Over the weekend, we dropped into Emily (919 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 347-844-9588), the new Clinton Hill pizzeria opened in late January by Brooklyn Central alums Emily and Matt Hyland. The Kickstarter-funded, family-run operation (Emily's sister Lauren greets guests at the door, acting as host, waitress, busser etc) is putting out unfussy Italian...

Husband and wife team Alessandro and Stephanie Bonaventura recently opened Bonaventura Gelato Lounge, which offers handcrafted Italian gelato and sorbetto, in Manhattan Beach. The Bonaventura's moved from Frankfurt, Germany in 2011 and opened their first location in Marina del Rey. They opened their second location in Manhattan Beach in February t...

Sicily's rich tradition of 'dolci' has been shaped by many diverse cultural influences throughout history, from the almonds and oranges introduced by the Arabs to the cocoa beans introduced by the Spanish to the island's industrious pastry-making nuns.   Each dominant culture left behind its own cultural and gastronomic imprint, setting in m...

Belmar's 7th Annual Restaurant Tour will take place on Sunday, March 8th and this year's tour is dedicated to the life and legacy of Tracie Orsi, the beloved chef/owner of Ragin' Cajun who passed away last month after battling cancer. The restaurant tour runs from 11:30am until 4:30pm.   Taste your way through more than thirty restaurants, r...

by Mary Ann Barton   There's a new restaurant in Shirlington that held its soft opening over the weekend: Osteria da Nino. The new Italian restaurant and bar takes the place of The Curious Grape, the longtime Shirlington wine store and restaurant.   The restaurant is located at 2900 S. Quincy St. in Shirlington Village. The Curious Gr...

by Brett Hickman   Just announced yesterday, Dolce Italian is set to open on the ground floor at the Godfrey Hotel this coming Tuesday. This marks the second location from LDV Hospitality (the team behind New York's Scarpetta empire), with the first being in Miami.   The space, which you can see in the gallery above, is refined, but n...

By Philip Potempa   A visit to Gene & Georgetti Italian Steakhouse in downtown Chicago is a legendary experience. After all, this is the place where Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball stopped in while "in town" when they wanted a great char-grilled steak in an intimate atmosphere with a "family feel."   And launched in...

by Kerry Drew   For a true taste of Italy, there is nothing like Roberto on Crescent Avenue in the Bronx. And if you're hungry now, just wait until you see the dish the chef is cooking for us. To say Chef Roberto Paciullo loves cooking would be an understatement. He says he has had a passion for cooking since childhood.   Growing...

by Tom Witom   Grandmothers, known as "nonnas," hold a special place of honor in Italian families, and when it comes to their cooking skills that esteem becomes reverential. And in "Nonna's House" (Atria Books) Jody Scaravella pays proper tribute to these special women.   In 2007, Scaravella opened Enoteca Maria on Staten Island, a re...

by Marcus Cagle   If you're looking to appease a large group of people, Italian food is your best bet. Likely the most beloved of all cuisines, Italian food is hearty and characterized by its strong flavor and simplicity. The food is about passion and it comes out in every bite of an authentically prepared meal.   Once divided into mo...