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    September 19, 2014

    Tomaso Maggiore's Vivo! Ristorante in Scottsdale is Now Open; Here's the Menu

    The latest dining spot to come from Valley chef and restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore is now open at 6560 N. Scottsdale Road, in the same newly-built dining and retail complex as SumoMaya and Scramble. The restaurant and Italian marketplace is called Vivo! Ristorante and serves a menu of Italian cuisine ... More >>

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    September 4, 2014

    5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Morning Glory Opening Friday, September 5 Next week The Farm at South Mountain will reopen for its 21st season and the first of the farm's dining outlets to open will be the popular breakfast and brunch spot, Morning Glory Cafe. Starting tomorrow, Friday, September 5, Morning Glory will be open Tue ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Meet The Band The Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary Turned Down a $20K Gig to Produce

    These days, The Burning of Rome frontman Adam Traub is a happy man. His band's self-described "Jesus and Mary Chain doing a Spaghetti Western" style is fully realized on the Burning of Rome's new album, Year of the Ox (Surfdog Records), and in the last year, the band has shared stages with a number ... More >>

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    August 18, 2014

    Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week, 8/18 to 8/21

    Check out our picks for the best shows happening in Phoenix this week. Don't forget the browse our comprehensive music listings if you'd like more options.

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    April 17, 2014

    Northern Italian White Wines: Stuff I'm Geekin' On

    Mid-April is upon us in the Valley, which means temperatures are beginning to hint at summer. The macho among us will make a point of bragging about not turning their A/C on until it hits such and such temperature, as if were a contest to see how much heat they can endure. I, however have already tu ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    How to Make A Chocolate Cake Shot

    I have a somewhat long-distance relationship with shots. I mean, they're fun, and they're easy to throw together, but when your first position behind the stick is making very complex tropical drinks, it's easy to have a simple part of a bartender's repertoire fall by the wayside. Then my birthday r ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014
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    March 6, 2014
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    December 26, 2013
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    December 12, 2013
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    August 28, 2013

    5 Things to Eat and Drink in Rome and Florence

    This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what -- where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town.  For most people travel means sightseeing and shopping-- but ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Will You See Sublime With Rome Without Bradley Nowell?

    It can't be easy being the other members of Sublime in 2013. On a cynical--but very real--level, you reached your peak fame and earning power in 1996, at the moment your band's lead singer died and ensured you wouldn't reach it again. On an idealistic--but very real--level, you reached the peak of y ... More >>

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    July 22, 2013

    Free Espresso Drinks Today at Liberty Market's E61 Bar

    Liberty Market's FAEMA E61 espresso machine is turning 46 years old today, and in honor of the occasion, the Gilbert restaurant will offer free classic Italian drinks from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. That means espresso, macchiato, or cappuccino, so long as you order them dine-in as opposed to to-go. The mac ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    A Basketful of Wine Recommendations for Easter

    Easter means brunch and wine. Left: Luciano Frascarelli Jermann of Taggia and a Pinot Grigio recommended by Sarah Falconer, wine sommelier of Del Frisco's Grille/td> We love drinking wine at Easter time. And we're not talking about communion wine. Easter is a holiday known for its amazingly diverse ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Claudio Urciuoli on Nancy Silverton, Noma, and Italian Cooking

    This is part two of my interview with Noca chef Claudio Urciuoli. If you missed Monday's interview, in which he dished about Olive Garden, truffle oil and the weirdest thing he ever ate (which pretty much tops everybody else's), read it here. See also: -- Noca Owner Eliot Wexler on Chef Claudio Ur ... More >>

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    January 24, 2013
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    November 14, 2012

    Central Bistro Starts Off Right Down the Middle

    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 >>

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    November 1, 2012
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    September 27, 2012
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    August 14, 2012

    32: Giovanni Scorzo

    From now 'til we publish the 2012 edition of Best of Phoenix, New Times and Chow Bella present 100 Tastemakers -- Valley residents who make the cut in our culinary scene. Some you'll know; for others, it'll be a first introduction (but likely not the last). While you're here, check out our 100 Creat ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Poland Cooks World's Largest Lasagna in Honor of Italian Soccer Team

    In a move that we're hoping will continue with hilarious consequences, Polish cooks in Krakow have assembled the world's largest lasagna to celebrate hosting Italy's soccer team for the Euro Cup 2012 championship. According to Reuters, the lasagna took 10 hours to cook -- hooray for food safety -- a ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Masters of Wine: The Test

    Welcome to Vine Geeks, where Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic of AZ Wine Merchants take the drinking game quite seriously. Pay attention -- you might just learn something. This past week, a record 98 students took the test to obtain their Masters of Wine, trying to join the mere 298 worldwide who curr ... More >>

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    May 14, 2012

    10 Favorite Gelato Spots in Greater Phoenix

    The origins of gelato -- Italian ice cream made with less butterfat, a higher density, and served slightly warmer than its American counterpart -- date back to frozen treats made from mountaintop snow and ice in ancient Rome and Egypt. Thankfully, for those of us in search of the frozen sweet trea ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012

    Cool Gelato Italiano Is Scottsdale's Newest Sweet Secret

    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, 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 items, and satisfyi ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    New Gelato Shop to Open In Downtown Scottsdale

    Can Downtown Scottsdale get any cooler? Answer: yes. Cool Gelato Italiano, a new gelato shop set to open in early February at 7373 East Scottsdale Mall (behind the Scottsdale Center for the Arts) will feature twenty varieties of the cool treat (don't call it ice cream) as well as sorbet made with f ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Strawberry Risotto

    Carol Blonder strawberry risotto​ Reading the fall issue of La Cucina Italiana magazine, I noticed an announcement for the fall release of the newest edition of Il Cucchiaio d'Argento, The Silver Spoon. If you missed the culinary hoopla when the first English edition was released in the U.S ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Falanghina: A Geeky White Wine for Summertime​For those adventurous enough to try something outside of a glass of Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay, we say Falanghina all the way! Before we jump right into the history of the varietal and its flavor profile, let's start with the pronunciation. It's easy to pass over wines with intimi ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Kirti Dwivedi's Perfect Food Day

    Kirti Dwivedi​You might have seen Kirti Dwevedi at one of her favorite restaurants, tweeting about eating (she's a self-professed social media addict - @DiyaMarketing) and otherwise thinking about food. She tweets about live organ donation (#TinyFabKidney) as her mother needed and miraculously fo ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011

    Crudo's Umbria Dinner and Grilled Fruit Skewers in Today's Eater's Digest

    Panini Happy ​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Italian Dinner Crudo StyleJoin Crudo Cafe tonight for what may be one of their last monthly wine dinners. Chef Cullen will be whipping up a three-course dinner featuring cuisine from Umb ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Italian Culinary Tour and Real Cake Pops in Today's Eater's Digest​ ​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Italian TourIn honor of the 150th of the Italian Nation, the Italian Consulate of Arizona has team up with Valley restaurants to bring you the Culinary Tour of Italy. Experience th ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi's Rome

    ​Danger Mouse has done a lot of things over the course of his career, but Rome, his new album released yesterday with composer Daniele Luppi, may be one of his best projects. As a producer, Danger Mouse (born Brian Burton), has received accolades for his work with artists like the Gorillaz and B ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    2011 World's 50 Best Restaurants: Two Tickets to Denmark, Please

    Getty Images​Those devilish Danes have done it again. Curse their delicious Nordic cuisine! (Not really. Pass the Greenland musk ox, please.) Restaurant magazine and S. Pellegrino's annual "World's 50 Best Restaurants" list is out and it seems Denmark, the land of Lego AND Hans Christian A ... More >>

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    January 25, 2011

    Noca's Italian Wine Dinner and Mexican Pizzas in Today's Eater's Digest​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Noca's Italian Wine DinnerLeave it to Noca to take their January 27th wine dinner to a whole new level of awesome. Not only will the wine be shipped straight to Noca from Italy, the g ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Andrea Volpi of Local Bistro

      Courtesy of Local Bistro Milan-born chef Andrea Volpi fancies himself a gypsy. After learning to cook in his mother's kitchen, Volpi enrolled in a top Italian culinary school; then traveled through Italy and Spain for several years before crossing the ocean and set ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Eat the Worm

    Or just drink the stuff it’s floating in

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    November 30, 2010

    Guido Saccone of Cibo Urban Wine Cafe & Pizzeria

    Phoenix has crazy love to thank for Chef Guido Saccone's pizza and pasta at Cibo Urban Wine Cafe & Pizzeria. Saccone, who was born just outside of Naples, fell in love with the American girl working in Tuscany for the summer, who just happened to be from Mesa. A love story straight out of a fairy ta ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010
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    September 19, 2010

    The Dirty Heads and Sublime at Tempe Beach Park Last Night

    ​There was something about reggae riffs and smoking weed that really appealed to yesterday's Fall Frenzy crowd. In between the harder rockin' lineups scheduled for Friday and Sunday was a hippie day. California bands The Dirty Heads, Sublime and Weezer had a lot to offer locals who enjoy good jams ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Italian Wine Dinner, Christmas in July and Asparagus-Bacon Sammies in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Wines of Italy DinnerFat Cat Restaurant and Lounge will host an intimate 6 course Italian Wine Dinner starting at 6 p.m. tonight in Chandler. Chef Eldon Rose is serving up 6 courses ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Friday Night Vino Tasting, Top Chef at the Market and Cinnamon Swirls in Today's Eater's Digest​Friday Night VinoSample wines from Italy with Damien Kanser from Action Wines at AZ Wine Co. in Carefree tonight from 5:30 to 7:30. Learn about the laws of wine and regions of Italy while enjoying sample of wine from Sicily, Trentino and Tuscany. AZ Wine Co. will als ... More >>

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    June 7, 2010

    Wine Tasting at Capital Grille, Sassi Cooking Class and Chocolate Ice Cream in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Summer Wine TastingStarting today and continuing through September 5th, The Capital Grille will be hosting Master  Wine Tastings every night during dinner. During the first seven we ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Scab "Sublime" Singer To Appear On X103.9

    Does this look like a good place to do a little dancing? Ask X103.9.​The radio station formerly known as "The Edge," X103.9, will host the new singer of "Sublime" on Friday. Rome Ramirez, a chubby 21-year-old California kid who was in elementary school when Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose, w ... More >>

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    February 12, 2009
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    June 1, 2007

    The Heartless Give Punk a Heart Attack

    By Brendan Joel Kelley The Heartless If you missed local pop/punk/rock outfit the Heartless at the band's CD release party recently, you'll want to check out the tracks below (if energetic pop/punk is your thing). When the band dropped its EP This Could Take Some Getting Used To last year I wrote ... More >>

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    March 12, 2007

    Be my guest

    Feeling blue: Roaring Forties rocks My Sunday evening ritual involves HBO (currently Rome, but soon to be The Sopranos and Entourage), a handful of friends in my tiny living room, and snacks -- the more, the better. The group consists of me, my foodie/fashionista friend, and a bunch of hungry gu ... More >>

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    November 11, 2004

    The Prince of Pasta

    Mangia at Marcellino Ristorante

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