Recognized as the first vegan Italian wine bar in the United States, Pura Vita is quickly becoming one of LA’s hottest vegan spots. From Cacio E Pepe and Cauliflower Chickpea Parmigiana to Baked Alfredo, Gluten-Free Margherita Pizza, and Tiramisu, the menu items from Pura Vita are not to be missed! Oh, and did we mention they serve brunch on the we...

Mangia Inc., the producer, exporter and importer of Carmelina ‘e…San Marzano Italian tomatoes and authentic Italian prepared sauces, as well as Carmelina brands Italian beans, has created a unique bridge merging the traditional Italian culture of growing clean, high quality products with the modern needs of the North American and global markets. Fo...

The converted 1830s Aquebogue house that houses Il Giardino is 4,000 miles or so from the Palermo farm where chef/owner John Gambino grew up, but that hasn’t stopped him from making it feel like home. When the warm afternoon light streams in, the wraparound dining porch imparts a timeless, southern Italian vibe. Watching Gambino buzz around his Mai...

Toluca is a city of less than 1,500 citizens, and yet it has twin Italian restaurants of wide renown located within a short city block of each other. When you mention it to someone not from central or north-central Illinois, they tend to give you a suspicious, doubtful look. That’s only because they’ve never been to Mona’s or Capponi’s. Mona’s – th...

While food may be an art form in Italy, it's more like a religion in Sicily. Even if you know Italian food well, Sicilian cuisine will surprise you with its complexity — a legacy of successive waves of settlers and invaders who influenced the cuisine. The first time you find yourself choosing between fish couscous and spaghetti Bolognese on the sam...

Two years ago, I made the very bold move to leave everything I've ever known in New York – my family, friends, and of course, good quality pizza – to move down south. Since landing in Columbia, South Carolina, I had yet to find the perfect wood-fired margherita, the kind of pizza that reminds me of home. The Americanized version of Neapolitan style...

One of the odder effects of the pandemic has been to level the playing field for modest restaurants. When everybody is serving outdoors on improvised patios, the view of the beach, street-life, or in some cases a brick wall is the same as their neighbors’. People who wouldn’t have given some places a second glance now make their dining decision bas...

One glance at the hot-pink cardboard box with the dark blue lettering and chances are you know exactly what’s inside. If any doubts remain, you have only to read the store motto, prominently printed on the lid: “Cakes decorated while you wait.” Borracchini’s Bakery & Mediterranean Market, a family-owned business, has made its name by providing cust...

Since we couldn't have our Annual Feast of Mother Cabrini this year, we decided to help out our community with our first "P B & J FREE Lunch giveaway" on Saturday September 12th, 2020 at the River of Life Full Gospel Church in Bay Shore, NY. With the help of our amazing team of Lodge Volunteers, we made 500 FREE lunch bags filled with lots of love,...

Tune in this Wednesday for the second episode of OSDIA Interviews LIVE!: Season 2. Wednesday (9/16) at 7pm EST/4pm PST on Facebook Live, our hosts Mark DeNunzio and Mary Kovach will be joined Italian-American celebrity chef, television host, author, and award winning restaurateur, Lidia Bastianich! Don't forget to tune in and leave your questions f...