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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...

January will see a new family-owned Italian restaurant open in west Cobb. Modena Ristorante Vinoteca promises to be a modern restaurant and wine bar at 3412 Ernest Barrett Parkway, the former site of Vincent’s Italian Restaurante. Vincent's served the community there for over 10 years, according to its Facebook page. The new restaurant is planned t...

Two decades ago, a Miami jury convicted Italian filmmaker Enrico Forti of murdering an Australian man whose bullet-ridden body was discovered in the sands of Virginia Key. Forti’s claim of innocence has become a cause célèbre in Italy, even as he serves a life prison sentence in Florida and state courts have consistently rejected his appeals on the...

North Asheville’s Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian is opening a second location, this time in South Asheville! The second Vinnie’s will be located at 1981 Hendersonville Road, in the former Iannucci's Pizzeria space. The timing of the expansion, which is slated for summer 2021, ushers in the next chapter of Vinnie’s after the original location celebra...

Housed in a former 1925 Ybor City macaroni factory, Casa Santo Stefano pays fond tribute to Sicilian food. Richard Gonzmart 4th generation caretaker of the Columbia Restaurant Group knew he wanted to share the food he grew up eating at childhood friends’ homes. Those Nana-cooked meals provide the inspiration for the pastas, sauces and seafood featu...

Unbelievably, an area known for seafood and steaks contains a surprising number of restaurants serving above-average Italian fare. In this case, I’m referring to authentic, creative pasta dishes, not just pizza, found in south Mississippi. I believe pasta sometimes gets overlooked in our state’s southern region. So, I’m sharing a few of my favorite...

Franklin’s Harpeth Square will soon be home to a new authentic Italian restaurant and bar. Culaccino, the first solo concept from executive chef and owner Frank Pullara, announced it will open Jan. 8, at 104 East Main St. in Franklin. “There’s something to be said about Southern hospitality, and Tennessee just does it right. I’m honored to bring a...

Watching the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City on television last week conjured up delightful memories. Last Christmas, I was standing near this magnificent structure, gazing with awe at its thousands of lights and brilliant star. Since then, intermingled with the mental picture of the brightly lit tree has been the...

One of the joys of being Italian is participating in the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. This year, thanks to Pazzo!, everyone is welcome to enjoy it. “I grew up in an Italian neighborhood in New Jersey,” says Skip Quillen, owner of the Culinary Concepts restaurants (Chops City Grill, Pazzo!, Yabba, and The Saloon Wood Fired Grill). “Mo...