In most cultures, exploring food means exploring history, and the Italian south has plenty of both to offer. Most people think of tomato-based sauces with pasta as being representative of all of Italy and “Italian food,” but this is not true. These beloved and widespread culinary traditions hail from the regional cuisines of the south. Acclaimed au...

Bloomfield's Bucco Restaurant opened in April, adding a new place to eat in the bustling downtown. This upscale Italian/American restaurant was opened by Frank Bucco and his business partner and girlfriend Jennifer DenBoer. Bucco’s father owned a restaurant also called Bucco in Clifton for 20 years before losing his lease. Now, Bucco’s father is re...

Hidden behind the former Crown Imports building on 7th Street in Phoenix is a little slice of heaven. Growing up in New York, every neighborhood had its favorite Italian restaurant where friends would gather to revel in two- or three-hour dinners, laugh at a lifetime of shared memories, and share a bottle or six of wine. Pubblico Italian Eatery is...

The corner store at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Langdon Street in Franklin Square has housed a series of workaday businesses, among them, a flooring distributor, a heating-and-plumbing service and a photo studio. But the ramshackle site got a glamorous makeover when Vito and Danny Altesi decided to turn it into a cafe featuring homemade...

This has been a bad month for Mille Lire, Oak Lawn’s criminally underrated Italian restaurant. On June 30, co-owner Brian Ellard, wife Ornella and her two teenage children were killed in an airplane crash in Addison. The restaurant kept its doors open after the tragedy and Ellard’s co-owner and brother-in-law, Giuliano Matarese, continued to lead t...

For the second year in a row, Florina Pizzeria and Paninioteca was declared the winner of the “People’s Choice” in the third annual Boston Pizza Festival on July 13 and 14 at City Hall Plaza. “It was such an honor to be voted ‘Best Pizza- People’s Choice’ for two consecutive years (2018/2019),” wrote Barry Proctor, who co-owns the pizzeria at 16 De...

Salvatore Sorrentino has been searching Bay Shore high and low for the last five years for the perfect spot for his Italian restaurant. It wasn’t until he was scrolling through Craiglist with his wife, Christina, that he found the best fit: the old Gino’s Pizzeria at 45 West Main Street. “It was really random,” said Christina. “We were on Craigslis...

Fossilised pollen from around 2 million years ago, discovered during archaeological excavations, seem to demonstrate the presence of hazelnut kernels on the old continent since the Quaternary Period. They were used as a source of food as early as prehistoric times, when early man ate them by imitating rodents. In Campania there is evidence of the p...

Lentils, quinoa and vegetables make these nuggets a perfect and colorful dish for vegetarians, but also for "carnivores" too. These can be served as a tasty main course, accompanied by a fresh salad, or as an appetizing starter and cocktail. Crunchy outside and soft inside, they are  delicious and healthy as well, rich in good nutrients and are eas...

Italian restaurant Grano officially opens its doors in downtown Schenectady today in the former home of Aperitivo Bistro, which closed suddenly in March. The restaurant is owned by Armondo Cioccke and Danny Petrosino, who are also chef-owners of Osteria Danny in Saratoga Springs and Armondo's Villa Tuscan Grill in Rotterdam. Grano will specialize i...