Mike Candrea wanted to go out his own way. That meant no fuss, no long goodbye. And no sharing news of his retirement during the Women’s College World Series — no matter how much ESPN’s Holly Rowe pleaded with him. The 65-year-old Candrea wanted to make the softball-shaking announcement in Tucson, where it all began. Tuesday in Mckale Center, about...

All it took to connect the Rillito River to the Mediterranean Sea was a shared respect for Old World wisdom and an abiding love of hometown, plus a little inspiration from Uncle Joe. This confluence of culinary cultures is now on display at Zio Peppe, a new restaurant co-owned by Tucson natives and longtime chefs Mat Cable and Devon Sanner. The nam...

Local chefs, Devon Sanner and Mat Cable, have officially announced the opening of what they’re describing as their “culinary bromance” restaurant project. Zio Peppe, located at 6502 E. Tanque Verde Rd., is opening up the restaurant for takeout and delivery — lunch and dinner — on Monday, May 10. The new spot that’s located near the eastside is cons...

Tucson natives Mat Cable and Devon Sanner had flirted for a couple of years with the idea of a culinary collaboration, and as luck would have it, the timing and circumstances that had never seemed right before came together last fall — at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, the two longtime friends will open Zio Peppe on East Tanque Verd...

Roma Imports stands alone, and not just figuratively. It has been standing alone since 1984 in midtown Tucson in a corner of Barrio San Antonio amid other tucked away and dusty commercial and corporate enterprises. It is not too difficult to find, although one would never just be driving by it. This is a true destination. The current owner, Lilian...

Italian electric vehicle company ElectraMeccanica is opening a display in the main courtyard of La Encantada mall to show off their unique (and very European) vehicle, the SOLO. While not a complete store, the new location allows for shoppers to check out the vehicles and place reservations for test drives. The display is slated to open Monday, Mar...

After 177 years of performing, the Zoppé Family Circus knows it will take more than a pandemic to keep them out of the spotlight. The Italian circus annually performs in Tucson at the Mercado District, and will continue that tradition this month, albeit with new precautions. Their new “drive-in” circus, in town from Friday, Jan. 15, through the end...

The circus is coming to the Old Pueblo. For the 10th year in a row, the Zoppé Family Circus will bring its extraordinary acts to Tucson. But this time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tucsonans can take in the sights and sounds from the comfort of their own car. The show will be broadcast through an FM radio station. "The Zoppé Circus is Covid...

Yet another addition is coming to Tucson’s culinary scene — just in time to end the year on a tasteful and positive note, too. On Friday, December 4, Locale Neighborhood Italian will open its doors at 60 N. Alvernon Way., the midtown space that previously housed Old Pueblo Grill. The location near Alvernon and Broadway had been empty for some time...

The Casino Del Sol recently debuted their newest restaurant — Bellissimo, featuring a unique take on Italian cuisine here in the Old Pueblo. What sets Italian ristorante apart from others is the use of locally sourced ingredients to create made from scratch dishes. We sat down with Casino Del Sol’s Executive Chef, Ryan Clark, who guided our taste b...