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While procrastinating partners were scrambling Tuesday for last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts, Deneb Williams and Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou were busy opening Allora, their newest restaurant, in East Sacramento. Both husband and wife love seafood, and Williams grew up surrounded by ocean life in the Puget Sound. But the Italian restaurant’s inspiration...

Farmer’s Table, a thriving East County restaurant, will open a second location in Little Italy later this summer. Its owners, cousins Alberto Morreale and Vincenzo Loverso, are both veteran local restauranteurs — Morreale operates the Fig Tree Café locations around town as well as Farmer’s Bottega in Mission Hills and Loverso owns several Gaslamp r...

Before the group of 25 Italian farmers arrived at Stanislaus State on Feb. 5, they were tourists, making overnight stays in Las Vegas and San Francisco, and the hats and new t-shirts the Italians wore spoke to how much fun they were having. But the moment the farmers reached the University’s sustainable garden, where they were greeted by about 20 S...

Little Italy, which has become the undisputed go-to destination for dining, will be getting its first food hall as part of a soon to debut piazza in the heart of the downtown San Diego neighborhood. Little Italy Food Hall, as it's being called, is conceived as a mini version of the foodie-friendly public markets that have mushroomed in popularity a...

Now open in Roseville, Ciao Restaurant brings classic and contemporary Italian dishes with a stylish modern American take to our area. Front and center in the dining room is owner/manager Miranda, hailing from the medieval city of Lucca in the heart of Italy's Tuscany region, Miranda has extensive restaurant experience and is a master of customer s...

Expectations are very positive, as this is the first show of 2018 after the closing of a very good 2017 for the exports of Italian food and wine to the US. This is what Maurizio Forte, Director of the Italian Trade Agency in New York, told Italianfood.net at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2018 in San Francisco. As for US buyers at the exhibition, Mr. F...

Ah, the cafe latte; it’s the creamy craft of roasted beans, steam and foam in a way that warms the spirit. Few sounds are more heartening on a winter morning than a barista pulling an espresso shot, steam-firing a cup of milk and then swirling the white sheen and foam straight into a cup of dark coffee concentrate. A true cafe latte is a thing of b...

An eight-level behemoth parked at the intersection of San Vicente and La Cienega, the Beverly Center has never exactly enticed as a dining destination during its three decades. That is, until the arrival of Cal Mare—the shopping mall’s ritzy new street-level restaurant that debuted as part of an ongoing $500 million renovation. With its 8,200-squar...

Winter is nebbiolo’s season. We’re talking an old-fashioned winter – a winter when pipes freeze, rivers threaten to breach levees, fog settles in like a cat curled up in front of the fireplace, refusing to budge. That’s the kind of winter that calls for venison sausages braised in wine, meatballs in a goulash sauce, Irish stew with dumplings heavy...

Italian food makers presented quality, new ideas and natural, organic products at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2018 in San Francisco, the most important trade event in North America dedicated to the specialty food industry. The Italian pavilion organized by Universal Marketing with the key support of the Italian Trade Association (ITA, or ICE) was ag...

Never had a slice of real New York-style pizza?  You don’t have to go all the way to the Big Apple. Try lunch or dinner at the new Fratelli’s pizzeria on California Street in downtown Redding. It’s in the spot where Angelo’s Pizza was for 40 years-plus in Foundry Square. Redding-raised brothers Aaron and Brandon Smith opened Fratelli’s (Italian for...

A quiet peacefulness falls across the room as sommeliers make their way around the long tables adorned with snow-white table cloths. The bow tie-wearing sommeliers speak in hushed tones as they discuss the wines they pour for those in attendance who will ultimately pass judgement as to which blends of vino they like the best. It sounds like a scene...