It was without much fanfare that Sal’s Pizza Factory opened its doors on Monroe Road in the Echo Hills neighborhood of southeast Charlotte in 2018, but in the three years since, it has slowly built a cult following, earning rave reviews for its wide assortment of pizzas ranging from staples like cheese or Margherita to more eccentric toppings like...

David and Faythe DiLoreto were at a crossroads in their lives when they took a vacation to Italy back in 2011. "There came a time when we were looking to do something different," David explained to PBS NC. "We happened to make a family trip to Italy, not searching for anything there, but just fell in love with buffalo mozzarella when we were there....

With its relaxing, family-friendly vibe, Francesca’s Italian Restaurant continues to charm customers in Burlington, North Carolina. The family-owned restaurant brings well-loved Italian Food in Burlington, NC. The restaurant only offers authentic Italian gastronomic flair created by its Italian-born chef, Luigi Lattero. Chef Lui, as most people cal...

A piece of world history will dock in Wilmington starting next week. The Nao Santa Maria, a replica of the ship sailed by Christopher Columbus in 1492, is coming to Wilmington from June 10-13 and will be open for self-guided tours. The 200 ton, four-deck replica will be available for tours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Riverwalk between Grace and C...

Following a fiscal year that shattered franchise development records,  Fazoli’s  is taking its expansion strategy to the next level with its most aggressive goal yet. Fazoli’s ended its fiscal year in March, with a record 20 new franchise agreements to develop 50 locations, exceeding the most agreements Fazoli’s had signed in a single year in its 3...

The City Paper’s list of top seven Italian restaurants in Charleston spans the entire Lowcountry, from downtown to Sullivan’s and Johns Islands. And while you’ll of course find Italian staples, the chefs at these destinations find ways to impart cuisine and flavors from all the regions in Italy. There’s no shortage of options, but we’re here to hel...

Vinnie's Neighborhood Italian restaurateur Eric Scheffer might have found the key to solving the staffing crisis, at least locally: open a restaurant where there's plenty of parking and an ongoing population boom.  That's also a pretty good recipe for attracting customers, and Scheffer expects sales at the newest Vinnie's, which will open at 1981 H...

Mangia. Mangia. Mangia. St. Anthony's Italian Festival in Wilmington's Little Italy neighborhood is back this year. Well, kind of.  The carnival atmosphere is still a no-go even as pandemic social distancing guidelines ease, but the festival, one of the most popular in the state, will be offering takeout foods from June 8 to 11. Foods will be avail...

Beginning tonight at 5 p.m., Giorgios Bakatsias and chef/partner Daniel Jackson open the doors to Osteria Georgi on Elliott Road in Chapel Hill! This marks the first new restaurant for Giorgios Hospitality Group to open since Rosewater in Raleigh’s North Hills 2019, and the third addition to GHG’s Chapel Hill repertoire of restaurants – including B...

In Italian recipes, q.b. is shorthand for “quanto basta,” or as much as needed. When she wanted to start an Italian kitchenware e-commerce company, Sarah Ubertaccio took inspiration from the phrase, applying it to the idea that home cooks should update their kitchen whenever something needs to be replaced. Ubertaccio launched q.b. Cucina, her e-com...