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Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian restaurateur Eric Scheffer might have found the key to solving the staffing crisis, at least locally: open a restaurant where there's plenty of parking and an ongoing population boom.  That's also a pretty good recipe for attracting customers, and Scheffer expects sales at the newest Vinnie's, which will open at 1981 H...

A family Italian restaurant featuring Jersey-style pizza appears to be making it through the pandemic. Solorzano’s Pizzeria, at 13001 Tamiami Trail, near Warm Mineral Springs, offers gourmet pizza and subs with fresh homemade Italian bread, as well as a variety of pasta dishes — including homemade meatballs. Father and son Jimmy and Anthony Solorza...

After several opening day delays, it looks like Portillo’s is almost ready to open in Orlando. The Chicago-style restaurant announced Thursday that its new grand opening date is scheduled for June 15 at 10:30 a.m. after a ribbon-cutting ceremony that starts 30 minutes earlier. Fans of Portillo’s have been patiently waiting to indulge in the restaur...

When Kristin and Justin Gilbert used to live on Sycamore Avenue 20-plus years ago, they'd walk up and down Frankfort Avenue and dream about where they might put a gelato shop. Now, that dream is coming true. The owners of Gelato Gilberto are opening a second location at 2240 Frankfort Ave. in July.  "We started thinking about a second location prob...

I am a chef and first-generation Italian American from New York who moved to the South a little over two years ago. In “Searching for Italy in the South,” I'm on a quest to discover chefs who cook real Italian food, who have captured the essence of Italian cooking and are bringing the Old Country to the American South. For the next installment, I j...

If you can’t make it to Southern Italy to indulge in traditional Neapolitan-style pizza at the source, New York City’s take on pizza is arguably second-best. But you won’t find a better slice in Louisville than at Old School NY Pizza. A round of thin, crisp crust bearing portions of spicy sauce, melty cheese and toppings discreetly applied so all r...

Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, a beloved brand known for its delicious Italian Ice and Frozen Custard treats, is expanding into Kentucky. The brand recently announced its latest multi-unit deal to bring franchise locations to the state with the first slated to open in 2021. The agreement was finalized with a multi-generational family franchis...

A new restaurant has debuted on the Radcliff dining scene, offering a variety of hand-crafted pizzas and Italian-inspired selections. At 125 W. Lincoln Trail Blvd., Kickin’ Pizza officially opened April 19. Customers can dine-in or order to-go through curbside pickup. Catering also is available through the business. The restaurant is co-owned and o...

Beginning tonight at 5 p.m., Giorgios Bakatsias and chef/partner Daniel Jackson open the doors to Osteria Georgi on Elliott Road in Chapel Hill! This marks the first new restaurant for Giorgios Hospitality Group to open since Rosewater in Raleigh’s North Hills 2019, and the third addition to GHG’s Chapel Hill repertoire of restaurants – including B...

In Italian recipes, q.b. is shorthand for “quanto basta,” or as much as needed. When she wanted to start an Italian kitchenware e-commerce company, Sarah Ubertaccio took inspiration from the phrase, applying it to the idea that home cooks should update their kitchen whenever something needs to be replaced. Ubertaccio launched q.b. Cucina, her e-com...

A not-so-funny thing happened to chef Paul Verica when he took his final research trip to Italy before opening his first Italian restaurant last year. Traveling through Genoa with his partner and fiancée, Jane Tramontana M.D., with plans to head north to Milan, news of the pandemic’s spread in Italy became grimmer and grimmer. Tramontana, a pulmona...

Cerrato’s Italian Market and Deli does not look like much. Tucked away at the end of a little plaza that could use some smartening-up, it’s fairly easy to miss as you whiz along New Haven Avenue. Inside, it’s pretty unpretentious too, with hand-penned signs, cleaning products piled up along one wall, Italian/Italian-American products on shelves, te...