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I wonder if you miss sitting down to a good meal in a fine local restaurant as much as I do.  It’s not just about the food. Driving through Holiday Manor the other day, I spotted Grassa Gramma and remembered how much fun it is to dine there.  Executive Chef Robert Rice’s fine Italian fare is a big part of that draw, of course, but that’s not all. T...

North Italia is scheduled to open its first-ever Alabama location March 3. And the chain Italian restaurant has a hiring event scheduled for later this month. Bayer Properties announced North Italia was coming early last year before the COVID-19 pandemic began. The Summit location will be the chain’s 24th U.S. location, with other restaurants in Ar...

When I compile a “best of” list of different cuisines, it’s inevitable that a few of my favorites get omitted in the interest of brevity. However, that’s sometimes a blessing in disguise. Those places get their own feature complete with detailed information about the menu and detailed reasons for its place on my “best of” list. Bravo! Italian Resta...

This month, award-winning Chef Jonathan Waxman opened an Italian-inspired restaurant in Atlanta's West Midtown neighborhood. Baffi is currently the New York City chef's second Italian restaurant in the American South, along with Adele's in Nashville.  At Baffi, the spacious dining room gives way to an exposed bar and kitchen, where a wood-fed heart...

Have you eaten at Fratellino Ristorante on Miracle Mile? If you have, you’ve eaten at the best Italian restaurant in Florida, according to Eat This, Not That. Now we know there will be plenty of push back to this assertion. We all have our neighborhood favorite. But Eat This, Not That — a franchise that aims to help diners make positive and healthy...

A new Italian restaurant is preparing to open in La Grange in the place where La Buona Vita closed in March. The timing is questionable, since as of Monday, indoor dining still was not allowed at Cook County restaurants per the Tier 3 restrictions of the governor’s coronavirus mitigation plan. La Grange Village President Mark Kuchler told the owner...

North Franklin Street Street in downtown Tampa is home to our latest Tampa Bay Food Tour partner Bello https://bellotampa.com/ . Bello opened in late November in the former Osteria location and we are happy to see signs of this stretch of Franklin Street being reborn once again. Bello offers up a bevy of delicious Italian specialty pastas, appet...

Despite facing the most challenging year for the restaurant industry, Fazoli’s proved month after record-breaking month that its vigorous momentum cannot be slowed down. The renowned, Lexington-based brand known for serving up premium Italian dishes at a great value closed out seven straight historical months with double-digit month-over-month sale...

Last summer Creative Loafing Tampa checked in with the Santell family about its forthcoming namesake restaurant in Odessa. Santelli Pizza & Pasta took its time perfecting its menu and renovating its home at 13357 SR-54 throughout the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and now, nearly six months after its initial interview, Santelli is preparing to op...

A haven for St. Pete sugar-lovers is coming soon to 667 Central Avenue—and it’s all thanks to Sorrento Sweets. The space was formerly home to Brew D Licious, a beloved coffee shop and 600 block staple for nine years before their closure in April amid COVID-19 struggles. The owners of Sorrento Sweets realize they have big shoes to fill, but couldn’t...

In a dark, tumultuous year for Nashville restaurants, the opening of Yolan inside luxury hotel The Joseph has been one of the shining lights. It is a masterstroke of Tony and Cathy Mantuano, who have long been leaders in shaping the way we dine. Tony is a Michelin-starred and James Beard award-winning chef; Cathy is a virtuoso on wines and their pa...

A Jonesborough Italian restaurant will soon open a second location in Elizabethton. Black Olive’s new location will open Jan. 11 in the former Beef O’Brady’s on Hudson Drive. The owners of Black Olive, Kinsey Holliday and Mo Farroukie, also own Primo’s Italian Restaurant, which is located in the same shopping center. Primo’s will close on Jan. 10 a...