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"It is not our intention to turn the unique beauty of Hawaii into another Venice, simply to provide a different kind of tour experience while immersing the senses with all the beauty and wonder that Hawaii has to offer from a perspective you cannot get anywhere else," said Shantel Kalmanson. The gondola carries small groups of up to four passengers...

Connections between sister cities can be expressed in different ways – student exchange programs, touring art exhibits, or in the case of Spokane and its sister city of Cagli, public sculptures on permanent display. Last fall, Spokane celebrated its newest sister city relationship with Cagli, a town located in the Province of Pesaro and Urbino in t...

Adelmo Fornaciari, better known to the world as Zucchero, a nickname given to him by one of his school teachers, is back on a world wide tour that will take him to three cities in the US South West: Los Angeles (September 30 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills) and San Diego (October 1 at Balboa Theatre) in California and Tucson in Arizona (Octob...

On June 12, a fire in the apartment building above Vito's caused water damage, and temporarily closed the club. Owner Greg Lundgren spoke with jazz reporter Robin Lloyd about the history and the future of Vito's, and the need for help to retain the club's staff. On how he and his partner Jeff Scott purchased and revived Vito's in 2010: We had been...

A local family is taking over a longstanding Reno bakery and transforming it into an authentic Italian café experience. On Friday, the Iturriaga family will open Dolce Caffe in the place of Franz's Backstube Austrian Bakery at 3882 Mayberry Drive in Reno, NV, which the family acquired earlier this month.  The Iturriaga team includes father Claudio,...

For as long as Las Vegas has been a major tourism attraction, the city has been closely linked with Italian cuisine, and having one or more Italian restaurants has pretty much ben a pre-requisite for any resort here. But as tourism quickly rebounds for Las Vegas - one of the places hit hardest by COVID - it’s worth noting that recently the Italian...

Mici Italian (Mici) a fast-growing, family-owned fast casual chain based out of Denver, Colorado, opens its first Arizona doors today, bringing its brand of fresh, family-focused Italian food outside Colorado for the first time. Mici’s new restaurant is located in the Gilbert, Arizona community at 5498 South Power Road Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 85295....

In Portland OR, this pizza-obsessed town, how do you take the doughy, cheesy staple to the next level? Just ask Trifone Walter Ferrante—he goes by Walter—who serves a Southern Italian street food rarely seen stateside called panzerotti out of a Foster-Powell food cart.  In its essence, panzerotti is essentially like a fried pizza or calzone. Fresh...

At Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca, a lovely Italian restaurant in Henderson at Green Valley Ranch, it is a matter of pride how fresh everything is. The Tuscan menu includes plenty of seasonal items that will satisfy you, from stuffed zucchini flowers with lemon ricotta on the appetizer menu to fruit with maple and coconut cream on the brunch menu. A fe...

When it comes to Italian food in the Valley, it can usually be broken down into three categories: high-end, fast-casual, and pizza. For individuals who are looking to kick back and enjoy Italian food that is beyond fast-casual, there are a handful of options in metro Phoenix, but often there is a long wait or hours are limited for the restaurants....

Salt District, a casual Italian restaurant from E3 Restaurant Group, which owns Metropolitan Grill and Elliott’s Oyster House, is now open on Pier 55 on the Seattle waterfront. The former Red Robin space, which has been renovated in the last few months to include sea-blue booths and dark wooden tables, includes an outdoor patio with clear views of...

Michael Carbonaro is a man of many talents but today he talked about his take over in Las Vegas at the Penn & Teller theater, where will be headlining his show, “Lies on Stage.” “Penn & Teller” is one of the longest running shows in Las Vegas and the two handed over the keys to Michael as they head to Australia for a few weeks. They have never hand...