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...

“Monumental” is an apt description of Monsignor Joseph L. Luca’s accomplishments at St. Louis Parish in Clarksville. When he arrived at the fast-growing Howard County parish in 1996, the new pastor inherited a landlocked campus with a severe space crunch. The then-2,700 family faith community had already outgrown a new church that had been built on...

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...

A Tennessee athletic department in need of some positivity got a shot in the arm this spring thanks to Tony Vitello's baseball program. The fourth-ranked Vols (40-13) are playing like a team capable of making the College World Series for the first time since 2005. And the fiery and affable Vitello, Tennessee's fourth-year coach, has emerged as one...

Served on a crackly round of house-baked bread, layered with ham, salami, roast beef, provolone, and mozzarella, the muffuletta at Valle’s in Memphis is a baroque and sloppy beauty, leaking oil and vinegar and joy. A quiet man with a shy and impish smile, Louie Valle dresses his take on the New Orleans sandwich with mushrooms and green peppers, bou...

With 11 straight months of record-breaking sales under its belt, Fazoli’s is continuing its winning streak by adding a new franchise development milestone to its impressive list of recent achievements. Fazoli’s CEO Carl Howard announced today that the company has signed 11 area development agreements in Q1 alone. Through this record-setting accompl...

 Fanelli’s Deli & Market is the most recent addition to the new, indoor mini-mall City Market at 120 Franklin Street, and the owner’s goal is to bring a touch of Upstate New York and Italy to downtown Clarksville. “This is our home away from home now,” Fanelli’s owner, Lynn Sodeman, told Clarksville Now. Sodeman is from Rochester, New York, but mov...