It’s one of the many beautiful traditions growing up Italian. Not only was it a family thing, but friends joined together to share in the culture—no matter how early it was. It’s only 6 a.m. and you can hear people — somewhere in the house — laughing, yakking and clanging pots. Chi sapeva che comincissiano così presto alla mattina? “Who knew they w...

Fresh, simple and delicious, bruschetta is the perfect snack as the weather warms. Italian cook. Silvana Lanzetta shares her tips for the perfect version of a well-known classic.Bruschetta (pronounced "broo-skeh-ttah") is a traditional Italian dish: well loved and known across the world, it’s cheap, easy, and quick to prepare, yet it tastes a milli...

Just when you thought you knew everything there is to know about the current craze for focaccia and all its pizzalike variants, along comes focaccia col formaggio di Recco (focaccia di Recco for short): a bubbly ooze of tart and fruity stracchino cheese barely contained by two supersize rounds of paper-thin dough. To make focaccia di Recco, you tak...

When temperatures start to rise, hearty cuisine like creamy pasta dishes and sandwiches brimming with savory meats tend to get replaced by much lighter bites like salads, veggie-filled wraps and dishes loaded with fresh fruit. But at Atlanta's Bellina Alimentari, which is located inside of Ponce City Market, the Italian restaurant has managed to in...

It all started with a wrong turn. Unlike Springsteen, who just kept going, the Ferranti family decided to settle down. "We were trying to go to Little Italy in Baltimore," Sal Ferranti said, to "associate with people who might give us a lead seeking the American dream."  That wrong turn might have diverted the family's course from Baltimore, but it...

Time to pair some wine with that pasta. Houston Restaurant Weeks runs through Sept. 2. This month can be a time to treat yourself and venture out to some Houston restaurants that you normally would not splurge for. Not to mention, Houston Restaurant Weeks both donates to the Houston Food Bank and allows diners to get major bang for their buck. Hous...

Not everyone lives in RiNo. Or LoHi or LoDo or whatever other neighborhood hybrid moniker is fashionable right this second. Yet those seem to be the primary places getting a Certain Kind of Restaurant. This Certain Kind of Restaurant (or CKR, if you will) holds a monopoly in the Union Station neighborhood. It’s taking over LoHi and it’s settling in...

“On warm summer nights, the violins would play as horse-drawn carriages pulled up to the fashionable ice cream parlors on Palermo’s waterfront. Elegant ladies and gentlemen, many from Sicily’s royal family, would step out and sit down to their favorite dessert of lemon ice, spumoni or cassata. Inside the kitchens, young boys – among them, Angelo Br...

For nearly 17 years, regional Italian food chain Casa Mia has been serving up hot, homemade food — chopped, baked and sautéed from a small kitchen in Yelm.  Even today, the hometown franchise’s mission for hospitable home-styled dining is greater than ever. “The Casa Mias are consistent. I think that we all support each other and we strive for good...

While Riverboat Landing is long gone, Wilmingtonians can still catch their favorite balcony views of the Cape Fear at downtown's newest pizza restaurant, Marsello's. The Christiana family moved to the area from Cary to bring their Italian family recipes and Sicilian style pizza, opening up just before the summer season at 2 Market St. While the men...