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By Bianca Sienra   Simplicity has its charms, and sometimes the weary restaurant reviewer, having gorged for months on fine and fancy foods, wants nothing more than to succumb to simple pleasures.   At such times, I crave a place where there are no wildly inventive dishes or highly touted exotica on the menu, no hipster digs lined wit...

Bowtie-bedecked auctioneer Samuel Freeman was faced with the unusual task of convincing a crowd to buy something he admits he knows nothing about: the Tartufo Bianco d'Alba, or Alba White Truffle.   "I've never auctioned food before," Freeman says, "and I'd never even eaten a truffle until two days ago." Apparently that first taste won him o...

L'amore degli Usa per il vino italiano non si ferma. Se i dati dell'import di nettare tricolore, per l'Italian Wine & Food Institute, confermano una flessione su un 2011 però da record (-0,7% in quantità e -2,8% in valore nei primi 10 mesi 2012, 2.058.670 ettolitri, per 994.637.000 dollari), il Belpaese si conferma leader "straniero" negli Stat...

According to a news release, the New Jersey-based restaurant will open its second location in the area set to serve its customized Italian Roll-Ups, pasta bowls and salad bowls made with locally-grown and sustainable ingredients. The Downtown Silver Spring restaurant will feature the chain's signature "large tavola" (communal seating), stained conc...

Think of an Italian market, and what's the first image that comes to mind? A bustling, aromatic shop with huge wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on the counter and small wedges of pecorino Romano in baskets. Shelves stocked with jars of imported capers, olive oils and plump white beans. And above it all, ropes of sausage and prosciutto hams, dan...

by Michelle Caffrey   South Jersey staple Liscio's Italian Bakery has been approved for an up to $13.5 million award to expand its facilities and keep 176 jobs in the state. The Glassboro-based bakery was recently approved for the Grow New Jersey incentives of corporate business and insurance premium tax credits, to be spread out over 1...

A new management team took over the longtime Secaucus Italian institution Bareli's in November, and has been rolling out changes to the formerly old-school restaurant. First came a complete renovation of the dining room (left).   Also, the menu has been modernized; it's now Italian-American, with entrees generally in the $18 to $31 range. Fa...

Bello Pranzo Pizza & Pasta will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m.. The restaurant is located at 1600 Village Market Blvd. SE, Suite 132.Mayor Kristen Umstattd will officiate the event. Mainly a pizzeria, Bello Pranzo's menu features hand-tossed New York-style pizza, salads, appetizers, subs...

by Anna Spiegel   Ideally every neighborhood would have a cozy spot for sipping limoncello outside in summer, and cozying up by the fire with a bowl of pasta come winter. Now that's a reality in Woodley Park with the opening of Bar Civita.   The 80-seat restaurant from former Liberty Tavern head chef Liam LaCivita takes over the space...

Daniela Useli joined the ranks of Baltimore's family-owned Italian restaurants in 2011 when she opened tiny Daniela Pasta & Pastries in the heart of Hampden. She brought a Sardinian twist to town, adding her own touches to pasta dishes such as ravioli and lasagna, and to sweet treats like tiramisu and sugar-sprinkled palmier cookies — reci...

By Bill Clapper Strolling into Sorentos Italian Gourmet along Marlboro's lively main business district, we knew we were in a special place.   The furnishings and décor spoke of old world charm — or at least what we state-side bound-Americans envision as an Italian restaurant in Italy. Our waiter, dressed in all-black, greeted us and took ou...

by Lianna Fabrizio   Joyous occasions around the dinner table served with authentic Italian dishes - recipes for which were passed down three generations - are what Elisa Pignato holds close to her heart. After a lifetime of cooking traditional Italian dishes like spaghetti with white clam sauce, chicken cacciatore, and pasta fagioli by memo...