When the COVID-19 pandemic prompted restaurants to shift how they offer service, Live Oak Restaurant owners Chef Justus Frank and Jeremy Barber decided to adapt with a new pop-up concept. Now the concept will stick around permanently to replace Live Oak at 1603 Commonwealth Avenue in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood. After Live Oak was temporarily...

Two new supermarkets will soon be opening their doors to customers in Yorktown. Trader Joe’s is targeting to make its long-awaited debut near Lowe’s on Route 202 on July 21, while a new Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace is looking to move into its 45,000-square-foot home in the Yorktown Green shopping center in August. Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace is an...

The AMHS will be returning to Fort Ward Park in Alexandria, Va., for this year’s Ferragosto Picnic, Sunday, August 14, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. We have reserved Area 5 (not the covered pavilion), which has 9 large picnic tables, two grills, and plenty of parking. The event is free and open to all, rain or shine. As in prior years, AMHS will...

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, one of the largest vertically integrated coffee companies in North America, and the North American operating unit of the Italy-based Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, will consolidate and expand operations at its roasting facility in the City of Suffolk, Virginia. The $29.1 million project is expected to create 79 jobs....

Paulie’s, an Italian restaurant concept from the creators of The Wine Kitchen, is getting reimagined and moving to a new location. It will debut this summer as Paulie’s Italian Kitchen at ChefScape in Leesburg. Readers may remember that back during the height of the pandemic, there was a rush on “ghost kitchens.” Existing restaurants were launching...

Lil Cucci’s Pizzeria is back after almost seven years! This time with a new building. “It’s been a dream of ours to have a building. And so the opportunity came and that’s what’s exciting,” said Shari Cucci, co-owner of Lil Cucci’s. The new building has an open concept, where customers can see and interact with them. The family-friendly atmosphere...

If you’re craving a bowl of homemade pasta, nothing will do but the real deal. Fortunately, Virginia has an impressive collection of neighborhood Italian restaurants, each of which offers a home-away-from-home experience. One of our favorites at the moment is a place known as When In Rome Ristorante. This classic Italian restaurant in Virginia dish...

The signs and smells of Italy greet you as soon as you walk in the door at Sandro’s Pizzeria in Christiansburg. It’s a family tradition that started overseas. “These are family recipes handed down that my father started in 1978 that he got when he was emigrated from Italy to New York.” Alessandro Pugliese’s father opened Sal’s in Radford in 1978, a...

Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the Colonial Italian-American Organization (CIAO) will give a presentation on the American Military Cemeteries in Italy. The talk and video presentation will take place Sunday, May 22 at the Powhatan Clubhouse, 201 Charter House Lane, at 2 p.m. Ron Grosso, a member of the organization, will discuss his experience as t...

What’s your happy place? If you’re like us, it’s somewhere between the antipasto and dessert. Yes, there are few feelings as downright blissful as knowing a pizza is in the oven or Grandma’s Sunday gravy is stewing away on the stove. But not all of us have an Italian nonna. For the unlucky among us, restaurants play an important role in the voyage...