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Chicago’s own Spacca Napoli was recently acknowledged by the Consorzio di Tutela Della Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP as the best Neapolitan Pizzeria outside of Italy at this year presentation of the Guida Top 50 in Naples. Earlier this year, the Chicago pizzeria was ranked among the top Italian restaurants in Chicago by Gambero Rosso. “(Owner) J...

Following the New York opening, the best of DOP (Denominazione di Origine Protetta - Protected Designation of Origin) and IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta - Protected Geographic Indication) Calabrian specialties will conquer Chicago in celebration of the partnership between the Region of Calabria and Eataly. An upcoming event at Eataly Chicago ...

Alimentari, the new specialty store and deli from the team behind Williamson Street restaurant A Pig in a Fur Coat, celebrated its grand opening Tuesday. Located at 306 S. Brearly St.— just a minute walk from A Pig in Fur Coat— Alimentari is a European-style market selling select specialty items like meats, cheeses, fresh and dried pasta, olive oil...

The Trumbull County Italian Food Trail offers some of the most delicious Italian dishes you will ever taste. Beth Carmichael, executive director of the Trumbull County Tourism Bureau, says, "We are thrilled to showcase the rich Italian culture we have in our area to a wider audience through this new trail." She continues, "However, the sites are no...

Only a sidewalk sign on Kirkwood Avenue points to the alley where Osteria Rago is located. One of Bloomington’s newest Italian restaurants, which is owned by the same people who own Nick’s English Hut, has been open since Jan. 17. But its inconspicuous location can make it difficult to find. “We haven’t done a lot of advertising to get the masses i...

Starbucks is opening the newest restaurant on Randolph Street, home to big-name chefs like Stephanie Izard and Rick Bayless. The coffee giant is bringing pizza al taglio and more to Chicago next week when it opens the second U.S. outlet of Princi, a bakery from Italy that arrived stateside earlier this summer in Seattle. A New York location will op...

Fortville is one of Midwest’s many tiny Main Street towns. Three square miles. Population 4,000. Famous for a giant statue of a pink elephant wearing horn-rimmed glasses and drinking a martini outside a liquor store. Not exactly the place you expect to go restaurant hopping. Simone and Elizabeth Lucarini see Fortville another way: a budding, easy-l...

CANTON Ownership has changed hands, but the Norcia Bakery recipes are intact, and it seems that everybody loves a pepperoni roll. John Norcia launched the Italian bakery in 1918 and it still is going strong after a century. The Norcia family immigrated from Italy early in the 20th century, bringing the original recipe for bread and hard rolls. Mike...

Benito’s Cafe in Novi plans to add gelato, sorbet, Italian beer and espresso to its menu after a bricks and mortar expansion this fall. “It’s pretty exciting and it’s been in the works for a while. If you go to an Italian cafe in Italy, they have liquor, espresso and you can get gelato, too. That’s what we’ve always tried to strive for with this co...

Sometimes, and often when it's least expected, you  stumble across a restaurant that just seems to radiate joy. There's that  frisson of buoyant anticipation as you walk in and an enveloping  happiness that accompanies you to whatever table happens to be open. It  doesn't matter which one, they all seem to be equally great. That  democratically dis...

The Catanzaro family opened their first fancy fruit and fresh vegetable stand at the old City Market in 1889. Russ Catanzaro was born in 1911. He served in World War II, and then returned home to Springfield to work again in the family business. Russ and his son Joe decided to build their own shop on Dayton Avenue in 1951. When they first opened, t...

CIAP (Chicagoland Italian American Professionals) #39 Presents: The 1st Annual Meatball Fest (September 16th @ Nonna D's - 7109 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402 - 11:30pm to 3pm). $40 for non-members; $20 for members. This is the event you have been waiting for! The 1st annual meatball fest. Homecooks wanted! Bring your homecooked meatballs and parti...