Cecilia Casarini still remembers the long line that formed outside Ilary Biondo’s gelato store in Sicily when the couple first met in the summer of 2021. “The line was from the door to two blocks away every single day,” Casarini, Biondo’s wife, recalled. “She was just doing everything, making the gelato, serving people.” Now, Biondo, 36, the Italia...

The temperatures are finally heating up, which means those summertime snacks need to cool down: just in time, new-school Italian gelato shop Biddrina Gelato, launched this week outside of its sister restaurant, Clinton Hill's Locanda Vini & Olii.  Named after the Sicilian legend of the "Biddrina," a mythical serpent said to live in the wetlands of...

A new gelato and drink cafe is bringing Italian treats and a relaxing atmosphere to Portage Park, just in time for warmer weather. Ciao Ciao Gelato & Cafe, opening this weekend at 5355 W. Irving Park Road, aims to liven up the Portage Park corner and be a spot where visitors feel welcome, said co-owner Marco Alt. “I want people to feel like [they’r...

Dolce Vita — a family-owned and operated Italian restaurant, gelato shop and grocer at 5251 E. Brown Road No. 104 in Mesa — is hosting a special Sicilian night dinner 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 28. The business has been serving authentic Italian food using only fresh and local ingredients without additives for more than 12 years. Dolce Vita has also pr...

Dolce Vita Gelato is now open in Washington Township on weekends, during their soft opening phase. Owners Nick and Kim Corso are Williamstown residents who love traveling to Italy, where the inspiration to learn the true Italian style of making gelato… and then bringing it to South Jersey, came from. They actually opened up last weekend.  I visited...

When he was in his early 30s, Phil Giglio went to live in Southern Italy while studying for the bar exam. That six-month excursion just outside of Naples, connecting with an area that his family once called home, was enough for him to fall in love with the region’s cuisine for life. Even after graduating from law school, and practicing as a corpora...

Award-winning Italian restaurant 400 Gradi, founded in Melbourne, Australia by famed chef Johnny Di Francesco, is expanding its DFW presence with a second location, plus two new locations of its acclaimed dessert shop/gelateria Zero Gradi. The restaurant will open in McKinney, at District 121, a $250 million mixed-use development at the northeast c...

The owners of two successful Italian restaurants in Sunnyside opened a gelato shop in the neighborhood Sunday. Valerio Marchi, Gina Mastrovito and Manuel Gregorio, who own Sotto Le Stelle Pizzeria and SoleLuna on Queens Boulevard, opened Arcobaleno Gelateria on July 31 at 44-09 Queens Blvd. The addition represents their third business in Sunnyside,...

Artisanal ice cream is the real star of summer. In Sicily, you can enjoy ice cream in every corner of the big city centers and the smaller inland villages. From the eastern side to the western side, historic and new ice cream parlors are flourishing, ready to surprise locals and tourists with new delicious flavors. So many flavors, so many tastes o...

There's no dessert that's simpler to prepare than the gelato affogato. In essence – it's simply the gelato or ice cream flavor of your choice affogato (drowned) in a liquid. Chocolate sauce is a nice choice, but espresso or coffee is the most traditional way to go. Here are some tips to prepare one to perfection at home. The gelato or ice cream can...