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The same characteristics that make chicken Parmesan such a soul-satisfying dish as an entree—the hearty pool of bright red tomato sauce and blanket of stretchy mozzarella—make it a such a potentially hazardous sandwich. While it almost always looks impressive, after a few seconds the onslaught of wet ingredients leave the bread soggy and the fried...

by Sandra Tornberg   More than 35 years ago a tradition was started by the late Giulio and Connie Badia. They opened their home to about ten paesani for the purpose of making sausage, salami, and prosciutto in the Abruzzese tradition.   Back in those days they started out with one hundred pounds of pork meat, and eventually worked the...

Rosati's Pizza in Schererville may have a new location, but there's nearly a century of tradition behind the name that began in Coney Island, New York and then Chicago's Taylor Street. The name goes back to the 1890s when Italian immigrant Ferdinand Rosati opened a New York restaurant. The family later moved to Chicago where in 1927 Ferdinand's so...

I knew I was going to like Nico. And not just like it, love it. I have been wanting to dine here since it opened nearly two years ago, and I finally made it to Nico on Monday, for lunch, with my Dad. The L-shaped dining room is perfectly decorated, with subtle colors, mixed seating with cushioned chairs, comfy booths and tables.  ...

Festa Italiana invites home cooks to enter their favorite easy-to-prepare Italian recipes in the festival's inaugual Chef's Choice Recipe Contest. A committee will select the top five, and those participants will be asked to present their dish to a judging panel at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 20 in the Cucina Showcase at Festa Italiana. The panel includes...

May 2, 2015 - May 4, 2015 Saturday 10:00 AM - Monday 2:00 PMWrigleyville - Lakeview, Clark & Eddy - Chicago, Illinois Buongiorno Chicago - The Italians are coming! Just in time for the James Beard Awards, Lavazza, Italy's favorite coffee, will be perking up Chicago by touring the streets with the Lavazza mobile café, the company...

Buona, The Original Italian Beef, celebrates 35 years of serving up its famous beef to all of Chicagoland on January 21. Joe Buonavolanto, Sr. opened the first Buona restaurant in 1981 in Berwyn, Illinois, bringing Italian beef to the suburbs.   Buonavolanto was among a group of Italian immigrants who made the now-famous sandwich a stap...

Coming from a restaurant like Two Urban Licks in Atlanta, Michael Serdula had plenty of ideas on how to run a commercial kitchen. That boisterous and beloved big city restaurant is praised for its progressive farm-to-table approach, and Serdula had every intention of establishing a similar program at his new gig up north as opening chef of Pastina....

Chicago is having a very Italian moment. Throughout 2013, the city has enthusiastically participated in the nationwide celebration of the Year of Italian Culture with concerts, stage performances, and, most notably, the stunning summer light installation Divina Natura at The Field Museum. But as the nation revels in Italian culture, in the Windy Ci...

Another Italian restaurant will fill the space left by Pasquale's in downtown East Dundee. Dino Mondelli, who operates Dino's Pizza and Pasta in Lake in the Hills, is leasing the site at 310 N. River St., to open LaTavola Ristorante & Pizzeria. Pasquale's Pizzeria & Delicatessen shut its doors last month after about a year in busi...

Numerous eateries in our town, past and present, were the inspiration and perspiration of local Italian American families with names such as Amato, Capadona, Di Salvo and Schiro, including at least a couple of dining dynasties. Biagio Gargano, born in Sicily in 1936, gave us Gargano's Pizzeria, the Monastery and Bellini Italian Restaurant. Younger...

I would never have expected one of the most enjoyable Italian restaurant experiences I've had in Chicago to take place inside Symphony Center.   Yet there I sat in Tesori, digging into wood-grilled octopus on a bed of smoky cannellini beans with pancetta, looking around to find not the senior set you might expect, but a diverse crowd of peop...