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Abbiocco Italian Cuisine and Luna Kitchen + Cocktails can be found off of IN-49 at 600 Gateway Boulevard. The unique restaurant and bar are held under one roof. Well, that is if Luna being on the rooftop counts. These two restaurants allow for two different dining experiences in one. “Whether you’re coming from the beach, or you are coming for an a...

The Lucca Grill, in downtown Bloomington at 116 E. Market St., is the first pick for the Pantagraph's new feature on restaurants and bars of the week. Lucca Grill is a locally owned Italian-American restaurant. It was founded in 1936 by the Baldini brothers, Fred and John, but is now owned by Tony Smith and John Koch. While Lucca has a wide variety...

Bitcoin investments not quite providing for that dream vacation? Still leery of post-Covid international travel? Longing to revisit or experience the unique sounds, smells and flavors of romantic, exciting places like… Italy? Thanks to the culinary skills and heritage of Executive Chef Alessandro Forti and his wife Lisa, it’s possible to experience...

Portillo’s, the fast casual chain known for hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and chocolate cake shakes, plans to go public, the company said Monday. Oak Brook-based Portillo’s confidentially submitted a draft registration statement with federal regulators. The company said it is still determining the number of shares it will offer and the price ra...

In the very week that the entire country was shutting down as COVID-19 spread across U.S. soil, Jeff Mauro was holed up in an Airbnb with his wife, photographer, and food stylist to capture photos for his upcoming cookbook, Come On Over. As the title might suggest, its original intention was all about gathering together, having friends and family...

Six months after Joliet Patch reported that Joliet's West Jefferson Street would be welcoming a Pop's Italian Beef restaurant business owners are ready to start hiring their staff. On Friday, a large banner was displayed across the top of the old Boston Market store at 1888 West Jefferson Street, near Larkin Avenue. Starting wages for management...

The Cambria Hotel Shelby Township-Detroit and its restaurant, Verona — Inspired Italian, will open on July 21. The hotel, located at 50741 Corporate Dr. in Shelby Township, offers 98 rooms, including three suites, along with upscale amenities and locally inspired design and artwork. The property’s on-site restaurant, Verona – Inspired Italian, will...

LaRosa’s and Freestore Foodbank launched an  8-week effort on April 12, created specifically to stock 60 school pantries in 20 counties throughout the Tri-State. As a celebration for the community, LaRosa’s held a free-pizza event earlier today to serve kids and staff of Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy, the Carl H. Lindner YMCA, as well as t...

“Here,” said chef Gaetano DiBenedetto, as he handed me what looked like a pale pink rose. It was mortadella, cut very thin, folded a few times into delicate leaves, most unlike the pale brownish sausage flecked with fat that’s usually the last thing eaten off a deli party tray. I didn’t recognize the mortadella at first: it was so good and so unlik...

Vino con Volo Bar and Italian Kitchen is now open for business in downtown West Bend and welcomes those with a hearty appetite. June 21 was the restaurant’s grand opening, and since then, business has been booming for Co-Owners Jeremy Hahn and Gary Bacon. They said there was a high demand for local Italian food because the only other Italian choice...

Legendary Chicago Italian restaurant Spiaggia, which has been open for 37 years, announced Friday it is permanently closed. Owners of the Michelin-starred restaurant and its sister concept, Café Spiaggia, were unable to restructure its soon-to-expire Michigan Avenue lease, a move that “was necessary to reflect the realities of operating a restauran...

One of my favorite things about Michigan's Upper Peninsula is that there are so many small and unique towns and cities that have absolute staples of the community. From what I'm learning, that's exactly what Ralph's Italian Deli in the small city of Ishpeming, outside of Marquette, is for them. From the outside it looks like your normal small town...