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Chicagoland is, in my opinion, a great place for Italian cuisine. And, of course, Italian wine. I enjoyed some wonderful wines on a recent trip, most from the Old World because that’s what I seek out when in the Midwest. Old World wine and Italian beef sandwiches. A visit with one of my favorite brothers always involves Italian wines. He dutifully...

Traditional Italian recipes star on the menu at Giovanni's. The restaurant, which was established in 1966, is located on Ridge Road in Munster. Its menu features many of the dishes that have been favorites through the years at the eatery. Entering Giovanni's is like walking into an old friend's house. One also feels like you've stepped into a time...

The excruciating wait to devour a haul of food from Eataly is about to get a lot shorter with the debut of the Italian marketplace’s latest restaurant, which will allow guests to pick their own raw ingredients from Eataly’s various market counters for their meal. Eataly Chicago will open the “market-to-table” concept, Osteria del Mercato, on Nov. 1...

È cominciata oggi la missione negli Stati Uniti della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, che durerà 5 giorni, con tappe a Chicago e New York, per promuovere il comparto agroalimentare del Friuli Venezia Giulia. La delegazione regionale, guidata da l'assessore regionale al Turismo e Attività Produttive, Sergio Emidio Bini, sarà protagonista del viaggio...

When you walk by Wicker Park’s Tortello, you’ll see pasta makers mixing, kneading and shaping dough, helping transform flour, water and eggs into an exquisite homemade meal. Sure to entertain anyone exposed to the shop’s floor-to-ceiling front window, “it’s a gorgeous way to show people where pasta comes from, which doesn’t come from a plastic bag,...

If there’s one thing that carries through to Oliva’s Restaurant today, it’s history — both family history and local history. The restaurant, owned by Pat and Vicki Oliva, opened Feb. 8, 2010, but the Oliva family knew about the property long before, Vicki Oliva says. Pat’s father, also Pat Oliva, operated The Silver Bar out of the location from 197...

When Papa Joe’s Casa de Pasta in Mishawaka was extensively damaged after a fire in 2016, the owners decided not to reopen the restaurant. Soon after, the city of Mishawaka purchased the land where it once sat for its future plans of widening Union Street, but dedicated fans of the restaurant were left wondering what was next. Kristina Ungerecht,...

A new Italian spot has debuted in the neighborhood. The fresh arrival to Hyde Park, called Ascione Bistro, is located at 1500 E. 55th St. Ascione Bistro serves up pasta, Italian entrees, appetizers and sides, with menu items ranging from linguine to salmon to grilled octopus. With a 4.5-star rating out of 16 reviews on Yelp so far, Ascione Bistro s...

A couple of televisions hang over the bar in the sleek space that Murano occupies on E. 6th Street downtown. But if you go you won't be watching them. That's because the real sport is people watching. Order a drink and gaze at the constant street traffic flowing by the restaurant, a snug spot between the even busier Superior and Euclid avenues. Wom...

Michael's Italian Feast has returned to East Peoria. A fourth outlet of the local restaurant chain opened Wednesday at 1302 E. Washington St., a location McDonald's once occupied. Michael's restaurants already had been established in Eureka, Germantown Hills and Washington. The outlet in Eureka opened about four years ago, about the same time the f...

Downtown Valparaiso has another elegant, sophisticated dining destination. Scarpe, a regional Italian restaurant, opened in late June in the old Bon Femme space at 66 Lincolnway in Valparaiso. It serves authentic cuisine from the 20 different regions of Italy with a focus on regional ingredients from the Midwest and a seasonal, chef-driven menu.  O...

Looking to chow down on some Italian fare? A new spot has you covered. Located at 2134 S. Indiana Ave., the newcomer is called Il Culaccino. Il Culaccino specializes in classic Italian dishes, with menu items ranging from fried calamari to meatballs to house-made gnocchi. The fresh addition has gotten an enthusiastic response thus far, with a 4.5-s...