In 2015, Chef Keith Yonker's dream of living in Northeast Tennessee came true when Eastman Chemical Co. hired the Chicago-area native to be the company's artisan chef and oversee its seven cafes. Yonker later opened The Angry Italian in downtown Bristol. Billed as a Chicago-inspired pizzeria, the restaurant started out in a small storefront on a si...

Of all the ingredients it takes to make a perfect pizza, time might be the most crucial. It's been over time, that the Cinelli family has gotten the recipe just right. "My mom - she’s been making pizzas since she was 18 years old, so if you want to do the math," said Chuck Cinelli, owner of Coco's Italian Market. "Don’t do the math," interjected hi...

In Nashville, the Frist Art Museum presents Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City, the first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus on medieval art made in the prosperous northern Italian city of Bologna. Conceived and organized by Frist Art Museum senior curator Trinita Kennedy, the exhibition of illuminated manuscripts, paint...

In New York City, every variation of Italian cuisine imaginable is conveniently accessible. Within a three-block radius of my apartment are six Italian restaurants, one aperitivo bar, and pizzerias galore. It's easy to forget not every city is flush with countless dining options. Only five Italian restaurants exist in Knoxville, Tennessee's third-l...

I admit it: I am enthusiastic about family-run restaurants of any kind, but Italian restaurants most of all. This preference on my part comes from my upbringing north of the Mason-Dixon Line, and my experiences dining with my family at our favorite neighborhood restaurant. While most Italian restaurants these days seem to offer variations of a “can...

Pizzeria Venti was just one of the many pizzeria recommendations I have received in the last few weeks. The Grub Spouse and I showed up at the Vonore location for dinner a few weeks back. Upon entering, we quickly learned that it’s not quite a full-service pizzeria, in the sense that we had to queue up at the main counter to order before claiming a...

Aaron Thompson and Jessica King canceled a flight to Rome just 24 hours before boarding, and it's a good thing they did. Their planned trip in search of an Italian chef and aperitivo inspiration was scheduled as Italy's COVID-19 numbers were increasing in March 2020.  Although their Brother Wolf bar and Osteria Stella restaurant concepts seemed to...

Amalia Brusati di Settala was a Milan-based fashion buyer for many years, but she started to feel burned out and decided to switch careers. Brusati di Settala grew up in Italy watching her grandmothers, Angelina and Liliana, cook the family’s favorite regional dishes, so she enrolled in an intensive professional cooking program at the Food Genius A...

North Italia held a soft opening over the weekend to prepare for its grand opening on Wednesday at its new McEwen Northside location in Franklin. The Cool Springs spot is the California-based Italian restaurant’s second Tennessee location, adding to the other in Nashville. The chain is owned by The Cheesecake Factory.   The restaurant serves up hou...

Jake Leonard and Oscar Ixcot have spent years working in the restaurant business locally and when the opportunity to open their own place on Missionary Ridge on Westside Drive came up, they jumped at the chance. The two met at Il Primo with Leonard, who has also worked at St. John's and Easy Bistro, working the front of the house and Ixcot cooking...