Connecticut-based Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana will be opening in Alexandria — it's first location in Virginia. According to the restaurant's website, Pepe's has seven locations in Connecticut, three in Massachusetts, one in Rhode Island and one in New York. A Pepe's restaurant will be opening in Bethesda this winter, according to Bethesda magazi...

Bisnonna Bakeshop, an Italian bakery with pastries made from scratch, held its grand opening Saturday at Tysons Corner Center. Bisnonna Bakeshop, named for the Italian word for great-grandmother, was the grand prize winner of the Dreamstart Competition at Tysons Corner Center. The bakery, runner up Garcon Melanine and second place runner up The Po...

Up to 50 new jobs are on their way to Russell County. Italy-based Ceccato S.P.A. will locate its first United States subsidiary Ceccato USA Corporation will locate its first US operation in the Russell Place building in Lebanon. The company hopes to employ up to 50 people in the next three to five years. The parent company, Ceccato S.P.A., was foun...

There’s a saying in journalism that one should never bury the lede, so I’ll skip the pleasantries and get right to it: I’m eating pasta tossed with cantaloupe that was made in a purple and red trolley. No hallucinogens were involved in the creation of that sentence and superficially, at least, it makes my inner-Italian food purist’s head want to ex...

A little bit of Italy has arrived! A family-owned pizzeria and Italian restaurant is making its debut. Sandro’s Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant is in Christiansburg—tucked in the corner of the new Marketplace shopping center. “Me, my brother and my sister grew up in the restaurant business. And my brother and I have opened up restaurants over the d...

When I was growing up, my family rarely went out to eat. Why spend the money on such extravagance when you can cook a perfectly acceptable meal at home? So it was with some hesitation that I invited my mother to join my husband and me for lunch at Amedeo’s Ristorante while she was visiting us from Ohio. Before the meal was over, my mother declared...

Twenty-seven years ago, second-generation Italian American Ed Vasaio opened Mamma Zu restaurant at the corner of South Pine and Spring streets in Oregon Hill. To someone unfamiliar, the inconspicuous brick eatery with a hunter green door and faded cursive signage could have appeared abandoned, but the pungent smell of garlic and lines of eager patr...

Mary Puggioni wakes up each day between 7:30 and 9 a.m., then sits in the backyard at her Wythe home in Hampton, Virginia, facing the water. Her first order of business? Coffee and a cigarette. Next up, she’s usually teasing her daughter, Nanci Caceda, and putting on a show for the nearly 80,000 TikTok followers she has gained over the past few mon...

Antonio “Tony” Caruana opened his first restaurant, Luce, in downtown Norfolk, so it’s only fitting that he open his second, Luce Secondo, in Chesapeake’s new metropolitan center. It was eight years ago that Caruana opened Luce at 245 Granby St. That’s where he serves up a modern take on regional authentic Italian fusion. “I pay respect to the orig...

Why is Nicole Liberatore obsessed with cannoli? “Cannoli is that perfect combination of a crispy, crunchy shell and a smooth, creamy filling,” she says. “It’s really just the perfect bite.” And for the baker, who owns Bisnonna Bakeshop with her New Jersey-native husband, Dominick, that fixation has turned into a thriving business. Since late 2019,...