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The big picture: Mama Ricotta’s opened in August of 1992 and turns 30 next month. Its sister concept, Little Mama’s, opened in SouthPark in 2020 and has quickly become a Charlotte staple in its own right. Why it matters: Recent closures of popular local restaurants like Soul Gastrolounge and The Stanley tell a story of a city struggling to hold ont...

Perhaps less surprising that Brian Solari decided to bring his Italian dessert café to Greenville is that the owner of Carmella’s Café and Dessert Bar found a location so fast. When Solari and his wife and partner, Tiffany Solari, opened the first Carmella’s in Charleston eight years ago, it took nearly two years to find the right space, Solari say...

Christopher Covelli, the executive chef at Sarasota’s Sage and Bijou Garden Café, competed in a Food Network competition last night. In Alex vs. America, celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli faces off against three chefs who are hoping to win a cash prize. “There isn’t a chef more competitive than I am,” Guarnaschelli said in the show’s opening. Covel...

I recently had the pleasure of enjoying a late summer dinner at Terralina Crafted Italian at Disney Springs and loved every minute of it. It has been quite a few years since I checked out this rustic Italian location and I was excited to indulge in some delicious offerings. My experience was amazing and Terralina Crafted Italian did not disappoint....

Only one eatery can take the title of the oldest restaurant in Mississippi, and that honor goes to Weidmann’s in Meridian. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any other historic places in Mississippi where you can enjoy a tasty meal. There are actually several – and Giardina’s Restaurant is one of them. In business for decades, it’s one of the...

Mannino’s Market has been around the block a few times – it started out as a Ferguson grocery store in 1929 then moved to its current Cottleville location in 1998. The business has been passed down through four generations of Manninos and is now being run by Tony Mannino and his wife, Krista. The market specializes in selling high-quality meat, fre...

From humble 1947 Hollywood beginnings, Doris Italian Market & Bakery has emerged as a South Florida specialty supermarket mainstay. Now in its 75th year, the concept — which is anchored by an onsite bakery, Italian American deli, a seafood counter, and specialty selections spanning artisan cheeses to imported tomatoes — has five locations throughou...

Farm-to-table dining experiences have become a highly popular way to eat out in recent years, and the lush, rolling landscape of Tennessee lends itself to fresh gardens and crops. Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen is a Memphis, Tennessee restaurant that focuses mainly on old-world Italian dining with a Southern spin. The humble restaurant may look jus...

I ate, I slurped and I napped all thanks to the new Italian restaurant on Central Avenue, Bonu Taverna. From pasta swirls, fresh housemade pizza, an exquisite wine and cocktail list, and a remarkable experience every time, they know how to check all the boxes. The menu is familiar and offers a lot of choices from Italian small plates to share, pins...

Next month, downtown Landrum will get a little taste of New York and a little taste of Italy. Brian Frascino, an Italian from New York, is opening Biazzo, a New York style Italian deli, where he can share a bit of his roots with locals. Biazzo is expected to open around the end of August, in the space on Rutherford Street formerly home to Mocha’s M...

Piada Italian Street Food is making their Carolinas debut by celebrating the opening of its 45th location at 336B S Sharon Amity Road. The fast casual Italian restaurant will open its doors on Tuesday, July 26 at 10:45 a.m. and will be open Sunday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. This marks Piada’s first Southeastern location, with additiona...

Ristorante Ragu Cucina Italiana recently opened in downtown Palmetto in a distinctive, two-story Victorian house built in 1890. During its long history, the house at 336 Eighth Ave. W. has been a home, an ice cream shop, and several different restaurants. Ristorante Ragu, which takes its name from ragù, an Italian sauce made with ground beef or oth...