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Master gelatier and Paso Robles native Niccolo Lekai's favorite animal isn't the lion, but the beast is emblematic of his Italy-speckled childhood, hence the stylized Lion of Venice stamped on Leo Leo Gelato's pints. "We just thought that the name had a fun little ring to it," Lekai laughed. "You see the lion being used in Florence, just as a symbo...

La Besciamella, owned by Chef Pier Paolo Mattei opens today and offers both pick-up and delivery options. The virtual restaurant is located at 16711 Hawthorne Blvd. in Lawndale, CA. Hours of operations are Tuesday through Sunday from 1 pm until 9:30 pm. Chef Mattei’s made-from-scratch, authentic, Italian dishes can be ordered for delivery from Uber...

The most popular tourist attraction in Sonoma County during the 1950s and 1960s was — you guessed it — a winery. But not just any winery. The Italian Swiss Colony was once the leading wine producer in California. It was based in Asti, an unincorporated area located along Highway 101 between Healdsburg and Cloverdale. Known for its Tipo brand table...

Expanding on the popularity of Cesarina, its well-received Italian restaurant in Point Loma that opened in 2019 and earned Michelin Bib Gourmand status in 2021, the Cesarina Restaurant Group isn’t venturing far for its second project, which will be landing across the street on Voltaire later this year. While Cesarina revolves around housemade pasta...

The dining room at Baonecci, a newly opened Italian restaurant in Frisco, Texas, is molto bene right now. This San Francisco transplant has only been open a couple weeks, but the place is nearly full on this Friday night, crackling with the kind of giddy electricity that so often accompanies the opening of something new. Walter Gambaccini, owner an...

Midtown’s food scene will soon make room for another pizza destination — and this one comes all the way from the Manhattan borough of New York City. Set to open spring 2023 at 1801 L St., Pazza Notte Restaurant’s second location will feature a 2,891-square-foot space with three outdoor patio sections, a brick oven, happy hour and a DJ, according to...

Some dream in black in white, others in color. In 2021, one entrepreneur’s rainbow dream was realized when she helped bring Italy’s first self-described veganburgheria to Los Angeles after being inspired by a visit to the fast casual restaurant on a trip to Rome. Flower Burger’s brightly-colored buns, Instagram-ready design, and focus on plant-base...

In development for over two years, Marisi is on track to open in August 2022, unlocking the doors to Italy by way of La Jolla. With a focus on Italian hearth cooking, featuring handmade pasta, classic cocktails, and fine wine, Marisi honors Italian customs with past and present practices of thoughtful service worthy of remembering. Meet the Marisi...

This summer, sweep off to Capri without leaving town at Serata Caprese! Find your dream Italian vacation in the heart of Eataly LA with unlimited southern Italian bites, endless wine pours to pair, refreshing cocktails featuring Malfy Gin, and live music! Join us for Serata Caprese on Thursday, July 28 from 6-8:30 PM at Capri, our pop-up restaurant...

Tocca Ferro, an upscale Italian chophouse offering pasta, fresh seafood, and an extensive beverage menu, softly opened for dinner service at the JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort on Thursday, July 7. Since launching in August 2020, the property, which is adjacent to Anaheim GardenWalk and Disneyland, has offered variations of breakfast and a brunch buffe...

It has been ages since I’ve visited Isabella’s, a fixture in Redlands for more than three decades. Not much has changed — same classic décor with lots of brick, faux greenery, maroon walls and ceiling.  We were even waited on by Tammi, a server par excellence and one of the original staff. Owners Ruthie and Martin Felix are still there, where she r...

Ciao Bruto!, a new Italian wine and specialty food shop next to the Idlewild Wines tasting room in downtown Healdsburg, has opened with a curated selection of European wines and Italian foods such as honey, chocolate, organic pasta, olive oil, lentils, chickpeas, polenta and 40 varieties of tinned fish. Ciao Bruto partner Thomas DeBiase, director o...