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When a new spot opens in town, we're eager to check it out, let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead, a peek inside restaurants that have just opened — an occasion to sample a few items and satisfy curiosities (both yours and o...

November 10, 2020. 8:00 pm pacific time. Zoom Meeting. Please REGISTER HERE for this event to receive the Zoom link prior to the event. This is a very exceptional presentation to swing into the Italian Christmas mood and start putting the tragedies of 2020 behind. Thanks to Antimo Cimino who will be the moderator of the upcoming meeting, we will he...

Restaurateur Tony Gemignani has devoted his life to pizza. A California native, he opened his first restaurant, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, in San Francisco’s North Beach in 2009. He now operates about 30 restaurant locations under eight brands. He’s a 13-time world pizza champion with victories in Italy and gold medals on Food Network. “I don’t think...

Las Vegas’ population includes quite a few New York City transplants. If you were to poll a small sample, we’d wager that one of the things that most excites them about Las Vegas is that it has the only other Rao’s Italian restaurant in the entire country. And if you’re at all familiar with the original location in New York City, you’d get what the...

Federico Venturini and Viola Tagliaferri, the husband-and-wife duo behind Carefree’s Pizzicata, are expressing their love for their home country of Italy with Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood in Cave Creek. The couple says, in Italy, the most important part of the dining experience is the company. They believe in those interactions, and they want t...

During football season, I try to go to a lot of sports bar-themed places for my reviews. But as we all know, 2020 has been extremely difficult for a lot of local restaurants. So I am trying to have a good mix of the places I go to and review. This week, I tried a place that had opened last November and even though this place is just three minutes f...

While all outlets at Eataly have not reopened, there’s still more than enough reason to visit the huge Italian marketplace that offers fresh fare and an abundance of food-and-wine retail from the boot-shaped country. There’s still a week left of October, the month that celebrates vegetarianism, and you can get your fix at the La Pizza e La Pasta ou...

McMenamins Kennedy School in NE Portland is home to local beers, music and mementos of the school’s colorful history. The building was renovated by the chain in the ‘90s and now serves as a lively neighborhood hub; however, if you take a walk through its hallways, you will be transported back to the early 1900s — childhood shenanigans and all. The...

Fans of Food Network star Scott Conant's modern osteria Mora Italian in Phoenix will soon have a second restaurant where they can enjoy the chef's signature brand of elevated Italian cuisine.  Conant and his SC Culinary Inc. team have partnered with Scottsdale-based Creation Hospitality to take over ownership and operation of The Americano, an Ital...

In a desolate valley outside Eureka, Nevada, lies the common grave where five Italian charcoal burners were shot dead in 1879 by a sheriff’s posse while striking for better wages on the burgeoning mining frontier.  Lucia Mauro's new documentary, titled The Loneliest Road,  is inspired by Silvio Manno’s 2016 book, Charcoal and Blood: Italian Immigra...

The Clark County Commission on Tuesday unanimously agreed to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day once a year but lawmakers were also clear that the new designation would not replace beleaguered Columbus Day despite sharing the same date. Beginning in 2021, every second Monday in October will be designated Indigenous Peoples’ Day, in part, to acknowle...

Don’t you want a slice of pizza right about now? I mean, you’re in Las Vegas, you’re walking around a lot of casinos, expending a lot of energy and burning a lot of calories. Sure, you want a slice—and maybe a little bit more. If you find yourself walking the floor of The Mirage, you’ll find plenty of that satisfying foodstuff and much more at Oste...