When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and 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, sampling a few item ... More >>
Last week, we got to tell you about a brand new pizza joint, Fired Pie. Quick version: Some guys who worked together at California Pizza Kitchen and Oregano's got together to create their own quick-service pizza place. Since I'm the Guilty Pleasures guy, I had to make a beeline for it the moment our ... More >>
Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. If you're like most people, you probably just don't have the time to get to all of it. So, here's a recap of some of the top stories from the week that you may have missed. 10 Crazy Ice Creams ... More >>
Arizona State University students in Tempe starved for good-for-you eats like salads, wraps, and the occasional mint and pineapple smoothie need to look no further than their own campus. Freshii, the Chicago-based, healthy fast food chain with 75 locations in six countries, opened its first Arizona ... More >>
A new build-your-own pizza and salad concept has planted its pepperoni in the Valley. Called Fired Pie, the fast-casual local restaurant chain comes courtesy of Fred Morgan, Rico Cuomo, and Doug Doyle, three restaurant industry vets who, according to FastCasual.com, worked together for more than 1 ... More >>
If you're still hustling to get all of the Best Picture nominees watched before the Oscars on February 24, don't starve yourself doing it. We've been pairing up dinner and movies just so you'd be ready for Oscar season. While we didn't hit all of the nominees, we got most of them and have ideas for ... More >>
MCSOChristino Torres Romero admitted to being involved in the hit-and-run death of Daniel PollackAccording to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the man responsible for the hit-and-run death of Daniel Pollack, the son of Valley real estate mogul Michael Pollack, is an illegal immigrant.Arpaio sa ... More >>
Biltmore Fashion ParkBlack Chile's enchiladas are part of the Biltmore's "After Dark" deal.We're thrilled that Arizona now has two Restaurant Weeks -- one during the spring season and another in fall. But it kind of sucks that you have to wait around for months just to partake in the event's dini ... More >>
Biltmore Fashion Park always seems like its own little self-contained universe. The upscale plaza offers shopping, community movie nights, and a dozen or so diverse restaurants, from national brands like Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen to Dr. Andrew Weil's True Food Kitchen concep ... More >>
I apologize, this photo doesn't do this turkey burger justice, but I'm using it anyways because it was the tastiest thing I ate all week. My lunch companion and I raced to beat the crowd at this Biltmore area burger spot. He recommend the turkey burger, something I would never order on my own, a ... More >>
I apologize, this photo doesn't do this turkey burger justice, but I'm using it anyways because it was the tastiest thing I had eaten all week. My lunch companion and I raced to the beat the crowd at this Biltmore area burger spot. He recommend the turkey burger, something I would never order on ... More >>
What We Ate: California Pizza Kitchen Crispy thin Crust Frozen Pizza BBQ recipe Chicken with white meat chicken, mozzarella, gouda, red onion, cilantro and bbq sauce. The Facts: 410 calories, 15g fat (6g saturated fat), 700g sodium and 48g of carbsWhy This One: We're not big on chai ... More >>
Lenard Rubin has a confidence about him that comes from being a two-time James Beard House invitee with 25 years experience as a chef -- most notably with the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain. The guy's background includes an extensive stints in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia, Boston, New ... More >>
Way to go, Cheesecake Factory. Congratulations, California Pizza Chicken. Jabba the Hutt would be pleased. Along with P.F. Chang's, Chevy's, Bob Evan's, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Outback Steakhouse, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has named scale-tipping fare from the ... More >>
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