by Elise Balzotti   As we meddle through spring, with summer fast approaching, we ask ourselves: "Is there any better way to satisfy our taste buds than with a cold, confectionary treat?" Although we all tend to become increasingly more aware of our figures during this time of year, we can't help but associate warmer weather with frozen des...

by Stephanie Lulay   Little Italy's famous shaved ice spot is back in business. Mario's Italian Lemonade, 1068 W. Taylor St., opened for the season Friday. The stand has been a mainstay in the neighborhood since 1954, when Mario DiPaolo Jr. helped his parents open the family shop.   Today, DiPaolo Jr. continues to operate th...

by Chad Walsh When Justin and Stormee Wills opened Restaurant Beck on Depot Bay at the Oregon Coast a few years back, they decided to name it for their son, Becker, who's now six years old. Logic would follow that should the Wills ever open a sister restaurant, they'd name it for Becker's kid sister, Isla, who's now two.   That's pretty muc...

Pastry Chef Giuseppe Manilia won the 2015 edition of Santarosa Conca Festival, the festival dedicated to sfogliatella, said to be created by a monk in 1700 in the Monastery of the basin of Marini. The national festival, called Santarosa Conca Festival, gathers every year in the Amalfi coast the most famous pastry chefs able to make the delicio...

by Fran Schumer   Porta, the Neapolitan pizza restaurant and dance club in Asbury Park, is a good time. The real surprise is that you can eat well at Porta: Even its non-pizza dishes are better than those at more celebrated and expensive restaurants in the area.   I ate at Porta on a crowded Saturday — the wait for walk-in customers a...

Robust Italian flavors emanate from the kitchen of Gamberetti's Italian Restaurant (325 High St. S.E., Salem; 503-339-7446) on the ground level of the Pringle Park Plaza. Big winners include molte carne tortellini (Bolognese sauce, marinara, Italian sausage and meatball on cheese tortellini), fra diavolo ravioli (shrimp, lobster and marinara over s...

By Michael Nagrant   There are things, for all time, which are decidedly the essence of Chicago: the Belushis, Michael Jordan, The Second City, thick-fingered Old-Style-drinking dudes who pronounce the word sausage as "saah-sidge," the Sears—err, Willis—Tower, hot dogs dragged through the garden, and deep-dish pizza. The most underrated of t...

We made it down to Colorado Springs on our late summer trip to Colorado earlier this year. After going through the Garden of the Gods and subsequently checking into our hotel, the historic Antlers Hilton, we decided we'd better start thinking about getting something to eat for the evening.   We thought about German food, but then I found an...

by Stephanie Saltzman   Giada De Laurentiis fills a lot of roles: TV personality, Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, mom, Italian accent coach, California girl next door, and shiny hair exemplar. In between all of that, she sat down with us to discuss her beauty routine (spoiler: it involves olive oil), style icons, and the hairstyle that now make...

Oltrepassata la porta a vetri che dalla 23esima strada consente l'accesso al grande magazzino il mondo si trasforma. Dalla straordinaria varietà di colori e nazionalità che caratterizza New York si passa infatti a un ambiente familiare, colmo di marchi storici, prodotti tipici regionali, grandi eccellenze nazionali: è il mondo di Eataly, oggi...