A young immigrant sailed into New York Harbor in 1871, and in 1942 the image of a white-haired old man returned. Those two dates book-end a musical story of America. According to his death certificate, Frank A. Marynell Sr. was born June 13, 1857, in Italy, but lived most of his long life in Henderson. In 1942 his portrait was taken by O.A. Egloff...

It’s a question worthy of true debate: What’s the best pasta shape? You could argue that certain noodles are built to handle certain sauces. You could make a case that stuffed pasta creations like ravioli offer an extra dimension to the dish, but those tasty pillows don’t soak up their surroundings as well as a tender pile of pappardelle. It’s hard...

Of all the world cuisines upon which Los Angeles might base its culinary personality, Italian is not the most obvious. Pasta and braised meats and pizza hardly fit in with the cliché of L.A.'s light and healthy eating habits, nor are they what come to mind when thinking of the appropriate food to complement our perpetually sunny weather. Yet that's...

Given the original Rao’s is over a century old in New York City and the Caesars Palace outpost just turned 10, the brand has become an American institution. You can even buy their famed pasta sauce across the country at most grocers. But there is always something about walking through the doors of Rao’s. And while the New York original may be the h...

I wanted to come out with a sub that’s as powerful as anything in town, but at the same time have other elements as well,” owner Glenn Plantone tells me of the vision behind his recently opened Plantone’s Italian Market on Warm Springs just west of Durango. Let’s start with the initial goal in that statement. Plantone does indeed make the best Ital...

The parent company of the Hard Rock Hotel’s hit gastro-pub Culinary Dropout is confirmed to be bringing its spin on Italian dining to Las Vegas. Fox Restaurant Concept's North Italia will take over 5,518 square feett of interior space, plus 1,679 square feet of outdoor patio at the Rampart Commons retail center, a couple of doors down from Honey Sa...

Flatbreads of sorts, crafted with dough and baked in a hearth, may date back to ancient times, but 18th-century Naples is the birthplace of pizza as we know it today. Renowned chef Enrico Sautto and his family have been making pizza Napoletana, since 1870. Today, he can be found in front of Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar’s large ovens demonstrating t...

Old-school Italian: The phrase conjures up images of 1950s and ’60s New York restaurants, peopled by glamorous stars, with attentive servers hovering nearby. And, indeed, that’s the feel you get at Carbone at Aria, where the “captains” take charge of your table, giving you personal attention and making you feel like you’re a celebrity. Carbone in L...

Now in existence for over a year, Casa Italiana di Las Vegas, a non-profit organization, continues to enrich the local community with its programs. Its mission is to promote and divulge traditional and contemporary Italian culture in all its varied forms through educational programs, events and Italian language courses for children and adults. It w...

For 38 years, the San Gennaro Feast has made a commitment to family entertainment and to support and encourage our local talent. This year, we invited all local high schools to participate in designing the "Official San Gennaro T-shirt". We need your support: please choose your favorite design. We received entries representing 32 of our local high...