by Kyle J. Norris Since The Press Hotel opened in May, the boutique spot has made a serious name for itself with the local crowd as well as visitors. That's due in part to the strength of its restaurant, Union, and its bar, The Inkwell, run by veteran Chris Gatchell.   Gatchell believes, "Bars should use quality spirits that can be augmente...

Italy is made up of 20 regions with distinct characteristics; each region makes the same dish in vastly different ways and each one has its proudest specialty. These cooking traditions define people's identities just as much as their dialects and traditional costumes. Local cooking preferences and customs are shaped by geographic, historical and cl...

Evoking the Amalfi Coast with fish, cheese and wine imported directly from the area, chef Giancarlo Ferraro's Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar is sure to ring with authenticity when it opens Monday, Nov. 10, at 6100 Westheimer Road, Suite 140. "This restaurant is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream," said Ferraro, who hails from Salerno, Italy...

Former Montclair resident Linda Carman watched her father's dream roll off the presses this month. It all began in 1991 when Joseph Isadore Marinello, a union organizer in the San Fernando Valley, fell ill with terminal leukemia. Given just months to live, Marinello recorded his life story and love for the garden and Italian cooking.  ...

by Joe Gray   'Tis not the season without panettone. The mile-high domed Italian Christmas bread, studded with raisins and candied orange, light and airy in texture yet richly flavored with eggs and butter, tastes like the holiday.   Our mom had it at Christmas always, a reminder of her Italian homeland, though she had to travel far f...

by Sara ventiera   Rome native Antonio Morichini has spent time in the kitchens of some of the best restaurants in the Italian capital. He began with a two-year stage at Michelin-starred Il Convivio Troiani, then worked his way up to sous chef and then chef de cuisine at numerous eateries with designations from the esteemed organization, inc...

Rich LoRusso grew up on the Hill, just a block away from the tiny Texaco gas station on the corner of Macklind and Bischoff avenues. It's no surprise that he and his wife, Terri, ended up as restaurateurs: They met as teenagers working at the same small Italian restaurant. She was a busgirl; he was a cook.   What neither expected, however, i...

By Tanji Patton The limelight can be fleeting for new restaurants in Houston. The competition is fierce. The truly successful restaurants often understand that while headline news is a good thing, cultivating a loyal base of local customers is even better. And I suspect, that's exactly what Amalfi, the new spot in West Houston on Westheimer, is ai...

By Caron Streibich   Atlantic Beach's small pizzeria, DaVinci's, is a solid stop for New York-style pizzas, ricotta-stuffed calzones and a well-rounded draft and canned craft-beer list. Be forewarned: Seating is extremely limited with just two four-top tables and a dozen or so barstools.   Based on the volume of hurried deliverym...

Parma will compete for the title of UNESCO 'City of Gastronomy', ANSA has learned. The city, which is famous for its prosciutto and cheese as well as its architecture, was put forward for the UNESCO Creative Cities network by the Italian National Commission for UNESCO. Rome was also put forward, as Creative City for Cinema.   The n...