A restaurant centered on family-style Italian dining will open this fall in Boston’s North End. Table by Jen Royle (445 Hanover St., Boston) will operate more like a family dining room than a restaurant, with dinner served Tuesday through Saturday, brunch on Sundays, and a convivial atmosphere where people can come in and make friends, owner Jen Ro...

Perhaps the biggest myth about the Dallas dining scene is that it has no great Italian food. This is not a lie outsiders spread about us; it’s something we tell ourselves. I have heard it from friends and seen the complaint on social media. As recently as 2016, former Dallas Morning News food critic Leslie Brenner called Dallas “a town that has a s...

Carol Shina never planned to open a restaurant. She grew up in New York, where on Sundays, she reveled in the aromas of fresh garlic, basil, mushrooms and Italian sausage, along with the sounds of sizzling pans in her Italian grandmother’s kitchen. Shina and her husband started a nuclear imaging company in their garage; they now have about 40 emplo...

Fortville is one of Midwest’s many tiny Main Street towns. Three square miles. Population 4,000. Famous for a giant statue of a pink elephant wearing horn-rimmed glasses and drinking a martini outside a liquor store. Not exactly the place you expect to go restaurant hopping. Simone and Elizabeth Lucarini see Fortville another way: a budding, easy-l...

CANTON Ownership has changed hands, but the Norcia Bakery recipes are intact, and it seems that everybody loves a pepperoni roll. John Norcia launched the Italian bakery in 1918 and it still is going strong after a century. The Norcia family immigrated from Italy early in the 20th century, bringing the original recipe for bread and hard rolls. Mike...

A longtime Boston chef will revisit his roots during a six-month residency in Boston’s South End. Chef Tony Susi, most recently of Capo, will bring his Italian food prowess to Wink & Nod (3 Appleton St., Boston) with Ripasso, an “Italian pub,” taking his place as the South End bar’s next culinary incubatee. Susi takes the reins from Louis DiBiccari...

The word biscotti in Italy refers to what Americans know as “cookies.”  Many Italo-Americans use the word biscotti when they refer to a specific type of cookie, that is, those finger long cookies with almonds. These are known as Cantuccini or Cantucci in Florence and Tozzetti in Rome. Some may say the recipe is different for both, but for argument’...

Benito’s Cafe in Novi plans to add gelato, sorbet, Italian beer and espresso to its menu after a bricks and mortar expansion this fall. “It’s pretty exciting and it’s been in the works for a while. If you go to an Italian cafe in Italy, they have liquor, espresso and you can get gelato, too. That’s what we’ve always tried to strive for with this co...

In November, James Beard Award-winning chef Marc Vetri plans to open his Vetri Cucina in the former Alizé space at the top of the Palms. Now diners who want to get to know the chef’s style of Italian cooking can find out exactly what he has on the menu when he holds a pop-up event at Scott Conant’s Masso Osteria at Red Rock Resort. The Oct. 10 dinn...

WHAT could more typical of an Italian holiday than sitting in a sun-soaked piazza or the on steps of a grand cathedral, and tucking into a gelato, panino or pizza? Well, if you’re in Florence, you can forget that — or be prepared to pay for it. The Renaissance city is cracking down on visitors who eat on footpaths, doorsteps or driveways at lunch a...