sanremo...