It was love at first bite. In the late 1940s, Richard Underwood got a glimpse of his future while on vacation in Miami, Fla. After watching a movie with his date, she suggested getting a late-night pizza. “Pizza?” the young Underwood asked.  Ten years later and back home in Butler County, Underwood owned a small used car lot on Ohio 4 in Hamilton w...

If the name Romeo DiBona sounds familiar, it should. The talented chef helmed Old Homestead Steak House at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa since Day 1 in 2013, helping it become THE most successful fine dining restaurant in Atlantic City. That gig came after years of him showing off his talents for Caesars Atlantic City, particularly at Nero’s Italian S...

Ice cream shops are fairly easy to find around New Jersey. However, it can be tough to find an authentic gelato spot. But thanks to Gio’s Gelato & Espresso Bar in Franklin Lakes, North Jersey has a new homemade gelato spot. For those who might not know, gelato is an Italian dessert staple. Though it may seem the same, it’s actually quite different...

Italian restaurant Piccoli Piatti Pizzeria will come to the Wildwood Shopping Center in Bethesda in 2020, taking over the former Oakville Grille space, Federal Realty Investment Trust announced Monday. The restaurant is a concept from Francis Namin, a restaurateur who owns Fish Taco, which has a location at Wildwood. Namin and his family are no str...

Over the years, I have sometimes published interviews in which I do not completely agree with some of the answers. These interviews are among the ones I like most, because feeding the debate, helping to reflect and listening to different opinions is one of the most beautiful things that can be done by those who inform and communicate, in full respe...

With its rolling hills of vineyards, world-famous cuisine, millennia of history, and iconic landmarks, Italy is a country that many people strive to visit at least once in their lifetime. There’s a certain idea that most people have of the land that gave us pizza, the Ferrari, and the achievements of the likes of Da Vinci and Michelangelo. In some...

A new Neapolitan pizzeria, Midici, is set for a soft opening on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The restaurant, part of an L.A.-based chain, is the latest in a string of new food options on the revitalized 700 Block of K Street near the Golden 1 Center. The pizza spot was preceded by the recent opening of Solomon's Delicatessen next door, and will soon be follo...

Driving a rental car through the northern Italian countryside for 36 hours is about as relaxing as a root canal. Speed limits seem to be a light suggestion, and those sloping verdant peaks that look so serene as you approach from the nearest city turn out to be full of hairpin turns, rife for harrowing tailgating incidents with truck drivers who ha...

Siciliano Subs has opened on West Franklin Street adding big Italian-style deli subs, salads and Cuban sandwiches to the ever-growing Franklin food roster. Siciliano Subs is our newest eatery on West Franklin Street.  David and Danielle Hodge are the owners – and the chefs, servers and everything else. Siciliano (pronounced “Sisly-ano”) is Danielle...

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...