After working in New York wine bars for the last 20 years, Lauras Grigaliulas decided that he wanted to bring a cozy neighborhood wine bar to Chicago, and thus, Lago Wine Bar was born. The rustic Italian restaurant in Lakeview features “cicchetti,” or Venetian tapas, small-plate dining meant to be enjoyed with a glass of Italian wine. “We have smal...

Fairsted Kitchen bid farewell to Brookline on New Year’s Eve, but owner Steve Bowman has already replaced his beloved restaurant with a new one: Grassona’s Italian. It’s not that Bowman didn’t still love Fairsted — he loved it very much — but rather he felt it was simply time for a change. “Some restaurants — like the French Laundry, for example —...

The humble tomato has sparked a fierce debate between two of Italy's southern regions, which are arguing over the right to claim the foodstuff as their own. The row kicked off when Naples requested an IGP (Protected Geographic Indication) denomination for Neapolitan peeled tomatoes.  After Naples, the capital of the Campania region, submitted its r...

Baci Perugina, the iconic Italian chocolate brand recognized worldwide as a symbol of love and affection, has launched today in New York Kissing Away the Blues, an initiative seeking to spark positive emotion on the fourth Monday of January, otherwise known as “Blue Monday”. According to millennials, Blue Monday (falling on January 22, 2018) marks...

This delicious casserole is a perfect dish when corn is in season. It could be a tasty idea for a vegetarian starter or a side dish. I usually prepare it for a dinner with my family and friends. Maize, also known as corn, is one of the most popular cereals in the world and is a staple food in many cuisines. It is a grain plant that was not cultivat...

“Bella di Cerignola” olives have been cultivated since time immemorial. Some believe that they come from the “Orchites” olives of the Romans, others believe they were introduced from Spain before 1400 AD. However, since there is no evidence of them among native Spanish varieties, they should be considered a native variety of Cerignola in ancient Da...

For the next couple months, Russo’s New York Pizzeria restaurants throughout the region are banding together in support of 1.3 million Americans living with blood cancer. From January 19-March 1, participating pizzerias are rallying their diners to donate an additional $1 to their bill. The goal is to cure blood cancer once and for all. 100 percent...

A new bar and Italian spot, offering pizza and more, has opened for business in the neighborhood. Called Porta, the newcomer is located at 1216 Chestnut St. in Washington Square West. This newcomer—which has two other locations in New Jersey—is maintained by the Smith restaurant group and specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza and contemporary t...

If you got all excited about the headline and thought you were going to get a review of the 1962 movie with Suzanne Pleshette and Troy Donahue, you are going to be disappointed. You are also revealing your age. This review is of Roma Italian Restaurant in Bonham. I met a friend, who had recommended Roma, in Bonham last week for lunch. The restauran...

Here it is, food friends: Your opportunity to land tickets to the premier food event of the year on Staten Island, the Taste-off at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. This year it will be held on Sunday, April 8, beginning at 10:30 a.m. This event is the culmination of the Advance's 45th annual recipe contest, which kicked off in September. By the...