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by Nicole Danna   Grato is a good name for James Beard Award-nominated chef Clay Conley's new restaurant. The meaning — "grateful" in Italian — is exactly how Conley feels about his latest venture, set to open in West Palm Beach January 8.   "I live in the community [where Grato is located], and for a while I've dreamed of opening a p...

While men had long been the masters of the professional kitchen, it was women who were the keepers of cuisines. In America, it was women who understood the emotional roots of cooking and its cultural origins, and introduced us to the bounty of possibilities beyond frozen TV dinners.   For French cooking, it was Julia Child who explained...

By Zachary Fagenson   You can ignore most of the lengthy menu at Siena Tavern, the pricey Italian spot on the corner of Washington Avenue and Fifth Street.   It's not that the perfectly crusted pizzas aren't worth your attention. They are. So too are the crudos: six thick, bright-tasting slices of pearly, meaty hamachi dressed with sw...

Acclaimed Italian-born chef and restaurateur, Angelo Elia, whose impressive roster of South Florida dining establishments includes three great Casa D'Angelo restaurants (www.casa-d-angelo.com), as well as a growing chain of Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas, plans to expand his dining group by opening three new restaurants later this year.  ...

by Nell Luter Floyd   Who: Stuart Ramsey, line chef; Where: La Finestra, 120 N. Congress St., Jackson; Contact: (601) 345-8735  www.eatlafinestra.com www.facebook.com/eatlafinestra Influences: Stuart Ramsey, 23, works as a line chef at La Finestra, the downtown Jackson restaurant where his father Tom Ramsey is chef and...

To meet the growing demand for pizza in the metropolitan area of Birmingham, Alabama, Marco's Pizza® franchise is seeking to partner with entrepreneurs who want a slice of the action. How big is the demand for pizza in Alabama?   The largest city in Alabama is booming; Birmingham boasts a population well over 210,000 and a thriving busi...

By Evan S. Benn   At last count, there were about 5,000 pasta-and-pizza places in Miami Beach. What can one do to set itself apart?   For Serafina, which opened in December in the Dream South Beach Hotel, the answer is truffles. Executive chef Marco Zuccala lets the heady fungus fly early and often in his expansive menu of Italian cla...

by Carla Torres   Last April, pasta-loving locals and Lincoln Road obsessed tourists were saddened to find that TiramesU, the long-standing (17 years to be exact) Italian joint was shutting its doors practically overnight.   Now, after a year of not serving al dente pappardelle Bolognese, however, TiramesU has announced it will reopen...

My Italian Kitchen will open its new Winter Park, Florida, location on June 4. The new Spoleto, located at 349 N. Orlando Ave., is the third one in the Orlando area The concept is simple: give guests the culinary freedom to choose from more than 30 farm-fresh and house-prepared ingredients, herbs, dressings, and oils to create a custom pasta,...

Gli Stati Uniti si confermano il principale mercato mondiale del vino e il prodotto italiano da alcuni anni si posiziona ai vertici, soprattutto grazie alla Florida, il primo stato importatore e il terzo per consumi dopo la California e New York. E Miami dunque, crocevia di culture diverse, rappresenta non solo uno dei punti nevralgici per il busin...

by Jessica Carr   I will always be a tough critic when it comes to Italian food. No, I'm not Italian, but I did study abroad there last summer. There is nothing quite like eating a plate of spaghetti in Florence or stuffing your face with pizza in Venice. Wow, those were good times.   Now that I'm back in the Knoxville, find...

Piola, the popular pizza place that lost its lease near Lincoln Road last year, has found a new spot in South Beach.   The restaurant has just leased 3,031 square feet at 705 Washington Avenue, and will soon begin building out the space, Irma Figueroa, director of retail leasing and sales for the Comras Company told The Real Deal. Figueroa r...