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If you’re looking for something different and unique to eat — look no further than Avicolli’s Coal-Fired Pizza & Kitchen in Fayetteville. “When you walk inside,” says owner Nick Avicolli, “you have like these beautiful brick walls and it’s almost like you’re walking into a Speakeasy. You have this light up LED bar and you look in the back and you h...

The beloved Gaia Italian Cafe shuttered last July after nearly a decade on East Houston, one of scores of eateries that closed due to complications from coronavirus. Exactly one year later, the fan favorite is back! Namesake chef-owner Gaia Bagnasacco signed a lease for the ground floor of 119 Essex Street, last home to Char Sue (another pandemic v...

You don't need a front seat at the Met to enjoy some of New York City's finest opera. You can experience it all: The live music, costumes, and scenery at Caffè Taci Opera Nights, which celebrates its 26th anniversary this summer. Opera enthusiast and owner Leopoldo Mucci said what started out as a vision quickly blossomed into a reality, when he ho...

With balloons in front of the store to celebrate, Pastosa of West Brighton reopened Wednesday morning. It had closed briefly after a fire in the early morning of July 10. Now, it’s business as usual on what is known as “Pasta Day” at the store, located at 764 Forest Avenue. On this day of the week the D’Antuono family includes several gluten-free p...

Chef Amira Gharib's earliest childhood pasta memory conjures up a penne dish with beef and béchamel sauce. Gharib, who was born in New Jersey and lived there until she was 12 years old, spent her high school years in Cairo, Egypt. While there, she heard the word "béchamel" for the first time when her auntie made her an all-white sauce that was an E...

Philip Guardione, Owner and Head Chef of Piccola Cucina grew up in a family that cooked, a lot. Like so many Italians, especially southern Italians, Sundays were religion to eat and cook together. “My grandmother would come and give all the children little jobs to help prepare the meal—in part to not get in trouble,” says Guardione. His Aunt and Gr...

Fancy Food Show, the trade show dedicated to specialty food and beverage will be held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Fancy Food 24/7, the online module, will operate from September 27 till October 8th allowing for an additional week to connect with vendors. By registering for the in person trade you, participants are automa...

Pasquale Presa, owner of Pasquale's Neighborhood Pizzeria in Rochester, was stressed in early 2020 even before the pandemic forced many restaurants to close or shift to takeout and deliveries. A little over three years earlier, Presa raised $525,000 from three local investors as part of the $1.25 million it took to start the restaurant. But differe...

BiCE Cucina has made the trip downtown. The renowned Italian restaurant on 55th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues opened a second location in Manhattan this week, in the heart of Soho at 15 Watts Street. BiCE Cucina Soho is a relaxed and elegant space with some contemporary touches. The décor is stylish and bright, with fresh flowers, green pl...

For Michele Brogioni—who first stepped foot in a professional kitchen at the age of 12—becoming a chef was never a question. “I grew up in a family deeply connected to food,” he says. “My father was a chef and my mother had a great love for cooking.” The culinarian’s career took off when he was tapped to serve as the chef de cuisine to Italy’s Form...

The West Village just got a new Italian food option as Saint Theo's opened Thursday in the neighborhood at 340 Bleecker Street, between West 10th and Christopher Streets. The new coastal-Italian-inspired eatery from restaurateur Kyle Hotchkiss Carone offers a menu that highlights seafood, homemade pasta, and seasonal ingredients. The 110-seat space...

The Rappoccio family said a tearful farewell to their family restaurant after celebrating their 50-year anniversary just three months ago. Sam’s Italian American Restaurant in Albany couldn’t find the staff or handle the rise in food prices the pandemic brought with it to make it another year. Today, the sounds of a full table laughing, and even ha...