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Trattoria Fresco's Israel Padilla knows plenty about authentic Italian cuisine. After all, he learned it from a family full of restaurateurs.   But when it came to painting, carpentry or laying down new flooring, he relied on an entirely different source. "Thank god for YouTube," Padilla said. "If it wasn't for how-to videos on YouTube,...

Mona's, the new "American-Italian joint" from restaurateur Brendan Marsden, opens for dinner today (October 19) at 5257 Shaw Avenue on the Hill. Mona's replaces Marsden's previous venture, Modesto, which closed in August after 15 years.   "It's definitely not Italian-American like what you'll find at the other restaurants on the Hill or St....

Our culinary adventure began in early summer when my friend, Ellen Henry, and I decided to create a multi-course Italian dinner that would help raise funds for my October trip to the country.   I had two reasons for visiting Italy: First, I would serve as one of 240 Slow Food USA delegates during Slow Food International's biannual confe...

The Italian comfort food is a favorite for many, so we went searching for the Best of Minnesota. Your votes sent us for a meal at Maucieri's Italian Bistro in Crosslake. Italians love their food and their family, and pasta is the glue.   "Growing up you had these big dinners. Everything was loud and adults are drinking wine and people a...

Paul and Aileen Reilly, the brother and sister team who brought us the incredible American craft restaurant, Beast and Bottle, have done it again with Coperta!   Coperta serves traditional dishes from Rome and South Italy like Panzanella salad, Paninis, Orecchiette with Sausage, Broccoli Rabe pasta, and lots of fresh mozzarella! Coperta is l...

Even among the Styrofoam containers for the carryout fare, love Italian style is in full bloom at Carbonella Creations. With only three barstools at a narrow counter inside and a picnic table in the parking lot, this is more a kitchen than a restaurant. No matter what it's called, the end product is fine Italian cuisine. This is the kind of fo...

The North Dakota State soccer team has been out of the United States from March 12-20, touring Italy and San Marino. The Bison practiced, competed, learned how to make pizza and ate lots of gelato throughout their foreign trip.   NDSU freshman forward Britney Monteon was kind enough to share her and the team's experiences with a daily blog p...

Sipping a fine Chianti may be your perfect image of Italian drinking. But what about having a beer? Italy's craft beer scene is very new. What started as 20 microbreweries 15 years ago has now expanded to more than 1,000. But that growth hasn't been without roadblocks, including complicated Italian bureaucracy and cultural infighting.  ...

Chef Micheal Kramer, the opening executive chef of McCrady's (pre-Sean Brock), has spent the past three years in Greenville, SC with the Table 301 Restaurant Group. He also took on the role of executive chef at acclaimed eatery The Lazy Goat . Now, for his next project, Kramer will open Jianna on the second floor of 600 S. Main St. in January 2017....

Have you ever longed to create, and sip, your own limoncello? We are excited to offer our first "Make and Take-Limoncello activity! Join native Italian instructor, Romina Montanari, and learn to make the famous Italian liqueur.   The TWO PART EVENT will begin at Valcucine, on Wednesday, July 30th. Valcucine is located at 275 Market Street, S...

by Clare Kennedy   A fast-casual Italian restaurant with a celebrity following has opened a satellite shop at the Mall of America. The Meatball Spot opened on the Bloomington mall's third level last Monday. The counter service-only concept offers four different meatballs, a salad menu and flatbreads.   It's the first location out...

Paul Kulik runs some of the best restaurants in Omaha, and the James Beard Award semifinalist is known for his daring, often difficult cuisine. Ethan Bondelid is behind three of the city's most popular craft cocktail bars, and his ability to grab a trend and bring it to Omaha is well documented.   Now the two old friends and former room...