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The quality of imported oil, of the olive variety, is under scrutiny after a 2010 report by the University of California, Davis Olive Center determined most “extra-virgin” olive oils fail to meet U.S. or international standards regarding the content and taste.
NEW YORK — "You must try harder." David Flink, 34, heard those words over and over again growing up in Atlanta — from his teachers, from his father — as he struggled against dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Dina Zappone and her husband, Sal, own Zappone’s Italian Bistro, 1652 N. Higley Road, Gilbert. Reach the restaurant at (480) 218-2338 or ZapponesBistro.com.
NEW YORK — Getting people onboard a cruise ship can be tough. They fear bland buffets, debilitating stomach bugs and a crowd whose idea of excitement is playing canasta.
NEW YORK — The number of U.S. fathers home with their kids full-time is down, from a peak 2.2 million in 2010, the official end of the recession, to about 2 million in 2012, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
Back in my restaurants days, we used to make a delicious summer salad of white rice with peas, shredded carrots and radishes dressed with a dill mayonnaise. It was tasty and filling but, in retrospect, I can't say it was terribly nutritious. But I figured there had to be a way to make it lighter, and there was.
NEW YORK — Jo Frost of "Supernanny" fame is out with her seventh book, and she's taking aim at toddlers. More specifically, she focuses on the thing so many parents dread: toddlers and tantrums.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — If summer in Rhode Island has a taste, it's lemon — or, rather, Del's Frozen Lemonade.
Rene Redzepi's daringly innovative Danish restaurant Noma has reclaimed the title of world's top restaurant.
NEW YORK — Kristine McCormick has spent the years after the sudden death of her newborn trying to forget Mother's Day exists.
NEW YORK — More exotic creatures thrive in the shadows of summer blockbusters. Here are 10 of the most anticipated indie films due this summer, nary a caped superhero or city-crushing monster among them.
PARIS — Without love, what is Paris? And yet what is a trip to Paris without unfettered vistas of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame from bridges over the River Seine?
A betrothed lover, a heartbroken maiden and a resurrection fueled by the passion of love make up the Youth American Dance Academy’s performance of “Giselle.” One of ballet’s renowned stories, it will be showcased April 12-13 at Chandler Center for the Arts.
NEW YORK — Maria Giorno has nothing against long gowns with high waists and flowing fabric — dresses that are designed to camouflage curves on plus-size women.
NEW YORK — Watch out world, Grumpy Cat has hit her terrible twos.
NEW YORK — More women are staying at home full-time to raise their children, according to a new Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.
Sunday, April 6
NEW YORK — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg and the Girl Scouts recently declared a campaign to "Ban Bossy," complete with Beyonce, Jane Lynch and Condoleezza Rice on video, a website full of tips and thousands of fans who pledged to stamp out that B word for girls.
Walter Bergamaschi and Marti Printy Bergamaschi opened Dolce Vita Italian Grocer hoping to bring a taste of the country they love to their Alta Mesa neighborhood.
Dolce Vita Italian Grocer owners Walter and Marti stock hard-to-find pantry staples, meats and cheeses imported straight from Italy.
Gelato Dolce Vita
5251 E. Brown Road
(480) 329-2143 or gelatodolcevita.com
This Euro-style shop, run by Italian-born Walter Bergamaschi and his wife, Marti Printy — both were trained to make gelato near Bologna, Italy — will convince you it’s perfectly reasonable to eat gelato for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Traditional flavors are available, but innovative concoctions like chocolate habañero, lemongrass-cilantro, gorgonzola and walnut, and kiwi-chardonnay are especially mouthwatering. They also serve coffee drinks and make gelato cakes to order. Direct-from-Italy meats and cheeses, along with homemade pasta, are available in the adjoining deli/grocery.
Nielsen’s Frozen Custard
1942 E. Southern Ave., Suite 1
(480) 497-2161 or gonielsens.com
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Dolce Vita Italian Grocer
5251 E. Brown Road, Suite 103
(480) 641-8482 or dolcevitaitaliangrocer.com
Shelves are stocked with authentic items labeled in Italian, from panna da cucina (cooking cream) and sale al tartufo (truffle salt) to Pan di Stelle chocolate and hazelnut cookies sprinkled with icing stars at this Alta Mesa area shop owned by a native Italian and his American wife, who lived more than 20 years in Italy. There’s also a deli counter, where customers can buy meat (porchetta, mortadella, prosciutto crudo, cinghiale), cheese and homemade pasta to take home, or order a sandwich, salad, antipasto platter or pasta plate (think gnocchi or ravioli with butter, sage and brandy) to enjoy in store. The couple also operate a gelato shop next door.
Power Road Farmers Market
4011 S. Power Road
CNG Ranch Market (formerly Pro’s Ranch Market)
1118 E. Southern Ave.
(480) 844-3666 or prosranch.com
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Vito’s Pizza & Italian Ristorante
1947 N. Lindsay Road
(480) 832-3311 or vitospizza.com
Family-owned and locally-operated in Mesa (and Scottsdale) since 1986, Vito brought his Italian childhood and family recipes to Chicago from Ripacandida, Italy, then moved his family west to Mesa in 1974. Inspired by his time in northern and southern Italy, honest food without pretense followed: Pasta, pizzas, sandwiches and a dozen chef specialites are on the menu and available for takeout and delivery.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
1740 S. Clearview Ave.
(480) 654-9099 or carrabbas.com
Alessia’s Ristorante Italiano
5251 E. Brown Road, Suite 108
(480) 396-2888 or alessiasristoranteitaliano.com
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On the U.S. Army’s website are pages devoted to outlining the acts of heroism and courage committed by generations of soldiers. Staff Sgt. Manuel Mendoza’s listing concludes with an intimidating list of accolades accumulated during World War II and the Korean War, among them a Purple Heart and Italian Cross for Merit of War Unit Citation.
Do you consider yourself a food and wine connoisseur? Perhaps you’re seeking to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce stress. Or, maybe you’re a thrill seeker, pursuing your latest adventure. During vacations, you’ve probably squeezed in a good meal, a hike, or maybe a massage. But what if these interests were the focus of your next vacation?