Italy's Osteria Francescana was crowned the world's best restaurant for the second time on Tuesday, June 19 at an awards ceremony put on by British trade magazine Restaurant, beating out top eateries in Spain and France. Run by chef Massimo Bottura, the restaurant in Modena, Italy pipped last year's winner, New York's "Eleven Madison Park," in the...

The success that Lucca in downtown Canton has realized since 2011 has its owner, Josh Schory, over the moon with joy. On his way back to earth, he formed a new idea, and it seems to be just another success. "We have been looking for a new direction, a new outlet," said Schory. "We have been making our own fresh pasta for about seven years now, and...

The grocery store checkout aisles in Italy are just as candy-lined and tempting as American ones. And recently, I picked up some strange candies, packaged in beautiful, ornate tins, a design from another century. I thought why not?(the line was long) and threw them in the cart. They were Pastiglie Leone, a light purple candy that looks like dehydra...

The Cubs or the Yankees?  The Sears (Willis) Tower or the Empire State Building?  The “L” or the Subway?  These are all questions that are sure to get residents of both the Windy City and the Big Apple into a heated argument.  We’re not going to get into any of that since this is a food column, but we are going to dive into another fight-worthy com...

Handmade dough, elevated cocktails made with house tinctures and produce sourced from local farms, all at an approachable price — these qualities embody Viàle on Colorado Boulevard. And the location is just as unexpected as the flavors that this petite family-owned Italian eatery is serving up. You may have driven down one of Denver’s largest stree...

IT FEELS SLIGHTLY DISORIENTING, pulling into downtown Greencastle on a Thursday night, when the sidewalks of the courthouse square are as lit-up and buzzy as any trendy swath of Indianapolis. So pardon me if what I am about to say sounds like it’s coming from a brochure for the Putnam County visitors bureau—but this little college town in the middl...

Rita’s Ice, a sweet institution since 1984, has expanded to Alameda with a shop at the South Shore Center. Coming soon is a Santa Clara location at 1807 Pruneridge Ave. The chain’s specialties include the East Coast-born Italian ices, legendary in New York and New Jersey for decades (mango is the top seller) and the frozen custard that’s wildly pop...

If I never cross Naples, Italy, off my bucket list, at least I’ve had the pleasure of tasting a Neapolitan-style pizza at a new, homey restaurant in Isle of Wight County. Chef and owner Massimo “Max” Errico opened Napoli é Ristorante Italiano about four months ago in Carrollton. He and his wife moved from their native Italy to the U.S. in 2003. “Na...

Italy’s passion for food finds a common ground in America, where consumers are looking for new authentic products, buyer Debbie Jones said in this interview with Italianfood.net at IDDBA 2018 trade show. Jones, who represents Pavilions, the premium specialty grocery banner of US food retail group Albertsons, explains in an interview what she is loo...

Amy Riolo is a self-proclaimed "culinary anthropologist." According to Chef Jason Roberts, she is "A true guardian of the techniques and inherent goodness of the Mediterranean lifestyle." But what does being a culinary anthropologist actually entail? Amy, an Italian-American chef, author, and advocate of the Mediterranean diet, teamed up with Culin...