by Robin Garr   My friend Bob has a vowel on the end of his name, and he proudly hails from New Jersey, so when he told me to check out Bistro 42 in Prospect for its great Italian* food, I figure he knows what he's talking about. Um, what's with that asterisk on "Italian*"?    To put it gently, Italian family cookery in the...

With the holidays almost upon us, who needs another headache? Veglio Michelino e Figlio, a red wine from Italy, promises a dinner party without the prospect of a migraine the next day.   The wine, which is sold in the United States through Richmond distributor Di Vino Wholesalers, was vetted by the Norway-based MigrainePolice.com as unlikel...

By Mark Fisher The Fazoli's Italian restaurant chain, which operates seven restaurants in the Dayton-Springfield area, has a new corporate owner. The Lexington, Ky.-based, fast-casual restaurant chain has been sold by Sun Capital Partners to Sentinel Capital Partners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Private-equity group Sentinel has ac...

Repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, is how Sutton Elementary Music teacher Vic Harrison is teaching third and fourth grade members of the Sutton Elementary Chorus how to sing their parts in Italian for the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra's performance of Puccini's La Boheme. They will perform Sunday in Act 2, which calls for a group of ch...

The Italian-made Alfa Romeo sports car is headed to Shelbyville Road. Swope Auto Group announced that it had been awarded a dealership by the automaker last month and intends to rename its Sam Swope FIAT in St. Matthews to Sam Swope Alfa Romeo FIAT to reflect the addition.   Swope, the state’s largest auto dealer, becomes the first Louisvill...

by Sheldon S. Shafer Louisville-based entrepreneur Ulysses "Junior" Bridgeman is joining with The Cordish Cos. that operates Fourth Street Live! to open an Italian restaurant called BirraCibo at the downtown entertainment hub. The 9,000-square-foot restaurant will be located in the former Ri Ra Irish Pub at 445 S. 4th St. It will specialize i...

If you haven't been to Fourth Street Live! because you think it's a haven for 20- and 30-year-old partiers out to have more fun than is good for them or anyone else – or you think it's too touristy – you might want to change your mind.   There are plenty of tourists taking in the dining and entertainment, but tourists aren't exactly the devi...

by Nancy Miller   There are chefs who say they were meant for the profession and could never envision themselves doing anything else. Not so for Allan Rosenberg of Cena Italian Trattoria, who was a clothing designer before he channeled his creativity into cooking.   The life of a chef can be high profile, and the job comes with i...

Pompilios isn't the quietest dining place. After all, people like to laugh, babies sometimes cry and folks greeting each other warmly aren't bashful about it. Then there are the outside bocce courts, busy mid-spring through early fall, and no one's going to ask a bocce ball player to pipe down. "It's fun," JoEllen Thompson of East Row says sim...

by Robin Garr   Mmm, mmm, Tortellini! Who doesn't love these little stuffed pasta rings? Artfully rolled into small rounds, their Italian name stems from "torta," naming them as "little cakes," a moniker that doesn't actually make much sense since there's nothing very cake-like about them.   If you want descriptive food words, try the...