One of MGM Springfield’s two fine-dining operations, Cal Mare is the gaming resort’s acknowledgement of Italian food’s near-universal appeal. Located off the main casino, Cal Mare's bright and airy open-plan layout lets suggestions of slot machine honky-tonk filter in. A proscenium kitchen delivers behind-the-scenes perspectives; a mostly tables-an...

Pizzeria Otto, one of Portland’s few traditional Neapolitan pizzerias, will open a second location in Southeast Portland later this year, The Oregonian has learned. With more than 80 seats in a 2,300 square-foot space near Portland Mercado, the new restaurant will be roughly double the size of the original. But besides the bigger room, founding own...

It has only been a little over a month since Taste Test closed its doors. But a new restaurant will soon be reviving the vacant corner space at 101 S. Duke St. Aviano's Corner Trattoria & Bar is slated to open at the former site of the Taste Test incubator, according to a news release from O.N.E. Hospitality.  "Aviano’s is kind of the opposite of o...

Arizona export and popular pasta destination North Italia is set to open its second DFW location in May. The Italian eatery from Fox Restaurant Concepts, which also operates brand new restaurant the Henry and Flower Child, is set to make its debut in the Union building in Uptown on May 1, according to a press release. The restaurant will occupy a 5...

Getting a seat at Rao’s is like buying a time-share. Since 1896 the tiny Italian-American restaurant has been serving up family-style lemon chicken and seafood salad beneath strings of Christmas lights on a corner in East Harlem. But after New York Times food critic Mimi Sheraton gave it a three-star review in 1977, Rao’s enacted a notoriously stri...

Pasta, pane, pizza, focaccia… the crown of the realm of carbs is certainly held by Italian bakers, who made miracles, for centuries, with just some water, flour, yeast and salt. Since the times of the Roman Empire bread and all its derivates literally ruled the Italian tables, becoming a kind of signature product of our cultural traditions all over...

Lovers of healthful, yet gourmet, Italian cuisine now rejoice because The Fine Market has opened its online store and is ready to ship across the United States. Founded and run by an Italian family of five and based in Clearwater, Florida, the company is dedicated to bringing the best of Italy's world-famous food to American shores while catering t...

Restaurants in major U.S. cities once fit into two categories: fancy French on the high end and dreary workingmen’s hash houses on the low. Then came the 1880s, and with them a massive influx of Southern Italian immigrants. Exotic yet accessible, the restaurants they opened appealed to “Bohemians,” the hipsters of that era. Red-and-white-checked ta...

In many countries Easter means chocolate. Bags of pastel-coloured mini eggs, tin-foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies and the classic hollow egg, ready to be smashed to pieces. These cocoa-based confections are available in Italy – though not in the same aisle-filling quantity – but chocolate simply isn’t the go-to Easter treat it is in other parts of th...

Chef Anthony Bucco, who four months ago opened the much-ballyhooed contemporary Italian restaurant Felina in Ridgewood, does not lack confidence. The convivial, fast-talking chef ("I have a lot of energy," he explains) has reason to be self-assured. He worked for James Beard Award-winning chef Jonathan Waxman. He received four-star reviews for his...