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The Chicago Italian Beef is a unique hyper-local regional favorite. It's definitely one of those "If You Know, You Know" kind of foods. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone from northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin that has never had one and just as hard pressed to find a decent Italian beef outside of that area. If you ever see an Italian beef...

Diane Ratliff was on the hunt for some fresh fruits and vegetables. She pushed her small shopping cart to the back of the store and picked up a package of asparagus and some baby tomatoes. Then she dropped a small container of blueberries in the cart.  "These are $1 a pack!" she said. "This would be way more expensive at the grocery store." On this...

After closing last summer, Scardina Specialties, the family-owned deli which has been serving up Italian staples like spiedini, meatball sandwiches and housemade sausages since 2012, will be reopening in a new location at 715 E. Locust St. In fact, if all goes well, the Italian deli could reopen for business as soon as mid-summer. And owner Damien...

The flavors and aromas of Tuscan cuisine star at Coco Pazzo in Chicago. This year the eatery is celebrating its 30th anniversary of bringing quality Tuscan-inspired dishes to diners in the Windy City. "I'm thrilled and so appreciative that we have been embraced by the community and they've supported us throughout the past 30 years," said Jack Weiss...

In the Before Times, Daniela Vitale and Steven Jarczyk made a name for themselves selling cheesy, gooey, deep-fried rice balls at farmers’ markets. Like many nimble food businesses, their Sfera Sicilian Street Food pivoted during the pandemic, jarring sauces and delivering their arancini chilled and ready to reheat at home. In October 2020, things...

I absolutely love sweets. I love Italian pastries even more. I am going to let you all in on my favorite Italian bakery in Illinois. The name of this bakery is Italian Bakery in Addison. I had moved from my hometown of Melrose Park to the Wood Dale/Addison area and needed a place close to home for Italian pastries. I remember growing up and I would...

A new Italian restaurant has opened downtown. Chef Michael Feker, who also owns Il Mito Trattoria e Enoteca in Wauwatosa and Zesti in Hartland, which opened in 2014, heard his Lake Country customers wanted Italian cooking closer to home. He answered with Il Mito Café, which opened April 7. “Everyone was telling me, ‘Chef, Il Mito (in Wauwatosa) is...

Sometimes you find the best food in unexpected places. On a recent work trip to the Indianapolis area, we were heading out of town and squeezed in one last stop that was a little off the beaten path. I am glad I made a point of stopping there after a contact at the local visitor's bureau told me how good it was. He was spot on. Perillo's Pizzeria i...

Truthfully, any restaurant in Cleveland’s Little Italy will serve you a meal that’s worth writing home about. However, there’s something truly special about the food, atmosphere, and staff at Angelo’s Nido Italia Restaurant. For decades, this local eatery has served up some of the best home-cooked Italian food you’ll find in Cleveland. Serving up a...

Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage restaurant had a lot going on last month this March, celebrating their 42nd business anniversary. But on my trip to the Tinley Park Pop's location for an influencer marketing assignment from Deerfield based PR firm All Points Public Relations, I learned about what else Pop's does well on top of preparing scrumptious eat...

Waukesha foodies may have spotted a new mobile food vendor in the city since Little Beefy started serving Italian beef sandwiches along Moreland Boulevard in mid-March. Operator Patrick Glynn is serving up hot beef sandwiches with a variety of topping options at 789 W. Moreland Blvd. in an empty parking lot across from Starbucks at 801 W. Moreland...

My favorite part of my daily routine is drinking coffee in the morning. Whether brewed at home or from one of my favorite coffee shops, it’s a time when I can relax and have my much-needed alone time to recharge, do homework or chill with a friend. When arriving in Italy, naturally one of the first things I did was seek out a cup of coffee the morn...