For many people — including yours truly — Tavernetta by Frasca is the most anticipated new restaurant opening of the year. It was originally supposed to open this spring, but construction delays pushed it back further and further, keeping us from what is bound to be one of the city’s best Italian restaurants. Thanks a lot, construction delays. But...

Papa Gjorgjo is moving back to Main Street — but this time, the Italian restaurant is moving further east. The restaurant is relocating from its current home at 1600 N. Mississippi to the space formerly occupied by The Quart House, 802 E. Main St. The northern location will close its doors Sept. 18 so owners George and Gay Veliu can begin moving to...

It gives me great pleasure to announce that on October 24, 2017, Nonna Romana and I will host a Pugliese dinner with recipes exclusively from my Cooking with Nonna Cookbook at the fine restaurant in Philadelphia, PA: Gran Caffe L'Aquila. The dinner will be a five course dinner with wines from the renowed winery of Puglia: Tormaresca. Nonna Romana a...

Lioni Italian Heroes shop in Bensonhurst has been making deli sandwiches for decades. With over a 150 sandwiches on the menu, most named after famous Italian-Americans, owner Paul DiSpirito says the most famous has to be the Sinatra. "The most popular famous Italian-American is Frank Sinatra, and there was some research done, Frank Sinatra loved sa...

Sunlight grows the grass, feeding the cows that produce the milk for the cheese, all on the same picturesque Ferndale hilltop. Ferndale Farmstead doesn’t make just any cheese. The cheeseshop specializes in authentic Italian cheeses, including scamorza, which is hung on ropes to age, an aged asiago, the soft caciotta, and of course, the ever popular...

In the past six months, two sought-after New York-based pizzerias set up shop in Miami. Pizza Tropical opened at Gramps in Wynwood, and Artichoke Basille's took over the kitchen at Ricky's in South Beach. Now, Roberta's, a popular Brooklyn restaurant and pizza joint based in Bushwick, will open a pop-up shop in the Design District this October. Loc...

Having already established three successful restaurants in New York City, Barilla is announcing today an expansion into the Southland that will begin early fall with two new fast casual restaurants. One on the campus of the University of Southern California at USC Village and another at the upscale South Coast Plaza in Orange County. The 2,600-squa...

Alexandria Restaurant Partners principal Scott Shaw and business partner Dave Nicholas aren’t afraid of the so-called curse at 100 King St. The restaurant group, which owns Vola’s and The Majestic and operates Virtue Feed & Grain and Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap in Alexandria, recently signed a lease on the building at the intersection of King and...

A new Italian-American restaurant is expected to open next month in downtown Arlington Heights, its owners said this week. Passero, at 5 W. Campbell St., will have a menu inspired by family recipes and other creations of head chef Matt Peota, and be geared to families with kids. Interior renovations of the storefront space are underway, with a targ...

I recently went to Italy for one very important reason: to eat a lot of pasta. But in addition to suffering from a blissful carb coma for a few nights in a row, I learned a lot about the art of cooking pasta al dente, too. And I'm talking about legitimate cooking lessons from a trusted Italian source - Giovanni Rana, the founder of the fresh-pasta...