He’s an Italian immigrant whose family moved to the Friendswood area when he was 4, but Stefano’s Pizza and Italian Kitchen owner Stephen Carpentieri doesn’t claim to draw on Old World family recipes in his menu. “My dad was a doctor; so he didn’t cook. And my mom’s English; so they don’t cook,” he said with a laugh. “So, when I decided to open my...

Once, a chef got upset with me for strategically garnishing a dish. “Just let it land on the plate,” he said. I was trying too hard, and it showed: My food looked fussy, constrained, and planned. It’s hard work to make things seem natural, and when it comes to Italian food in Austin, things can feel, well, mechanical.  The long list of new spots (o...

You don't have to travel all the way to Italy to get an authentic Italian dinner.  Just about everything inside Liberati Osteria & Oenobeers located on Champa Street in Denver is Italian from the owner to the chefs, bakers, and equipment that they use to cook. "We are Italians so we try to move our culture and our way of life, how we do we live in...

During the 1960s and 1970s, the name Fazio’s was synonymous with grocery shopping in Northeast Ohio. The opening of a new store in Northeast Ohio was greeted with newspaper articles extolling the European flavors in Fazio’s bakery departments, gourmet specialties from around the world and large produce department. At the height of his grocery store...

Wednesday March 27, 2019. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT (Doors opent at 6:45 pm). Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford St., Houston, TX 77006. $10 ICCC Members | $15 Non-members. Tickets here. Presented by Professor Mark Goldberg, Director of the UH Jewish Studies Program. The history of food opens windows into understanding many different asp...

Partire dall’Italia per far fortuna in America. É la storia di tanti italiani, ed è sempre più la storia di Eataly, diventato in pochi anni uno dei marchi di punta del made in Italy del vino e del cibo nel mondo, che partito da Torino e diffuso nel mondo vede, oggi, per la prima volta, il Nord America contare più dell’Italia e dell’Europa intera, i...

Alcuin School’s Italian Night was a huge success drawing a record crowd of more than 500 attendees for a festive evening of family fun in the school’s gym on Jan. 27. The annual gathering was indeed a “bella notte,” hosted by guest chefs and servers from the Alcuin School Parents’ and Dads’ Clubs.   The scrumptious feast, catered by Campisi’s Resta...

Dallas' sad Italian-restaurant scene has an exciting newcomer in the works: Il Bracco, an Italian-inspired restaurant from a team with deep experience in the Houston's/Hillstone group, slated to open in the spring. Located at 8416 Preston Center Plaza, in a former bedding store called Iron Bed, Il Bracco will offer a fresh take on classic Italian d...

If you’re looking for an Italian spot that’ll knock your socks off without knocking all the dollars out of your pocket, look no further than Two Guys From Italy. The dimly lit gem, located on Dallas’ Webb Chapel Road, has been around since 1979. Although the décor has yet to be updated, luckily the same seems to hold true for their menu prices. Wit...

As Tony Vallone once joked, he and his wife, Donna, live at Tony’s, his revered eponymous restaurant, and sleep at Persa. That would be their luxe townhouse on the edge of River Oaks. No surprise then that when we asked for a visit in his kitchen, Vallone allowed that he doesn’t cook there very often. But cooking runs in his blood just as a great m...