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Rita’s Italian Ice, the world’s largest Italian Ice concept, has opened a location in Conway in the Lewis Crossing Shopping Center. Rita’s Italian Ice got its start in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, in 1984, and now has more than 600 locations worldwide. Franchisees and owners Tim and Cheryl Nail got their first taste of Rita’s while in Pennsylvania. “Whi...

BRUNCHWIRE — Reginelli’s Pizza is moving into the brunch game with a new Italian-inspired brunch (frittatas, ciabatta French toast). In staying true to its brand, breakfast pizzas are on the menu. Brunch is now available at the Garden District location. [GAMBIT] EATER IDK — Taco Bell’s clothing collaboration with Forever 21 is way cooler than it ha...

Dallas will get a taste of la dolce vita this fall thanks to esteemed chef Giuliano Matarese and business partner Brian Ellard. The duo is getting ready to unveil Mille Lire, an Italian restaurant “rooted in the tradition and authenticity of Italy with an air of modernity.” Named after the country’s former currency, Mille Lire will take shape in Th...

The original Pizza Shack was founded in 1985 on John and Claudia Simmons’ “crazy” idea of opening a pizza place with nothing more than a KitchenAid mixer, their son Michael Simmons said. Michael–who was 5 years old at the time–is now part-owner of the local chain, overseeing the original Willis location and the soon-to-be relocated Montgomery resta...

The Cake Boss is moving to the Alamo City!!! Well, sort of. Buddy Valastro, the celebrity chef who owns the famous Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, NJ, is expanding his Italian restaurant chain, Buddy V's Ristorante, to San Antonio, according to a Facebook post by The Shops at La Cantera. The Shops at La Cantera posted a picture on September 16 of the co...

Nick and Marjana Stojani opened Damiano’s Italian Restaurant in November, and the owners said everything about the restaurant is authentically Italian—the decor, the food and the family. The couple is not new to the restaurant business. They opened a restaurant in Dallas five years ago, which is now managed by Nick’s nephew. The Stojani family move...

Papa Gjorgjo is moving back to Main Street — but this time, the Italian restaurant is moving further east. The restaurant is relocating from its current home at 1600 N. Mississippi to the space formerly occupied by The Quart House, 802 E. Main St. The northern location will close its doors Sept. 18 so owners George and Gay Veliu can begin moving to...

The muffuletta sandwich was born here and it should be celebrated here, so says Mark Subervielle, owner of Nor-Joe Import's, who is putting on a Muffuletta Festival on Sunday (Sept. 10). The festival, organized by Subervielle and Jared Zeller, will pay tribute to the sandwich as well as Italian-American contributions to New Orleans area food and cu...

My first visit to Sassetta was impromptu, which I thought meant that I would be eating pizza alone. But friends materialized—“You? Here? In the Design District?”—and, before we knew it, we were sharing a crudo over a glass of rosé, both of which we all later agreed were the best things we’d had all week. I didn’t think there was a need for a second...

Every neighborhood needs a dependable Italian restaurant and a decent BYOB spot. It’s grand when you spot a new Italian joint with a BYOB policy within minutes of your house. I’ve eaten at Dal Testardotwice. The restaurant is near the corner of Arapaho and Hillcrest in North Dallas. Dal Testardo is truly a mom-and-pop operation. The principals are...

The best part of a romantic comedy is the part where they fall for each other in a montage of tangled dog leashes, diner scenes and raindrops. Movies love raindrops. The montage is a good way to move the story along without dwelling on any one scene. A montage is a good way to tell the story of San Antonio’s Luce Ristorante e Enoteca, with an upbea...

Our city is home to myriad festivals, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have room for more. On September 10, Metairie will host the first ever Muffuletta Festival, a free event in which the iconic sandwich plays a starring role. Nor-Joe Imports (505 Frisco Ave.)will be the site of the food, music, and cultural event that will also include cooking demo...