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Fresco, an Italian and American restaurant, will take over where Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern left off after plans to open a new restaurant at its old location, 181 George Washington Highway, were tossed in the midst of COVID-19. The restaurant, which boasts “exceptional cuisine and delicious spirits,” has several other locations in Rhode Island, inclu...

Most chefs will tell you that trying to open a restaurant in the middle of an unpredictable pandemic—one that constantly upends construction schedules, hiring processes, supply chains, and countless other details—is like trying to cross a highway while dodging 18-wheelers. For chef Will Gilson, this metaphor is perhaps a bit on the nose. “I was wal...

Downtown Milford, where the 17th-century green ends at the famous stone bridge, pulses with activity. Boaters pull up to sun themselves on different decks at Archie Moore’s and Flipside, enormous patios overlooking the waterfall at the headwaters of Milford harbor draw crowds in the thousands to Stonebridge, Eli’s and SBC. Shops and eateries should...

A former East Main Street bar is being transformed into an Italian restaurant and steakhouse by a longtime restaurateur from Brooklyn. Geppetto Osteriais expected to open by November, and will serve a variety of Italian specialties, along with 48-ounce steaks. Carlo Pulixi has worked on renovating O’Connor’s Public House at 26 E. Main St. all summe...

In Italian, “enza” means giant. It is no surprise, then, that Michelin-starred chef Mark Ladner put a “meatball gigante” on the menu of Bar Enza, his neo-trattoria about to open inside Harvard Square’s Charles Hotel. What’s more, he’s pretty sure the oversized bar snack is going to become one of his biggest hits. “I think this is going to be our ne...

The nearly hundred-year-old Italian restaurant on Federal Hill has announced the installation of new windows for an enhanced dining experience. On Tuesday, Angelo’s -- located at 141 Atwells Avenue -- announced the completion of the renovation that now allows for increased ventilation — and more.  The veal and the sausage and fries may even be bett...

The owners of Pazza on Porter, a two-year-old Italian restaurant in East Boston, are about to open a speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar in the adjoining space at 103 Porter St. When Raffaele Scalzi (also cofounder of the Boston Pizza Festival and co-owner of Casa Mia in Marblehead) and Mivan Spencer (also owner of Café Dello Sport in Boston’s North En...

The grand opening of a third Macelleria Italian Steakhouse brings prime dining to Byram, Conn. Hospitality veteran and proprietor Tony LaLa has completed a beautiful renovation to the 200-seat multilevel premises, highlighted by polished wooden floors, stone fireplaces and contemporary artworks. The first Macelleria (butcher shop, when translated)...

New Haven’s newest Italian offering opened last week in downtown.  Villa Lulu, the product of seasoned restaurateur Moe Gad, opened on Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of the restaurant’s location at 230 College St. The modern Italian eatery, which boasts a diverse menu of pastas, salads and classic Italian entrees, is Gad’s second re...

When you walk up to Dolce Italy, you know it’s going to be good. The storefront isn’t immediately obvious  — the shop sits in the corner of a small, old-looking shopping strip across from the East Ave Wegmans. When you come up to the door, you see a sign for a tailor’s shop, and enter a small hall with one door leading to the tailor, one door leadi...

Pat’s Italian owner Greg Stevens wanted to expand his restaurant brand and was looking for an easy way to do it. During COVID-19, he noticed an increased demand for takeout options at his Pat’s Italian locations in Cranston, Johnston and Coventry, but he was also dealing with a staff shortage. “I’ve got my brick and mortar places, and then during t...

Bianco & Sons is pleased to announce that their Hub Hall location at TD Garden is officially open to the public. Hub Hall is adjacent to TD Garden and North Station and will feature 18 different food and drink options from restaurants across the Boston area. “We’re excited to share our family recipes with the Boston community,” said Francesca Bianc...