By Al Mancini Europeans can be a bit obsessive about the authenticity of their native cuisines, and the pedigrees of the chefs who create them. In fact, when Bella Vita opened with much fanfare in the District at Green Valley Ranch in October, the owners went so far as to tout it as "obsessive Italian cuisine."   Much was also made about th...

By Dan Medeiros On a cold and rainy night, my wife, daughter and I were craving some hearty Italian food. I'm saying we. I mean me. I did. I wanted Italian. My 4-year-old just wanted french fries and didn't care where they came from.   The three of us ventured to Somerset to visit Agoro's Pizza Bar and Grill on County Street. The dining roo...

Un nuovo progetto a supporto della cultura enogastronomica e dell'alimentazione sana e autenticamente italiana: è "Authentically EATalian" che verrà presentato martedì prossimo, 4 giugno, alla Città del Gusto di Roma.   L'iniziativa è promossa da Assocamerestero, Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Southeast, Italy-America Chamber of Commerce...

by Hailey Eber   On a recent Saturday, Christopher Nicolla enjoyed the same over-the-top Italian hospitality and delectable pasta he had the week before while vacationing in Rome — but he wasn't in Europe.   Nicolla, a 27-year-old menswear designer, dined at Antica Pesa, an Italian restaurant in Williamsburg that opened last fall. It'...

by Devra First   Toscano opened in Harvard Square at the end of March, a second branch of the Beacon Hill restaurant with which it shares a name. The Brattle Street spot was for years scented with garlic naan and tandoori chicken as Cafe of India; now pasta and grilled meats take their place. And a restaurant that was previously often empty...

Touch of Italy has requested the Court of Chancery allow its suit against former partners Frank and Louie Bascio to move forward. In June, the Bascios, through attorney David Hutt, moved to have Touch of Italy's suit dismissed.   In his opposition to the Bascios motion to dismiss, Touch of Italy attorney Larry Fifer said the Bascios hav...

Longtime Palo Alto restaurant Zibibbo has shuttered after 17 years, owner Rowena Wu confirmed Wednesday. "Zibibbo has closed for good," she said, refusing to comment further.   Jose Sandoval, a San Jose resident who's been a cook at the restaurant for five years, said he was told last Friday that the restaurant was closing. He said the rest...

Chef Matthew Accarrino has just been named one of the Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2014. Born in St. Louis and raised in New Jersey, this American celebrity with undeniable Italian origins is used to say that when he was a child, his dream was becoming a professional cyclist.   However, when a tumour in his leg forced him to change hi...

The Italian restaurant Le Nonne Hawaii closed less than a year after opening in the Kapolei Marketplace.Cindy Lau, the manager of Kapolei Marketplace, said the couple is working on selling the space to a new restaurant. Chef Pier Antonio Micheli opened Le Nonne Hawaii with his wife, Stephanie Micheli, in July 2013. Micheli told PBN he wanted to br...

How real is the reported threat to Nutella hazelnut spread? According to the Financial Times, there was poor weather in Turkey, where approximately 70 percent of the world's hazelnuts originate. But Somerset, New Jersey-based Ferrero USA, the company that makes and distributes the sweet stuff for its Italian parent company, says fans have no n...