For chefs, worldwide renown often leads to lucrative expansion deals: Restaurants in tourism capitals like Tokyo, Hong Kong, Vegas, and Dubai are almost a given. That’s one reason why it’s so surprising that Massimo Bottura, the chef at Modena’s Osteria Francescana — one of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in Italy, and the world — has exp...

Francis Casciato is the executive chef for the Sarasota-based TableSeide Restaurant Group that includes Libby’s Café + Bar, Louies Modern, Muse at The Ringling, Oak & Stone, Banyan Cafe, The Francis and Modern Events. He grew up in a culinary-minded Italian-American family and studied his craft in Pennsylvania before moving to Florida and working f...

Imagine yourself digging into a slice of freshly baked flatbread filled with all things nice and warm and topped with your favorite veggies or meats! Can you resist the taste of pizza anymore? That’s what a good pizza does to you! Pizza, widely famous and one of the most exotic fast food dishes is enjoyed by all age groups worldwide. The origins of...

Three Chicago eateries landed on a well-respected list of the top 50 Italian restaurants in America. Balena, Davanti Enoteca and Spiaggia all earned spots on The Daily Meal’s 2017 ranking of America’s 50 Best Italian Restaurants, which was released last week. Coming in at No. 39, Balena, 1633 N. Halsted St., is a "Chicago-must visit," according to...

La Lanterna will open on Wednesday in downtown Detroit's Capitol Park. As we reported last month, the restaurant is an undertaking of the Barbieri family’s second, third, and fourth generations, and an homage to their father, grandfather, and great grandfather, Edoardo Barbieri, who launched the venerable Da Edoardo restaurant group. He also ran th...

Two Smorgasburg vendors are setting up shop, side by side, on East Houston Street. Last week saw the arrival of Wowfulls, the snack shop specializing in, you guessed it, waffles. This week comes word that fellow Instagram-ready cohort, Tramezzini, is up next. No, not Trapizzino, which just debuted on Orchard Street last month. A tiny sign above the...

While New Haven’s run as Connecticut’s co-capital may have ended, its legacy of world-class pizza has endured. Each year, droves of people visit the Elm City for a taste. Chicago has deep dish, New York has thin crust, and New Haven has apizza. “New Haven-style apizza is [akin to the Neapolitan-style pie] traditionally baked in a coal-fired oven at...

There are few more delicious ways to explore a city’s roots than by tasting your way through its enclaves, whether it’s North Beach in San Francisco or Little Italy, the trendy, restaurant-rich neighborhood in sunny San Diego. Last year, Forbes magazine dubbed Little Italy one of the country’s top 10 hottest neighborhoods for millennials. It’s awfu...

Gaspare Indelicato has made Italian food his mission since the age of 15. Thanks to hard work "and a little bit of luck," he says, he’s achieved his long-held American dream: to be a successful business owner, presiding over his namesake pizza and pasta house on Geary and 20th Avenue. His restaurant, Gaspare's, has been in business since the early...

Western Pennsylvania is a melting pot of culinary traditions, and no more so than during the holidays, when the dishes your mother and grandmother grew up with are the stars of the dinner table. For many Pittsburghers, including myself, it wouldn’t be Easter without a honey-glazed ham on the buffet, along with a big creamy bowl of scalloped potatoe...