Italy's culinary universe goes far beyond pizza and pasta. From the top of the boot in Milan to the tip of the toe in Sicily, there's a wide array of cuisines and regional specialties to explore.   Based on their Michelin star ratings, critical praise, and industry accolades and awards, we believe that these 20 restaurants offer the very bes...

by Danya Henninger   In 1893, Francesco Dispigno left Naples and traveled to America with his wife and young son. They landed at Ellis Island, where his son's Italian name - Rafael - was officially changed to Ralph. The family headed to Philadelphia and settled on South Ninth Street.   Seven years later, Dispigno, who had worked in th...

Venetian cuisine. On November 12, Contessa Enrica Rocca will demonstrate the joys of Venetian cooking through the creation of cicchetti, or traditional Venetian canapés, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at La Scuola di Eataly Chicago's "Chef's Kitchen" (43 E Ohio St).   Rocca's presentation will not only touch upon the basics of Northern Italian coo...

by Samantha Hammer Filomena's Cafe & Wine Bar – comfort food by popular demand. An abundance of fashionable chefs are opening new restaurants throughout Southern Orange County. If you are looking for an unforgettable homemade Italian dining experience, indulge yourself at Filomena's Cafe & Wine Bar in the Laguna Design Center.  ...

Carla Bolin, who operates two Angelo's Fresh Markets in the Chicago suburbs, opened a third Italian specialty boutique grocery/restaurant called Angelo's Prime in Schererville, Ind. The market carries "the best of everything," according to a local report, which includes truffle butter, prosciutto, wild caught fish, fresh-baked Turano bread, ol...

Owner Paolo Magro has returned his Little Italy brand to downtown Keeseville. The restaurant is located at 1711 Front St, which hasn't housed a restaurant in three years. "So far, there has been a good response," Magro said. "We will try our best to please the community."   Magro first opened a Little Italy in Keeseville in 1989 and operat...

by Aaron Carnes   Espresso isn't just a caffeinated base for concoctions of flavored syrups and whipped cream. Nor is it the most caffeinated type of coffee. However, in its simpler and more traditional forms, espresso is the star at Bel Bacio Italian Cafe, the latest addition to San Jose's growing Little Italy neighborhood. Bel Bacio serves...

Annie Barbieri Spohn's maternal grandfather owned and operated neighborhood Italian deli and grocery stores, Sola's, in the North End and Midtown.   Now a vintage Sola's menu hangs on the wall of Spohn's new Pezzettino Italian Deli & Market — a 2014 version of her grandfather's shop that is scheduled to open Wednesday at 2101 Broadway....

"Sagra" means "festival" in Italian. I might suggest renaming the event next year La "Sacra" Slices, meaning "sacred," as the pizza and meatballs served by some 30 culinary artisans can only be described as "heavenly." After climbing the stairway, er, escalator, to heaven at Pier 92's rooftop event space, you're greeted by a constellation of twinkl...

Italian-American restaurant the Boot has opened at 2501 University Drive, according to the restaurant's social media page.   The menu has items such as a local meatball sub, house-made ravioli, Italian wedding soup, and a variety of appetizers like shrimp with lemon, greens and white beans, calamari and Arancini (fried rice balls).  ...