More than two years after his untimely death, Carmine Smeraldo is still a presence at Il Terrazzo Carmine, in part because so much is still done his way at the restaurant he founded in 1984.   A portrait of him hangs near the entrance, where he used to welcome guests, many of them known to him. The nameplate simply says "Boss." Relaxed and s...

The pace of workaday life in America has necessitated relatively short lunch hours and the need for workers to consume food fairly quickly, usually at or near work. Italy's cured meats, stemming from the historical need to preserve scarce resources, have proven ideal for sandwiches, the perfect quick and portable meal.   Prosciutto, salami,...

Paul's Focacceria opened in 1904, the same year the ice cream cone was invented and Cy Young threw the first perfect game. Paul's was located on a residential street just a few blocks away from the Brooklyn piers, and it served traditional Sicilian sandwiches to the local Italian community and Italian longshoremen clamoring for a taste of home. &n...

Maple Avenue is getting a trio of restaurants that includes Kansas City-style barbecue and an Italian restaurant from Nonna owner Julian Barsotti.   It's part of a $3.5 million development called the Maple Avenue Dining District that will buttress a residential development from Crow Holdings in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, including the restor...

Whether you refer to it as spaghetti sauce or gravy, either way you’re going to use your bread to mop up the remainders, especially when you find an Italian restaurant serving up the best. But trying to find the best tiramisu, veal cutlets, homemade pasta or osso buco is never an easy task.   Never fear. We culled through the Las Vegas din...

by Taryn Luna   Late in 2012, Mario Batali first teased local foodies with a Tweet saying he would open a restaurant in Boston "very soon!"   "Soon" turned out to be 2½ years. On Wednesday evening, the famed chef opens his first Boston business, Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca, at Fan Pier on the South Boston Waterfront. The large open space...

The North End seems to dominate local Italian dining, but believe it or not, tasty pastas aren't relegated to Paul Revere's old 'hood. You can get plenty of food from The Boot at outposts in other parts of town. If you don't want wait to in line at Giacomo's with your friends from out of town, take them to one of these 10 fine Italian restaurants a...

By Becky Krystal It has been a few weeks of good news for fans of Italian food: The second location of Arlington's Italian Store opened in Westover last week; the market portion of chef Amy Brandwein's Centrolina opens today in CityCenter; and Carluccio's Italian market, cafe and restaurant will open June 3 in Old Town Alexandria.   The bra...

By Rebecca Panico   The brothers that brought you Renato's Pizza Masters on Central Avenue in the Heights are now using their expertise to open an Italian-style deli on the same block. Bocelli's Italian Deli opened late last month and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 274 Central Ave. between Sherman Place and Manhattan Avenue followed. &nb...

by Linda Zavoral   The venerable Paolo's, which in 1958 introduced then-agricultural San Jose to fine dining, is closing Aug. 8. Carolyn Allen, the daughter of owner and founding chef Jack Allen (born Giacchino Paolo Aiello), announced the news "with deep regret" on the restaurant's website Wednesday. "After six decades in downtown San...