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If she had to choose the perfect setting for her food, Alice Gregori would probably say Sunday food feast. Gregori, founder of Caponatina Lab—a catering and private dinner service in Menlo Park—aims to welcome guests into a lively dining room filled with casual tables, loud and fun conversation, and food that’s outspokenly Italian. Essentially, her...

We’re so excited to bring back Taste of Little Italy this year on June 22 and 23 from 4 to 6 p.m., closer to a format you’ve all grown to know and love. As one of the top events in our beautiful neighborhood, it’s a great feeling to be able to welcome everyone back, after the turbulent year we’ve had. For this year’s Taste we currently have 31 part...

Beneath the Kimpton La Peer Hotel, down an echo-filled stairwell, Michael Fiorelli is deeply focused on dinner prep. This subterranean, stainless steel workstation isn’t where the Olivetta chef expected to be before the pandemic started, but he’s more comfortable than ever cooking food like this: coastal Mediterranean cooking with Italian overtones...

The pizza boom in Los Angeles seems to have no end. Over the past few years, pizza trends like Neapolitan, Detroit, Sicilian, and more have swept across the city, raising LA’s profile to one of the best pizza stops in the country. One of the more recent trends in the city is Roman-style pizza, which has two variations. There’s tonda, which is a rou...

Padova, Italy-born chef Paola Da Re and her family have accomplished a lot with Pasta Sisters since 2015. They started by offering mix-and-match, hand-made pastas and sauces from a tiny café in the Arlington Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. They expanded to a larger, higher profile space in the Helms Bakery complex, a patio-centric location tha...

Different chefs feel comfortable in different environments. While many prefer the intimacy of a small kitchen, from food trucks to hole-in-the-wall local haunts, Nathaniel Marcus, the senior sous-chef at the combo Ritz-Carlton-JW Marriott, prefers the massive corporate space a hotel kitchen provides.  Talking about Savoca, the hotel’s centerpiece I...

This weekend, the Milanese trio behind the popular Pacific Beach pizzeria Ambrogio15 will open a new restaurant that its owners hope will encourage San Diegans to not only re-examine Italian cooking but also the concept of fine dining. Semola, the Ambrogio15 Gstronomy Project will open Saturday evening in the former PrepKitchen restaurant space at...

For the past two years, famed neighborhood pizzaiolo Tony Gemignani has been working on his own bakery concept with the hope of returning European baking traditions to North Beach. Now open, his Toscano Brothers bakery is serving throwback vibes and classic breads. Designed by Gemignani himself (the chef designs all his restaurants), the Vallejo St...

When he cooks for Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, he prepares the dish she likes best, spaghetti with fresh tomatoes and basil, while to Vin Diesel he serves classic bruschetta, of which the Fast & Furious actor is particularly fond. Chef Arturo Avallone arrived in Los Angeles with a dream that, with determination, talent and passion for g...

A popular Houston-based pizza brand is coming to Fresno in a big way with a five-unit franchise agreement. The husband-and-wife team of Katharina and Don Haines are bringing Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen to the Central Valley after falling in love with “that perfect slice of pizza” while living in Texas, according to a news release. T...

Historic North Beach Italian restaurant Tosca Cafe has reopened for indoor dining for the first time in nearly two years. The dream team of chef Nancy Oakes (Boulevard), restaurateur Anna Weinberg (Marlowe) and designer Ken Fulk took over the space in 2019 just a month after it closed following a tumultuous six-year run under restaurateur Ken Fried...

On April 21, 27-year-old chef and owner Adriano Piazza opened the doors of his new eatery, Pronto Italian Deli, in Downtown San Clemente after more than two years of planning and preparation. For Adriano, a Sicilian-born, classically trained chef who earned the Degree of Doctor in Gastronomic Sciences from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in...