Few things are so simultaneously unifying and divisive as pizza. Don’t believe us? Well, we urge you to find two Italians from different Italian cities. Chances are they will agree that pizza is the food of the gods, but could almost come to blows over what the best style is. Far from just being dough, tomato sauce and cheese, pizza in Italy is act...

Italian restaurants these days often fall into one of two categories: old-school red-sauce joints or upscale modern. Roseville's Ciao, however, defies that kind of easy classification. Instead, the modest place strives to replicate the calming air and delicious fare of that favorite trattoria you discovered on your vacation abroad. The restaurant s...

Since 1999, Macaluso’s restaurant has been serving meatballs like mama makes to Miami Beach locals and visiting celebs like Tom Cruise and Kim Kardashian. The low-key Staten Island-style Italian hot spot in the strip off Alton expanded to an Italian market. Now, after almost 19 years, Macaluso’s is moving out – to South Miami. Owner Michael D’Andre...

On a recent Wednesday night, I made the trek from WGBH in Brighton, through the city to the North End, and one of my very favorite places in Boston. The Boston Public Market, a popular farmers market/food heaven, opened in 2015, and already feels like an institution. This feeling is due in large part to The Trustees, the non-profit organization tha...

He was only four years old when he learned how to package the olive oil bottles by hand. It was then that Giovanni Colavita understood that the family’s passion would become his future. Raised in  Molise, where his grandfather Giovanni established the Colavita olive oil company in 1938, Giovanni graduated with a Law degree from the University of Ro...

In an age when even sit-down restaurant food is manufactured on automated assembly lines, at least one restaurant remains committed to carrying on its food traditions. House recipe tomato sauce simmered for six hours and hand-tossed pizza dough made fresh daily and baked on a brick hearth are hallmarks of Casa Mia’s fine craft. In business since 19...

If there’s one food that’s timeless, it’s pasta. In the classic sense, yes, but also in that it can take no time at all to prepare, making for a logical next entry in the fast-casual restaurant movement in New York. Notable chefs—veterans of highly lauded Italian restaurants—are now serving speedy versions with top-quality ingredients; so are teams...

Fresco Italian Kitchen, a new takeout Italian eatery in Greece, has been building steam since it opened last December. I’ve been keeping tabs on this "dinners-only" eatery via social media, and my family and I ate there recently on a Tuesday evening. It's located in a converted house on Stone Road and has parking in the back.  Although Fresco Itali...

Five years ago this month, Arancino at The Kāhala opened adjacent to the hotel valet. It created a buzz with its fine-dining vibe, a prix fixe menu starting at $85 (and taking hours to finish), a sommelier-created wine list and a dress code that required men to wear shoes. While much has remained—the wine list is still impeccable and much of the dr...

Long a neighborhood favorite in the Energy Corridor, venerable Carmelo’s Cucina Italiana is enjoying a transformation that already has Inner Loopers thinking, in Michelin star lingo, “It’s worth the drive.” Since saving the 37-year-old restaurant from closing for good in December, restaurateur extraordinaire Benjamin Berg and his brother, chef Dani...