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There are potential plans to bring a new pizzeria and bocce courts to downtown East Lansing. Coratti's Pizzeria Bar and Bocce would be at 321 E. Grand River Ave., offering food and licensed alcoholic beverage sales. A public hearing on site plans and special use permit requests is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, before the East Lansing Planning C...

Covington’s Main Street — the heart of historically designated MainStrasse Village — boasts one of the best assortments of restaurants in Greater Cincinnati. A lion’s share of credit for that abundance goes to a restaurant group informally known as Otto’s Restaurant Family. MainStrasse residents Emily Wolff and Paul Weckman opened Otto’s in 2003, b...

Are you in the mood for Italian food? Do you live in the suburbs of Cleveland? Of course, you could go to a big chain restaurant like Olive Garden or Carrabba's Italian Grill. But why do that when there is delicious Italian food to be found at locally-owned restaurants in the area? Here are 4 great Italian restaurants in Cleveland's suburbs, listed...

The other day, I was in the mood for Italian food. However, I didn't know where to go. Of course, there are great Italian restaurants in Little Italy, but since I live on the west side, I didn't feel like driving that far east (especially with the ridiculous price of gas nowadays). I live in the suburbs, so I could have gone to Carrabba's Italian G...

An Italian sandwich shop with bread baked in-house is opening on the border of Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village. Firenze, 2121 W. Division St., offers sandwiches made with schiacciata, a popular flatbread found in Florence, Italy, for which the restaurant is named. Options range from turkey pecorino to truffle prosciutto and roasted veggie. The co...

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...