Her 24 years as a Navy nurse taught Pam Dennis many things. Leadership. Organization. Attention to detail. The value of nurturing. And oh, yes — skills in the kitchen. The Navy itself had nothing to do with that. But while stationed in the port city of Pozzuoli in southern Italy, a 20-something Dennis made fast friends with a fellow apartment dwell...

Pizza, pasta and pinot grigio. What's not to love? Mixed with culture and the sandy waters of the Adriatic, Italy has to be one of my favourite places. The fact that I studied Italian for my Leaving Cert makes me think every time that it will all come flooding back to me. It doesn't. It's worse I'm getting but I love trying. Using Rimini as a ba...

One of the things that always made me look wistfully back to my east coast roots was the absence of family run Italian restaurants where everyone knows your name. When I lived there, you could pop in and find yourself immersed in friendly, if sometimes raucous, conversations with lots of vino and comfort foods which remind you of your childhood, be...

Piccola Italian Bistro has opened in Kinzers at the former Kinzers Station Tavern. Nicholl Thompson, whose mother and stepfather owned the former restaurant and bar at 3572 Lincoln Highway, has totally revamped it and changed the menu. Before opening Piccola Italian Bistro last month, Thompson oversaw more than $100,000 in renovations. The work inc...

First up is the festival’s opening night event, L’Inaugurazione sponsored and catered by Torinos’ @ Home with a buffet featuring the restaurant’s signature “fresh takes” on classic Italian fare.  Torinos’ owners Jenna and Daniel John had a great time at last year’s festival, providing scrumptious mini-tiramisu desserts for an event.   This year the...

A blue box of silver-foil chocolates wrapped with a note is a failsafe on February 14. But there’s actually a real-life love story behind the Baci. When Perugia-born clothing designer Luisa Spagnoli first invented the hazelnut-centred chocolate in 1922, she called it a cazzotto because it resembled a fist. The name didn’t ring right to Giovanni Bui...

It’s tempting to underestimate Staten Island, a borough whose main attractions include a public park built on a landfill called Fresh Kills. The other night at Barca, a new Italian seafood restaurant in Stapleton, a neighborhood on the island’s northeastern coast, a server couldn’t resist delivering a self-deprecating, faux-pretentious riff on the...

The jewel in the crown will finally be shown to the public Wednesday. Manzo, the intimate, 70-seat restaurant that completes the sometimes raucous Eataly complex anchoring the reimagined Park MGM on the Strip, is at least outwardly a stunning contrast to its 40,000-square-foot parent, a serene spot amid the hubbub. That they share an Italian soul i...

The impact of gastronomy is now being felt beyond the kitchen — recognizing this, S.Pellegrino announces the return of S.Pellegrino Young Chef, a global culinary competition that facilitates access to the gastronomy community, enabling young talents to demonstrate their personal beliefs. Applications for the first stage of the competition are now o...

Luigi’s Italian Restaurant opened in 2008 with Luigi Uzhca at the helm, having recently vacated the hustle-bustle of New York’s Forest Hills community. Situated in Queens, Forest Hills was, and certainly still is, rife with quintessential Italian-American trattorias, a good many, no doubt, headed by Old Country transplants. Tutto Bene was such an e...