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In the new installment of Scrumptious Sheboygan, the staff of the Sheboygan Press went to lunch at Il Ritrovo, one of local chef Stefano Viglietti's brainchildren.  The translation of Il Ritrovo is "A place to meet." It was certainly a place for your taste buds to meet yummy goodness for sure.  Opened in 2000, Il Ritrovo is known for its pizza, whi...

The chef/owner of popular Lincoln Park Italian restaurants Riccardo Trattoria and Riccardo Enoteca is planning a new spot in the West Loop/Fulton Market. Riccardo Michi is taking over the shuttered Vera space at 1023 W. Lake Street, according to a liquor license application first noticed by Block Club. There are no additional details yet on its nam...

New York-based NoHo Hospitality Group plans to open an Italian restaurant, an American beer hall and a cocktail bar in the new Shinola Hotel in downtown Detroit. San Morello will be an "urban Italian neighborhood restaurant" of 3,700 square feet, according to a statement from NoHo partner Luke Ostrom. It will be joined by the 5,500-square-foot Brak...

Pasta lovers don’t need to fly to Italy to get their fix of pasta and garlic bread. Ohio’s Trumbull County Italian Food Tour maps out some of the best places for Italian food in one of the state’s major Italian communities. In the late 1800s, Italian immigrants started to settle in Mahoning Valley in Northern Ohio. Now, Trumbull County is honoring...

New restaurant Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen opened Tuesday in downtown West Bend. It occupies a historic 112-year-old farmhouse building, located at 110 Wisconsin St., that previously housed Irish pub Dublin’s, and before that, longtime bar and eatery The Binkery. Culaccino serves house-made pasta and wood-fired pizza, as well as a variety of It...

Leo Spizzirri loves cooking pizza, and he loves teaching. The Norridge native, who earned the title “Master Istruttore” (instructor) at an Italian culinary school, has combined those two loves by co-founding the North American Pizza & Culinary Academy at 1970 University Lane in Lisle. Q: What’s your favorite kind of pizza? A: As one of less than a...

Simone Lucarini treasures many a memory from his childhood cooking with his family in his Tuscan hometown of Cortona. He remembers joking and playing with his mother, making a mess of ingredients as they prepared dinner in a bona fide Italian kitchen. It’s those flavors of authenticity that Simone said he and his wife, Elizabeth, intend to bring to...

A longtime Chicago eatery is being celebrated by the city and its fans for being a “cherished institution” known for its dipped (and dry) beef sandwiches. Al’s Italian Beef opened as a small neighborhood beef stand in the city’s Little Italy neighborhood in 1938 and the sandwich itself was said to be the idea of Al Ferrari and Chris Pacelli, Sr. Th...

Liberati Osteria and Oenobeers has announced October 29th as its opening date, a goal that has been more than two years in the making. The brewery and restaurant, taking over a former a printing press transformed into a 12,000 square foot dining room space, has been gutted and resdesigned, with much of the work being done by owner Alex Liberati and...

Trouble & Sons Pizzeria, Whitefish Bay's newest pizza hotspot, is scheduled to open its doors to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Located at 133 E. Silver Spring Dr. in the former home of Roman Candle Pizzeria, Trouble & Sons is the second restaurant from hospitality entrepreneurs Anne Marie Arroyo and Tamela Greene, who also own MOXIE Food + Drink....

Get ready to cozy up Chicago – BAITA is coming! Inspired by the Italian Alps, BAITA (pronounced bye-tah) is an all-new restaurant opening on our second floor Friday, October 19. Meaning "ski lodge" in Piemontese dialect, BAITA is our answer to fighting the winter blues. As the temperatures drop, escape the chilly sidewalks of Chicago and let yourse...

Oconomowoc will soon be home to a new authentic Italian restaurant on the first floor of the Eagles Landing condominium building at 128 W. Wisconsin Ave. Lago Su Bella owner Mike Bertrand said the restaurant will be authentically Italian and not the typical spaghetti and meatballs- and lasagna-type restaurant. “We’re going to have real deal Italian...