Bread is such an important part of a restaurant meal. It's the first solid thing to hit the table, the first impression made, the first clue as to what we might expect about all that's to follow. If it's stale or cold or dry or just plain lousy, we're not only disappointed but worried. Bad bread nev ... 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. It's kind of like those burgers at Old Town Whiskey; it just won't all fit in your mouth ... or in this ca ... More >>
As 2012 comes to a close, it's time to look back on some of the most all-around stellar meals I had the pleasure of consuming in the Valley.
See also: - 9 Best New Restaurants of 2012 in Greater Phoenix
- 10 (Okay, 11) Best First Tastes of 2012 in Greater Phoenix
From the fancy to the more famili ... More >>
See also: Chef Pete DeRuvo to Head Kitchen at New Davanti Enoteca
If you missed Lauren Saria's post Monday, Chef Peter DeRuvo Shares What's in Store at Davanti Enoteca, give it a read and ogle the photos.
Both should help in providing some context before delving into the menu for Scottsdale's Da ... More >>
In addition to food trucks making the scene in a big way in 2011 (see the article here), the year in food for the Valley was chock-full of other newsworthy goodies as well -- even chef Payton Curry managed to slip in a last-minute announcement. Here are a few of Laura's favorites:10. Chefs o ... More >>
Zach FowleThe tender: Mario Rana
The bar: Cuoco Pazzo (4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., 480-265-9814)
The pedigree: Rana fell in love with creating drinks when he started behind the bar of a coffee shop at age 14. He later started barbacking at the restaurant owned by his parents, then began working at w ... More >>