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Why: For lunch, I give you the Godmother. Squeeze it, chomp it, then absent-mindedly swipe your mouth with your sleeve. Some sandwiches you consume. Others consume you. What:  As with all great sandwiches, you realize you’re onto something special by the crackle the bread makes when you grab it. The Godmother fits in your hand like a football – you...

A few weeks ago, chef Mirko Paderno was at the Los Angeles Food & Wine festival, doing what he does. This meant serving soul-warming gnocchetti with beef-cheek ragu out of a big, hollowed-out wheel of Pecorino. Paderno, who recently took over the kitchen at Estrella on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, loves slow-cooked meats and grand presentati...

The ninth-annual Taste of Italy, an evening of authentic Italian food, wine, and entertainment to benefit the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA), will take place on October 14 in downtown Los Angeles. Taste of Italy showcases the region’s top restaurants, and award-winning wineries, as well as live entertainment, chef demonstrations, an...

One of the oldest restaurants in the Valley, Antonio’s was old-school before old-school was cool, though it might surprise even some regulars to learn that it opened its doors under the name Miceli’s. Buoyed by the success of their Italian joint on Las Palmas in Hollywood, which had opened in 1949, brothers Antonio and Carmen Miceli — plus Carmen’s...

Meta replaces Sole, bringing a sunny taste of Italian cooking to the neighborhood. It’s Long Island’s latest mangia magnet. In full, this is Meta Osteria & Barra. In Italy, an osteria refers to a spot less formal than either a ristorante or a trattoria, with modest prices. Meta comes close. It’s a stylish, warm newcomer run by the former Sole team...

Attention Barbera fans; just in case you haven’t heard and you thought you missed it, the popular foothill Barbera Festival has moved to September and is coming up on Sept. 16. One of Amador County’s premier events, the event is held at Terra d’Oro Winery at 20680 Shenandoah School Road outside Plymouth, right in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley....

After eight long years and several setbacks on the official opening date, Piazza Del Dotto has finally opened to the public for tastings and food pairings — fittingly on the 20-year anniversary of the Del Dotto family’s wine journey. Proprietor Dave Del Dotto is calling the family’s third winery “the gateway property to Napa Valley,” as it’s the f...

Having already established three successful restaurants in New York City, Barilla is announcing today an expansion into the Southland that will begin early fall with two new fast casual restaurants. One on the campus of the University of Southern California at USC Village and another at the upscale South Coast Plaza in Orange County. The 2,600-squa...

It’s no small accomplishment to take over a space long occupied by an iconic restaurant and then make the new establishment succeed. That was the task facing new owner Vincent Deshayes and his stepson Francois when they took over the much loved Buona Vita, which closed in May. They reopened it as Casa Vincenzo in June — an amazingly fast turnaround...

We cannot be more excited to announce that the Grand Opening of Enoteca La Storia's Little Italy San Jose Location is just a few weeks away! Enoteca La Storia is the 4thItalian Business to open in the Little Italy San Jose Business District, joining Paesano Ristorante, La Piccola Scuola nel Parco, and Bel Bacio Italian café before them.  Enoteca La...

When they opened Carrara Pastries in a Moorpark strip mall in 2012, brothers Damiano Carrara and Massimiliano Carrara routinely greeted patrons while wearing floppy white chef's hats. On anyone else, the matching chapeaux would have looked downright dorky. On them, the hats signaled an old-school seriousness that has since played out as a classic c...

Fairfax adds a new dinnertime player tonight, with Gesso set to debut in the former Pitfire Pizza space just above Melrose. The restaurant is still operated under Paul Hibler’s American Gonzo Food Corporation label, but offers a starkly different experience than before. With said new experience comes a lot of changes to the decor of the place, too....