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Fans of Bobby Flay’s Las Vegas enterprises no doubt remember fondly his Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace, for years a beloved Mexican joint that was full of Flay’s personal touches, from the décor to the menu to the waitstaff. And while Mesa Grill is no more (booooo!), in its place is another Flay classic, one that instantly became a go-to spot for foo...

LBX Food Robotics, the leader in hot food vending, and Buddy Valastro, celebrity chef and owner of the world-famous Buddy Valastro Restaurants, today revealed that they partnered to customize Bake Xpress hot food kiosks to serve foods from The Boss Cafe by Buddy Valastro restaurant, which opened in Las Vegas in April. The first two machines are co-...

Fun yet functional, stylish yet sexy. You can’t get much more Italian than a Vespa. Now scooter lovers in Western Washington have the inside track when it comes to buying the latest Vespa models, thanks to South Sound Scooters in Tacoma – the state’s only official Vespa and Piaggio dealership and authorized service center. Store owner and Vespa ent...

A history project is in the works about early Italian settlers (1880-1950) in the Pacific Northwest, specifically Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Please reach out to author and historian, Tessa Floreano with stories and original high-resolution photos to be considered for publication in either the book or website. The book, Italians in the Pacific N...

Private equity firm Savory Fund has announced its 10th emerging brand investment — acquiring a majority interest stake in Joey Maggiore concept, The Sicilian Butcher. This is the second investment Savory Fund has made in a Maggiore brand, following the $20 million investment in Hash Kitchen in Nov. 2021. This time around, Savory Fund is allocating...

Last November, the Italian Association of Arizona longed to attract Italophiles to its Pizza and Wine Festival as COVID-19 was slowing. “We didn’t know what to expect,” said Frank Guzzo, the association’s executive director. “We wanted to test the waters with the Pizza and Wine Festival. It was one day, as we were still dealing with omicron. In hin...

In downtown Reno along The Row, The Great Italian Festival transformed Virginia Street into a taste of Italy. With everything from a grape stomp to gelato eating contest, Italian farmers market and of course tons of Italian food booths. The smell of the family recipes alone will lure you right into one of the main attractions at The Great Italian F...

Fans of Netflix's "Chef's Table" likely tuned in to the latest edition, "Chef's Table: Pizza," in which the streaming platform spotlighted the culinary staple by following a few chefs renowned for their pizza prowess. Per IMDb, the first season of this edition of the show followed chefs from Kyoto to Rome, showcasing their expertise and their persp...

When was the last time you tasted a dessert so vibrant, so shockingly alive, that it caused you to laugh out loud with sheer joy? Have you ever tried an appetizer so salty, sweet and oily that it warranted a burst of applause, as if it had just performed a magic trick? I was lucky enough to have both experiences at Tartuca, the sensational new Ital...

Scottsdale’s Taste of Italy and Music Festival will bring Italian culture, food, and entertainment to the Valley this month. Hosted by the Italian Association of Arizona, a local 501(c)(3), this two-day celebration will take place on the Scottsdale Canal and feature everything from live music and unique, hand-crafted Italian items to wine tastings,...

For wine, panini and pizza fanatics in the Valley, a festival highlighting Italian culture is set to come next month. Visitors are invited to attend the Taste of Italy and Music Festival, located at the Scottsdale Water Front on Camelback and Scottsdale roads, on Oct. 15-16. Musicians scheduled to be in attendance include Angelo Torchia, Sahnas Bro...

This fall, the 107-year-old Our Lady of Mount Virgin Catholic Church will not be open for Mass or baptisms, weddings or confessions. In a two-page statement from the Seattle Archdiocese issued in July, parishioners learned that their pleas and protests had come to a dead end: The historic church built to cater to the spiritual needs of Seattle’s It...