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A new Italian general store by Tony Gemignani—12-time world pizza champion and owner of Tony's Pizza Napoletana—is now open in North Beach at 629 Union St. between Columbus and Stockton. Giovanni Italian Specialties carries handmade pasta, fresh foccacia, meat, cheese, imported goods from Italy, and other items. The store is named after his son, Gi...

The Lemon Grove Historical Society and the City of Lemon Grove will continue the Business Recognition Series by honoring Lido's Italian Foods on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at the city council meeting in the Community Center, 3140 School Lane, when Mayor Raquel Vasquez will present the restaurant's owners with a city proclamation, Miss Lemon Grove will presen...

Accursio Lota came to the United States with the American dream in mind. He played the drums, and was drawn to California because of his love for American rock music. However, his passion for music was outweighed by one thing – his passion for cuisine. Originally, Lota comes from the small coastal town of Menfi, Sicily. Growing up in Italy, he was...

Thursday, November 16, 2017. From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm. Italian Cultural Institute. 601 Van Ness Avenue, Suite F. San Francisco, CA 94102. Free Entrance. The city of Mantua and its surrounding region, East Lombardy, have been selected by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism as the 2017 European Capital of Gastronomy. O...

As the winter months cool the oak trees and turn the Central Coast vines bare and dormant, Antonio Varia, executive chef and owner of the area’s favorite Italian restaurants, Buona Tavola in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, will be finding new ways to serve up his truffle mushrooms, polenta and risotto. Winter is the perfect time for Varia’s Osso B...

It must be tough to open an modernist, artisanal pizza place near the Pier in wild and wacky Hermosa Beach, just a few doors down from the much loved old school pie and pasta joint called Paisanos. It sure looked that way on a recent Saturday night, when there was a line out the door at Paisanos of locals hungry for a slice served on paper plate, a...

Barilla is more than just dry pasta served in a blue box. That’s the idea behind a string of restaurants launched by the global pasta maker, known more for its boxed pasta and ready-to-eat sauces found in dozens of grocery stores around the country. The company, founded in Italy 1877, is opening its first two fast-casual Italian eateries in Souther...

Basking in the success of its first California store, the Italian food market chain Eataly is preparing to open a huge food theme park next week. Eataly World, in Bologna, Italy, is making final preparations for Wednesday’s opening. The 20-acre park has 40 restaurants and a 97,000-square-foot market. Admission is free, but you do have to pay to eat...

It’s finally here. Eataly—fronted by Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich, along with Bastianich’s son, Joe, and founder Oscar Farinetti—is a sprawling, 67,000-square-foot ode to Italian cuisine that opens three floors and multiple concepts within the Westfield Century City mall today. Part market, part restaurant, part food hall, part desserterie, pa...

For all the economic dynamism of the United States in the post-WWII era, America’s food wasn’t so dynamic. It was an era where modernism made processed food prized. TV dinners made meal prep easy and Tang sent astronauts to the moon, parents would remind their children. And you can’t argue with an astronaut. But, eventually, the spell was broken an...

Long before Napa became California’s wine center, Secondo Guasti, an immigrant from Piedmont, Italy, established himself as the state’s wine king. Guasti’s vineyard and town, located approximately 40 miles east of Los Angeles, was synonymous with Southern California wine, and served as a catalyst for Italian chain migration. In search of a better l...

Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) forges ahead its Certification Course in San Francisco, USA, and welcomes 10 new Italian Wine Ambassadors and 1 Expert (the higher title). With an overall of 116 Italian Wine Ambassadors and 8 Italian Wine Experts to date, the San Francisco edition, held from October 16th to 20th, closes the third year of worldw...