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Crossing over Hempstead Turnpike headed south on Franklin Avenue into Franklin Square, you’re greeted for the most part by blue collar storefronts featuring a certain and undeniable air of industrial manufacturing. But that slate of gray and brown got an injection of brightly hued color with the opening of Dolce Cafe & Gelateria this past July. Ser...

Nothing annoys Italians more than mushrooms in their carbonara. And at Panza's in Saratoga Springs, a saucy version not only has wild mushrooms but also peas. Fortunately, despite the unorthodox approach, it's delicious and prompts my Italian guest to declare, "It's not carbonara so it needs a new name, but whatever it is, it's good." Frankly, this...

Five hundred years ago, wooden crates full of round, golden, Aztec berries creaked and slid around the cluttered hull of a massive Spanish carrack, swaying in harmony with the momentum of the Atlantic Ocean, as compasses, quadrants and astrolabes directed the ship and its crew back to the shores of the Old World. This New World nightshade was the 1...

Get ready, amici: tomato season is in full swing! From juicy heirlooms to sweet and tangy cherry tomatoes, it's that time of year to enjoy the glorious bounty of the season. Meaning "golden apple" in Italian, a perfect pomodoro is one of life's simple pleasures. And, even though the tomato is not originally native to Italy (hard to believe, we know...

A new Italian restaurant has opened on the waterfront in Port Jefferson. Due Baci Italian Restaurant opened last month in the space that housed The Graceful Rose at 154 West Broadway. The owners, Maria and Patrick Aubry also own Amarone, an Italian restaurant that opened in Connecticut in 2018.  Due Baci's menu includes traditional Italian pasta di...

Joseph Migliucci and his family, personable proprietors of Mario’s Restaurant on Arthur Ave. in the Bronx, are marking ‘Cent’ Anni’, a remarkable 100 years of serving their robust Neapolitan Italian-American cuisine.   Joseph’s great grandparents left Naples in the early 1900s and actually opened one of the first Italian restaurants ever in Cairo,...

Even with the abundant lineup of Italian American restaurants on the Buffalo landscape, the places keep coming. Consider it a testament to the deep and profound love we have of Italianate cuisine across the spectrum, from spaghetti and meatballs to elaborate housemade pasta and shaved truffles. When Daniela opened on Forest Avenue, and I got my fir...

This August will be twenty years since Angelo Viscoso gave up on a career in engineering and opened il Fornetto on Emmons Avenue  – continuing his family’s tradition of serving good food to good neighbors.   Vicoso, 45, grew up in the business – his parents owned and ran Vesuvio, the beloved Bay Ridge pizzeria. His roommates in college joked with h...

Not all Italian restaurants in New York City are made the same, at least that's what a new spot on Court Street is trying to prove. Owners of Cremini's, which opened last week at 521 Court St., say that their menu is the only in the city to focus on cuisine from a specific region in Italy known as the Le Marche region. The eastern part of Italy, wh...

He's the creative force and owner behind the World's Best Restaurant, the star of Netflix's first-ever Chef's Table episode, and one of our renowned chefs at this year's Identità Golose. Get to know Chef Massimo Bottura, one of the world's most acclaimed Italian chefs!  Plus, you can get tickets to meet Massimo yourself this September at Identità G...

Named for a quaint dining spot of the same name in the ancient city of Rome, Trattoria Romana —  the Dongan Hills eatery where chef Vittorio Asoli sits at the helm —  conveys a warm, welcoming feeling, much like trattorias found in villages throughout Italy. When queried about the  Restaurant and his culinary prowess, the masterful chef —  who was...

A popular Italian restaurant is changing locations in Suffolk County. For the past 13 years, Butera’s Restaurant served customers at 65 E. Main St. in Smithtown. The eatery served its final meals there Saturday, Aug. 3, says a note on its website. The restaurant has two other locations -- in Woodbury and Sayville -- that will remain open and servin...