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A little more than one month after Corinth Square’s Urban Table permanently closed, a new restaurant for the space is on the horizon. Va Bene, an Italian eatery and product from Louie’s Wine Dive founder and Kansas City restaurateur Whitney VinZant will open at 8232 Mission Road this winter, according to a press release. VinZant said in a release t...

Francesca Scorsese grew up around film. Every Saturday, she and her dad, Martin Scorsese (ever heard of him?), would watch classic movies together, and she clocked her 10,000 hours on set before most. Now 20, with her roles as “Little Girl” in The Aviator, The Departed, and Boardwalk Empire behind her, she’s stepping into her own as Britney, a self...

Bologna: la dotta, la grassa, la rossa: “dotta,” the learned, because home to the oldest university in Europe. “La grassa,” the fat, because of her rich, decadent food. “La rossa,” the red, because of the terracotta hue of her buildings and, Italians know it, because of the historically leftist views of her people.  This charming, friendly and hear...

Pizza occupies just one section of a multifaceted Italian menu of pastas, sandwiches, salads, seafood, chicken and veal at Capparelli’s on Main, the family-run Monte Vista Italian restaurant. It’s not artsy and refined, but neither is it an afterthought. It’s the kind of pizza that unites us rather than divides us. It starts with a crust best descr...

McMenamins Kennedy School in NE Portland is home to local beers, music and mementos of the school’s colorful history. The building was renovated by the chain in the ‘90s and now serves as a lively neighborhood hub; however, if you take a walk through its hallways, you will be transported back to the early 1900s — childhood shenanigans and all. The...

Fall season travel in post-lockdown Europe has both benefits and disadvantages. One benefit is fewer crowds. A downside is the ubiquitous need to wear masks indoors and on public transport, especially during still warm weather.  On September 7th, Italy’s Ministry of Health issued a month-long prolongation of earlier travel restrictions related to C...

If you love food and you're also a fan of “The Sopranos,” you'll likely remember the scene where Vito Spattafore prepares a home-cooked meal of pork chops and vinegar peppers for Jim "Johnny Cakes" Witowski. The Italian-American dish, which is thought to have origins in the Neapolitan dish costolette di maiale con papaccelle, is an East Coast stapl...

Gradara is a beautiful medieval village in the province of Pesaro-Urbino, in the Marches. It is absolutely worth a visit and nowaday quite famous. It is considered by many the capital of the Middle Ages, awarded the Bandiera arancione (orange flag) since 2004 and winner of the Borgo dei borghi 2018 award. It offers unique itineraries among fortific...

In March, Restaurant Critic Soleil Ho ditched the traditional restaurant review and composed a pasta horoscope in honor of the menu at Belotti, an Oakland favorite run by Italian Chef Michele and Joyce Belotti. Now she’s back to ranking restaurants. Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle published her list of the top 10 Italian restaurants in the B...

November is dedicated to the men and women of the armed services who have played a role in protecting our nation and safeguarding its future. On Memorial Day, we remember all of those service members who gave their lives for our country. On Veterans Day, we honor all those who served in any capacity. All veterans have stories about their time in se...

Tuscany in Fall is hard to forget. After months spent welcoming tourists and taking well-deserved breaks on sunny seasides, attention is turned inwards. You can almost feel the pace slowing as the crowds disappear. With no one watching, the locals spend the last of the good weather traipsing through the fields and foraging deep in the forests.  In...

You probably are familiar with panini sandwiches and maybe even the tramezzino. But what about the puccia, a sandwich originating from Puglia? Using bread with a golden crust, baked on a lava stone, it is garnished with cheese, tomatoes or vegetables. Italy has much more to offer than pizza and pasta in terms of culinary specialties, with a rich ar...