BRAVO Cucina Italiana at the Mercato in Naples, Fla. was recently named one of "The Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America" for 2017 by OpenTable diners. OpenTable is an app that allows users to make online reservations, read and write reviews about restaurants across the globe. The BRAVO brand, part of BRAVO | BRIO Restaurant Group, Inc., is cele...

Elizabeth may be becoming a culinary capital, at least for Italian cuisine. For the second time in just a few weeks, an Elizabeth eatery has been singled out as one of the best. This time, it’s Santillo’s Brick Oven Pizza that’s been named the Best Pizza in New Jersey by The Daily Meal, who have already ranked Spirito’s as one of the nation’s 50 Be...

Fourteen California eateries have landed on a well-respected list of the top 50 Italian restaurants in America. Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego area restaurants all earned spots on The Daily Meal’s 2017 ranking of America’s 50 Best Italian Restaurants, which was released last week. The Daily Meal said it assembled the ranking by building a...

She was raised in Italy in a family that loved to cook. Her father ran restaurants in their homeland. But occasionally, Hera Ambrosio, co-owner of Casa Mia Italian restaurant, is stumped by a new customer asking for shrimp scampi or chicken Vesuvio. “People ask me for dishes that I don’t know,” Ambrosio said in an energetic voice that flaunts an al...

As two customers were leaving Dino’s Restaurant in Willowick on April 19, one stops at another table to share a memory of another visit to the restaurant. After nearly 40 years at 1200 E. 305th St., there are a lot of memories in Dino’s tables.  “We’re told often by people how long they’ve been coming here and what they remember about it and that c...

Does anyone make better cookies, pastries and desserts overall than the Italians? We don't think so! And bread? Please.  But here's the problem: Walk into a well-stocked Italian bakery and you're confronted with dozens of different cookies and pastries, many that look alike, many with unpronounceable names. Sfingi, sflogliatelle. Pannetone, panna c...

The Johnson and Wales University senior instructor offers a behind-the-scenes look at the NBC 10 cooking segment, which became popular before reality TV chefs dominated the small screen with cooking shows. He also explains how dining out has evolved in Rhode Island (or not). How did you get involved in restaurants, and how has the scene changed ove...

An Italian restaurant in Hilltop neighborhood caught fire Friday night. Denver fire responded just before 6 p.m. to Locanda Del Borgo, located at 3rd and Holly. Flames were coming up the restaurant's chimney. Firefighters quickly got things under control and say no one was hurt. The restaurant's owner, Giancarlo Macchiarella, says the fire started...

Grand restaurants are perfect for grand occasions, but where would we be without the delis in our lives, to supply a quick lunch or dinner or satisfy a craving years in the making? In a tough spot, which is why we can all be grateful for places like Plantone’s Italian Market, which helps alleviate Las Vegas’ perpetual (and mystifying) undersupply o...

A dream come true, Cattivella, a restaurant owned by chef Elise Wiggins, opens today in the still-growing Stapleton neighborhood. The Italian restaurant is the first to open in the Eastbridge Town Center development, one that will also house Concourse from chef Lon Symensma, Los Chingones and Hash from chef Troy Guard, and an outpost of Next Door,...