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Rosati’s Pizza opened its newest location on Monday, May 9, in The Woodlands / Conroe area of Montgomery County at 4150 FM 1488, approximately five miles west of I-45. The new restaurant is home to the country’s first Rosati’s drive-thru, featuring a limited menu of fan favorites and pizza by the slice. The full Rosati’s menu is available via carry...

When searching for "Italian restaurants near me," you may have found several unrecognizable names flooding your feed recently. A flock of Italian restaurants have opened in rapid succession in Houston, giving even the most finger-on-the-pulse diners a lot to keep track of. While institutions like the original Carabba's on Kirby, Damian's, La Grigli...

A longstanding Austin food truck is spreading its love of Italian cuisine this spring. Patrizi’s, the long-standing truck dishing handmade pasta on East 22nd Street is going a little more mainstream, with a new brick-and-mortar restaurant in the hills on the west side of Austin. The new Patrizi's, open as of Thursday, May12, is located on Cuernavac...

The Dallas businessman known for conquering the globe’s highest peaks and deepest depths is heading out of this world. Literally. Victor Vescovo, co-founder of private equity firm Insight Equity, is one of six passengers scheduled to head into space on Blue Origin’s fifth human flight. The date for that flight with the aerospace company owned by Am...

Much more than food will be available at the McAlester Italian Festival’s 50th Anniversary celebration — although there will be plenty of food, too. Everything from music to arts and crafts, a car show, carnival and helicopter rides are part of this year’s event. This year’s two-day festival is set for Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, at the Southea...

Lisa Becklund and Linda Ford, creators of the James Beard Award semifinalist Living Kitchen Farm & Dairy in Depew, and its urban outpost, FarmBar, will bring their interpretation of authentic Italian cuisine with Il Seme, 15 W. Fifth St., in the space the formerly housed Lassalle's New Orleans Deli. The restaurant will begin accepting reservatio...

Jack and Phil Rizzuto opened a pizza joint on the West Bank, but what their customers clamored for was beef. They opened Rizzuto’s Pizzeria on a busy stretch of Belle Chasse Highway near Terry Parkway last spring. Although Hurricane Ida was the catalyst for the shift from pizza to Rizzuto's Ristorante & Chop House in Gretna, the real reason for the...

An antiques seller for about a decade, Laura Young knows what it means to sift through piles of objects in the hopes of finding one unique item. But an August 2018 trip to a Texas thrift store exceeded her expectations on almost every level. When Young first noticed a marble bust under a table at an Austin Goodwill store, she was captivated by its...

Essential Austin Italian food truck Patrizi’s is expanding with a new physical restaurant this May. The second Patrizi’s will be found in the Austin Lake Hills neighborhood at 1705 Cuernavaca Drive North starting tentatively on Thursday, May 12. The new counter-service restaurant will add breakfast and lunch items — a first for Patrizi’s. Mornings...

It’s a rare thing for a more than 50-year-old restaurant to be a hot spot. But the opening of a new location for Mondo’s has brought with it buzz about the new building in Brookside along with nostalgia about meals eaten and occasions celebrated over the years. Walking into Mondo’s is like walking into a part of the Aloisio family home. It’s always...

With 265 made-from-scratch menu items, Juliet Italian Kitchen strives to separate itself from other big-name Italian restaurants in Austin, Chief Operations Officer Bryan Cromwell said. Juliet opened its first location, on Barton Springs Road, in 2015. Because the restaurant saw continued business during the first wave of the pandemic, when the cha...

With his Sicilian heritage and fine dining chops, people frequently ask Michael Gulotta if he’ll ever open an Italian restaurant. Finally, his answer is yes. The New Orleans-based chef is developing a new Italian restaurant in Old Metairie. It’s called TANA, and it will be an upscale showcase for traditional regional Italian cooking. TANA is slated...