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You can find hundreds of Italian restaurants around LA, but in fact, there's no such thing as "Italian" food. Rather, this boot-shaped Mediterranean country is made up of at least 20 major regions, each with its own epicurean flair.   To wit: In the north, Piedmont and Lombardy produce rich, creamy dishes and hearty stews. Italy's breadbaske...

by Linda Zavoral   After enduring a few too many entrees that he complained were (A) tepid in temperature, (B) too fatty, (C) overpriced or (D) all of the above, a friend insisted that we try his new favorite restaurant. "I thought this eatery hit one right out of the park," he enthused via email.   We were game and followed the instr...

Longtime Palo Alto restaurant Zibibbo has shuttered after 17 years, owner Rowena Wu confirmed Wednesday. "Zibibbo has closed for good," she said, refusing to comment further.   Jose Sandoval, a San Jose resident who's been a cook at the restaurant for five years, said he was told last Friday that the restaurant was closing. He said the rest...

Chef Matthew Accarrino has just been named one of the Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2014. Born in St. Louis and raised in New Jersey, this American celebrity with undeniable Italian origins is used to say that when he was a child, his dream was becoming a professional cyclist.   However, when a tumour in his leg forced him to change hi...

When word first went out that Lillian's Italian Kitchen, one of Santa Cruz's most popular, and coziest, restaurants, was moving to a vast space just down the street, I heard some worried muttering. Would the Moreno family be able to maintain the homey, intimate atmosphere developed at their little eatery over the last nine years? Relax. "Va be...

Every year, S. Pellegrino releases a list of what they believe are the world's 50 best restaurants. While some chefs, under the condition of anonymity, will tell you it is a popularity contest driven by restaurant PR teams, the list as a whole can still serve as a good guide, especially when used in conjunction with other restaurant ranking systems...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 6 to 8 PMItalian Cultural Institute, 1023 Hilgard Avenue - LA 90024 Fees: $40 ($35 for IIC & NASA members). To register please call 310-824-7408 or email to classes.iicla@esteri.it   Led by Diego Meraviglia - Gold-Pin Pro Sommelier, Master Taster, North American Sommelier Asso...

By Catherine Accardi Peter Mondavi Sr., Napa Valley visionary responsible for the success of his family's winery for more than 50 years died on February 20th at his home in St. Helena, California. He was 101.   Mondavi was born in Virginia, Minnesota, on November 8, 1914, to Cesare and Rosa Grassi Mondavi, natives of Sassoferrato in the Mar...

by Catherine Accardi The September 3rd edition of L'Italo-Americano featured an article titled "Before Ferry Plaza There Was the Italian Farmers' Market". It told the story of the earliest, 20th century Italian farmers' markets in San Francisco. Here we continue the story of California's Italian farmers and food venders of today and how they have...

By S. Irene VirbilaIt's Day 2 of the five-day Vino California festival, with more events celebrating Italian wines to come.   Tonight and Thursday Bar Toscana bar manager William Perbellini will be pouring specially priced cocktails based on Italian spirits for $8 to $10 each from 5 p.m. until closing. Consider the Grappolini made with fresh...

The much-anticipated Palo Alto outpost of San Francisco favorite Pizzeria Delfina is opening its doors at 651 Emerson St. this Sunday, April 13.   The restaurant, which serves Southern Italian fare with a Northern California tilt, replaced veteran restaurant Empire Tap Room, which shuttered in April 2013.   Read more   Source:&...

by Bianca Friundi   North Beach is San Francisco's central hub for all things Italian. Locals and tourists alike flock to the district in pursuit of the perfect pizza or the warmth of their favorite cup of cappuccino. If you take a left on Green Street, just off of Columbus, you will find Italian home cooking at its best! Caffè BaoNecci is...