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Ed Carrella always keeps his mom’s cookbook next to him in the kitchen, along with his dad’s royal blue ledger of recipes from his restaurant days in Chicago. Tina and Angelo Carrella immigrated to the windy city in the late ’60s, leaving their home in Naples, Italy. They dreamed of owning their own business and opened a Neapolitan pizzeria, adding...

Although I have lived most of my life in Midland, I’ve found quite a surprising number of restaurants that I have not dined at, at least not in my memory. One of them is Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders. The one thing that piqued my interest about Mancino’s is its selection of grinders. I’d heard of subs and sandwiches and hoagies before, but not grind...

The Old Nichols Library in downtown Naperville is getting a surprising new tenant this summer. Restaurateur Brian Goewey recently announced he's opening a sixth location for the Gia Mia Italian restaurant chain in the historic building at 110 S. Washington St. While it will have a menu familiar to fans of the Gia Mia's in Downers Grove, Elmhurst, G...

Piada Italian Street Food will soon become another Mayfield Road dining option when it remodels and moves into the former Bruegger’s Bagels building across from City Hall. City Council on Monday (Feb. 14) approved the preliminary site plan for the new Piada restaurant at 6075 Mayfield Road. Council also approved parking for 25 cars at the site and...

IF PASSERSBY last fall wondered what was going on behind that spiffy new Bocca awning at the intersection of 22nd and Talbott streets, the mirrored blackout windows provided no clues. “Are the lights even on yet?” wondered the drive-by Gladys Kravitzes. Even after the business, a restaurant serving “modern Italian cuisine,” officially opened in the...

If there’s one thing most people can agree on, it’s that a hearty plate of pasta is always a good choice. Heavy with Italian tradition, Chicago is home to some of the country’s best red sauce restaurants. From timeless classics, such as spaghetti and meatballs and chicken Vesuvio, to contemporary offerings featuring luxe ingredients like truffles,...

The old Nichols Library on Washington Street will have a new name, look and use this summer when it opens as Gia Mia, an Italian restaurant and Neopolitan pizzeria. Once destined for demolition, the historic library is now part of the Central Park Place development and the centerpiece around which the retail/residential complex has been built. Bria...

Sweet Shop Cafe Italiano is a new business in an old spot. Attorneys Joe Paolucci and Thomas Hitchcock opened it in downtown Buchanan, slowly increasing their offerings since then. Paolucci said they should be able to open fully in February. The store harkens back to the Sweet Shop, which has occupied the historic building for decades and to the It...

On Saturday, Feb. 12, Bryn Du will welcome back the Taste of Italy Tour to campus. The fundraiser supports Bryn Du’s historic preservation and community programming efforts, and is open for all to participate. Just like in past tours, the public is invited to place orders for homemade Italian food from The Berwick, a well-loved caterer that is ofte...

I’m proud to say that one of Ca’Lucchenzo’s owners recognized me and promptly made a joke about how I always sit in the same spot when I come for dinner. My life goal has always been to have a seat that’s always open for me at my favorite spot in town. Unfortunately for me, Ca’Lucchenzo is a very hot spot and reservations (on Tock) are usually need...

Peanut Park Trattoria has nothing to do with peanuts and everything to do with Chicago history. “When I rented a shoddy, dumpy garden apartment from a gentleman on Loomis Street, he was trying to up the rent on me,” said Dave Bonomi, owner of the Coalfire pizzerias in the city, where smoke lingers in the crust and in the air. “He was like, ‘You k...

Fred’s Italian Restaurant in Plainfield Township offers pizza, pasta, salads, subs, burgers and more in a relaxed, family-friendly environment. The restaurant, 3619 Plainfield Ave. NE, was opened in 1963 by Fred Pizzo, who was born in 1933 in Sicily, Italy. It’s now owned by his son, Sam, who says the restaurant prides itself on providing quality,...