Tavolino Ristorante Italiano will launch the first of its Summer Wine Tours of Italy at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 20. This is just the beginning, too. The Summer Wine Tours are happening every third Thursday of the month. Whoever decides to take the journey can taste their way through one of five Italian wine regions. First on the road map is the s...

Italian restaurant Bottega Michelangelo, owned by Giuseppe “Gio” Ali, has been in operation for three decades. With an interesting start and revamp of their space in recent years, they’re celebrating in style on Saturday, May 25 and offering a free dessert to those that join the party. To help commemorate Bottega’s milestone, here are some fun fact...

Tony’s New York Style Italian Deli is hosting a fun night of comedy, plenty of laughs, and dinner from 7 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Tony’s Deli specializes in New York-style cuisine, but they also dabble in foods from Chicago and use products from Italy to complete their meals. The dinner is no joke but after dinner… it’s appropriate to laugh. ...

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Italian restaurants around Tucson, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill. 1. Roma Imports Topping the list is Roma Imports. Located at 627 S. Vine Ave., the deli, cheese sho...

The Vivace/Pizzeria Vivace duo (by chef Daniel Scordato) has exited long-time digs in St. Philip’s Plaza. Vivace is now nestled in the north foothills while Pizzeria Vivace re-emerged as Scordato’s Pizzeria on Stone at River (just north of Tucson Mall). Scordato’s is all about the pizza pie. There are other tasteful entrees, but here pizza reigns....

Visitors to Italy who stray from well-tread tourist paths in small villages or obscure city neighborhoods often report the discovery of charming cafes, trattorias, and ristorantes — family owned and operated, some with folksy names like “La Cucina Della Mamma,” offering delicious, reasonably-priced, house-made cuisine. Transported to Northern Italy...

With an Italian-born mother and American-born father, Nico Mannion is fluent in both English and Italian. But he's not sure if there’s a direct Italian translation for “Bear Down." "I don’t think there’s a translation,” he said. "I’ll get back to you on that one.” Mannion, who just led Phoenix Pinnacle High School to its second straight 6A state ba...

Leave it to restaurateur Grant Krueger to use gunpowder and 16th century tax collectors as inspirations behind the name of his third eatery in St. Philip’s Plaza. This and other secrets were recently revealed to me at Proof Artisanal Pizza and Pasta, 4340 N. Campbell Avenue. Krueger stopped short of calling them secrets, but acknowledged that the s...

Scott Volpe of Tucson, Arizona-based Fiamme Pizza claimed the first-place trophy in the dough-spinning Freestyle Acrobatics category of the U.S. Pizza Team’s Acrobatic Trials, held Monday, Jan. 14, at the Mid-America Restaurant Expo in Columbus, Ohio. The USPT event has become an annual tradition in Columbus, but this year’s edition had a new wrink...

“First be the best, then be first.” — Grant Tinker Jeff Kaiserman and Stephen Ochoa first met in the second grade. They stayed friends through their college years at the University of Arizona, and are now, 15-plus years post graduation, still best of friends and business partners. Both are entrepreneurs. Through the years they tried to make lots of...