The Italians go crazy for them – and it's easy to see why. Here, The Local's Patrick Browne gives you the lowdown on one of Italy's most treasured rituals: the aperitivo. They are long leisurely affairs to be undertaken with friends in early or late evening, the food is usually more than decent and they are affordable even on the most meagre of bud...

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, widely-known just as “Pepe’s,” has launched its own retail tomato line to the market, according to a release. The restaurant, founded in 1925 by Frank Pepe, is known for its New Haven-style pizza. Frank Pepe, who immigrated to the United States in 1909 at the age of 16, and fresh tomatoes were always at the center of...

Among the crop of new Dallas dining destinations, Perfect Union Pizza Co. and Fachini make the strangest of strange bedfellows. Owned by local celebrity chefs Nick Badovinus and Julian Barsotti, the Italian restaurants are stacked one on top of the other in the same shopping center and are definitely chasing the same upscale-customer dollar. But in...

Fazoli’s, America’s largest elevated quick service Italian chain, announced today the opening of its newest franchised location in Paragould, Arkansas, marking the brand’s second restaurant in Arkansas.  The newly built restaurant is located at 1515 W Kingshighway Blvd. The Fazoli’s restaurant officially opens its doors on June 26th and will showca...

Bangor’s Baldacci family may today be better known for its political figures, including former Maine governor John Baldacci and former Bangor city councilor and mayor Joe Baldacci, but for most of the 20th century, they were known as restaurateurs. On Thursday, the building at 12 Alden St. in Bangor, which for more than 30 years housed Momma Baldac...

Spending much of his youth in West Virginia, Brian Grandstaff became quite infatuated with the taste of DiCarlo's Original Pizza. "There's nothing like it," the now Burlington, Kentucky, resident said. "It's crunchy and saucy – just really good pizza." During a trip back to his West Virginia stomping grounds two years ago, Grandstaff acquainted his...

After 11 months in business and roughly 30,000 meatballs later at DeLuca's in Tottenville, Rob DeLuca announces the Italian restaurant's expansion. "I added about 60 seats with the outdoor dining with room to add more," said Rob. It debuts this weekend with the regular ala carte menu. And DeLuca built a bocce court, a springboard from which he will...

Gino Sorbillo è tornato. Ha negli occhi il guizzo di sempre, quello del genio di una Napoli che vuole farcela anche in America: la sua. Sorride di sogni. È carico, ma al tempo stesso gentile. Come è abituato ad essere, del resto. Come è lui.Manhattan lo ha accolto srotolando il tappeto rosso delle grandi occasioni. L’evento di inaugurazione del loc...

Lemon and rosemary sorbet is a perfect summer treat, refreshing and beautifully light. You can serve it either as a dessert, a snack or as a palate cleanser between courses. This recipe belongs to my new book – The Mamma Mia! Diet. Sweets should be a treat to enjoy once in a while and better homemade! In the book you will find a selection of tasty...

A local restaurant company has opened a sports bar downtown. Uccello’s Hospitality Group said this week it opened Uccello’s Ristorante & Sports Bar at 122 Monroe Center St. NW in Grand Rapids. On April 9, Uccello’s announced it was closing its high-end Italian restaurant in the space, Mazzo Cucina D’Italia, and converting the location into a sports...