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Whether you’re ready or not, the holidays are coming. Thanksgiving is over, December is here, and the stress of the holiday season will soon be upon us in full force. In addition to trying to find something unique and special for everyone on your holiday shopping list, we also recommend trying to buy something local for those hard-to-buy-for people...

Main courses with titles such as Della Casa and Orrecchiette dot the menu at Bocca, the newly opened “modern Italian” restaurant in the former Fall Creek Place home of Shoefly Public House. Bocca is the brainchild of Dan Cage, who operates Ambrosia just south of Broad Ripple. The menu is designed by executive chef Ricky Martinez, formerly of Delici...

The Scratch Italian food truck has been serving up a variety of authentic Italian eats for over two years throughout the greater Columbus area, oftentimes while parked outside the Homestead Beer Co. Delaware Public House. And soon enough, they’ll be moving inside the popular brewery. Scratch Italian announced last night on their social media accoun...

A new restaurant is coming to Rockford's east side that hopes to be exactly what people are looking for in a steakhouse. Prime, located at 6565 Lexus Drive, the former site of Five Forks Market, is an Italian restaurant specializing in steaks, seafood and pasta. They will open their doors for the first time on Friday. "I miss some of our old Italia...

Whether or not you love city life, there are perks to living in a city like Cleveland. For one, the arts and culture. Who doesn’t love the magnificent architectural marvels that line Cleveland’s streets?! Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but one universal truth is that good food brings people together. The Land is filled to the brim with e...

Rosebud Restaurants, the nearly half-century old local Italian restaurant chain, unveiled a new flagship location in Prudential Plaza earlier this month. The new restaurant will be the brand’s ninth, but the three-level structure on Randolph Street, which includes an enclosed rooftop that overlooks Millennium Park, is taking a fresh approach: each...

Three local Italian culinary powerhouses are joining forces to open a nostalgic neighborhood restaurant this month in Little Italy. Peanut Park Trattoria, perched on the corner of Taylor and Loomis streets, aims to establish itself as a cozy, casual haven serving handmade pasta and traditional favorites from Italy’s many regions. The new collaborat...

After Joe Carlucci closed his namesake restaurant in Downers Grove three years ago, almost immediately he began planning another Carlucci’s that would bring him back to the city. Carlucci has been in the restaurant business for 36 years. “There’s always something in building a restaurant that you don’t realize is going to surprise you,” he says. “M...

Marco's Pizza's largest franchisee has added a location in New Berlin's busiest district. Highland Ventures Ltd., which owns and operates more than 100 stores tied to the national pizza delivery and carryout chain, opened its doors Nov. 15 at the Moorland Square Shopping Center, 15415 W. National Ave., between Pick 'n Save and Burghardt's Sporting...

Italian immigrants to Chicago had an outsized impact on the city’s food scene during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Few items have endured and even grown in importance as giardiniera, the mix of peppers and other vegetables given a quick pickle and then a soak in oil. Chicagoans and food tourists seeking out a Chicago-style hot dog or an I...

At any private company, working alongside relatives can come with plenty of internecine challenges. But how about one big extended Italian family that includes siblings, parents and children all part of the operation? At Buona, which encompasses 25 fast-casual Buona Beef restaurants, catering and a grocery-sales division, family somehow works. The...

A new Norwood Park restaurant is ready for business after almost five months of renovations. Zia’s Social, 6158 N. Northwest Highway, fully opened Monday after a soft opening over the weekend. The restaurant and bar — with high tops and booth tables, two stages for music performances, a wood-fired pizza oven, a private party rental room and lots of...