The questioning didn't go well for the plaintiffs in American Express vs. Italian Colors today, and that could mean the U.S. Supreme Court is about to give companies another powerful tool for reducing class-action litigation against them. The justices expressed strong skepticism about the central premise of the case, which is that antitrust lawsui...

The great American Italian restaurant has changed in style probably more than any other genre of restaurant over the past several decades.   Even as recently as 50 years ago, the term "Italian restaurant" conjured images of red and white checkered tablecloths, carafes of middling chianti, and a red sauce-heavy menu with classics like chicken...

Have you ever heard the Italian language praised as one of the great romance languages in the world? Of course you have! I like to call it La Dolce Lingua. It is both beautiful to hear and even more charming to speak.   There are several ways to expand your Italian language expertise. One, of course, is to attend formal Italian language clas...

When Italian-born executive chef Donato Scotti decided to open a second venue to complement his home-country regionally inspired four-year-old Donato Enoteca in Redwood City, he settled on Old Oakland.   His new restaurant, Desco, which translates from Latin as "dinner table," adds to Oakland's growing list of destination spots worth the sho...