NEWS FROM : Food & Wine  

One, two, three lives, across many wine regions and the motherland. Simply put, Lorenzo Forbice is “the man who removes smoke taint from wine after fire seasons.” However, his life has been much more than wine. After an early career in physical therapy, Lorenzo changed path and started working for winemakers in Europe, South America, and the US. As...

Is Culver City’s new Etta an Italian restaurant? In a way, but don’t start thinking it’s all giant meatballs and spaghetti. “We don’t need the red and white tablecloths,” says chef/owner Danny Grant, “I’ve got my grandma’s for that kind of stuff.” Grant and his What If Syndicate group out of Chicago are betting big on Etta as a comfortable Californ...

A fire-pocked pizza hits a patio table at The Rose Venice, but tomato sauce and cheese are nowhere in sight. Instead, the base is bright yellow miso corn purée and a rosy seared bluefin tuna mountain rises up in the center, topped with towering shaved scallion wisps. Chef Jason Neroni takes a spoon and levels the savory mound, spreading what is bas...

FIOR D’ ITALIA CLOSED ITS doors in May 2012 to sad howls from the San Francisco culinary community. The restaurant was already venerable by then: For 126 years, it had served plates of pasta and veal to presidents and Pavarotti. It wasn’t a bad run for a place that got its start at a brothel in 1886.  But San Francisco only went without Fior D’ Ita...

Meet Petrini’s Italian Napoletana Pizza, 5262 Katella Ave., in Los Alamitos. Ciao! It’s “truly” Italian Pizza that’s an over-the-top taste-appealing experience. For the “Connoisseur” of Italian foods, this is the place to order pizza that’s cooked by Pizzaiolo (Chef de Cuisine) and Owner Gene Pietrini and Head Pizza Master son Landon Pietrini, in a...

Barilla, a supporter of the LA Regional Food Bank since 2018 and one of the sponsors of the Food Bank's Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) Program, has partnered with world-renowned artist Colette Miller who has installed one of her famous Global Angel Wings Project murals in the volunteer center at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.  In 2020 as food distri...

Hollywood is gearing up for the 73rd edition of the Emmy Awards, and this year, the nominees, winners, and participants will toast with Franciacorta, the elegant sparkling classic method wine produced in Lombardy, about an hour west of Milan. The Television Academy, the event's organizer, has chosen Franciacorta as the Official Sparkling Wine for t...

Chef Francesco Lucatorto and his wife and business partner, Francesca Pistorio, thought they might be stuck in Italy. There are, of course, worse fates than living out your days with family along the coast in Liguria, but they’d traveled there last summer planning to stay only a few weeks and then return to Los Angeles to finally open a bricks-and-...

Fiorella, the Italian restaurant with locations on Clement and Polk, will start slinging its top-notch Neopolitan-style pizzas in the Inner Sunset on Monday, August 30. The restaurant’s third location is its most ambitious: it’s the first to feature a full bar and is housed in a bi-level space with a wood fireplace and a rooftop deck. The building...

“Maybe I’m crazy,” says Gino Angelini on a recent phone call. The 68-year-old chef-owner of the lauded Angelini Osteria on Beverly Boulevard is preparing to open an Italian restaurant in the Palisades Village this winter. “I started working in the kitchen when I was 13. You never know with the pandemic, but it will make me stronger to do it.” Angel...

Whether or not Italian food conquered the world, as claimed by the grandiose title of a book published 10 years ago, a case can be made for the diaspora of Italy’s native grapes. Familiar varieties such as Sangiovese, Barbera, Montepulciano and Nebbiolo have taken root in unexpected places as widespread as Uruguay, South Africa and Israel. Winemake...

If you had the good fortune to eat at Portico Italian Social Food in Sebastopol before the pandemic, you probably spent this past year hoping they’d survive to feed you again. Thankfully, Paolo Pedrinazzi and Kat Escamilla not only survived this tough year (offering wonderful take out meals), they are back. They offer inside dining in their safely...