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In case you haven't heard, we're having our first ever outdoor festival type event THIS SATURDAY June 19th from 11am to 8pm PT. Vespa Festa will have food booths, beer and wine garden, live music, merchandise booths/vendors, and best of all the drawing for the Vespa you've all seen on display at Casa!  Please reach out if there are any questions ab...

After nearly 31 years in Tri-Cities, Casa Mia continues to out-compete multinational chains with its handcrafted Italian cuisine based on recipes developed by Italian-American immigrants to New York in the early 1900s. Founded in 1952 in Hoquiam on the west coast of Washington, Casa Mia founder Phil Bellofatto aided in bringing that cultural herita...

Put this one on your bucket list. A new restaurant in Ahwatukee is pioneering a concept we never knew we needed in our lives: spaghetti and meatballs in a bucket. You may have seen this on an episode of Scooby-Doo, but this ain't no O'Greazy's Bucket of Fun restaurant. This is the real deal.  The spot is literally called By the Bucket, and it's the...

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...

In 2020, chef and TV personality Bobby Flay closed his Mesa Grill at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace hotel and casino. Last month, Flay revived the space as Amalfi by Bobby Flay, his first venture with Italian cuisine. Joining his other restaurants, including Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence winner Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City, N.J., Amalf...

Every year, Las Vegas Restaurant Week returns, opening the doors to the city's best restaurants as their top chefs offer amazing menus at affordable prices. And this year, La Pizza e La Pasta is participating! Now in its 14th installment, Las Vegas Restaurant Week gives restaurants in our community the opportunity to give back through the culinary...

Black truffles and hazelnuts, Rainier cherries and rosebuds, rhubarb root and Willamette Valley hops. Although this may sound like a grocery list for your local farmer’s market, you might be surprised to know these organic ingredients form the basis of a distinctive and sophisticated amaro, an Italian liqueur, produced by a Seattle company called F...

Inauguration of Seattle’s new Casa Italiana in Burien (WA) with representatives of Governor Inslee, of the Mayor of Seattle Durkan and with the Mayor of Burien Matta. Casa Italiana was a dream of the Italian American community of Washington State for many years and it has now become a reality. It will host as well the Office of the Italian Honorary...

Chicago-style pizza and Italian food chain Oregano’s is set to debut a new takeout-only concept in Tempe next month, the restaurant announced. Oregano’s Takeout Kitchen will debut June 2 at 1705 W. University Dr. and be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to a press release. The restaurant will host a job fair on Monday at the location fro...

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...

Fans who have been missing Side Piece Pizza since the Palms closed can now get a taste at Red Rock Resort. The pizzeria’s new location opened in the resort’s food court on Friday. Chef and pizzaiolo Enzo Esposito has created a menu that offers New York and Sicilian style pizza by the pie or by the slice, as well as hot Italian sandwiches, stromboli...

The Haunted Group hospitality group, known for putting Cottonwood and Jerome “on the map” as Northern Arizona tourism destinations, elevates Old Town Cottonwood nightlife with their modern container concept: STRADA @ Bocce. This unique venue evokes a “food truck” vibe, inviting guests to order cocktails and beverages from one container, then small...