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Giampolo Falchetti was born and raised in Umbria, a landlocked region of Italy just north of Rome and south of Florence. Known as the country’s “green heart,” it borders neither water nor foreign land. The Italian chef — though his wife and now business partner Kathryn Philbrook said he avoids that title — will bring memories from his native land t...

Looking on doing something with the whole family before the New Year? This event may be for you! The Zoppe Italian Family Circus are back in the Valley and will be hosting their shows in Chandler for it's 11th year. This year, they are all about the women as the show is called  La Nonna or “Grandmother” in Italian. Organizers say the shows are dedi...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm. New Season's Market, 7703 SW Nyberg Street, Tualatin OR. For the past two decades, Bob Powers and his husband Donald have made dozens of trips to the beautiful walled city of Lucca. For much of the past decade, Bob has been working on a travel memoir, based upon his experience trying to learn the blessed Italian...

Contigo Latin Kitchen partners Deborah Tenino and Nicholas Kreutz announced plans to open Locale at 60 N. Alvernon Way. Tenino and Kreutz hope to open the restaurant in Spring 2020. The 8,000-square-foot space previously housed Abuela’s Cocina Mexicana, which opened early 2018 and closed approximately 10 weeks after opening. Before that, the space...

Mark LoRusso clearly remembers celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes when he was young. “For people who grew up back East, in Italian-American families, Christmas Eve was always like no meat, lots of fish and pastas,” said LoRusso, executive chef of Costa di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas. LoRusso’s is one of a number of Las Vegas restaurants, large an...

A flight from Hawaii to New York is at least nine hours long. But then you have to find a way into the city, settle in, yada-yada, badabing badaboom, by the time you're enjoying a hot slice of pizza you're mad tired. Fahgettaboutit!  On Saturday, I found a route that takes just 30 minutes from downtown Honolulu. Mad Bene, which is East Coast slang...

Se ne è andato in silenzio, come il suo mito, il più grande interprete al mondo dell’icona musicale del Novecento. Un talento straordinario, forse poco conosciuto in Italia, eppure Trent Carlini parlava italiano perché italiani erano i suoi genitori.  Nato 57 anni fa a Chicago, nell’Illinois, come Robert Trentacarlini, aveva trascorso l’adolescenza...

A century ago in Black Diamond, Wash., the freight trains arrived empty twice a day and twice a day they left, loaded with coal. Railroad assistant Amos Ungherini would go down the line each day in a hand-pumped “speeder” to weigh the cars. Back then, the railroad was more than just a way to get coal to market. It was the lifeblood of the town. Ung...

About the time my great-grandfather, Pietro Cassinelli, came to Dayton about 1888, one of the most severe winters in recorded history settled upon the land. After leaving the sunny fields of Tuscany, he and a few relatives settled in the Dayton Valley with the intent to grow crops and livestock for the markets of the Comstock. Snowfall was early an...

Arizona observed Native American Day for the first time on June 2 this year. The holiday came from a 2018 bill, and the lawmaker behind that bill is pushing for another change to official state holidays in 2020. State Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, a member of the Navajo Nation, had bipartisan support in creating Native American Day but putting the holi...

Cucina Lupo, Carson City’s newest Italian restaurant, hosted its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday. The owner, Mark Estee, is also the proprietor of several other local restaurants including Carson City’s The Union, Gardnerville’s Overland Restaurant and Pub, and Reno’s Liberty Food and Wine Exchange, as well as Chez Louie in the Ne...

The Sicilian Butcher, Craft Meatballs and Charcuterie Bar, in tandem with Sicilian Baker, Cannoli Bar and Market, are scheduled to open on Dec. 19, 2019 at Chandler Viridian Primegate within Chandler Fashion Center. Brought by the visionaries and operators of Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant, Tomaso’s Italian Kitchen, and Hash Kitchen, The Sicilian But...