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Woodbridge Winery plants to celebrate the grape harvest with fine wine and Italian food next week, and Lodi wine lovers are invited to take part. Festa dell’ uva! — Italian for “grape festival” — will be held under tents outdoors. The long table covered in a traditional red-checkered tablecloth encourages guests to make new friends and enjoy a dinn...

After almost 25 years of white-tablecloth, pasta-heavy restaurants, Bravo Brio Restaurant Group is lightening up. Columbus-based Bravo Brio is experimenting with an updated concept called Coastal Bar and Kitchen. The concept focuses less on heavy Italian staples such as lasagna — though you’ll still find it on the menu — and more on smaller plates,...

Joe Marty’s, the storied, baseball-themed bar and restaurant,served decent enough ballpark-inspired food when it reopened in late 2015, under new ownership and after a full rehab of the fire-damaged, long-vacant space in the historic Tower Theatre complex on Broadway. But I did not feel a need to go back after I reviewed it last year, since my revi...

If you are unable to take that European vacation this summer—you might want to check out Casa Vincenzo. Here the Deshayes family, French transplants who had been living in London, serve an Italian menu with European charm and the sort of relaxed, laid back service you'd expect from the bistros and trattorias of western Europe. If you ever frequente...

Situated inside the ethnically complex McIntyre Square, just off 10 Freeay at Citrus Street (the freeway virtually exits into the mall), Vincenzo’s Terrazza Ristorante is the destination restaurant for grownups. Vincenzo’s shares the center with a branch of 85 Degrees C, the Dog Haus, Classic Burger, Gelatissimo, Sunrise Donuts and the wonderfully...

Tell Rosa Catalano that you don’t eat pasta and you’ll get the evil eye, cast in a way that makes you almost fear this lovely 85-year-old, Sicilian-born nonna. From Rosa’s perspective, the anti-carb set is made up of easily-dismissed Philistines not worthy of her culinary love and attention. “These people are crazy,” she said last week from her Old...

Without the benefit of computer files or even quill and parchment diaries, the birth of the world's first vineyards is the stuff that wine lovers can only dream. Was France's great Hermitage planted by a reclusive knight, repenting his sins during the Crusades? Did the vines of Italy's Lacryma Christi spring from the tears of Christ? Like Santa Cla...

The artisanal-food revolution is the fetishization of the human hand. Deindustrializing certain components of food production has been key to reinvigorating our love of real food in what’s otherwise an inglorious and hollow McWorld. It’s a renaissance that could be captured in image of 10 flour-covered fingers in a mixing bowl. So we have A Mano, t...

Sacramento has had phenomenal Italian grocers for decades, but until recently the Italian restaurants didn’t follow suit. Yes, there’s Biba, that iconic fine-dining institution so famous that its namesake earns nationwide respect. But really, if you wanted good pasta on a weeknight, your best bet was Corti Brothers, the (late) Italian Importing Co....

Napa Valley is known around the world for its wine. But good wine tastes even better with good food, and downtown Napa seems to have magnetic qualities when it comes to attracting good chefs. Wander around this walkable city, and it won’t take long to realize downtown Napa knows how to eat well. And with Ca’Momi Osteria's authentic Italian, life ju...

Royce Burke has never owned or run a restaurant, but his pop-up cooking at local spots like Chimney Coffee House and the Arts District’s excellent Daily Dose Cafe have garnered him a lot of fans. Now he’s embarking on his own brick-and-mortar shop in Chinatown. Say hello to Secret Lasagna, a late-night takeout and delivery joint that will begin ser...

It’s tough in the restaurant business right now; many places are suffering declining business as customers switch to pre-made foods picked up at grocery stores or even meals delivered prepared for home cooking. Not Domenico’s. “This year is better than last,” owner Mike Rhodes said. “And our catering business is up as well.” Rhodes said they do sev...