By David Luhrssen With its secluded booths and Sinatra tunes on the stereo, Catarina's Ristorante (9104 W. Oklahoma) is a great place for a date. The kitchen is leisurely, meaning the preparation is fresh, and the portions are ample. The filet melts in your mouth, the various Italian-style chicken dishes are flavorful, and on Fridays, this legacy...

By Hillary Dixler This weekend top Italian chefs descended upon New York City for the annual Identità New York event at Eataly. As in years past, the Italian chefs were paired with prominent New York City chefs for demonstrations and multi-course dinners. On Saturday, Massimo Bottura of Modena's Osteria Francescana (currently ranked #3 in the worl...

Garden City, KS–City Commissioners decided at Tuesday's meeting to accept a $10,000 bid from business partners out of southern California to buy the old American Legion building on Pine Street . Francesco Dorigo has owned a number of Italian restaurants out of state, now he will start one here.The original bid of $1 for the Garden City Arts Council...

I love The Dutch at the W South Beach Hotel & Residences, from the blue chip art collection to the culinary heaven on the property. All summer long they had themed dinners that I would attend with Katya Segovia Abouarab. The food was incredible.   Now, in lieu of White Truffle season, the Chef/Owner Andrew Carmellini of The Dutch will br...

Internet cooking sensation Laura Vitale celebrates food with simple, seasonal meals on Simply Laura, premiering on Saturday, September 27 at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT on Cooking Channel. She shares her easy, enticing recipes that not only feed the stomach, but also the soul. Whether it is a mouthwatering brunch for friends, or a crowd pleasing sup...

 Sometimes the way forward is the same way you’ve been going, just with greater purpose. So hope the owners of Contadino (1146 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, 847-920-5962), an Italian restaurant opening in mid-March in downtown Wilmette. Compared to its predecessor in the space, The Avenue, another Italian place under similar ownership, Contadi...

On May 14 the Greater Washington, DC Region gathered for a special presentation and book signing by Amy Riolo. Amy's presentation displayed the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, including the decreased chance of getting heart disease and the ability to reverse many modern diseases.   She shared many traditional Italian recipes rich...

Chef Nick Lama opened his Italian restaurant Avo (5908 Magazine St., 504-509-6550; www.restaurantavo.com) May 20 in the former Martinique Bistro space. A great-grandson of Sicilian immigrants, Lama describes his food as "regional Italian cuisine with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients.   "I'm trying to get ingredients that have been...

by Mike Riccetti   The word "authentic" is used often by people describing a restaurant they like and used very often in the food press; badly misused I would say by inexperienced or uninformed writers. Whether or not it is used accurately, does authenticity really matter?   The question of authenticity, especially when it came to Ita...

Free tastings of a New Mexico grown organic balsamic vinegar will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Market Café located at 614 N. Bullard. There is a farm in Monticello, N.M., making a very special product that is now available at the Market Café, according to a news release. The Darland Company LLC makes America's only traditional-...