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It is an ode to the history of the city with an Italian twist. The historic Oceanside Blade-Tribune News building at 401 Seagaze Drive has found a new purpose — as an Italian restaurant. John Carlo Ferraiuolo and Mario Cassineri have joined forces as the two renovate the inside and will open its doors early next year as Blade 1936. The name is a tr...

You’re probably thinking the same thing I thought when I saw the word “Sagra.” Even though I have 100 percent Italian heritage, I wasn’t familiar with a “Sagra,” but it is the perfect Italian description since it means “anniversary festival.” Roberto Vigilucci, (friends and family call him Roby), since 1994 a highly successful restaurateur in North...

The Mediterranean Diet as a model of proper eating, as a balanced and sustainable lifestyle for both health and environment, was the main topic of the third edition of The Week of Italian Cuisine in the World. Promoted by the Consulate General, the event was held from November 12 to 18 and offered a rich calendar filled with masterclasses, workshop...

A catchy Italian pop song by Lucio Dalla cuts through the stillness at lunchtime at Oliver’s Osteria in Laguna Beach. The dining room is otherwise quiet, leaving me alone to contemplate the elegance of my cacio e pepe. It is the most stunning plate of pasta I’ve eaten in a long while. The pasta are rigatoni, toothsome and nicely chewy, slicked with...

Over the past 17 years, Bella's Pizza Villa has been serving up quality pizza and Italian food to its customers as well as the community it calls home. "We care about taking care of the community," LaDonna Olson said, who along with her husband Bill, are the owners and operators of the restaurant. "We've grown with the city, and we just love it her...

We believe the best way to learn about wine is to drink it. And what better way to learn about wine than from the winemakers themselves? On Thursday, November 28, join us at Terra to discover the wines of Musella Winery. We are especially excited to welcome Musella Winery winemaker & Owner, Maddalena Pasqua di Bisceglie, who will join us to chat ab...

Downtown Berkeley gelato shop Almare is turning 10 this year. Almare prides itself on being a real-deal Italian gelateria; it was opened by Treviso native Alberto Malvestio, who learned how to make the Italian-style ice cream from his great uncle Dino. Four years later, Simone Arpaio, who hails from Turin, joined the business as co-owner. Almare ma...

The success and endurance of pioneering San Francisco restaurant Delfina might come down to a bowl of spaghetti: a humble, eternal dish served with warmth and simplicity night after night. It still makes chef Craig Stoll marvel. “Our most famous dish is spaghetti with tomato sauce,” he says with pride and a little wonder. “But hey, if you want to c...

Carlo Mirarchi takes a brief pause from his lunch to start rifling through his phone. “You want to see something crazy?” asks the chef and co-founder of Roberta’s and Michelin two-starred Blanca in Brooklyn. When he turns the phone around there isn’t anything that wild—just a picture of the indelible Roberta’s sign. The scraggly red font had come t...

Entrees were the stars at our recent dinner at Lillian’s Italian Kitchen. Along with glasses of rich Eberle Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 ($12) and an excellent Bonny Doon Vineyard Cigare Volant 2012 ($13), we shared a salad of roasted beets, arugula and candied walnuts tossed in a vinaigrette with gorgonzola ($12). Sweeter than most antipasti salads, it...

Rich, sweet, and fluffy, panettone is Italy's most famous holiday cake. Get into the holiday spirit and find your favorite one during our Panettone Festa on Saturday, December 1 from 12-6 p.m. Enjoy complimentary panettone tastings, along with specially-paired wines by the glass from our wine cart.  Literally translating to "big bread," panettone i...

If you don’t have the budget to go to Italy to mangia, you can still find unique Italian dishes here in Southern California. North Italia, the modern Italian concept from restaurateur Sam Fox, has locations in Santa Monica, El Segundo and Irvine. Regional brand chef Sam Sleman oversees the innovative menus. He says, “I love to cook because food is...