The scene: Pizzeria Bianco is one of the most important restaurants to open in my lifetime in terms of transforming America's food scene. Recent years have seen a proliferation of high-quality foods in places outside their traditional regions, places they might not be expected to excel.   The obvious example is barbecue, which can now be fou...

By Pamela Silvestri   Joe Fauci established La Fontana Restaurant in Oakwood 32 years ago with his father and brother, both named Anthony. Since that time, the Fauci family never changed the footprint of their free-standing structure. But due to "business" with the buildings and fire department, Fauci recently decided to renovate. &nbs...

by Michael Klein   Time Out - the listicle-heavy city entertainment guide - has named two local restaurants to its roster of the 20 best Italian restaurants in the United States. At Number 1 is Vetri, Marc Vetri and Jeff Benjamin's boutique at 1312 Spruce St.   The editors rave: "What can be said about Marc Vetri's hall-of...

by Louisa Chu   The critically acclaimed and fan favorite pizzeria Paulie Gee's in New York just announced the location of its long-awaited Chicago shop, in Logan Square at 2451 N. Milwaukee Ave., near Logan Boulevard. Before you raise your pizza rivalry pitchforks, these are not New York-style pies. Owner, pizza maker and namesake Paul Gia...

by Besha Rodell   The Arts District downtown has become the unlikely ground zero for large, ambitious Italian restaurants. That trend continues next month with the opening of Officine Brera, which begins serving on Feb. 5 adjacent to its sister restaurant, the Factory Kitchen (another large, ambitious Italian restaurant).   But for ow...

By Ashton Brellenthin Having recently celebrated five years in business, Perillo's Pizzeria is a hidden gem tucked away in North Salem. The family owned business is led by Damiano Perillo, who makes his authentic Italian cuisine with one thing in mind – love. "People don't slow down and take time to enjoy their food anymore," Perillo said. "...

by Chris Shelton   This week Houston-based Landry's Inc. opened the company's fifth Grotto Italian Ristorante — the third in the Houston area — located in Galveston's San Louis Resort, Spa & Conference Center. The company also has Grotto restaurants in the Woodlands, the Galleria area and at Landry's casino properties in Las Vegas and A...

A social studies lesson about the food and culture of Italy turned into a hands-on culinary lesson for a class of third-graders from Staten Island, New York. Students from PS 30 in Westerleigh took a field trip last Wednesday to Pastosa Ravioli, the Italian specialty store in West Brighton.   Source: http://iajournal.com  

by Carissa Gan   Helmed by the proprietors of Trattoria Dopo Teatro in Times Square, Dopo East in the Upper East Side is a townhouse fashioned into a modern Italian restaurant with a rustic charm. It's easy to forget that you're dining at a restaurant until the waiter comes over with the menu. "Would you like sparkling or distilled water?" h...

by Tim Carman   Nathan Anda decided years ago that he wanted the Red Apron in Penn Quarter to focus on tigelles, the flatbread common to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, where locals slice open the muffin-like rounds and fill them with a lard-heavy pesto. What Anda didn't realize is that he would need those many months of R&D to devel...