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Ynot Italian – a full-service restaurant franchise known for its extensive menu of traditional, homemade Italian entrees – has announced plans to expand its footprint across the Southeastern United States. According to founder and CEO Tony DiSilvestro, the growth will focus on developing both full and express units and will initially target other p...

Served on a crackly round of house-baked bread, layered with ham, salami, roast beef, provolone, and mozzarella, the muffuletta at Valle’s in Memphis is a baroque and sloppy beauty, leaking oil and vinegar and joy. A quiet man with a shy and impish smile, Louie Valle dresses his take on the New Orleans sandwich with mushrooms and green peppers, bou...

A new Italian restaurant is coming to downtown Macon. La Bella Vita co-owner Donny Barnes says he and the other co-owner, Vincent Kelly, plan to open the spot at 347 Cotton Ave on May 1. This is Barnes’ first restaurant venture, but he says Kelly has his hands in Fatty’s Pizza -- a Macon pizza restaurant franchise. The Alabama native moved to Centr...

Orlando-based Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is now scooping up its iconic frozen treats in its new Cooper City location which opened March 30. The new Jeremiah’s Italian Ice is located at 9630 Stirling Rd. #101 in a brand new shopping plaza called Cooper Square, located directly across from Cooper City High School. The location has three service windows a...

Fratello’s is expanding. The east side Italian spot, located at 1047 Fernwood Glendale Rd. in Spartanburg, announced on its social media pages Thursday that a second Fratello’s location will be opening in Greenville. The new restaurant will be located on 2112 Wade Hampton Blvd. Part owner Nathalia Gualpa says the restaurant should be open in the ne...

Tampa Bay Food Tours is infatuated Casa Santo Stefano. Housed in a former 1925 Ybor City Ferlito Macaroni Co. factory, Casa Santo Stefano pays a fond tribute to Sicilian food. Richard Gonzmart 4th generation caretaker of the Columbia Restaurant Group knew he wanted to share the food he grew up eating at childhood friends' homes. Those Nana-cooked m...

I visited Bellini Italian Ristorante late on a Monday afternoon in hopes things wouldn’t be too busy. This is the modern plight of restaurant critics: In normal times, we’re tasked with visiting a restaurant no less than twice, at times when it’s the “typical” restaurant experience customers might find should they visit a place we’ve reviewed. But...

Against some really long odds, Pizza Social opened June 17, just months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, and, surprise, has been thriving ever since. The pizzeria at 308 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, found a niche and business has been so good that the owners, Andrew and Ammanda Simonetti, are looking at adding a second wood-fired oven to keep up with t...

What do you get when you mix fancy with funky? You get a restaurant that’s turning heads in Fort Lauderdale’s Flagler Village. This place is changing the art of fine dining with a heavy dose of rock ’n’ roll. That’s Rino Cerbone, front man of the hard-rocking SoFlo band, Stellar Revival, and that’s the same guy jamming at Heritage, his Fort Lauderd...

Bar Monte, a traveling pop-up bar concept by Amaro Montenegro, will debut in Tampa this spring at Armature Works in Tampa Heights. Bar Monte is a traveling pop-up bar that’s bringing a taste of “la dolce vita” from Italy to the U.S. The traveling bar features excelsior cocktails and immersive games. This is an open-air experience that will allow fr...

Tampa Bay Food Tours recently sat down to visit and dine with Italy Bottega owner Federico Faneli. After operating in the Boston and Miami markets he pulled up stakes and chose St. Pete as the new home for his vision. Sharing his love of all things Italian via an authentic Italian market and wine shop. The space is no frills but very comfortable. B...

So, do you like it with the lights on or off? I mean, eating. Well, I’m a lights on person. I like to see what’s in front of me, but one Miami Beach restaurant is promising a flavor explosion in the dark, and if that’s not a cue for Alex Miranda, I don’t know what is. Girls, they’re blindfolding you for an entire four-course Italian meal, but they...