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I appreciate when a restaurant has a firm grasp on its identity. Come Back Inn, the long-standing eatery at the corner of Swan and Breckenridge streets, is such an establishment. The homey, neighborhood vibe coupled with dishes that are unabashedly covered in bubbling layers of cheese, speaks to the restaurant’s distinction as an Italian-American p...

Laura Norris’ great-grandparents were Italian immigrants, and she grew up visiting them and their favorite Bronx delis. The experience turned her into a lifelong lover of Italian food. But as an adult she also dreamed of one day opening an Italian deli of her own. In late 2013, after a longtime career in non-profits, she opened not a deli but a nei...

Bill and Pam Valentino have moved their Italian restaurant, Billy Vee’s, from Panora to West Des Moines. The couple opened Dec. 8 in an old house on Fifth Street in Valley Junction that formerly housed Tres Amigos Mexican Restaurant. Billy Vee’s seats about 60 in five dining rooms on the main floor of the house, said Pam Valentino. The menu include...

When Katie Lee-Collier opened Katie's Pizza with her father back in 2008, she was a true novice. It took her seven tries to get the first order for a Margherita pie good enough to serve to a customer. She didn't even know how to fold a pizza box. In fact, she didn't know much of anything about running a restaurant, she admits, outside of her passio...

Portillo's has announced the opening date for its 9,000 square foot restaurant in Maple Grove. The popular Chicago-based hotdog chain will open its second Minnesota location at 12251 Elm Creek Blvd N. in Maple Grove on Jan. 23, 2018. Portillo's is known for its Italian beef sandwiches, Chicago-style hot dogs and its old-school style of taking order...

“Life comes at you fast,” certainly not a new adage, and at times can come off a bit cliched. But the turn of phrase still has its basis in truth, particularly when it comes to being first-time restaurant owners and operators. When Cilino’s opened its door for the first time Dec. 17, for a short three-hour soft opening ahead of their grand opening...

The first time Paul Bonacquisti was fired from his job as a DJ, he spontaneously asked his partner, Judi, to marry him. The second time, in 2005, he decided to open a winery. Both were ultimately good decisions: The happy couple has now been together for 20 years, and they jointly run Bonacquisti Wine Company, Denver’s longest-running urban winery.

ScottiBelli’s, the well-known Italian restaurant in downtown Kalispell, is moving down the street to the former site of Genki restaurant. The move was spurred by uncertainty surrounding the future of his old building, as the owner recently sold it, ScottiBelli’s owner Renato ScottiBelli said. He purchased the new building at 302 S. Main St. in mid-...

The holiday season is such a special time of year!  It’s a time to catch up with friends and family, and a time to kick back, relax and enjoy the end of a successful year.  And for most Americans, the holidays mean eating – lots of eating!  The air is filled with thoughts of holiday parties and dinners and many restaurants now offer a number of way...

Pizza making at Rusciano's Authentic Taste of Napoli, North Liberty's newest pizza restaurant, is a savory science that has been passed down for decades in Naples, Italy. Rusciano's co-owner and executive chef Gennaro Rusciano, a Naples native who emigrated from Italy in 2016, knows pizza like the back of his dough-flipping hands. His starter dough...

This morning, Eater published its annual list of the country’s 38 best restaurants, and, for the fourth year running, Boulder’s Frasca Food and Wine made the cut. In his review, Eater restaurant critic Bill Addison calls Frasca’s “the most thoughtful service team in America.” The announcement comes just as Frasca’s owners are preparing to reopen on...

Most people go to Kansas City for the barbecue. I go for the fried rice. The kind I still dream about -- a far cry from the clumpy rice huddled with frozen vegetables that gets scooped into takeout cartons -- is a staple dish of chef Michael Corvino’s namesake restaurant, Corvino, on the Missouri side of downtown Kansas City.The fried rice, which c...