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One early December morning well-spent in Manchester and my foodie Christmas list is all but wrapped up! In beautiful baskets with festive cellophane. Ready to ship across the city or across the country.  At Angela’s Pasta and Cheese Shop, 815 Chestnut St., there’s una gran quantita – that’s “oodles” in Italian – of imported gourmet Italian specialt...

It was a cold and rainy October afternoon, so I was hankering for a lunch that was soft, warm and comforting. I didn’t have to search the menu at Yeto’s in Biddeford very long before I found dishes with exactly those characteristics. I started with a cup of Yeto’s Superb Soup – that’s what it is actually called – for $3. It featured a pumpkin base,...

Cafe Aura, Geno Auriemma’s latest restaurant project, will open in the former Cavey’s space in Manchester on Dec. 10, featuring modern twists on Italian favorites. “Our family has always loved the historic Cavey’s building and we worked hard to keep much of its character as we planned the layout and design for the new Cafe Aura,” Auriemma said in...

With real estate prices in Portsmouth’s “urban core” continuing to rise, the West End has seen a large amount of development in a short period of time. The growth has been so explosive, it almost seems like the Islington Street Corridor project is happening a few years too late. The neighborhood’s restaurant scene has seen a similar upgrade and exp...

The stars will shine and the night will be filled with music on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. when Our Lady Mother of the Church parish, 209 Woodcliff Ave., presents “A Christmas Extravaganza.” Barbara Ciannella, Amy Duran, Chad Armstrong, Sara Louise Petrocelli, Kyunghee Kim, and Lucia Wehr will perform Christmas carols and other holiday music, Broadw...

It’s not a leap to classify pizza as a beloved food. Pizza is perfect for so many occasions. Whether it’s served at casual get-togethers or dressed-up events, pizza has become about so much more than picking up the phone and dialing the nearest delivery place. Similarly, the phrase “pizza party” likely conjures up memories of stacks of pizzas being...

A new Trattoria Romana is now open and serving lunch, dinner and brunch in Johnston, at 1571 Atwood Ave. If that address sounds familiar, it's because it has been the home of Osteria Toscana since 2015. Chef Luciano Canova's Torre Restaurant Group has rebranded the 100-seat restaurant to capitalize on his Trattoria Romana brand. The Johnson locatio...

A new Boothbay Harbor pizzeria will have a distinct Italian flavor. Ports Pizzeria was officially opened Nov. 11 at 28 Union St. by two Italians with decades of experience in the food industry. Sante Calandri has owned Ports of Italy since 2010 and has brought Francesco Mazzone from New York City to Boothbay Harbor as his partner.  Calandri decided...

Rhode Island's queen of food, Gail Ciampa, always knows what’s cooking, from innovative new restaurants to old favorites. Here’s a little more about her, including how she landed the coveted position of Journal food editor. (She also has her own food-centric newsletter, which you can sign up for at providencejournal.com/newsletters.) How long have...

Evviva Trattoria, an Italian restaurant chain with locations in Westford and Marlborough, recently announced that it's opening a third location on Dec. 2 on Ledgeview Way in Wrentham. Alongside its grand opening, the restaurant will serve a new menu at all locations. The grand opening at 15 Ledgeview Way will start at 4 p.m. The 6,000-square-foot r...

The team behind Stratford's newest dining establishment, La Fortuna Bar & Restaurant, hopes to offer customers a blend of Italian comfort food and modern culinary technique. The business opened Monday in the space once occupied by Stella's Restaurant at Oronoque Shopping Plaza, and celebrated last week with a ribbon cutting Friday. "The food is goi...

Rows of leafy grapevines arc across a hill overlooking a lake. Chickens peck in the grass as tree swallows loop and dive like acrobats. This is not Tuscany, but on a summer’s day, Jim Verde’s bucolic vineyard in Johnston, R.I., feels like a small slice of Italy. The 81-year-old winemaker shuffles between the orderly rows of grapevines, his baseball...