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PASATINA FIGS—a breed native to Sardinia—aren’t a common ingredient in the U.S. Yet if you look for the fruit in Houston, you’ll have little trouble finding it. Twenty years ago, Efisio Farris, owner of beloved Italian restaurant Arcodoro in the Galleria area, brought a single stick from one of his father’s trees back to Houston from Sardinia. He p...

Rochester’s Historic Southwest gets its own 187th Street, Little Italy. With the kind of plans Pasquale Presa has for his neighborhood, it makes sense that he’s drawing on the traditions from some of the most significant of all time. “We want to build a true neighborhood place that Rochester is missing. I’m bringing the old ways of how I grew up in...

Few people have had more of an impact on Denver’s current dining scene than Frank Bonanno. The New Jersey native and his wife, Jacqueline, own and operate ten establishments in this city. Mizuna, Luca, Bones and Vesper Loungein Capitol Hill; Osteria Marco, the Green Russell, Russell’s Smokehouse and Wednesday’s Pie in Larimer Square; Salt & Grinder...

Classic lasagna is a top seller at Maggiano’s Little Italy but so is its specialty pasta, Our Famous Rigatoni “D” with herb-roasted chicken and Marsala cream sauce. Maggiano’s version of Italian-American comfort food also includes prime steaks and veal, fresh seafood (including Parmesan-crusted tilapia and lobster carbonara), signature salads, sand...

Michael Busse is sitting in a patio chair with a cocktail, cozied down by the river as it churns past his new River Bar, and he’s got a big grin on his face. “I’m gonna put these mosquitos on the menu, they’re so big,” he laughs and threatens the incessant buzzers. “It’s my happy place here. I wish I had time to enjoy it.” Michael owns, operates an...

When you’d step inside his restaurant, you’d likely see Sam Amato greeting folks by name and pulling up a chair to gab. “He would get your name and life story,’’ said his son Tony Amato. “If you felt at home, that’s all he cared about.” Sam Amato, who with his wife, Ann, owned Amato’s Cafe & Catering, died Saturday at the Nebraska Medical Center...

Quality Italian opened in Cherry Creek North this past spring to the delight of New Yorkers and steakhouse aficionados alike. Spearheaded by owner Michael Stillman, a counterpart to the NYC Italian-American concept debuted in Denver inside of the evolving Halycon Hotel. Executive Chef Franz Hueber, formerly leader of Boulder’s Salt kitchen, adds hi...

Fazoli’s, America's largest fast casual Italian chain, announced the opening of its newest franchised restaurant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota—marking the brand’s first location in the state. The new restaurant, which is set to officially open its doors on, August 1, is located at 4224 West Empire Place. The Sioux Falls restaurant will feature an as...

Portillo’s, the fast casual concept known for its menu of Chicago-style favorites, celebrates the opening of its 50th location on Tuesday and the brand’s first Minnesota location at 8450 Hudson Rd. in Woodbury. Opening at 10:30 a.m., Portillo’s is celebrating the new restaurant with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Portillo’s founder Dick Portil...

MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza Company says it best on their own table cards: “Pure ingredients. Rare freshness. Classical simplicity. Historical heritage.”  The surprisingly chic pizza joint allows diners the opportunity to experience authentic Italian-style pizza—as well as appetizers, salads and desserts—that rival food from Italy itself. While the foo...

Fazoli’s is giving new meaning to idea of a clean plate. The casual Italian food chain has committed to eliminating all artificial preservatives and additives from the food they serve.  They’re calling it, “Naturally Italian.” As part of the new campaign, Fazoli’s is giving away a trip to Italy so you can be “Naturally Italian” too. You can registe...

Parma 8200 in Bloomington in closing, after a seven-year run. The upscale Italian restaurant and bar, operated by D’Amico & Partners, opened in 2010 in the Normandale Lake office complex. The restaurant’s final day will be Saturday, July 7. “As Parma 8200 closes its doors, we look forward to new opportunities,” said co-owner Richard D’Amico in a st...