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by Ben Lariccia   La Gazzetta spoke with co-manager of Carmella's Café, Lisa Kelso. La Gazzetta (LG): Good afternoon, Lisa. Thanks so much for inviting La Gazzetta to your restaurant. The minute you walk in you see old family photos. That's not a photo-shopped display. Tell us about your family.   Carmella's: Yes, those are real fami...

Fratellos does not have an apostrophe in its name. That's because "fratellos" means "brothers" in Italian. And the Lakemoor restaurant was really started by brothers Larry and Lou Carvelli in a tiny trailer back in 1975. Today just one brother, Lou, of Westchester, is at the helm of the casual eatery, which serves local favorites like Chicago-styl...

Opened on the same day as Chicago's new Italian mega-store, Eataly, One Off Hospitality's newest venture, Nico Osteria has hit the Gold Coast with a bang. Its chef-driven Italian cuisine, sophisticated cocktails, creative desserts, all-star cast, and elegant interior inside the Thompson Hotel has drawn mostly positive reaction. Open for less than t...

Salvatore J. Sciacca and the Chicagoland Italian American Professionals personally invite you to an exclusive event on July 24th at A Tavola Restaurant: "Living La Dolce Vita"   Experience a most memorable evening. Networking in the beautiful outdoor patio Upscale dining at A Tavola Restaurant including a glass of fine wine, grill...

For those who want to celebrate Valentine's Day by enchanting their other half with a delightful dinner for two, Eataly Chicago is pleased to offer a unique pop-up restaurant that will be open for one night only: Osteria Valentino. We will combine our restaurants La Carne, Il Pesce, and Le Verdure to create one unique dining room where guests will...

by Louisa Chu   The critically acclaimed and fan favorite pizzeria Paulie Gee's in New York just announced the location of its long-awaited Chicago shop, in Logan Square at 2451 N. Milwaukee Ave., near Logan Boulevard. Before you raise your pizza rivalry pitchforks, these are not New York-style pies. Owner, pizza maker and namesake Paul Gia...

by Angela Accomando   Have you ever stumbled upon a really great restaurant a little off the "beaten path?" Francesca's Italian Family Restaurant in Earlville is just that kind of hidden gem. With your first step inside, you are immediately transported from a small, farming community to a Sicilian trattoria.   Photos and artwork...

by Jennifer L. Manfrin The Italian BMT combines salami, ham and pepperoni complete with customers' favorite toppings. The classic combination has made it a top-seller for years, and it was one of the first sub sandwiches offered at Subway, said manager Gina Shearn. "People like that Italian meat combo. It's really great topped with Italian dr...

The future looks delicious for Naperville resident Joseph Cuzzone. He earned an associates degree in culinary arts at College of DuPage and will soon complete his bachelor's degree in nutrition at Benedictine University. "I love everything about food and nutrition," said Cuzzone, 22. He comes from a family filled with bountiful cooks...

Walking through Eataly, New York City's 50,000-square-foot homage to all things delizioso, is like dying and going to Italian foodie heaven.   You pass by cases groaning with formaggio, salumi, pasta, biscotti, cannoli, and gelati. You weave through crowded stalls selling wines, olive oils, aged balsamic vine- gars, spices, and even cookbook...

This hot spot is located in the old Madison Theatre building, right across the street from the Detroit Opera House. While it's known for its hearty Italian fare (much of which can be served gluten-free!) it also has a stocked bar with ample seating, perfect to grab a drink before or after a show.   While it is perhaps geared more toward the...

Lots of hungry people showed up at St. Celestine Catholic Church recently to get a good meal at the second of three Lenten dinner fundraisers there. On March 6 in the church school's gym, parishioners and supporters paid $10 for a meal with three entrees, a salad bar and dessert. Raffle tickets were also sold for various prizes, including a flat-sc...