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Sogno Toscano, a New York-based Italian speciality food store, is opening a second L.A. market and cafe in The Grove, according to the shopping center’s website. The cafe’s menu will feature an array of soups, salads, Tuscan schiacciate, pinsa Romana, pastas, plus a wine bar and espresso bar.  On the market side, Sogno Toscano, which translates to...

In Los Angeles, something a century old is, well, old. The South Bay was mainly agricultural or chapparal in 1924, and as little as fifty years ago there were still open fields where office buildings and tract homes now stand. Compare that with European or Asian countries where there are many businesses that were under the same family ownership for...

What do the owners of Italian restaurants Five, DiCicco’s, Ovidio and LaRocca’s have in common? They’re all related. It’s a big, blended, extended family, but family nonetheless. It all started with the DiCicco parents and their four sons: Nick, Frank, Roberto and Alberto. They called themselves the “Four Sons of Italy,” and had several other sibli...

San Diego’s vibrant dining scene welcomes an innovative new Italian gem, Vincenzo—just when you thought the timeless cuisine couldn’t evolve further! Visionary founder Vincenzo Loverso invites you to savor a groundbreaking experience at San Diego’s first cheese wheel bar. Located on the best corner of Little Italy (India & Date St), step into the m...

In Los Angeles, tucked away on a quiet street within a residential area, is a small apartment with something special about it: outside the door, the sign says "Da Barbara" and as you cross the threshold, you'll find not a house, but a restaurant. Yes, a two-story restaurant with just 14 seats nestled inside an elegant living room, but with a relaxe...

The former Acacia House at the Alila Hotel and Resort in Napa Valley will reopen in mid-May as Violetto, a fine dining experience with tasting and a la carte menus. Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Thomas Lents, whose resume includes Michelin-star restaurants in the Midwest, a stint at Joel Robuchon’s Mansion restaurant, and Quince in San Fr...

Far are the days of limited, and exclusively corporate-restaurant options, ‘different’ has become the standard in America’s Finest City, providing every chef the opportunity to highlight their family-favorite dishes, desserts, and other foods that their neighbors might not have heard of.  Foods that may have once been overlooked are now delicacies,...

Fresh off the heels of making its West Hollywood debut, Nardò will soon bring its authentic Italian cuisine to Culver City. The newest location off Culver Boulevard is expected to be open by the end of the month. Originally founded in Huntington Beach by award-winning restaurateur Gianni Chiloiro, Nardò takes its namesake from Gianni’s mother’s, wh...

Thinking of traveling to San Diego this summer? Make sure you schedule your trip to include the Taste of Little Italy event which returns for two nights of delicious bites on June 18 and 19, 2024. First held in 2018, this famous foodie experience features restaurant exploration, live music, and memorable dishes. From 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday, June 18,...

Stella, the West Hollywood hot spot that chef Rob Gentile and restaurateur Janet Zuccarini opened at the former Madeo space in late February, is a grand, ambitious, over-the-top undertaking. It’s an Italian restaurant that’s purposefully unlike any other Italian restaurant in Los Angeles. Gentile is serving hyper-specific regional pastas. He’s hewi...

There was excitement in the air at Sam's Italian Deli & Market on Tuesday after the owners announced plans to expand to a new location in the fall of 2025. Nick Marziliano, the owner of Sam's Italian Deli & Market, said after almost 44 years in business, he felt it was the right time to open a new space. "I went on vacation with my family, I came b...

Ggiata Delicatessen, the growing chain of sandwich shops specializing in New Jersey-style Italian American creations, is opening its fourth LA location in Highland Park in May. Unlike its three other outlets, the incoming location at 5025 East York Boulevard across the street from Belle’s Bagels will host indoor seating, The Eastsider reports. The...