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This year marks the eighth annual CincItalia at Harvest Home Park in Cheviot. With the 2017 festival comes new food and new vendors, most notably Ohio’s own Corbo’s Bakery. Family-run Corbo’s Bakery first opened in 1948 in Cleveland’s Little Italy. The bakery is best known for its cassata cake: an Italian sponge cake with homemade custard, fresh st...

Stepping into Maria’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in Morris for lunch one day, I immediately noticed something. Maria’s has the charm of Italy without trying too hard. Tables arrangements had a cafe feel. The murals of famous locales blended into the decor. The place mats tell the history and geography of Italy. And the hospitality was among the best I’v...

Everyone understands the risk of handing a Chicagoan ketchup, so what's the right condiment to pass? That's easy. Giardiniera. (Say it with me, "jar-din-air-ah.") It's the quintessential Chicago condiment, one that's as brazen and boisterous as the city itself. This fiery mix contains some combination of pickled chiles, celery, cauliflower, carrots...

Until recently, an olive oil's label and the bottles' position on a grocery store's shelf guided my purchase. Those boasting "first cold press," "extra virgin," "Italian," or similar alleged indicators of quality from the top shelf were what I grabbed and happily used. So I was skeptical when I read that my $25 bottle of oil was likely a sham and l...

After serving Italian beef and more for 68 years, what’s another 18 days? That’s what’s happening until June 3 at Chicago and Grand avenues, as Joe Boston’s Italian Beef, the Chicago street food stalwart for nearly 70 years, announced over the weekend that it will stay open more than two additional weeks. The family ownership, who previously announ...

“Good cooking and a lot of flavor don’t have to take a lot of time,” says Fabio Viviani, chef, restauranteur and TV personality, explaining why he wrote "Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian." His beautifully photographed cookbook is filled with wonderfully accessible recipes. “The whole premise is easy,” he said. Viviani, who lives in the Chicago area now...

Chicagoans will attest that there is no shortage of delicious Italian food in the Windy City. On every corner and from every price point, there’s always an option for handmade pastas (shoutout to the "pasta queen of Chicago" for winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef) or grandma’s bolognaise recipe. And yet, if you haven’t dined at Antoine Ced...

Giardiniera apparently travels well—even more so laden on a dipped Italian beef—which is good news since a new report says Portillo’s is testing delivery at certain locations, including in Chicago. According to Crain’s, Oakbrook-based Portillo’s is testing delivery at its River North location in addition to several other out-of-state stores. "I see...

Iron Chef America judge Mario Rizzotti is coming to Saginaw, bringing his "4 the Love of Italian Food" tour with him. The tour, which visits a different state every month and stops at eateries along the way, was designed to show Americans how to eat themselves into good health through authentic Italian cuisine, according to organizers. Rizzotti wil...

At Salvatore’s Restaurants, it’s all about the family. The owners – Salvatore Coppola, Mike Carannante and Michele Lucignano – are cousins and business partners.  Together, they’ve created an experience for guests at their restaurants to feel like they are a part of one big Italian family, which might be one of the reasons why The Vindicator’s read...

Triano's Pizza, one of the Southwest Side's favorite pizza joints, decided not that long ago that it would tackle the process of making its own Italian beefs. It's a lot tougher than it looks and they nailed the recipe for the sweet, hot and juicy beefs. Since the mid-80s, Triano's Pizza has been a staple in Garfield Ridge, on the city's Southwest...

Despite forecasted temperatures in the 40s and 50s all week, Little Italy's famous frozen lemonade spot is now open for the summer season. Mario's Italian Lemonade, 1068 W. Taylor St., opened quietly last week amid weekend temperatures in the 40s, one employee at the stand said Tuesday. Mario's typically opens for the season every May 1 and closes...