Four decades after celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich opened Felidia, her esteemed Midtown restaurant has quietly shuttered. In September, Bastianich sold the brownstone that’s been home to the Italian restaurant since 1981 as part of a $4.7 million deal, according to PincusCo. The building is now owned by Tony Park, the chief executive of real estate...

Great news! Taste of Italy is scheduled for March, 2022 in Houston! For more information, please contact Italy-America Chamber of Commerce deputy director and Taste of Italy director Maurizio Gamberucci at m.gamberucci@iacctexas.com. Taste of Italy Houston is the largest trade fair in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Italian wine and food products....

Like the old joke about the three most important things in real estate being location, location and location, it is always worth repeating that when it comes to cooking, the essentials are ingredients, ingredients and ingredients. Without good ones a good cook cannot produce a good meal; without the finest a great chef will never show his mettle. O...

In 2015, Chef Keith Yonker's dream of living in Northeast Tennessee came true when Eastman Chemical Co. hired the Chicago-area native to be the company's artisan chef and oversee its seven cafes. Yonker later opened The Angry Italian in downtown Bristol. Billed as a Chicago-inspired pizzeria, the restaurant started out in a small storefront on a si...

It was only a few years back, in the middle of my morning radio show on 960-WELI, when I made a reference to “American bread” and my producer at the time — about 15 years younger than me — called me out on it. “Why do you call it that?” he asked. “Call what what?” was my response, as if we were performing some scripted Abbott & Costello routine. “I...

With the holidays (somehow) right around the corner, Los Angeles is prepping for yet another glitzy gift from the expansive Tao Group, one of America’s most prominent restaurant and nightlife consortiums. The Tao team is hard at work transforming the former Roku space on the Sunset Strip into a lavish and lush Italian destination known as Lavo Rist...

Craving tortellini, piadina or gnocco fritto? There is no need to take a trip to Emilia Romagna in Italy, the Emilian tradition is served at Via Emilia 9 in Miami and Nonna Beppa in New York City. Two different names but one message in common: bring authenticity to the United States, and no modifications are allowed. Indeed, because if you want to...

“I always had grown up in the restaurant business, I thought that everybody’s parents did things like this,” says Carmela Cataldo. “I always remembered wanting to work at the restaurant because my older siblings would go, and I thought this is so lame, finally when I was 10 they let me in.” Carmela Cataldo won first place in the 2020 Best in the Mi...

A few months ago I wrote in this column that Il Gattopardo, across from the Museum of Modern Art, was currently the finest Italian restaurant in New York. Now, I want to fudge on that claim, not because it has been superseded by another restaurant but because it has its equal at The Leopard at Des Artistes near Lincoln Center. My sophisticated read...

Hughes Investments Inc. announced Oct. 5 Belladina’s Italian Market will open at BridgeWay Station in Mauldin in late 2022. The Mauldin eatery will use at least 50% of its 6,013 square feet for an Italian market, which will sell authentic Italian food items. It will also serve as Belladina’s fourth storefront, joining Belladina’s Pizzeria at 9 W. W...