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Step into the new Due Focacceria Italian eatery and market in St. Paul’s Macalester-Groveland neighborhood and it’s clear fresh baked flatbreads are the star of the show. It seems owner Eric Carrara, who runs the spot with his wife, Vanessa, is paying tribute to his roots. His mom is from Sicily and his dad is from the Tuscany region. On the menu,...

By now, chef Timothy Adams doesn't bat an eye when he gets the inevitable question from one of Il Palato's confused diners: Where's the spaghetti and meatballs? Such questions are bound to happen. After all, the restaurant is owned by Michael Del Pietro, a prolific restaurateur whose surname carries the weight of decades in the business and the exp...

Not everyone lives in RiNo. Or LoHi or LoDo or whatever other neighborhood hybrid moniker is fashionable right this second. Yet those seem to be the primary places getting a Certain Kind of Restaurant. This Certain Kind of Restaurant (or CKR, if you will) holds a monopoly in the Union Station neighborhood. It’s taking over LoHi and it’s settling in...

On the surface, there’s nothing all that surprising to have painted portraits of an Italian mom and dad inside St. Paul’s Caffe Biaggio. “She was the mama of the neighborhood,” said John D’Agostino, talking about his mom Giovanna. She was legendary in the Twin Cities during the ’70s, as the owner of her homestyle Italian restaurant in the Dinkytown...

Ciao St. Louis and the Italian Club of St. Louis invite you to our co-sponsored event an “ITALIAN FAMILY PICNIC” on Sunday, August 11, at 1 p.m. at Watson Trails Park, 12450 West Watson Road in Sunset Hills. This event is for children, grandchildren and adults! A delicious lunch of GRILLED SALSICCIA, HAMBURGERS and HOTDOGS will begin around 1:30 p....

If you want to be a broadcaster in this town, it used to really help if your name was Buck or Kelly.  If you want to be in the restaurant business, it would help if you were related to the families.  The families of Paul Manno, John Mineo, Frank and Carmello Gabriel and Joe San Fillippo have been a major force in the St. Louis restaurant scene. Let...

The back room at Carmine Lonardo's Specialty Meats & Deli is gleaming and quiet. The space where the Lonardo family normally cranks out 10,000 pounds of sausage a week hasn't seen a speck of meat since most of the Lonardo clan embarked on a two-week European cruise, leaving Carmine, the 54-year-old son and namesake of the shop's founder, and his wi...

If you've got Italian on the mind, you're in luck. A new The Old Spaghetti Factory outpost has opened up shop at 1421 Waterfront. The Old Spaghetti Factory serves three-course meals with entrees including meaty mac and cheese, fettuccine alfredo and spinach and cheese ravioli. The new spot has gotten off to an uneven start thus far, with a three-st...

Maybe because I spent my high school years as a wannabe actor, or maybe because I spend my grown-up years as a TV news anchor, I’m always drawn to the dramatic. A restaurant is theater, isn’t it? The set design, the lighting, the stage itself—all combine to create an experience, not just a meal. Downtown Minneapolis’ newest hotel restaurant Giulia...

A popular Des Moines restaurant that closed unexpectedly in March will be reopened by a local restaurateur at the end of summer. Sambetti's, located at 1430 Second Ave. in Des Moines, was purchased by Steve McFadden, owner of the local Grumpy Goat Tavern chain with four locations, Tipsy Crow Tavern in downtown Des Moines and Mickey’s Irish Pub & Gr...

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Italian fare? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Saint Paul, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're on the hunt. 1. Mama's Pizza Topping the list is North End's Mama's Pizza, situated at 961 Rice St. Wit...

It had been a while since my boyfriend and I had been on a let's-get-dressed-up date, and I was looking forward to going back to one of the first restaurants we'd visited as a couple: The Cosi Cucina Italian Grill in Clive.  The last time Andy and I dined here, the tables were packed, and they included a few teenagers heading to a homecoming dance....