Never underestimate the power of a properly made meatball sandwich. It’s not a sexy sandwich, as it’s pretty much designed to explode, wilt, and melt into your mouth. But with the right components — a bright marinara, light but rich meatballs, enough melted cheese to cover but not smother, and a properly toasted bun — it’s inhalable magic. The meat...

Quando si dice Italia si dice cultura del cibo e prodotti gastronomici di qualità. Ma in un mondo  su cui pesa sempre più l’impatto della attività antropiche, con una popolazione crescente e risorse sempre più scarse, l’industria alimentare e il made in Italy affrontano nuove e decisive sfide. Di questi temi si è parlato alla Montclair State Univer...

Shake Shack isn’t enough to satisfy Mall of America visitors with East Coast-bred eateries. Coming this summer, Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro Jr. of TLC’s “Cake Boss” is opening a Minnesota outpost of his Carlo’s Bakery. What started as a humble Italian pastry shop in Frank Sinatra’s hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, is now a growing national chain thank...

While the majority of the buzz at the Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club’s (9011 Collins Avenue) new restaurant offerings is around Thomas Keller’s upcoming 2018 project, there is another opening worthy of note. Late last month, the legendary Postanio hotel, which houses Michelin-starred La Sponda restaurant, set up a restaurant and champagne bar...

A.G. Ferrari, a small chain of Italian markets that’s been in the Bay Area for almost 100 years, is closing its four remaining cafe-delis on May 1 to focus on its import business. Founded in 1919 by Annibale Giovanni Ferrari as an Italian store called Parisian Delicatessen, the company in more recent decades had as many as 13 retail stores in the B...

We all love it and eat it, and we may even be somehow knowledgeable about how to prepare some of its most representative dishes, but what do we really know about the history of food in Italy? Why does the country have such a long and prestigious culinary tradition and how did the way Italians eat and cook evolve throughout the centuries? Let’s face...

Ferraro’s Kitchen & Wine Bar is in a former bait and tackle shop on the mainland side of 79th Street. The space was transformed into a modern Italian restaurant with one wall filled with wine bottles, a black polished granite counter with high green chairs and a patio in back with tables shaded by canopies. It is open with plenty of light from fron...

The people who work at one East Tennessee restaurant joke that everything is breaking down except the owner of Mama Mia's. She is 91 years old. "I'm not going to quit until I go bye-bye," Lottie O'Brien said with a laugh. She's baked bread in a particular oven since 1956 when she ran a bakery up north. "We had that one in the bakery in New Jersey....

You have to try it. That’s what people had told me about Mamma Onesta’s in Lockport. So a friend and I stopped one day when we had to be in downtown Lockport anyway. One step inside and we were struck by its Old World elegance and café charm. I quickly snapped a couple pictures and sent them to a friend I thought might appreciate them. “Mamma Onest...

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 From 10:30 am To 1:00 pm - When: Italian Cultural Institute, 1023 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 Organized by : Lingua Viva & IIC - Entrance Fee: $50.00 (IIC members)/$55.00 (non-members) *To register please call (310) 824-7408 Alessandra “Ale” Gambini is a LA-based Italian food blogger, recipe developer, host home...