Top Five Phoenix Food Stories of the Week

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 Made by Small-Batch U.S. Artisans

Only five years ago, now-commonplace ice cream flavors like sweet corn or craft beer would have caught anyone off guard. But with the introduction of bacon to the dessert course a few years ago, the line separating sweet and savory was forever demolished. These 10 ice creameries craft artisanal versions of classics like chocolate and vanilla, but they also offer wacky one-of-a-kind flavors that will leave chefs and home cooks alike with a dose of inspiration.

Lucky for us, two of these 10 unusual ice creams were brainstormed right here in Arizona, specifically in Scottsdale and Gilbert. A Maine specialty is re-created locally in Phoenix, but only in July; the rest of the time, it has to be ordered straight from the source.

Check out the complete list here.

-Dominique Chatterjee

Ex-California Pizza Kitchen Execs Debut Chipotle-Style Pizza Concept in Phoenix

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 15 years at California Pizza Kitchen (most recently, Morgan and Doyle were with Oregano's Pizza Bistro).

Fired Pie currently has two locations in Phoenix: at the Deer Valley Towne Center, which opened in July, and at the Park Central Mall, which opened last weekend. A third location, in Chandler, is coming soon.

Here's what pizza fans can expect.

-Laura Hahnefeld

Pavle Milic's 5 Best Restaurants for Kids in Metro Phoenix The countdown to Best of Phoenix is on. Mark your calendar: This year's issue will be on newsstands September 26. What better way to warm up than by asking some local "experts" to list their own personal bests? This week FnB co-owner Pavle Milic shares his five favorite spots to dine out with the kids.

Although I was ambivalent about writing about this subject, I decided to do it. So here's the situation: Lorenzo is 4, Oliver is 6, and Hannah is 14. You would think all my kids are "restaurant brats," meaning they'll eat anything. Truth is, they have a dynamic range of tastes and dislikes. Lorenzo is near-vegetarian; Oliver is a die-hard carnivore; Hannah will eat most things. Almost always, the house is the best option to please everyone in the comfort of my own kitchen and stretchy pants. Besides, the house is a controlled environment, and if a meltdown by any were to occur, then I can yell without getting accusatory glances from anyone -- other than my own kids.

So although we mostly eat at home, when we go out, we do have our faves! Here they are:

-Pavle Milic

Kick Ass Kakes Opens New Shop at Biltmore Fashion Park's Union

Kick Ass Kakes, the cake-centric shop in Central Phoenix owned by artist-chef Jay Murphy -- who made CNN news in January for his lifesize Lady Gaga cake -- is expanding its sweet offerings.

In early August, Murphy, a graduate of Parsons School of Design and Scottsdale Culinary Institute, opened The Kak Shop at Union, the locally owned business concept at Biltmore Fashion Park. Here's what sweet treat fans can expect.

-Laura Hahnefeld

16 Favorite Food Movies and Food-Centric Scenes of Valley Chefs

From the heartfelt to the mouth-watering to the ridiculously funny, nearly everyone can remember their favorite food movie or food-centric film scene.

Which ones strike a chord with Valley chefs and restaurateurs? A few you might expect, some you may not, and a few that go way back -- way back -- into the film vault. Check out their favorites then feel free to add your own to the comments section.

--Laura Hahnefeld

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