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by Carol W. Maybach   No one does flatbread quite like the Italians, and the piadinas at the newly opened Salati Italian Street Food in Northfield are no exception. Piadinas, which means "savory" in Italian, are softer, chewier cousins of pita and they work beautifully as bookends to a satisfying sandwich.   T.C. Clark, the owner of S...

By Pamela Selbert Though Tom Fanara is a Realtor by vocation and serious bowler by avocation (he's been a member of various leagues since he was a kid and consistently averages in the 220s, he says), he is probably better known around the neighborhood for his culinary skills.   That's because he's also a member of an unofficial committee th...

by Payson Shields Ever since I was little, I've spent almost every summer at my grandparents' house on Table Rock Lake. I loved my childhood summer days and nights, but my favorite was when it would thunderstorm. My grandparents would pile us kids into the car, and we would head to the big city of Branson.   We would check out the newest mo...

Spatola, a Sicilian restaurant, opened in the former Julia Blackbird space in the Highland, Westword reported. The space that neighbors Happy Cakes at 3434 West 32nd Avenue kept relics of its previous tenant like corner fireplaces and rustic wood finishes but those are now weaved into the Southern Italian vibe owner Franco Spatola is going for. &n...

By Michelle Leonard   Antonio Tettamanzi knows a thing or two about cooking. Well, that's not really right. Tettamanzi knows a thing or two about creating delicious, mouthwatering culinary delights.   Yes, that's more like it. And Woodbury is the lucky recipient of the fruits of his labor, as Tettamanzi recently opened his newest rest...

By popular reader demand, I sampled Scimeca's Italian sausage at a yellow-tarp-roofed booth on Kennedy Plaza. A reader/fan of the booth told me it was called Cappuccino Connections, though one worker at the booth assured me it was called World's Best Lemonade. Other booth workers really had no idea what it was called.   I suppose there...

by Nancy Stiles   Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an upgrade. The Italian restaurant will undergo renovations over the next several weeks to expand seating and update the decor. We spoke to co-owner Anthony Scarato about what's next for Anthonino's.   "We occupy an old...

Alex Malone may be the bravest man in America. By day, the 26-year-old is a scientist in Fargo, N.D. By night, he eats pasta. All of the pasta.   Malone is one of the few to score the coveted $100 Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion from Olive Garden. With the help of an egg-cellent pun — All of Garden — he's begun blogging his 49-da...

by Allie Scheu   Stay cool with this velvety treat. Known for their in-house creations, Sarto's Social Italian Eatery serves a Hazelnut Panna Cotta that you'll go nuts over. This dessert is accompanied by a small handful of candied pistachios and a drizzling of chocolate sauce.   The combination of nuttiness and chocolate provide...

Stressed-out voters will be able to celebrate the outcome of the election – or drown their sorrows – in a pillowy pizza pie. The owners of Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria have chosen Wednesday, Nov. 9 – the day after Election Day – as the official opening day for their new restaurant at 1706 E. Douglas, right next door to Hopping Gnome Brewing Comp...

St. Paul restaurant Cossetta is adding a new concept to its growing enterprise: A rosticceria specializing in carry-out meats and sides. The Pioneer Press reports that Cossetta, which went through a big renovation in 2013, will start offering a new menu of take-out items like rotisserie chicken and prime rib sandwiches, as well as sides like i...

Mike Andino is a Glenview native who works as a chef at Gusto Italiano restaurant. After graduating from Glenbrook South High School in 2001, he attended Kendall College culinary school in Evanston. Italian food is in his blood, he said, because his mother is from Italy.   Why did you want to be a chef? "I just love being creative and gettin...