Damian Sansonetti has baked and eaten Easter bread all his life, but when it comes to braiding the dough for the holiday treat, he has to call over his wife and business partner, llma Lopez.“Your left…up…across…” she coaches him. As the mother of a 3-year-old girl, she’s had a lot more practice with braiding.  “This guy’s going over, and this guy’s...

David Levi has reopened Rossobianco, his restaurant at 3 Deering Ave., under the name Trattoria Fanny. The restaurant is serving a simpler, more affordable menu than Rossobianco, and is named after Levi’s grandmother, Fanny Levi, who was born in Milan in 1908. Dinner dishes are all under $20, and include seafood stew in tomato broth and a veal cutl...

In restaurant-rich Portland, what’s immediately noticeable about Maria’s Restaurant is what isn’t there. The now-familiar buzz that newish city bistros radiate. The staccato of cocktail shakers, or eclectic soundtracks piped from hidden speakers. Foodies don’t flock to the Cumberland Avenue eatery to Instagram artfully plated delicacies. It would a...

Saturday, February 11 at 3 pm. Hannaford Hall at USM, Portland (Abromson Center, 88 Bedford St) Maine Public is the media sponsor of Portland Ovations Classical Series including Handel & Haydn Society performing Glories of the Italian Baroque. Concertmaster/violinist Aisslinn Nosky leads an ensemble of 15 Handel & Haydn Society musicians in this gl...

by James H. Schwartz   Take a seat at Meanwhile in Belfast, the new pizza restaurant that opened here in March, and you'll discover that pizza is a sensual meal – a feast for all the senses.   There's the heady fragrance of fresh dough and the occasional whiff of garlic wafting from the kitchen and enticing customers (or passersby) to...

Cookbook author and culinary personality Domenica Marchetti will be the featured chef this weekend at the Stomewall Kitchen Cooking School.On Saturday July 6th the class is entitled A Glorious Vegetable Feast for Summer. The complete menu will include summer vegetables that are staples at the Italian table.   Crostini with Grilled Peppers an...

by Amy Calder   A passion for Italian food a love of downtown are the impetus for Holy Cannoli owners Candace and Tom Savinelli and Mayor Nick Isgro to combine their culinary expertise and open a high-end Italian market on Main Street.   The market is expected to open in December in the former Barrels Community Market space next to...

By Susan Axelrod Damian Sansonetti and his wife, Ilma Lopez, are opening a "rustic Italian" restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Bresca at 111 Middle St. next month.   Sansonetti, who left his post as executive chef at Bar Boulud in New York City to come to Portland last September, owns Blue Rooster Food Co. in the Old Port, which h...

By Nora Flaherty In the thick of Vacationland's summer season, many of us plan to spend some serious time sitting outside our local sandwich shops, enjoying the sun while eating an Italian sandwich. For people in most of the country, an Italian sandwich is a crusty sub roll with an array of Italian meats and veggies. It varies.   But i...

GVS S.p.A. and Maine Manufacturing, LLC have recently announced that they have entered into an agreement to form a new partnership. GVS has joined the existing investors of Maine Manufacturing by providing investment capital to acquire a majority equity interest in Maine Manufacturing and dramatically grow the business. The new investment capital h...