Italy’s economy may be struggling as European Union rivals recover, but there’s one area where the country is an unrivaled leader: ice cream, as demand from sweet-toothed gelato lovers has made the country Europe’s top producer. Italian ice cream makers whipped up 595 million liters (157 million gallons) of gelato last year, or 19 percent of total...

Deano's Italian Grille in downtown Dublin has received national recognition on several occasions, and the staple in downtown Dublin is still going strong. The restaurant was voted number one in the state of Georgia for it's brick oven pizza in USA Today in 2010, according to catering manager Jennifer Thomas. In 2013, it was recognized as "Pizza Wor...

It may be unfair to assess a restaurant on a soft opening or the first big weekend. But there’s something about those early days — like watching a toddler take his first steps — that imbue a food venture with deliberate romanticism. The physical space, the dynamic on the line, the relationship between waitstaff and guests: All of it marries method...

Susan Requena grew up with a love of ravioli and Sunday family dinners at her grandmother's house. "That's what my Italian heritage revolves around. Sunday dinners. Sunday. Two o'clock at Nana's house," Requena said with a smile. "Your meatballs, your sauce, your Antipasto. Those are the things I decided to carry and wanted to pass on. Because that...

Dante Bellucci, executive chef and co-owner of Tartufo in Newton Centre, grew up with seafood in his blood. His hometown Pescara lies in Abruzzese on Italy’s Adriatic Coast and is famous for both seafood and its handmade pasta. It’s no wonder Bellucci found his calling as a chef or that the Tartufo menu is so heavily influenced by fresh seafood. “I...

From the outside, Little Italy Ristorante looks like just another restaurant, but step through the doors and you are immediately transported to a quaint corner restaurant in Italy. Violet Pedraza co-owns and operates the restaurant with Peter Cimino, a Sicilian living in Henderson, Nevada and Adam Talbert, who lives in Illinois. Cimino and Talbert...

Luigi’s Pizza has been serving classic Italian dishes in Frisco for 22 years, aiming to create an atmosphere where the community feels like part of the family. “It’s not like a big chain; we’re family-owned. We know everybody, sometimes we even know what they order,” owner Sebian Bardhi said. Bardhi has owned Luigi’s Pizza on Preston Road for 10 ye...

For years, the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival and the festival’s Pasta Cook-Off have been celebrating the Italian-American traditions and culture that thrive in North Central West Virginia. The Pasta Cook-Off, set for Aug. 26 this year, allows both amateur and professional cooks to compete, said Tyler Terango, president of the festival boa...

True confession: up until about 6 years ago I gleefully lived my life believing a truffle was a delectable orb of chocolaty goodness surrounding a mystery filling of something gooey and delicious. This type of truffle does exist, but to the foodie and those possibly more sophisticated than I, a truffle is much, much more -- and an edible that evoke...

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 6pm. Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream (2017), 57 minutes. Antony Osso, dir. - John D Calandra Italian American Institute - 25 W 43rd St #17, New York, NY 10036Pizza Shop features brothers Carmine (Charlie) and Fiore (Fred) Osso, who emigrated from Belmonte Calabro (Cosenza province) Calabria, in the mid-1960s. For...