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Street crews were outside 1073 W. Vernon Park Place in Chicago’s Little Italy neighborhood because a crumbling piece of the sidewalk Food We Loveneeded repair. A 14-year-old Joey di Buono watched as they poured the cement. As it was setting, Joey decided to write something because that piece of cement was outside his grandparents restaurant: Tufano...

Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen, a second restaurant from the owner of Bibinger's, is opening in late summer in West Bend. It will be at 110 Wisconsin St. That's the former site of Dublin's, which closed this year. Culaccino is projected to open in September. Owner Travis Dowden, whose aim has been to open multiple restaurants, is describing Culacc...

Food, glorious food, is at the Hamilton Farmers Market. Hot fresh food is made to order plus baked and specialty items are available. New food vendors include Reel Flavors Food Truck & Catering, Two Chicks’ Scratch, The Grind and The Montana A Cappella Society fundraiser will offer food seasoning items with a taste of Italy. Reel Flavors Food Truck...

Although we are lucky to have an abundant variety of dining choices in C-U, my quest to find a pizza that reminds me of the ones back home (the Kankakee area, a 90-minute drive north) has been ongoing since I moved to Champaign 19 years ago. Prime Time was the closest, in my opinion, but, sadly, they closed shop several years ago. The kind of pizza...

Como’s, perhaps one of the most unexpected restaurant resurrections in recent memory, is preparing to undergo a big renovation. But before that revamp gets underway, Como’s new owners Peas & Carrots Hospitality will begin hosting a patio bar pop-up called FOMO’s next month. The events will kick off on Friday, August 3 and are expected to continue t...

Co-owners Jason Gray and Derick Crumpacker see a fine line in how to offer an upscale dining experience: they want to strike a balance between casual elegance while avoiding the pretension that some may associate with higher-end restaurants. And the pair, along with their CFO Terri Caskill, may have nailed that balance with Giasone’s Ristorante, th...

Some people love Italian ice so much, they decide to change careers, and devote their lives to it. At least that's the case for a young family near Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood who have set up shop along a busy stretch of Western Avenue. There, they make nearly a dozen flavors a day, using only the freshest fruits they can find. Marisa Cruz and...

A new shop dishing out shaved ice has opened its doors in the neighborhood. The new addition to Portage Park, called Little Lulu's Italian Ice, is located at 5035 W. Montrose Ave. The shop was established by Autumn Bastyr, a mother of twins and professional photographer, who was inspired to start developing her own treats after struggling to find h...

Fruitastic-O, which offers Italian ice and “cream ice,” held a grand opening on July 1 at Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St., where it will be stationed until October. Run by owner Mike Small (second from left), of Mt. Greenwood, and his family, Fruitastic-O offers six flavors of Italian ice, including blueberry, lemon, mango and sour cherry. Th...

According to general manager Patrick Cunningham, there's a man who has a standing reservation at Russo's out in Peninsula in Summit County for every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. until the day he dies. This may be an extreme case of FOMO (fear of missing out) on the part of that eager eater, or a cautionary tale to compel you to make that call right...

One potato, two potato .... If there’s one thing Americans love to eat on the Fourth of July weekend, it’s potato salad. Just ask Vince and Joe Vitale. Back in 1996, only days before the holiday and before Vince and Joe’s became Vince & Joe’s Gourmet Market, the brothers ran out of everyone’s favorite summer salad, throwing customers into a tizzy. ...

Family. Home-style cooking. Meatballs. These are the things that make “Mr. Meatball,” newly opened in Pataskala at 61 E. Broad St., special, say the Pataskala couple who own the enterprise. “We are truly a family business, doing most of our own production, and it’s about as close to home cooking as you’re going to find,” said Don Gullatta, who with...