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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...

“Now this is a bread basket,” a tablemate declared. In the age of dwindling amenities, Jojo’s Bar welcomes guests with a linen napkin-lined silver bowl overflowing with a cornucopia of fresh-baked treats. Tucked within are poofy seeded rolls, slices of artisan bread and shards of thin, crispy lavash. On the side are ramekins filled with soft salt-c...

When Virginia Stolarski first visited Jim Bommarito's Dolceria-Palermo in 1965, she was looking to try the subs her friends and neighbors had raved about. Little did she know, she’d meet her future friends and neighbors. The legacy of the family bakery is now continued by a third generation: sisters Christine Corrado, Roseanne Valenti, and Grace Ad...

April 2 is the final day to grab dinner at Speck Italian Eatery’s Delaware restaurant. The eatery, currently located at 15 E. Winter St. in Delaware, will soon move to its new home in The Nicholas, a Columbus apartment building located at 12 W. Gay St. in the heart of Downtown. “We appreciate the refined palates of our dedicated Delaware guests and...

One of the biggest mysteries in Marion has finally been solved: When would Amato's Woodfired Pizza finally open its doors in downtown Marion? After four years of planning, preparation and setbacks, the Delaware-based pizza favorite boasting authentic Italian woodfired pizzas and a "neighborhood feel" opened its doors to its newest Marion location M...