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We had eaten at Lovino’s in Ruston before and enjoyed the food, but not since it sold and became Macaluso’s Italian Restaurant. It’s been on our list to try for some time. We were in a little time crunch. Peg had to pack her clothes and tools of art for a trip the next morning with two friends to Port Townsend. We decided since the Ruston restauran...

Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca is a passionate and beautifully elegant opera, especially as presented by the Tacoma Opera Society. First mounted in January 1900, it was based on a fictitious events in Rome that happened during the Battle of Marengo, Napoleon’s conquest of Italian territories on June 17 and 18, 1800. Tosca is based on the melodrama by Vict...

Niki Cuccinotto says her large, loud Italian family has always been Cubs fans. From a very young age, Niki remembers seeing her Grandpa Joe in a crisp blue Cubs jersey while the whole family cooked on the grill during the game. He was a thin man confined to a wheelchair who couldn't speak, and Niki says it's because Grandpa Joe had Huntington's dis...

Pots clank as steam rises from large vessels on the stove of the massive commercial kitchen. Bags of flour and cartons of eggs are laid out on work tables along with an array of pasta; beautiful handmade pasta in numerous shapes and forms. Executive Chef Ivano Centemeri of The Row in Reno, Nev., greets the small group of people invited to learn the...

Tonino Lamborghini, in partnership with Desire Fragrances Inc., will open the first Tonino Lamborghini mono-brand store in the U.S. at the iconic Caesars Palace Las Vegas. The brand, identified with its legendary bull icon, will usher in the New Year by opening doors to an all-new retail space at Caesars Palace in partnership with Desire Fragrances...

A Phoenix-based wine bar and restaurant is opening a location in the space of a recently closed south Tempe eatery. Postino WineCafe will open on the northwest corner of Rural and Warner roads in mid-2020, according to a press release. Tempe Public Market Cafe occupied the location for about two years before abruptly closing on Jan. 17. Upward Proj...

The College of Idaho’s annual opera is coming to the Langroise Center for Performing & Fine Arts from February 5 to 8, giving the community an opportunity to experience an art form that originated in Italy more than 400 years ago. “Gianni Schicchi” is a short, one-act opera directed by Annie Powell of the College’s music department. There are about...

Jason Bailey had to tear down some walls so people could enjoy his pizza. Bailey, who co-owns The Brick Oven Pizza Lounge on Bothell Way NE, had a 4-ton brick-lined oven shipped to his restaurant from the East Coast. But the monster oven, 7 feet tall and 6 feet wide, wouldn’t fit through any of the doors. “I thought we were going to have a problem,...

Just shy of seven years ago, Ari Shapiro opened Falora in midtown Tucson with a minimalist menu showcasing Neapolitan pizza. The restaurant has maintained its New York-neighborhood vibe with hardly any menu changes over the years. However, it quietly announced the addition of house-made pasta and a new partner in the business—baker Travis Evans. Af...

Since the sudden closure of Tempe Public Market Cafe on Friday, Jan. 17, rumors have swirled around the future plans for the high-profile restaurant space in south Tempe.  Now, the building's new tenant is ready to confirm what's coming next: Postino WineCafe. The popular chain of wine bars and restaurants from Phoenix-based Upward Projects will op...

Giuseppe Rossi is training with Real Salt Lake in Arizona. The RSL Instagram feed put up a video of the team walking through the streets, towards the end of the video Rossi can be seen in RSL gear. Rossi’s resume is world-class, having spent time with clubs such as Manchester United, Villareal and Fiorentina over his 16-year career. Unfortunately,...

Montavilla continues to expand its culinary scene, as the neighborhood gets ready to welcome Sebastiano’s, a mom and pop Sicilian deli. Opening this spring, Sebastiano’s will have muffuletta and Sicilian pizzas, wines by the glass and by the bottle to go, an aperitivo hour, and Italian kitchen staples like olive oils, sauces, and other goods. Sebas...