When Patricia Galli offered to help her stay-at-home mom start her own business, her mom said “no, grazie.” “I didn’t send my daughter to college to work hard physically,” said Elsa Amidei, who is glad she changed her mind about letting Patricia join Pastificio, the Highwood take-out eatery that specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. “My daughter...

The sweet and cold mixture of Italian ice can be as refreshing as taking a dip in Lake Michigan under the sweltering summer sun. Three years ago, Brian and Jodi Tillman brought their version of this frosty culinary delight to Northwest Indiana when they opened Jodi's Italian Ice Factory in Hammond, located at 7322 Calumet Ave. The factory in Hammon...

More than a dozen Toledo mayors have come and gone since 1957, but not much has changed at Inky’s Italian Food on North Detroit Avenue. Inky’s still gets all its ingredients from the same local providers that worked with the restaurant in the 1950s. The menu has not been updated in decades. Even the electric sign hanging from the roof dates back to...

Today, when Angelinos reflect on Olvera Street in DTLA, they probably think of its rich history as the heart of the Spanish-Mexican pueblo of Los Angeles. What many do not realize is that for a time in the 19thcentury, the street was known as Wine Street, and was dominated by thriving Italian owned wine cellars. From downtown’s long gone Little Ita...

There is something downright restorative and celebratory about a pizza dinner. It's casual, comforting, and feels like a break from workday routines. Add to that feeling the near euphoria of a well-made cannoli, and you've got yourself a humble, but oh-so-indulgent feast. The family-owned Defalco's Italian Deli makes pizza in a stone-fire oven for...

The owner of a restaurant in Worcester hopes to bring a little bit of Boston’s North End to the old Guiseppe’s Grille building off Solomon Pond. Aurelia Metohu, owner of Caffe Espresso Trattoria on Chandler Street in Worcester, bought the property at 35 Solomon Pond Road and plans to open Casta Diva in November. Guiseppe’s Grille closed last Septem...

Luciano’s Italian Restaurant, 11 N. Orchard St., Boise, is set to open a second location later this year. Luciano Caffe is under construction along the Garden City side of the Greenbelt where it meets the footbridge from Esther Simplot Park. The location is a stone’s throw from the developing Waterhouse Row townhouse project and the J.A. and Kathry...

Gabriele Bonci arrived a few weeks to oversee the operation Chicago, as the acclaimed-Roman pizza maker aims to introduce Americans to his unique topping combos on his pizza sold by the slice. The first Bonci outside of Italy opens on Tuesday, Aug. 15 and they’ve picked Chicago to debut the brand in the U.S. Bonci has seen long lines of customers i...

Indulge me while I get a little starry-eyed over the recent arrival of Mio Posto in downtown Albany after its displacement from Saratoga Springs by fire. Who am I to ask the gods what transpired for the former Lark & Lily to become available as Mio Posto's new home? Did Sylvia Meder Lilly wake up one morning and decide it was time to pass the baton...

Whether you’re aware of the fact or not, the cool, creamy gelato that you’ve been enjoying for dessert at your favorite Italian eateries likely was handcrafted by Gonzalo Egozcue. For more than 20 years – both in Italy and here in the States – Egozcue has been making the product for other people, including Valerio Iorio, who operated La Gelateria i...