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New Paradise Bakery, opening March 26, inside the former Gladstone Park Bakery at 5742-44 N. Milwaukee Ave., will be offering a variety of bakery items and gelato, using fresh ingredients and recipes from its sister location in Palermo on the island of Sicily. “We want to be part of the neighborhood (and) also will ask (for local recommendations),”...

Little Italy Pizza has been located at 619 Main St. in Groveport for the last 43 years, but soon it will be relocating. According to Little Italy’s Operations Manager Avery Ward, the longstanding neighborhood spot will be moving several blocks west of its current location to the Wert’s Grove Building, located at 490 Main St. The new pizzeria, slate...

The North End is known for its authentic Italian food, but there are SO many restaurants to choose from. If you haven't tried out Carmelina's on Hanover Street, I definitely recommend trying it out. Growing up, I have always been surrounded by Italian food one way or another. After hearing about Carmelina’s, I had to try it out. I was ready to visi...

If you take just one step into Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, the aroma of hot cheese, sauce and crust fresh out of the oven becomes overwhelming. Welcome to Lou’s — arguably the best deep dish in the Chicago area. The first Lou Malnati’s location opened on March 17, 1971 in Lincolnwood. With a total of 58 locations in the Chicago area alone, Lou’s is the...

One of the area’s longest running, family-owned restaurants, Verucchi’s Ristorante has been serving up hungry visitors to Starved Rock Country since 1914. Building their reputation on some of the areas best fried chicken, Verucchi’s real claim to fame is their pasta menu featuring over ten authentic Italian recipes brought over from the Old Country...

Although dining along Grandview Avenue has gone through many transitions over the years, Trattoria Roma has been a mainstay since 2000. Longtime chef Matt Prokopchak and general manager Shawn Mason, both partners in the restaurant, have made it their mission to keep the traditional items on the menu while using modern flourishes on several entrees....

Curing meats in-house is becoming somewhat of a lost art. But Chris Thompson has made that meticulous process the foundation of a newer restaurant in Logan Square.  Opened last July, Lardon offers an assortment of charcuterie and salami made by Thompson and his staff.  “There’s still a lot of people in this country still fanning those flames and ke...

Many countries throughout history have their own iteration of pizza, but the type of pizza many Americans have come to know and love is uniquely Italian. It gained popularity in the 1940s when Italian immigrants brought their creation to the masses.  Restaurateur Sam Chamsine grew up in Italy and brought classic Neapolitan-style pizza to Fishers. C...

You can satisfy your sweet tooth and get a taste of Italian treats at a new spot in Detroit called Momento Gelato and Coffee. The shop opened its doors in Corktown at the start of the year. Gelato is an Italian dessert that is typically made with less butterfat than other ice cream desserts. Momento Gelato and Coffee is serving up a variety of gela...

Coco Pazzo in River North is marking 30 years in Chicago. The Italian restaurant was one of the first to serve Tuscan-inspired food in the city. Located at 300 W. Hubbard, it opened in the winter of 1992 serving up ultra-thin pizzas, seafood vegetables, meats and chicken in a special wood-fired oven.Breads are baked in house and pastas are made fre...

After relocating to Columbus, Youngstown natives Adam Sterling and Angelo Fagnano noticed that the city’s Italian food scene wasn’t as robust as that of their hometown. And they’re trying to change that. The duo is launching a brand-new new Italian food truck, Ciao! Italian Eatery later this month. “In Youngstown, Italian food is king,” Sterling, a...

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Gene & Georgetti Chicago is feeling positive about a busy March. Beginning today, the 81-year-old Chicago restaurant will honor its tradition of offering a special menu during the Lenten season. “This was a tradition that started when I was a little girl, and one that we love to honor,” says third-generatio...