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  • Dining

    June 19, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    5 Things an Aspiring Sommelier Needs to Know

    During the past few years, we've witnessed the rise of the "celebrity chef," with myriad television shows glorifying a once-humble profession to the point of rock-stardom. With that glorification come the countless folks who dream of dropping out of the corporate rat race, going to culinary school a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Chef Dustin Christofolo of Quiessence Introduces the New Brick Oven Table, Edible Garden and Wine Program

    On Monday, we chatted with Dustin Christofolo, the new executive chef at Quiessence, about how he's prepared to take over the high-profile position at the end of the month. If you missed the first part of the interview you can read it here. Today, we're back to talk about a few new things you'll fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Cibo's Gluten-Free Pizza Is a Life Saver

    Gluten avoiders looking for pizza are like the undead, staggering around moaning, drooling, eyes darting from venue to venue, minds foggy with memories of pizzas past and just enough brain matter left to keep hope alive. After all, we've eaten pizza in Chicago, New York, and Italy, and we know the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week

    The 4th of July is for buying Chinese fireworks and being a proud American. Maya Day & Nightclub is betting that you might also enjoy some music by a certain very famous British DJ. The War of 1812 is still felt pretty acutely 'round these parts, thank you very much. Regardless: Here's five shows ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    7 Things to Eat and Drink in Flagstaff

    This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and 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. Raise your hand if you've already been to Flagstaff at leas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2013

    Gio Osso of Virtù on His Favorite Local Restaurants and What Kind of Chef He Might Be

    Gio Osso Virtù Honest Craft 3701 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale 480-946-3447 See also: -- Gio Osso Will Open Virtù Honest Craft in Scottsdale June 7, With Grand Opening June 13 This is part one of my interview with Gio Osso, chef-owner of the brand new Virtù Honest Craf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Scottsdale's Pomo Pizzeria Moving to Downtown Phoenix

    Pizzeria Bianco and Cibo may be downtown's mainstays for top-notch pies, but on Tuesday, May 28, another pizza powerhouse will enter the ring: Pomo Pizzeria. See also: - Sam Fox's New Seafood Spot, Little Cleo's, Opens at The Yard in North Central Phoenix - Jobot Owner John Sagasta Opening Ice Crea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    8 Favorite Fresh-Baked Bread Experiences at Metro Phoenix Restaurants

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Join the Slow Food Movement and Celebrate Terra Madre Day on Dec. 10

    If you haven't made it to the Biltmore Fashion Park's latest addition UNION -- a mix of 18 small, distinctive boutiques run by local vendors -- mark your calendars to visit on Monday, December 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. for Terra Madre Day. This international event is a celebration of slow food and eating ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Biltmore's Central Bistro Announces Grand Opening Date (We've Got the Happy Hour Menu)

    The construction is finally finished in the former home of Zen32, at 32nd Street and Camelback Road, in the Biltmore Neighborhood. And at 5 p.m., Sunday, November 4, Central Bistro, the modern restaurant featuring flavors from Italy, France, and Spain, opens its doors after nearly nine months of rem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    56: Alberto Della Casa and Letizia de Lucia

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2012

    What's On Your Cooking/Baking Bucket List?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Miss a question? Go here.Go shark-cage diving, get on a JumboTron, sleep w ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 21, 2012
  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Paula Deen to Import Italian Cooking Show, Renamed Food Chain

    Variety reports that Paula Deen, the Queen of Cream, is shopping around a U.S. version of a popular Italian competitive-cooking show. Judging from the available clips, it looks like Chopped but with amateur cooks and Who Wants to be a Millionaire? lifelines. Deen's show will be called Food Chain, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Wine Regions 101: Sonoita/Elgin

    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. One of the consistent columns I'll be writing as the resident 'vine geek' will be about different wine regions around the state, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    What's the Most Expensive Ingredient You've Used?

    Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Miss a question? Go here.It's no secret that top-notch chefs and restauran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    Drew Barrymore Jumps on Celebrity Alcohol Bandwagon -- Shocking.

    ​Not really. Drew kinda seems like the white wine swilling type. Actress, producer, director, Covergirl, Playboy model, Drew Barrymore, known for her role in movie classics such as E.T., Firestarter, Boys on the Side,  50 First Dates, and as Brian the Dog's girlfriend on the animated tel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Ten Favorite Gourmet Pizza Shops in the Valley

    Since pizza -- a basic dish associated with Naples but not exclusively so -- was taken to America by Italian emigrants, shops selling the flat disks topped with goodness have popped up on nearly every street corner. And since most folks have a cherished neighborhood hangout that offers up simple a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Eleven Favorite Ice Cream Shops in Greater Phoenix

    Ever since Italy and France began making iced and flavored confections made from milk or cream in the 17th century, ice cream has become one of the most successfully cool, dairy-based treats on the planet. Not sorbet, ices, or gelato (we promise those lists will come later), here are 11 of our favor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2012

    Burlesque at FilmBar, Vernacular Typography, and Christopher Walken Reads Where the Wild Things Are

    Welcome to the Morning Buzz, a catch-up on interesting happenings around the city and country and a quick guide to what (and who) to keep your eyes on. We'll be here, first thing every weekday, to get you going. Here's what's buzzing this morning:​1. Scandalesque Presents: FilmBar Vignet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Cave & Ives Wine Dinner and Pumpkin Spice Churros in Today's Eater's Digest

    Bakergirl​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Vino & Cucina Join Cave & Ives tomorrow night for an evening of wine and food Portico-style. Hosted by Italian wine expert Aldo Zaninotto from the Vietti and Alois Lageder wineries in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Christopher Gross' Perfect Food Day

    Christopher Gross​ We've known and loved Chef Christopher Gross' French-inspired cuisine for so many years -- we guess you could say we have a "crush" on him - sorry, couldn't resist. For a little fun, Chef Gross likes to fly across the pond and jump on his bike to give it a spin. This is him at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Incoming: Alien Ant Farm, Old School Jam, Stephen Stills, Sublime With Rome, Wale

    ​There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who think Sublime will always be great and those who believe Sublime could only be great as long as Bradley Nowell was around (I guess there is a third kind, too -- people who hate Sublime, but forget about those folks).Either way, it's time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Tempe Bistro's Brett Vibber, Part Two

    Maya Dukmasova Brett Vibber in the kitchen at Center Bistro​Ysterday, Chef Brett Vibber of Center Bistro shared his stories of travel in Italy. Today he dishes more about his childhood in Tempe as the son of two local teachers and working his way up from pizza to fine dining. When did you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Brett Vibber of Tempe's Center Bistro

    Maya Dukmasova Executive Chef Brett Vibber at Center Bisto ​This week we talk with Executive Chef Brett Vibber at the recently re-opened and renovated Center Bistro in Tempe. Born and raised in Tempe, Chef Vibber has traveled far and wide, learning recipes and techniques and approaching pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Crudo Announces Summer Wine Dinner Series Exploring the Regions of Italy

    Crudo​Crudo, the quirky Old Town eatery of inventive raw seafood dishes and handmade pastas, has announced a summer series of wine dinners that will explore the regions of Italy -- a country where seemingly everyone cooks with confidence. Dinners will feature three wines and three courses and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    What's Selling? Top Ten Lists from Valley Record Stores

    Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues ​Want to know what new release discs and platters are moving across the Valley at local record stores? We've got you covered with another installment of What's Selling. Looks like Fleet Foxes are doing pretty well this week, with their heady folk album Helples ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    April 1 In Blogs: Space 55, Pitchfork, Natalie Morris, and Jan Brewer

    ​​​In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Food and Fun at the 2011 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco

    Carol Blonder artful display​ Twice a year, the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT), a not-for-profit trade association, sponsors the Fancy Food Show, open only to the specialty food trade. This year's winter show, held January16-18, at The Mascone Center in San Franc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 20, 2011

    Bead All About It

    Those who adore beads on strings will rejoice

  • Music

    January 20, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Andrea Volpi of Local Bistro, Part Two

      Chef Volpi is a big fan of salads.​Yesterday, we spoke with Chef Andrea Volpi of Local Bistro about his gypsy ways and his life growing up in Italy. Today, the conversation continues... First cooking job: I was a manager at a 14-top place in Chicago in '87. My job was to make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Marcellino's Now Serves Lunch and Pizza

    ​It sounds like things are going really well for Sima and Marcellino Verzino at their stylish new SouthBridge location of Marcellino Ristorante Italiano. The couple recently returned from a trip to Italy and are "thriving" after five months in business, they tell me. This week, they're ampi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2010

    Weezer at Fall Frenzy Last Night

    Luke HolwerdaWeezer on stage at Arizona Fall Frenzy.​New York magazine put it best: "There are few things more terrifying to longtime Weezer fans these days than the prospect of a new Weezer album."That review of the band's latest album -- sarcastically headlined, "Is Hurley Weezer's Best Album Si ... More >>

  • News

    May 27, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Pomo Pizzeria Receives Official Italian VPN Designation

    There's good pizza, and then there's officially good pizza. From its excellent wines to its classic cheeses and beyond, Italy's regional food products are all about strict standards of quality. Pizza is no exception. In fact, there's a trade organization devoted exclusively to promoti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Fry Girl Finds Romance, Italian-Style, at Pino's Pizza Al Centro

    ​An Italian farm boy leaves his home and family behind for the hot sun and his heart's true love in Phoenix, Arizona, where he opens a prosperous pizza joint and lives the American dream. A Lifetime original movie? Hardly, but a delicious story like this one needs to be told.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Will Hello Kitty Booze Turn Kids into Drunks?

    ​ Yet another storm is brewing on the 'net, this one over an adults-only product with oh-so-cute packaging that will appeal to little girls everywhere: Hello Kitty Wine. Yes, Japan's beloved animated feline is all grown up -- as evidenced from the saucy Hello Kitty in a cocktail dre ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 19, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    Chef Marcellino Verzino hosts culinary tour in Italy

    By Michele Laudig This takes the cake for coolest summer vacation idea: Chef Marcellino Verzino and his wife Sima, whose restaurant Marcellino is one of the best destinations in the Valley for homemade pasta, will be leading a weeklong trip to the Campania region of Italy this August. From August ... More >>

  • News

    September 27, 2007
  • Calendar

    September 13, 2007

    Ciao Fun

    Terrence McNally takes us on a Florentine joy ride

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2007

    Italian inspiration at Quiessence

    Jackie Mercandetti Chef Greg LaPrad and sous chef Anthony Andiario ride their vacation high with a culinary take on Tuscany. Fresh off the plane from a trip to Italy, the kings of the Quiessence kitchen have cooked up a tasty looking menu for next week's special dinner (6:30 p.m., Aug. 16, $75 pe ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 28, 2007
  • Dining

    March 1, 2007

    Family Style

    Escargot there

  • Dining

    July 24, 2003

    Sugo Wrestling

    Each go around just kept getting better

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    December 15, 1994
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