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The people of Plano will soon get pizza and meatballs galore with the opening of Sfereco, a new Italian-American restaurant opening at 1941 Preston Rd. #1004, at the intersection of Park Boulevard, in a space previously home to a Palio Pizza Cafe, which closed in 2021. According to a release, the restaurant will open in mid-September. This will be...

If you are wanting for a considerably less-high priced flavor of Italy that does not entail hopping on a plane, just head about to Dolce Riviera in downtown Dallas. The Italian cafe, which reopened before this spring immediately after a two-yr hiatus, is reminiscent of the Mediterranean with its coastal decor, delectable meals and upscale drinks. ...

No one inside Caterina’s Ristorante had any idea that it was raining sideways in Fort Worth. The red-sauce joint is windowless, a secluded spot that feels like it belongs in New York. And Caterina’s has a no-cellphones policy — surely, you’ve heard? — so none of us received weather alerts or texts from friends as the rain blew in. I didn’t even kno...

The Gambaccini family hails from Lucca, Italy, that beautiful city in Tuscany famous for its Renaissance walls and tordelli lucchesi, a bright yellow pasta made with eggs that is similar to ravioli but always filled with a mixture of meat, usually beef and/or pork, and sauced with a rich meat ragu. After originally emigrating to San Francisco in 20...

Il Bracco, a sleek Italian restaurant that originated in Dallas, is bringing its freshly made pasta to Houston’s Post Oak area. Occupying the space that previously housed California Pizza Kitchen at 1705-A Post Oak Boulevard, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant will open on Monday, August 15, and staying true to its Italian repertoire will serve up an...

Tucked away on Cherry Street in Tulsa is a little Italian restaurant that is sure to whisk you away to Italy. Prossimo Ristorante is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and features gourmet Italian dishes that are some of the best we have ever tasted. Weekend brunch at Prossimo is very popular (partly due to their $2 mimosas) so if you visi...

There are 1,970 pipes, 50 “speaking” stops, 34 pipe “ranks” and even 12 tiny bells, but the 3D musical jigsaw puzzle being pieced together by a team of Italian craftsmen inside Notre Dame Seminary Chapel will coalesce in a pipe organ that both honors the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ French heritage and produces a resonant sound matched to the chapel...

A new Italian restaurant has had so much success that its owner is already planning a second location. Gr8 Plate Hospitality, the local company behind The Union Kitchen and Jax Grill, will bring its recently opened Italian concept Passerella to Washington Avenue this fall. The new Passerella will be located in the former Union Kitchen space at 6011...

Tucked off of Elm St in Denton you’ll find Di Abruzzo Italian Market which hearkens back to traditional Italian markets you’ll find in cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. Owned by Lantana resident Jack Santarelli, Di Abruzzo is the manifestation of the love of food that he inherited from his parents and grandparents, who immigrated f...

If you’ve ever wanted to truly enjoy authentic Italian cuisine and sip unique wines from all over Italy but don’t want to leave southern Denton County, then Diego Stefani and his staff at GiroPizza and Trattoria have what you are seeking. Their “Tour of Italy Wine Dinners” are offered about every 45 days at their location at 3711 Justin Road in Flo...

Operating out of a nearly 100-year-old house in Montrose that has been both a private residence and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, the Italian Cultural and Community Center preserves rich traditions and culture with a décor that's a throwback to the mid-20th century. When I comment that that a lot of the furniture and huge china cabine...

Osteria Il Muro in Denton is a little Italian restaurant that specializes in house-made everything — from cured meats to fresh hand-rolled pasta to semifreddo. The place seats just 24 diners, by reservation only, and the one-page menu can change daily, based on seasons and the mood of chef and owner Scott Girling.Girling met his wife in Denton, whe...