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There’s nothing better than home-cooked food, and there’s probably no country in the world that better exemplifies this than Italy. Families and communities have gathered around fine cooking for ages. Plus, the tastes are so exquisite! Traveling to Italy itself may be out of the budget for some, but fortunately, you can visit the tastes of Italy ri...

March 19 in Rhode Island is all about zeppole, a pastry some say is in the shape of St. Joseph’s hammer. It's his feast day that is celebrated this week. It used to be that zeppole could only be had on the one day. But no more as they are a seasonal treat. Zeppole resemble a cream puff that’s been flattened, filled with cream and topped with more c...

Two New Haven restaurateurs are partnering for a new concept on Wooster Street, featuring an Italian restaurant, market, gelataria and rooftop bar. Gioia, by Tim Cabral of Ordinary and Avi Szapiro of the former ROÌA, is a multi-use space featuring fine Italian food and beverages. The new venue formerly housed Tony and Lucille's, which closed in 201...

Daughter Robin travels from East Greenwich to East Providence to buy her Italian deli products and ready-packaged Italian dinners at the Italian Corner. It is a much shorter trip from Edgewood or even Warwick on 95 North to 195 East to the Warren/Barrington/Seekonk exit. The deli/restaurant sits on the hill at the corner of Warren Ave. and Boyd Ave...

Boston's Mayor Wu and Mr. Segun, Director of the Office of Economic Development and Inclusion, have excluded North End restaurants from participating in the citywide outdoor dining program. Every restaurant in the City of Boston, except the North End restaurants, can now offer permanent outdoor dining on public property for the price of $399.    Th...

Diego Mota and Taylor Amara, a Harwich husband-and-wife team, want to bring their "Italian without borders" concept to Yarmouth Port. Leonessa, the couple's new regional Italian restaurant, will open soon along Route 6A at 43 Main St., replacing the former Grill 43 restaurant that recently shuttered. The restaurant will celebrate how Italian cuisin...

Five owners of restaurants in Boston's North End have added a new allegation to their feud with Mayor Michelle Wu's administration over outdoor dining: discrimination. The restaurateurs argue that this year's plan, which drastically limits outdoor dining in the neighborhood, harms the competitiveness of their businesses and that the policy was impl...

Did you know that Celtics Head Coach Joe Mazzulla grew up in Rhode Island? You’ve probably heard that once or a thousand times by this point in the season. Zolak and Bertrand like to pick the Johnston native’s brain about peculiar Ocean State traditions on his weekly interview. During Super Bowl week they decided to ask Mazzulla his opinion of the ...

A new Italian restaurant is opening in a SoNo space that has been empty since 2020. Ciao! Ristorante and Bar SoNo, which is set to open during the first week of March at 68 Washington St., offers a variety of Italian specialties. The restaurant replaces Local Kitchen & Beer Bar's Norwalk location, which closed on July 31, 2020. The menu includes it...

The downtown arts venue Epsilon Spires will host an evening of Italian wine and film on Sunday, Feb. 26, featuring a tasting of four selected wines sommelier Rob Forman describes as “non-conforming” and a screening of Bernardo Bertolucci’s early film The Conformist. “The Conformist is the one Bertolucci film you shouldn’t miss,” writes film critic...

Tensions were boiling over in Boston's North End after Mayor Michelle Wu announced the Italian neighborhood won't be joining the rest of the city in outdoor dining this summer. "It's unfair," Monica's Trattoria owner Frank Mendoza said. "It's insane. I cannot believe what they're doing." His brother George added, "This is a form of discrimination."...

While dining out in the historic North End, you may find yourself wondering, what’s the oldest Italian restaurant in the neighborhood? The answer appears to be the popular Regina Pizzeria, which first opened on Thacher Street in 1926, according to the North End Historical Society’s Tom Damigella. Serving bestsellers like its cheese and pepperoni pi...