Stephen Lanzalotta makes what he calls Sicilian "slab" pizza, bubbly slices of a lofty, rich, but light-textured crust topped with a thin layer of smooth, sweet tomato sauce and channels of gooey cheese.   Lanzalotta used to make it at Micucci Grocery until last year, and now he's at Slab, a restaurant he opened earlier this year in the old...

By Sarah Gooding A hearty helping of Italian food and culture was dished up by Miners Hall Museum this fall as the museum featured an exhibit on Italians in Southeast Kansas. Accompanying the display were events celebrating the heritage and food, beginning with antipasto to whet the appetites at the members-only opening in October, continuing wit...

by Joanna Fantozzi   Get ready for a new Mario Batali restaurant.The menu for Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's upcoming mega 474-seat restaurant inside (and outside) the Maritime Hotel in New York has finally been revealed.   The proposed menu was unveiled at a community board meeting. It will include separate breakfast, brunch, lunc...

"Are you the wife?" The wife. Maria Trabocchi gets that question a lot.  Six days a week, Maria — blond, 5-foot-9 before she slips a foot into her high-heeled ankle boots, as tan as if she's just flown back from Tulum, Mexico — flits between the dining rooms of Fiola, Fiola Mare and Casa Luca, the trio of Washington restaurants she owns...

Two events to celebrate the role of food in Italian cinema Movie 'n' Food: Sapore di CinemaDinner: 29 April, 7 PM, Ristobar, 2300 Chestnut Street, SF. Costume, book & photo show: 30 April, 6:30 PM, IIC. The dinner on the 29th of April, with menus by renowned chefs Viola Buitoni and Michele Belotti, will serve food which appears in Italian fi...

by Valerie L. Valdez   What's better than enjoying a festive evening, great food and raising money for a good cause at the same time? That was the idea behind the Italian Dinner Fundraiser on April 18 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. "This annual event was hosted by the Knights of Columbus Assembly 1809 to help raise money for the scho...

by Maria Panaritis   Gus Sarno still makes cakes in the basement of the South Philadelphia rowhouse his grandfather bought in 1904 and turned into Isgro Pastries. He still stacks cookies into boxes at the dining room table where his family ate supper 60 years ago when the doorbell to the shop wasn't ringing.   Sarno still sells c...

Laura Bonicelli didn't plan on opening a restaurant. But then opportunity knocked. While on the lookout for a new home base for her Bonicelli Fresh Meal Delivery — which is exactly what it sounds like, a made-from-scratch, full-meal-deal home delivery operation — some friends purchased a former neighborhood corner grocery store.   Havin...

by Claudia Astarita   Veneto gastronomy is dominated by four elements: polenta, rice, beans and salt cod, all of them imported. The success of Venice and its past power are also expressed in its cookery by the use of spices, which the Venetians did not only trade in, but adopted in their cooking.   A mixture of history, art and tradit...

by Andrew Metcalf   Gusto Italian Grill, the latest entry to the burgeoning local fast casual scene, is set to open Thursday at the corner of Woodmont Avenue and Elm Street in Bethesda.   The Italian concept is modeled on the quick-service style and food quality of Chipotle. Diners will be able to choose from a wrap, pasta or salad an...