Downtown’s new Lytle Park Hotel opened to the public this June, along with their in-house, upscale Italian eatery Subito and sophisticated rooftop lounge, Vista at Lytle Park. Subito serves scratch-made Italian dishes in a white-tablecloth, jazzy environment where you can indulge in the rich flavors of Northern Italy and the warm hospitality of The...

As LaRosa’s continues to build its brand in Central Kentucky, having entered Lexington along with Skyline in May 2019 with its Richmond Road/Lexington full-service, dine-in and carry-out restaurant, LaRosa’s continues to look for expansion opportunities. LaRosa’s Richmond/Lantern Ridge Road, near State Route 876 and 1-75,  is under construction now...

Chef Dante Boccuzzi has begun construction on his newest restaurant concept, Goma, on the corner of East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue. Despite the bleak winter likely ahead for most restaurants, Boccuzzi is moving forward with the plans he announced before the pandemic hit. Goma will be a sushi restaurant--similar to his Tremont establishme...

Leo’s Italian Social is set to open Wednesday, Dec. 16, in Crocker Park. The restaurant, owned by Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:45 a.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. Leo’s Italian Social is in Center Circle at 200 Crocker Park Blvd., down the street from Burntwood Tavern, which the company also owns. It’s the sec...

The area’s newest Italian restaurant features a traditional menu and a comfortable dining room that can accommodate families and large groups. Italian River restaurant opened about a month ago at 1556 River Road NE. Owners Pablo Martinez and Jose Garcia are the owners of Italian River. Martinez is also the owner of El Jalapeno Mexican restaurant in...

Vincent Francioli was an educator, civic leader, historian, WWII veteran, and a proud Italian American. He passed away at the Cleveland Clinic on October 17. His legacy includes the Fairwood Community Association, the Larchmere Business District, the Republican Veterans Group, and a host of former students and friends, many of whom were Italian Ame...

After 10 years of earning his chops in New York City, chef Matthew Phelan has returned home to open his own restaurant. Phelan has opened Novella Osteria, a rustic Italian restaurant, at 170 W. Olentangy St. in Powell. “I want to be a neighborhood restaurant,” said Phelan, who grew up in Dublin. “I want to be completely genuine. The food speaks for...

As the holidays are right around the corner, many are looking for that perfect family gathering spot where they can safely sit down, catch up with loved ones, and enjoy an affordable yet delicious meal. Well, the wait is almost over as Rodi Italian, located in Historic Downtown Loveland at 115 Karl Brown Way, is set to have its soft opening in Dece...

Leo's Italian Social will open a location at Crocker Park in 2021. Owned and operated by the Chef Art Pour Restaurant Group, Leo's Italian Social is designed to be the center of a community. The restaurant offers Italian-inspired food and crafted cocktails, with house-infused vodkas, bourbons and whiskeys. The restaurant will also have bocce ball c...

Frankie Restifo, known to Clevelanders as "Uncle Frankie," is retiring from Gust Gallucci Italian Foods after working at the business for more than half a century. “We never thought this day would come, but tomorrow, after working with three generations of the Gallucci family, at 93 years old, Uncle Frankie is retiring. Whether through pandemic, de...