By Laura Zorch   "Every day you discover something new." Franco Braccia has only good things to say about his city, Pittsburgh. Braccia owns Senti, a bright, new culinary spot in Lawrenceville, with his wife, Annette Ishida. The transplant from Italy, by way of New York, has lived in Pittsburgh for over eight years, but maintains there...

by John Mariani Tweaking is as important to a serious new restaurant as tuning is to a violin. So, after an opening two years, Costata is now a better restaurant for the changes that have been made to the three-story premises, which include better lighting, more colorful artwork, and a far more affable service staff.   Costata is very much...

by Jess Fleming   Monello, the new coastal Italian restaurant in the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis, is a lot of things. It's modern -- but it's also rustic. It's fine dining -- but it's also more casual than La Belle Vie, the last employer of its chef, Mike "YC" DeCamp.   It's a great place to hang out with a friend and...

by Megan Wyatt   Gene Todaro Jr. and Gene Todaro Sr., owners of Marcello's Wine Market and Marcello's Wine Market Cafe, will be opening another location in Metairie. Expected to open in January, Marcello's Restaurant and Wine Bar will be the second location in the market.   The Todaro family opened a business by the same name las...

10. Thou shalt not add oil to pasta water. This throws off the balance of cooking the pasta. A delicious pasta water should be as salty as the Mediterranean, not oily. Oil is only to be added to pasta after it's been cooked and drained, and, even then, it acts more as a dressing–think pasta salad–rather than non-sticking agent.   9. T...

By Susan Axelrod Damian Sansonetti and his wife, Ilma Lopez, are opening a "rustic Italian" restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Bresca at 111 Middle St. next month.   Sansonetti, who left his post as executive chef at Bar Boulud in New York City to come to Portland last September, owns Blue Rooster Food Co. in the Old Port, which h...

By Robin Leach    They lined up by the thousand, not the hundreds. They started the queue at 8 a.m. Monday, and it continued until midnight. It was an extraordinary sight, and one would have thought One Direction was about to appear.   Gold bricks weren't being given away for free. These fans just planned to be the first to buy a...

Si terrà a New York il 24 luglio prossimo presso Armani Ristorante l'aperitivo del Committee Of Italian Professionals Associations (COIPA).   Il COIPA raggruppa le associazioni dei professionisti italiani residenti negli Usa al fine di promuovere sinergie tra i vari membri dei gruppi. L'evento è organizzato da: Alma, Ciim (Confederation of I...

By Kenneth R. Gosselin   As the third-generation steward of D&D Market in the city's South End, Daniel D'Aprile Sr. keeps close to tradition, right down to using his grandfather's recipe for homemade sausage. But D'Aprile isn't stuck in the past.   On Thursday, the family-owned, Italian-American grocery store — founded in 193...

A well-known restaurant in Salisbury that was destroyed by fire earlier this year, is re-opening at a new location. The Daily Times reports that Fratelli's Italian Restaurant will re-open at it's new location at 925 Snow Hill Road in February 2015; the building that once housed Waterman's Cove, is currently undergoing renovations.   A f...