• Blogs

    June 9, 2014

    5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

    ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho Today Tonight ZuZu at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale will host a Chef's Table dinner featuring the wines of Castello Banfi of Tuscany. The winery is located north of the Mediterranean in Montalcino, Tuscany and has been ranked as North America's leading wine importer for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Schaefer's Whining About Wine

    Introducing "Schaefer," in which Eric Schaefer -- a local guy with a big (but discerning) appetite and a sense of humor to match -- takes on the Phoenix food scene. Last week, I professed my love of White Castle hamburgers, a food that sits on the lowest rung of the culinary ladder. So, in the int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Gorgona: Wine Produced at Italian Island Jail Destined for Tables at High-End Restaurants

    If we had to go to jail, we'd definitely want it to be the one located on the Italian island of Gorgona, the smallest in a chain that includes both Elba (where Napoleon was incarcerated) and the setting for The Count of Monte Cristo. That's because at this jail, convicts recently produced 2,700 bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2013

    Sneak Peek: First Press Arizona Wine Auction

    For $250 a person, you're probably wondering what is in store at the First Press Wine Auction on February 16 at the Montelucia Resort. If the 5-course dinner and paired wines sound predictable you should know that you'll also get to preview distinctive wines and live auction lots and silent auction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2013

    Greg LaPrad Explains Why Mangos Are Over-Rated and Gives the Best Lecture Ever to Negative "Foodies"

    Greg LaPrad Quiessence & Morning Glory Cafe The Farm at South Mountain 6106 S. 32nd Street, Phoenix 602-276-0601 (Q), 602-276-8804 (MG),, morningglorycafeaz. com See also: -- Phoenix Cold Snap Is Over But What Are the Repercussions For Local Farmers and the Restaurants Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Carefree Station, North, and Other Phoenix Area Restaurants Update Wine Lists for the New Year

    It's always time for wine, but a new year means it's time for something new. Restaurants around the Valley often update their wine lists to reflect menu changes, a new culinary influence or simply a change to what is available seasonally. Changes might go unnoticed, so we wanted to suggest that you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Crudo Debuts $20 Three-Course Chef's Choice Dinner For Summer

    See also: Crudo at New Location: Get. In. The. Car. If you haven't yet treated yourself to an evening at Crudo, chef Cullen Campbell's relocated comfortable and contemporary restaurant of raw seafood, handmade pasta dishes, and killer drinks by cocktail artist and sommelier, Micah Olson (Merc Bar) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Culture

    June 7, 2012
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    May 7, 2012

    Isabella Mannone-Bertuccio of La Fontanella

    There are few places in the restaurant world that can say they've been around as long as La Fontanella, the family-style Italian eatery that made its home in Arcadia long before renovating old houses was the "cool" thing to do. This year, the restaurant, which opened in 1982, celebrates its 29th yea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    Chris Costantino of Cotstantino's Kitchen (Part Two)

    Chef Talk this week has brought you into Costantino's Kitchen, where Chris Costantino is cooking up small, handmade batches of his Grandma Angie's Tomato Basil Sauce. On Monday, we talked about how he broke into the culinary world from his past corporate life, and got the scoop on the sauce that's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    10 More Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas

    ​For all of you procrastinators out there, we've dug up 10 more Valley restaurants that would love you to dine with them on Valentine's Day. (Here's our original list.)This is it though. There isn't going to be anymore help after this. So make a decision and make reservations. You don't want to sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2011

    Thanksgiving Dining Guide 2011

    ​ It's Turkey Time! Time to dirty up every dish in the house after making countless trips to the grocery store for forgotten cans of cranberry sauce or your third box of butter. A day to slave away in a warm kitchen while the rest of your family enjoys a beautiful sunny 75 degree perfect day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    The House at Secret Garden's Wine Dinner and Ox Tail Soup in Today's Eater's Digest​ Seasonal FeastDidn't get enough of dinner under the stars last week? Well, here's your chance to really have dinner under the stars on one of the best patios in town. South Phoenix's House at Secret Garden will be hosting a "Four Seasons Around the World" wine dinner to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Five of the Most Expensive Cheeses in the Universe

    ​There's a lot of weird cheese floating around out there on the Internet. But you don't have to be a foodie to know that you can't put just put any old hunk of curdled milk in your mouth. So for the true cheese connoisseur, we bring you five of the most expensive cheeses in the universe. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Grown Up's Table at Beckett's Table

    Carol Blonder Beckett's Table​ Right down to the name, Chef Justin Beckett has centered his Arcadia neighborhood restaurant concept, Beckett's Table, around a stunning, reclaimed black walnut community table. Last night he took it up a notch with a new concept, the Grown Up's Tab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Gayle Shanks' Perfect Food Day

    Gayle Shanks​Gayle Shanks is co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. We're big fans of Changing Hands. Shanks is an expert bookseller and all that, but a girl's gotta eat, right? We want to know where. She gave us her take on food: "I love food that is fresh and locally grown and cooke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Kai to Host Three Summer Wine Dinners

    Wine Bohemia​Whether it's a special occasion or simply another way to celebrate our love of good food and fine wine, Kai, Arizona's only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Award-winning signature restaurant, is giving us three good reasons to splurge this summer. Pairing its award-winning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Olive Garden's "Culinary Institute" in Tuscany: What the Hell is Happening Over There?

    Hanover Signs​Poor Olive Garden. First the Italian food chain got tagged for accidentally serving a child sangria ("Mom, dis Kool-Aid makes my sgetti bwurry!"), now it's the target of recent internet buzz with tales of what really goes on at its infamous Tuscan cooking school. You can almost hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Wine Tasting at Avalon and Kettle Corn in Today's Eater's Digest​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Avalon Wine TastingTonight, join sommelier David M. Johnson at the stylish Avalon Restaurant in Scottsdale for an exciting and informative red wine tasting event. Sample 5 different styles of r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Mother's Day Dining Guide: Phoenix and West Valley

    The Farm at South Mountain​ It's time to give it up for moms. Yes, this Sunday is Mother's Day and if you've already made reservations, the rest is pie. If you haven't, however, here are some of the places in the valley that might have a few extra tables. After all, it is the busiest restaurant h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    "Sophisticated" Reality TV Returns with Top Chef Masters, and Tucson Makes Food Wars Watchable, in This Week's "TV Dinner"

    Wading through the grease pit of bland food, cooking, and eating shows focusing on cheap shopping, bogus belly busters, and chefs more familiar with cursing than conjuring up a decent dish, we've paid our dues to the TV gods (Kraken release avoided!) -- at least for the time being. In return, we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Ristorante Tuscany Gets Revamp, Becomes Tuscany

    ​It's a makeover just in time for spring.Ristorante Tuscany, the upscale Italian eatery at JW Marriott Desert Ridge, has been transformed into a new spot called, simply, Tuscany.Although the restaurant did not close down for the transition, it's undergone quite a few changes to become a more casua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    April 2 In Blogs: Joe Arpaio, Peachcake, Ristorante Tuscany, and Don Stapley

    ​​​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: Feathered Bastard: Joe Arpaio's Secret Immigration File: Rants, Threats, and Hate Site Literature Joe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Chef Talk: Peter DeRuvo, Sassi

    ​Peter DeRuvo's come a long way since he started as executive chef at north Scottsdale's Sassi a couple years ago. Since he's been in the kitchen, the beautiful Italian restaurant has received the AAA Four Diamond award, a high honor indeed. Part of Sassi's appeal is its ever-changing menu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    This Just In: Chef Line-Up for West of Western

    Wasn't it just New Year's Eve? Weren't we just shivering in our sweaters and jackets? All of a sudden it's March, and it feels like summer's right around the corner. No complaints from me, buddy. I love this time of year, not only because of the balmy weather, but because there's so much to do ... More >>

  • Film

    September 25, 2008
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    February 29, 2008

    Get ready for West of Western

    Don't spoil your appetite on the weekend of March 15 and 16! That's when the West of Western Culinary Festival will bring a jaw-dropping lineup of some of Arizona's most high-profile chefs into one central location for guests to sip wine, sample delicious foods, and socialize all afternoon. Consid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2008
  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2007

    West of Western Feeds Downtown

    Courtesy of West of Western Great chefs of the West: Cookin' up a storm at the Arizona Center Thousands of growling bellies will descend on the Arizona Center this weekend for downtown's most delicious event of the year -- West of Western Culinary Festival -- and they're all sure to leave s ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 9, 2006

    Farm Fresh

    La vida local

  • Culture

    June 1, 2006

    Skip Town -- For Real

    Minimize expenses and maximize culture shock

  • Culture

    March 16, 2006

    Have Glue Gun, Will Travel

    Crafting on land and sea

  • Film

    May 27, 2004

    Fear Factors

    Conspiracy and greed confront the wonder of childhood in I'm Not Scared

  • Film

    September 25, 2003

    Tuscan Raider

    Diane Lane indulges in Italian pleasures, while ignoring those of the source material

  • Dining

    June 12, 2003

    Resorting to Anchovies

    The clean, sparkling flavors that epitomize regional Italian cuisine

  • Music

    August 3, 2000

    Gimme Indie Rock

    A pair of Valley talents team up for a split delight

  • Dining

    June 1, 2000
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    May 27, 1999

    Haute Streak

    Picasso / Le Cirque

  • Dining

    December 17, 1998
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    October 29, 1998
  • Calendar

    May 21, 1998

    Night & Day

    May 21 - 27, 1998

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    February 6, 1997
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    September 26, 1996
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    June 1, 1994
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    November 11, 1992
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    January 10, 1990

    Kvetcher in the Rye

    Hollywood Deli & Bar, J. Philips Gourmet Deli & Restaurant

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