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Nearly a decade ago, about an impressive then-new restaurant called Crossings, which was located at 1010 Mission St. in South Pasadena, I wrote this: “Situated in an historic South Pas red brick building adjacent to a Metro Gold Line Station, this spacious New American has chef Lalo Sanchez (from nearby Parkway Grill) in the kitchen turning out ups...

Recently, Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg tweeted something so succinct and deathly sharp, it was like a sashimi knife straight to the heart. She wrote out a list of what “every restaurant right now” seems to have as its menu template, including roasted carrots, beet salad, crudo and “cacio e pepe (many forms).” “Every restaurant” means your average h...

Chianti “red” denomination is the biggest one in Tuscany and Italy, and one of the territories, but also the Italian words, best known in the world. Thanks to the beauty of its landscapes, the success of its wines, but also to the many cinematographic quotations. Very famous is the one in which Professor Hannibal Lecter, in “The Silence of the Lamb...

This week, “The SoCal Scene’s” Melvin Roberts steps into the kitchen to get a behind the scenes look at a Los Feliz restaurant serving up some of the most authentic Italian food in LA.  Join Melvin as he sits down with the matriarch of il Capriccio, "Mamma Flora."

Let's start from the end. Gianluca Legrottaglie is about to open a restaurant in Walnut Creek and another one in the Marina district of San Francisco. The former is 54Mint Forno, named after his Italian (even if it would be better to say Roman) restaurant in 16 Mint Plaza, while the latter is Montesacro, the pinseria born in Stevenson Street (also...

On April 28th and 29th, the Consortium for the production and protection of Fontina PDO cheese participated in the Barolo & Barbaresco World Opening event in Los Angeles. The two most iconic wines of Piedmont were accompanied by the famous cheese from Valle d’Aosta, Fontina PDO, together with Riso di Baraggia Biellese e Vercellese PDO, with the aim...

More than 30 years ago, George Unti—the son of a logger and farmer who emigrated from Tuscany—began planting his Mediterranean wine dream in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. Unti, who had learned to prune vines and make wine with his dad in grade school, had a successful, decades-long career as a California supermarket executive. But when he bought a hou...

An acclaimed Italian restaurant is getting ready to open a second San Francisco location. Montesacro Pinseria is expected to open before spring is over in the Marina at 3317 Steiner Street just a few steps north of the busy Chestnut Street corridor. It will be taking over the spot that formerly housed the Burmese restaurant Karaweik which announced...

Dinner at Tramonti is everything that’s wonderful about Italian dining. Vivacious, atmospheric, unpretentious—and above all, delicious. Friends kept telling me about their memorable meals at this Seabright hot spot. I found out why as I and my companion (who spent several years in Rome) fell under the spell of the swift, warm service and rustic out...

Valley pizza lovers, prepare yourselves: Pizzana opens Thursday, May 5 in Sherman Oaks. The star Brentwood restaurant and Michelin Bib Gourmand award recipient lands right along Ventura Boulevard this week with some of the best pizza not just in Los Angeles, but perhaps even in America. Pizzana is already well known in LA slice circles, thanks to c...

Eataly Silicon Valley will be opening soon in the Westfield Valley Fair Mall! Eataly was founded in Italy in 2007 and has since expanded to more than 40 locations (and counting!) across the globe. Each Eataly is different, with its own character and own theme – but all with the same aim... for our guests to: EAT authentic Italian food at our restau...

Promotion and communication of food and wine are important, and even more effective, when they get out from the not secondary context, but often self-referential, of experts and super enthusiasts. Maybe mixing with other “themes” or languages, such as, for example, that of entertainment, in its different forms, focusing more on fascination and emot...