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The circus is coming to town. And this year the Zoppé Family Circus, which has been traveling to Arizona for 13 years, is coming to Tempe as a drive-in show for the COVID-19 era. During the "live, multimedia drive-in show," a big top will be suspended in mid-air with a large LED screen showing the action on stage. Performances will include a human...

It won't be forever, but after Christmas Eve, the authentic Italian Restaurant off 48th Street and Warner Road will be closing its doors. Owner Claudia D'Amico gets emotional every time she talks about it. “It’s something that we felt was necessary to keep being here," she said. The D'Amico family moved to Arizona from Italy five years ago, with ho...

More than a century ago, Our Lady of Mount Virgin, located in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood, was once the heart of Seattle’s Italian community. In 1915, when the church was built, about 215 Italian families called the neighborhood home. As new immigrants arrived, Our Lady of Mount Virgin was one of the first places they would visit for informa...

The Aquilini family knows how to grow a successful business, whether it be a professional ice hockey team or a Washington State wine.  Through its conglomerate Aquilini Investment Group, headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., family members own the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, along with restaurants, digital media companies, a film set, a...

More than three years since the retail center began touting its future dining tenants, Spring Valley’s Post Pavilion mostly completed construction and started luring casual restaurants to the corner of Durango Drive and Post Road. Located a quarter of a mile north from Ikea, the center was originally planned to be the first Las Vegas home of Classi...

Blaine residents will soon be able to get their Italian food fix, from cream-filled cannoli to gourmet pizza, with the opening of a new restaurant on Peace Portal Drive. The Rustic Fork Eatery is slated to offer indoor family dining, a 21-plus bar area and outdoor seating for community members starting Thursday, December 17. “We wanted to start out...

Las Vegas’ world-class resort community, Tuscan Highlands, is saying "Thank You" to local first responders by offering a free lunch or dinner at its on-site restaurant, Becca’s Restaurant & Lounge, now through the end of the year. Community heroes, plus a guest, are welcome to enjoy a complimentary meal at the Italian-American eatery. Reservations...

Italian-American food company Saint Pasta, started by Joe Cetrulo and Racan Alhoch, gained a cult-like following after opening in 2019. Now, vodka sauce fans will be able to find the pasta truck in downtown Phoenix. Saint Pasta is planting the company's food truck at The Pemberton House, a historic home owned by Jonathon Vento and his real estate d...

Marvin Vettori has had an extremely unlucky year. But the UFC middleweight contender will finish a trying 2020 with a fortunate break and the biggest victory of his career. Vettori defeated Jack Hermansson via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-45) in the entertaining, back-and-forth main event of UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas. ESPN ha...

The long-running Italian celebration event known as Festa Italiana is now happening at Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood instead of Pioneer Square.  COVID-19 restrictions have forced organizers to take the event out of the Italian-feeling parquet square we call Portland’s Living Room, and stage it in an area with a little more elbow room. The traditi...

A first-generation Italian American, Anna Maria Pierini always felt her most fulfilling blessing was to be an Italian born in America.  She was born in 1949, in Reno Nevada, to Pete and Maria Pierini, natives of Lucca, Italy who kept the Italian language and cultures strong in the home. Anna Maria’s youth was spent between Carson City, NV, Lake Tah...

Yet another addition is coming to Tucson’s culinary scene — just in time to end the year on a tasteful and positive note, too. On Friday, December 4, Locale Neighborhood Italian will open its doors at 60 N. Alvernon Way., the midtown space that previously housed Old Pueblo Grill. The location near Alvernon and Broadway had been empty for some time...