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A Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen will open in August in the Spotsylvania Towne Centre food court. The new restaurant will serve crispy Neapolitan, thick Sicilian and stuffed-style pizza, as well as homemade pasta, authentic Italian entrées, salads and specialty items.   Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen is one of five fast-casual restaurant bran...

A fast casual Italian eatery is coming to the vacant restaurant space at 4733 Elm Street near Bethesda Row. Property owner Lenny Greenberg confirmed the new tenant, which recently launched a website announcing the concept. Blogger Robert Dyer first reported the news.   Read more   Source: http://www.bethesdanow.com   &nbs...

A new gelato shop is likely coming soon to 107 N. Fairfax St. in Old Town Alexandria, according to papers filed with the City Planning Commission. This will be the first Virginia location for Dolci Gelati, which already has shops in D.C.'s Shaw neighborhood and in Takoma Park, Md. In addition to its two locations, the company also has a food t...

Ask a restaurateur opening a cozy corner restaurant and he'll tell you his aspirations are to be a neighborhood place. But these are often just buzzwords. To experience a textbook example, visit Sal's Italian Kitchen in Cabin John where keeping things neighborly comes easily.   It's easy for guests to push tables together when neighbors and...

Ana Gomez, the woman working the pasta extruder at Dal Grano in McLean, has a relaxed air about her as the machine squeezes out ­pale-yellow ropes of bucatini.   She glides a flat tool across the extruder's bronze die to free the ­hollowed-out strands, so she can build a small nest with them on a baking sheet. By the time Gomez sprinkles sem...

Girasole is the friend you haven't seen in forever but know you can count on even after a long absence (six years, in my case). The same things I appreciated about the two-story, family-run hunt country retreat back then are the details I applaud now: pastas made in-house, neighborly service and a main dining room that pulls the outdoors in with th...

Fall offers a bounty of colorful fruits and vegetables that are delicious and packed with nutritional benefits. This is the best time of year to enjoy a variety of healthful produce such as orange winter squash, yellow pepper, Brussels sprouts, okra and turnips, among others. They are especially delicious when part of a pasta dish, offering an exc...

by Eric Kiefer   Blue Eyes, a new Italian eatery at the Sinatra Park café in Hoboken, will celebrate its soft opening this Friday, April 17, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. The restaurant will begin serving customers on Sunday, April 19.   According to a release, Blue Eyes will feature a wood-burning oven which can prepa...

He was just 6 years old when he first saw the deep red drink brought out at Sunday dinners at his grandparents' house. Camden businessman Billy Yocco (originally Iocco) remembers holding a funnel in a narrow-mouthed pitcher or vase on the table so his Italian-born great-grandfather from Abruzzo, Pierino Gallese, could pour the homemade "vino" from...

by Michael Klein   Wentz will remain at Townsend, where he was named chef of the year in 2014 by Craig LaBan and was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's best new restaurant. Townsend also was Philly Mag's restaurant of the year in 2014.   Executive chef Michael Millon - a Lansdowne native who has worked with Wentz for 10 y...

By Melissa McCart   Lidia's Pittsburgh in the Strip District has gotten a facelift. It's not just a nip and tuck but a gutting that exceeds the construction costs of many new restaurants opening around town. Opened 15 years ago, Lidia's has retained its backlit wine wall in the renovation, but has made many other updates: A once open ki...

6-9 p.m., Kohler Signature Store, 300 Albemarle St., Baltimore (MD)(410) 752-4515, littleitalymadonnari.com, $35.   You may think that Italian food is just pizza and pasta; and, yeah, that is a lot of it. But it's the best pizza and pasta, and other incarnations of bread and tomatoes and olive oil and wine and meat and everything good in thi...