Pizzas, Maseratis, Paolo Soleri's wind bells - the Italian Association is bringing together the finest in local Italian culture this weekend in Scottsdale.
The first Italian Festival of Arizona starts Friday and continues Saturday at SouthBridge in Scottsdale.
The Italian Association, which formed last year in the Valley, is transforming the bridge into an Italian piazza with music, food, jewelry and cars.
"One of our main objectives with this Italian festival is to just start a connection to Italy for Arizonans," said festival organizer Roland Clarke. "We've got the best in Italian restaurants and cooks in the Valley."
The introduction to all things Italian includes wine tasting, Italian food, a demonstration on how to make pasta, and artisans selling hand-crafted items including renowned architect Soleri's ceramic and copper wind bells.
Participating restaurants include Pomo Pizzerria, Marcellino Ristorante, CuttleFish Ocean Kitchen, Avanti, Cibo e Vino and Virtù.
Other vendors include Italian travel planner Fantastica Italia, Italian olive-oil boutique Sogno Toscano, Scottsdale Ferrari/Maserati and singers from the Phoenix Opera.
Paolo Soleri's iconic handmade wind bells.(Photo: The Republic)
What: A celebration of Italian culture, presented by the Valley non-profit Italian Association.
When: 4 to 10 p.m. April 4, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 5.
Where: SouthBridge in downtown Scottsdale, west of Scottsdale Road, south of Camelback Road.
Cost: $10. Children ages 10 and younger free.
Details: italianassociation.org, 480-745-7020.
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