Cantinetta Luca has a lot going for it. It enjoys a gorgeous high-ceiling dining room and bar flanked by the big brick oven and open kitchen, bread baked in house, one of the best house charcuterie programs in the area, habit-forming handmade pastas and all sorts of authentic arancini and meatballs to go with the massive bistecca fiorentina steaks....

Maria Coassin is passionate about gelato. Not just its creamy texture, distinctive flavorings or even the specialty ingredients she imports from around the world: Madagascar vanilla, Sicilian pistachios, couverture chocolate from Tanzania.   Coassin loves the science of it. As the founder of Gelatiamo, Seattle’s first gelateria, Coassin revels in t...

Days after closing his two-year-old Italian restaurant in Woodley Park, chef Liam LaCivita is back in the kitchen again — this time, making glazed doughnuts and stuffed bomboloni in Georgetown. Last Sunday, LaCivita officially closed Bar Civita, the neighborhood restaurant he established after leading the Liberty Tavern-fronted family of restaurant...

When the first settlers from Sunnyside sat down to a harvest picnic in 1898, the thought of a Ferris wheel or carousel in eyeshot of the church house doors would have been inconceivable. Just as hard to fathom, though, would be the idea that the supper would become a tradition that would span a century and more. This coming week, the 119th Annual T...

The best restaurant finds are the small, unassuming, wonderful places that make you feel like you know the best secret ever. That’s why Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives is on the Food Network roughly 17 hours a day. It comes down to expectation vs. experience. It feels good when you go to a renowned restaurant and have a great meal. But it feels GREAT w...

If someone were to ask me to describe Eataly to them in just a few words, I would tell them that the 50,000 square foot marketplace is the Disneyland of all things Italian. Opened on August 31st, 2010, Eataly is owned by Italian powerhouses and culinary household names, Lidia Bastianich and Mario Batali. The two, with other various partners, have s...

When Cambridge chef Chris Willis decided he wanted to open a restaurant with wife, Pam, he took to his bike, riding around the city to find the right spot in a tight market. He’d talk to business owners, or leave them letters, asking them to call if they ever wanted to give up their space. And one day, someone did. At the end of last summer, Pam an...

Popular Italian restaurant Tuscan Hills is moving to a "more central" location in Forest Hills, replacing its sister eatery Ovo Sodo, the owners said. Tuscan Hills, known for its classic Northern Italian cuisine, opened nearly a decade ago at 115-20 Queens Blvd., near the Kew Gardens border. But next week, it will reopen about seven blocks west, at...

Mia Margherita in Bridgeport specializes in simple, fresh Italian dishes, made from recipes handed down through generations. "It's part of my personal heritage and the areas heritage; it's a celebration of food," said Scott Duarte, owner of the pizzeria. Their star attraction is the coal fired pizza, which is made in front of customers. "That's the...

Rocco Scordella is one of those high-energy guys who probably doesn't need much sleep. He is in perpetual motion with new ideas running through his noodle faster than a pasta machine can extrude spaghetti. Raised in Italy's Tuscany region, he enrolled in culinary school in Bologna at age 13. After earning a degree, he expanded his repertoire to oth...