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Lucca's Italian Restaurant in Helena has been named best in Montana by a business website. Lucca's is on the Walking Mall in downtown Helena.   Owner Frederick Stout says he just happened to learn while talking to someone on Thursday that his business was named best restaurant in Montana in an article on MSN.com; the story originated on...

by Mecca Bos   Minneapolis, can we not have nice things? It seems like the bombardment of too many Italian restaurants focusing on crudo means they are already starting to fall like a house of cards. One of our very favorites, Parella, recently lost Executive Chef Todd Macdonald (though he is remaining as silent partner).   He we...

A pit stop in Bay St. Louis made such a big impression on two restaurant owners, they decided to adjust their plans and settle here. Italian Garden Restaurant opened Saturday at 828 U.S. 90 in the Bay, across from Bay Arts Center, and is owned by Giovanni Karelli and his wife, Mergita Sadiku.   Karelli, originally from Bartlesville, Okl...

When Modesto closed last month after a 15-year run, owner Brendan Marsden had already announced that he would open a new concept in the restaurant's space on the Hill (5257 Shaw Avenue), and that this new concept would involve pizza. Yet another Italian restaurant on the Hill? Not exactly.   As Marsden first revealed to St. Louis Magazi...

By Gretchen Kurtz   Paul and Aileen Reilly, the brother-sister team behind Beast + Bottle, couldn't have picked a better spot for Coperta, their Italian restaurant that opened at the height of summer. It's located on the edge of downtown across from Benedict Fountain Park, so after a leisurely meal, you can head out the door, belly full of w...

By Jasper J. Mirabile Jr. Everyone has a special memory of their childhood. Most of mine revolve around the kitchen and family. While most kids were out playing T-ball, my time was spent in the kitchen being intrigued by my mother and grandmother gathering just a few ingredients and producing a meal for the family. Whether it be waking up to the...

There's a saying in the Little Balkans area of Southeast Kansas that if your family name ends in a vowel, you likely belong to a family of immigrant coal miner descent. Mengarelli. Maransani. Stefanoni. They were among the thousands of Italians who came to the area after the first underground coal mines opened in the late 1800s.   Read...

Summer has yet to deliver its full range of vegetables, but one stalwart crop that keeps on giving is Brassica rapa (from rapum, Latin for "turnip"). Brimming with flavor, this vegetable is known variously in its native Italy as cime di rapa ("turnip tops"), broccoletti di rape or just rape (pronounced räp'-eh), rapi, rappini, friarielli, vrucculi...

by Natalie Micale   Rita's Italian Ice is now open in Lincoln and it's the first store in Nebraska to offer Italian ice custard. The store's franchise is owned by the Malone family from Crete, Nebraska. Mike and Elynn Malone say they tried the store's hallmark item, ice custard in Kansas when they were visiting their daughter and loved...

by Mark Antonation   Kazmos Lounge closed six years ago. Since then, there hasn't been much activity in the corner spot at West 14th Avenue and Kalamath Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood — but a public-hearing notice went up at the Denver Department of Excise and Licenses recently for a hotel and restaurant liquor license at the addres...

Drawn by foot traffic and a concentration of students, a college student majoring in entrepreneurship expects to open a new gelato store downtown.   Cameron Maes, a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and former Missouri State student, said he wants to open Maes Gelateria as early as May 1.   Read more   Sou...

Ivan Marquez has built a strong following with two Overland Park restaurants — one full-service, the other fast-casual. Now he's expanding with a third restaurant. But this one is in Gladstone.   Marquez and Marco Diaz plan to open Diego's Bar & Grill on Friday, in the former Tanner's Bar & Grill space at 6024 N.E. Antioch Road,...