by Elise Balzotti   In the eyes of a passerby, the small Caffè Paolina, tucked discreetly in the corner of a quaint strip mall on Swampscott's main road, does not beckon customers in. Once inside, however, diners feel an unusual sense of comfort and welcome.   Greeted by the proprietor, herself, in a true Calabrese fashion, with open...

By Emma Sarran Webster   Two years after opening, Siena Tavern is still one of the hottest restaurants in Chicago, and this summer, its star chef Fabio Viviani is proving that lightning can strike twice. Bar Siena, Viviani's newest restaurant with partners Lucas Stoioff and David Rekhson, opened its West Loop doors on July 25 to an already e...

by Jessica Carr   I will always be a tough critic when it comes to Italian food. No, I'm not Italian, but I did study abroad there last summer. There is nothing quite like eating a plate of spaghetti in Florence or stuffing your face with pizza in Venice. Wow, those were good times.   Now that I'm back in the Knoxville, find...

by Margaret Morgan   On October 27, Lidia Bastianich's latest cookbook "Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine" subtitled Everything You Need to Know to be a Great Italian Cook, will be released by Random House. What Julia Child brought to the kitchen with her"Mastering the Art of French Cooking" Lidia Bastianich has done with her late...

by Marissa Conrad   Pasta and prosciutto butter toast await in the West Loop. "I'm getting my second espresso right now," says Sarah Grueneberg with a laugh as she bustles around the kitchen of Monteverde, her new Italian restaurant in the West Loop.   It's a busy morning: Besides the typical dough prep — most pastas on the menu...

by Chad Lawhorn Gelato. Sorbet. Cannoli. Am I showing off my bilingual skills here? Of course. Am I pointing to stains on my tie? Well, yes, but neither of those are really the point. I'm mainly working up to tell you that a new dessert shop — with a specialty in Italian dishes — is coming to downtown Lawrence.   Lawrence businessman Dan Bl...

By Nina Porzucki Recently, an Italian cheesemaker, Quattro Madonne Caseificio dell'Emilia, announced that it has raised more than $6 million in bonds guaranteed by wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano. Yep, Parmesan cheese. Parmesan has the name recognition.   In fact cheesemakers in the European Union outside of a certain region of Ital...

At Atlanta's La Pietra Cucina, chef Bruce Logue focused on what he calls the "handmade aspects" of Italian cuisine, building a reputation for some of the best Italian cooking in the city — a surprising achievement for an Atlanta native of Scots-Irish descent.Logue's background includes stints at several well-regarded contemporary Italian and modern...

Meno posti di lavoro, meno pasti fuori casa. La crisi economica ha cambiato le abitudini alimentari degli americani; nuove tendenze e stili di vita stanno orientando i consumi che incidono sull'industria alimentare. Gli americani mangiano sempre più spesso a casa e per questo motivo si fanno sempre più scelte di acquisto e si comprano più prodotti...

St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Little Italy (Pulaski County) will host its 86th Annual Spaghetti/Italian Sausage Dinner and Bazaar Sunday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. The all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti, original recipe sauce, traditional sausage, bread, salad and dessert.   The cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children aged 6-12 a...