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When Dave Sangalli of Pekin decided to open Sangalli’s Italian Steakhouse at 2217 Court St. in Pekin, his choice of a location was not driven by opportunity or even by its situation on one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares. A major factor in his choice of a site to open a new restaurant was a chance to renew a family legacy. “This location was my...

If you hold the stereotype that a very good restaurant cannot be located in a staid office park, Luca West will change your mind. Luca and Lola Sema opened the western outpost of Cleveland's Luca Italian Cuisine late last year on busy Detroit Road in Westlake. Sequels in movies and restaurants are not sure bets, but the suburban location is humming...

Italy has this thing called “aperitivo.” Go out for drinks after work and get free appetizers. It’s one of those la bella vita traditions I keep wishing would catch on in America. I’m doing my part to make that happen at Sangiovese Italian restaurant on Indianapolis’ north side. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. daily, aperitivo happens at Sangiovese’s bar. Buy...

If you're looking for real Chicago-style pizza, then Salerno's Pizzeria & Bar is your place. You won't find flatbread or brick-oven pizza here, and that's the way the famly wants it. "A lot of pizza is trendy. We're not a brick-oven place," said co-owner Denise Nabat. Adds co-owner and son of the founders, Mikey Salerno: "Everything is homemade. No...

It’s fitting that Palombo’s Italian Restaurant looks like a converted house. The Jackson Township eatery is warm, cozy and inviting with food that tasted homemade (in a very good way). The family-run restaurant opened in 1979—brothers Rick and Mark Palombo took over the businesses started by their parents Anthony and Beverly—but its history dates b...

Onesti Entertainment opened three new food and music venues in one place at the former 27 Live building in Evanston in January. After almost two years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations, Rock ’N Ravioli Italian restaurant, Bourbon ’N Brass speakeasy bar and the Evanston Rocks music hall are now in full swing. Rock ’N Ravioli serves...

Usually what makes a particular spot hot is what it has: A pool table, really cheap booze, good cheap food, hip and energetic atmosphere, or perhaps a wide variety of “hotties.” But for some folks — particularly those of a certain age — what raises a spot’s temperature is what it doesn’t have: Constantly blaring music, too many intrusive TV screens...

Robertino Presta, president and CEO of Chicago-area grocer Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets, is looking for a wide array of products from Italy as demand for authenticity, organic and natural has gone beyond the specialty food segment to become mainstream. We are looking at a wide array of innovative products. Italian producers are always coming up wi...

Canton's Gervasi Vineyard has announced plans to expand its 55-acre, Tuscany-inspired combined winery and resort with a new luxury boutique hotel and distillery. Construction of the two-building expansion is expected to begin this spring, with the projects completed in either late 2018 or early 2019. The winery opened in 2010. The sprawling propert...

Book a table at Livia Italian Eatery—the new Italian spot in downtown Elmhurst—and you’ll see things that will make your head spin and eat food that makes your stomach purr. Every night, giant butcher boards dappled with Italian antipasti—truffled nuggets of gouda, pink curls of prosciutto, and savory mounds of marinated artichokes and briny olives...

The folks behind Sprezzatura, the Italian pop-up concept launched last January, have some new treats in store thanks to a year-long residency at the Phoenix Cocktail Club, 785 N. Jefferson St. Beginning on Monday, Feb. 5, Sprezzatura will debut a special menu of modern Italian happy hour fare every Monday evening from 2 to 6 p.m. throughout 2018. T...

From the outside, Wood Fire Italian Grill looks like just another pizza joint, especially in a county loaded with them. But walk inside and the smell emanating from the pizza oven will quickly make you realize that isn’t the case. “The real people who invented pizza did it with wood fire,” Serradella said. “They didn’t do it with gas.” Wood Fire It...