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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...

Restaurateur Danny Gabriele knows a thing or two about the art of fine dining and is bringing this lost art to Westport, CT in the form of Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse. Fairfield County dining enthusiasts will recognize the Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse brand from their restaurant in Greenwich (2011-2019), which was a popular haunt for high-profil...

More than two years after it was first announced, chef Will Gilson’s multi-concept venue The Lexington will finally open its third and final puzzle piece: Geppetto is set to debut in early October, preceded by sister restaurants Café Beatrice and The Lexington. The modern Italian restaurant will open with dinner service, focusing on handmade pastas...

In Byram, Rosina’s has opened in a unique space that was formerly home to That Little Italian Restaurant, which many longtime residents remember fondly. And, like that old haunt, the idea behind Rosina’s menu is to gather and share. Coby Blount, who co-owns Rosina’s with Frank Carpenteri Sr and Jared Falco, said he was excited to work alongside che...

It is the season of 'Legends' on 'MasterChef'. The home cooks were involved in a cut-throat competition from the get-go on the culinary reality show. With only 15 white aprons available as opposed to the usual 20, the home cooks had no option but to put their absolute best foot forward and impress not only the regular judges -- Gordon Ramsay, Aaron...

Claire Criscuolo, owner of Claire’s Corner Copia, will hold a “Cooking for CASA” Italian Antipasti Party over Zoom on Friday, according to a release. Folks who register for the event will receive an ingredient list and a link to the Zoom presentation, which will benefit “Connecticut CASA — whose volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates work with...

New Haven residents have a new place to sink their teeth into some tasty food. Villa Lulu recently opened its doors to the public at 230 College St. The restaurant specializes in Italian old-school classics in a contemporary yet homey setting. Located in historic downtown New Haven at The Shops at Yale, next door to the restaurant group's popular L...

In a five-minute video posted to Instagram Tuesday, Damien DiPaola announced that his North End restaurant Domenic’s will permanently close. DiPaola, who also owns Carmelina’s in the North End, cited both the pandemic and a new perspective on life as the reasons for its closure. “I opened Domenic’s about seven or eight months before the pandemic, a...

The news that Russo’s market will be closing hit many people hard, and sparked plenty of memories. None more so, perhaps, than for a pair of daughters of a man who worked at the Watertown institution for just short of half a century. Susan Amatangelo and Anne Korte shared just a handful of memories of their father Phil Amatangelo with Watertown New...