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Power in Numbers: Carefree Restaurant Week celebrates its dedicated following

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Jo Gemmill believes there’s power in numbers. Collectively, Carefree’s restarants and coffeehouses—including her English Rose Tea Room—will make their mark with the third annual Carefree Restaurant Week from October 1 to October 11....

‘Best Time of the Year’: Arizona Restaurant Week offers takeout options this fall

By Elsa Hortareas Arizona Restaurant Week is returning this fall, armed with to-go options for those uncomfortable with the dine-in experience due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Set for September 18 to September 27, the week features...

Open for Business: Stratta Kitchen caters to the takeout set

By Kristine Cannon After a four-month delay, James Beard Award-winning chef Alex Stratta’s new Mediterranean restaurant finally opened its doors in August. Located in McCormick Ranch and originally slated to open mid-April, Stratta Kitchen serves the...

Raising Awareness: Desert Donuts to host Parkinson’s fundraiser

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Desert Donuts and the Parkinson’s Foundation have come together to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease (PD) leading up to the foundation’s second annual Moving Day Phoenix event on November 14. Desert...

‘We Can’t Forget’: Amped Coffee Co. pledges to remember 9/11 with memorial

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Keith and Janine Walashek remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks vividly. They recall exactly where they were, and the pain and fear that overcame their bodies. So when Keith heard that at one...

Staying Safe: Pita Jungle takes extra precautions to keep its staff and guests healthy

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Pita Jungle is taking its staff’s health seriously. Restaurant co-founder Bassel Osmani and his partners hired Company Nurse, a triage and reporting service for workplace injuries, to further protect their employees, customers and...

Authentic Italian: Pizzicata treats everyone like family

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Pizzicata owner Federico Venturini considers his guests and employees family at his Carefree Italian restaurant. Guests impart stories of visits to Italy, from which Venturini hails. In turn, Venturini shares authentic dishes like...

Squeeze Play: Breakfast spot raising funds for special needs pups

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The breakfast and lunch spot Morning Squeeze is spending August raising funds for the Be Like Josh Foundation, a local nonprofit that raises awareness about special needs animals. For every dog biscuit order...

Fire and Fun: Kasai Japanese Steakhouse maintains its high energy

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Sapporo in Scottsdale rebranded as Kasai Japanese Steakhouse in November 2018, the move infused new energy into the 11,000-square-foot airy building. Owner Michael Russello says that energy hasn’t subsided at the teppanyaki...

Truly Successful: There’s nothing basic about Tru Burger

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Stuart Gee has literally spent his life in the restaurant business. Growing up in Waterloo, Iowa, he split his days between school and his father’s Chinese restaurant. After college, he worked for Red...

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