It’s tough in the restaurant business right now; many places are suffering declining business as customers switch to pre-made foods picked up at grocery stores or even meals delivered prepared for home cooking. Not Domenico’s. “This year is better than last,” owner Mike Rhodes said. “And our catering business is up as well.” Rhodes said they do sev...

Thanks to a couple of guys toiling away at pasta machines in Williamsburg, the pasta noodle is finally coming out from behind the red sauce. Sfoglini Pasta is selling hand-made, dried pasta in unique shapes and ingredients that are pleasing the taste buds of customers across the U.S. “When we started we saw an opportunity for dried pasta made with...

Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo is dedicated to using the freshest, highest quality ingredients in his authentic, traditional dishes, and has created new summer menus, with some dishes utilizing “Grani Antichi” (ancient grains), which he’ll demo on June 27th at ICC. Chef Gnazzo will conduct the demo, along with owner Gianfranco Sorrentino and Catering D...

Chef Pat Trama grew up in an Italian American family steeped in traditions that focused on faith, family and food. While he was offered a full scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America, he gave it all up in order to work with the likes of powerhouse chefs Charlie Palmer, David Burke and Pino Luongo, before eventually going back to his roots...

San Antonio is a lot of things, but it isn’t a bastion of Italian cuisine. Unlike New York, Boston, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Chicago and San Francisco, the city didn’t experience the huge wave of Italian immigration that many other U.S. cities did during the early 1900s. Consequently, our choices beyond pizza or spaghetti and meatballs have been me...

A long standing landmark restaurant and music venue in the Delmar Loop closed its doors for good this weekend. The owner of Cicero's says it’s with an extremely heavy heart that it was their last day in business. The chairs are now up, and the doors are officially closed at Cicero's.  The restaurant’s owner said it's been a great run and she would...

Livoti’s Old World Market will soon provide locals a taste of Italy as owner John Livoti, prepares to open his third and largest location at The Marketplace at Middletown on Route 35. This week, his team of workers was putting the finishing touches on the approximately 15,000-square-foot store. Livoti said he hopes to hold the grand opening on July...

IT’S OFFICIAL: The fourth annual Taste of Italy Houston wine and food fair will be held on Sunday (trade) and Monday (trade, media, and consumers), January 28-29, 2018. And many of the exhibitors will also be presenting their products and meeting with trade members at the Savor Italy event to be held in Los Angeles on January 25-26 (click here for...

The hype around San Marzanos, the sweet Italian plum tomatoes from Campania, has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Sweet, pulpy, low in acidity, and containing few seeds, they are said to be extraordinarily good for making sauces—and basically the only recognized name in the canned-tomato game. The long, meaty tomatoes are actually structurally...

Dan Madaffari, owner of MadaVera’s, an Italian bakery and New York style deli, has been involved in the food industry in Florida for decades. With 25 years experience in restaurant management — overseeing everything from advertising and marketing to hiring — he managed corporate food chains, as well as launching new restaurants for private individu...