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Fans of Peppino’s Italian Family Restaurants will want to know that founder Joe Moscatiello has a new place and is ready to welcome diners. Peppino’s Italian Family Restaurants in Lake Forest, Mission Viejo and Foothill Ranch closed in March, Moscatiello had transferred them to a new owner before they shuttered. But on Saturday, May 1, Moscatiello,...

What is Italian American cuisine? How do we define traditional dishes transformed by Italian immigrants? Is the food we eat today the same as our mothers and grandmothers prepared? Italian American food traditions are often misunderstood and defined only in comparison to the “true” Italian canon. In reality, Italian American food is its own unique...

A chef who’s worked at heavy-hitting San Francisco restaurants such as Cotogna, Greens and Presidio Social Club is bringing sourdough Neapolitan pizzas and handmade pastas to the Marina this spring.  Called Norcina, the new restaurant from Kaitlynn Bauman will open in late May at 3251 Pierce St., between Chestnut and Lombard streets. It will be Bau...

Pizza pro Tony Gemignani is getting into the hotly contested Bay Area bagel game, and he’s picked a potentially controversial name for the operation. Gemignani’s Dago Bagel will be located inside his new Italian bakery, Toscano Brothers. He said he chose the brand’s name, an ethnic slur sometimes aimed at people of Italian or Spanish descent, in de...

Italy does so many things right, especially when it comes to enjoying food, drink, and socializing. Aperitivo is one of those things, and the newly opened Ciao Ciao Piadina has captured the spirit of the Italian tradition and brought it to La Jolla. What is Aperitivo? Aperitivo is the Italian tradition of meeting with friends after work to enjoy a...

About 50 years ago, upscale restaurant Chez Panisse shocked diners by serving a peach for dessert. Not a peach cobbler, shortcake, galette, or pudding, just a piece of fruit on a plate, with a knife next to it. It was symbolic of how they wanted diners to focus on the simple and natural. When you have a wonderful piece of ripe fruit, what could imp...

There’s a meaty new pop-up in town serving up a particular type of big sandwich not so often seen in San Francisco — the muffuletta. It’s from one half of the duo behind Bread Spread Pickle, another pandemic era pop-up from a couple who previously worked at the Progress. This new muffuletta one-stop-shop is called Sandy’s: the work of Peterson Hart...

An esteemed chef with deep ties to the Westside has opened an Italian restaurant called Piccolo with two locations in Santa Monica and Venice.  Piccolo’s kitchen is helmed by co-owner and Executive Chef Antonio Mure, who has opened numerous restaurants throughout his career, including the former Michelin-starred La Botte in Santa Monica, the curren...

Beans and rice. Mac and cheese. A big, steaming bowl of stew. There are some things in life that are just synonymous with culinary comfort. Pasta in a deep, rich red sauce is one of those things. Little Tony’s Italian Restaurant in Oxnard specializes in that sort of old-fashioned, spaghetti-and-meatballs comfort food. The menu is a wide array of cl...

NANAS Italian & Mexican in Redondo Beach is a tribute to the vivacious cultures and matriarchs behind the inspiring recipes — the abuelas and nonnas. It started off as a dream for partners Jonathan Anzaldi, 32, and George Torres, 34. Anzaldi is Italian. Torres is Mexican. "We're partners not only in business but I guess in life, too," Anzaldi told...

After nearly six years in business, the Olio Crudo Bar was finally becoming a regular stop for Santa Barbarans interested in raw Italian dishes of “finesse and quality,” explains co-owner Alberto Morello, a veteran of downtown’s restaurant scene. After years of cooking around Southern California, the Sicilian chef first broke into Santa Barbara wit...

Earlier this year John & Elena Duggan, the brother sister team behind Original Joe’s North Beach and Westlake, opened Little Original Joe’s, a takeout and delivery only concept in West Portal with a focus on what they do best: pizza, pasta, and parmigiana.  For people that don't know much about the history of Original Joe's, Original Joe’s first op...