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Fazoli’s, America’s largest fast casual Italian chain, announced today the opening of its newest franchised restaurant in Milldale, Connecticut. Located at 1875 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, the new restaurant will celebrate its grand opening with the Southington Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 23 at 4:30 p.m. and will off...

Roger Savini, owner of Savini’s Restaurant, was eating Italian food on Rathbun Street before he was even born, at least according to family legend. Grandmother Anna Savini was a cook at the restaurant’s predecessor, the Sons of Italy, in the 1940s, and when her pregnant daughter came in for a meal, she’d tuck an extra meatball beneath the pasta jus...

We're not exactly sure what qualifies a pizza to carry the designation "New York Style." Is it a chewy-yet-tender crust, a minimum of sauce, or a certain structural tendency that might be described as "fold-ability"? Gino's Pizza and Grill, a pizza operation in Agawam, proclaims it produces just such a big city pie, but whether or not their handiwo...

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has a lot of love for Boston's food scene, which isn't a surprise considering he's opened a few ventures in the Hub over the years."The Chew" co-host is back in the city this week for the 2017 Inbound conferencein the Seaport, so expect him to stop by some of his favorite restaurants while he's in town. Batali tells Metr...

To my fellow gluten-free eaters, I have good news for you: it is possible to eat a quality, fulfilling Italian meal in the North End — and you don’t have to limit yourselves to just salad or risotto. There are a number of establishments that offer gluten-free options, but one of my favorites is Benevento’s, an affordable semi-casual joint that offe...

This week Chef/Restaurateur Vinicio Llanos of the popular Arezzo Ristorante & Wine Bar located alongside the tranquil Saugatuck River in Westport, CT, introduced his newest CT venture, Le Madri, to the town of Bethel. This family owned and operated restaurant, bar, and event venue features rustic Italian cuisine set in an open and contemporary spac...

Students returning to campus in early September were greeted by a new restaurant on Main Street’s North End. With its wooden gate, black-and-white woodwork, and neon sign, Osa is definitely eye-catching. Inside, the pitched ceiling and long table at the center of the room draw the eye to the bar and a view into the kitchen. Osa is the brainchild of...

Sixteen Fifty Two opened its doors amid the hustle of August and its owners say they have created a kitchen staff and front of the house team ready to cater to locals year-round with authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed yet, sleek bar/dining room at 1 Ocean Ave. Owner-operator Huw Collins had never opened a restaurant before last month, but he kn...

Just as eager freshmen trade out their high school uniforms and Lily Pulitzer for Birkenstocks and flannels, owners of downtown Waterville’s Itali-ah Market and Restaurant have similarly decided to “reinvent” their shop for the upcoming year. Itali-ah caters to all diners, whether they want to have nice sit down meal, need Italian cooking supplies,...

One of the five entrepreneurs who failed to win a vacant year-round liquor license the city put up for grabs in May has gained a seasonal license to launch a new West End downtown restaurant. Simon Prudenzi and his Roman I LLC of Gloucester won the approval of the city's Licensing Board this week to sell alcoholic beverages at a proposed restaurant...

Patti Fortuna-Stannard was just a little bit nervous. She kept checking her phone as the hours ticked past 10 a.m. on Tuesday, wondering when public television Italian cooking icon Mary Ann Esposito would be arriving at her family's business, Fortuna's Sausage & Italian Market, to film an episode of PBS' "Ciao Italia," the longest-running cooking s...

There’s new equipment and a new look inside, but the same classic food Billerica residents have come to love will remain when Mangia Mangia Italian Kitchen reopens later this month. Mangia Mangia Italian Kitchen, located at 430 Boston Rd. in Billerica, has been closed since May 2, when an electrical fire in the kitchen burned overnight. The reopeni...