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First of all, veal parmigiana, or veal parmesan, is among the best comfort foods ever. Second, it was not created in Italy. Well, it kind of was. Eggplant parmigiana, lightly breaded with a smattering of cheese in a light tomato sauce, is a staple in southern Italy and is the ancestor of the veal and chicken parms Americans know and love today. Whe...

One of the things that always made me look wistfully back to my east coast roots was the absence of family run Italian restaurants where everyone knows your name. When I lived there, you could pop in and find yourself immersed in friendly, if sometimes raucous, conversations with lots of vino and comfort foods which remind you of your childhood, be...

The book and movie phenomenon that was Eat Pray Love had people dreaming of trips that would take them around the world in search of delicious food, spirituality and true love. However, if you’re one of the readers who would be happy enough to just stick to the “eat” portion of the story, but don’t have plans to head to Italy anytime soon, you’re s...

Amy Jo Pedone, owner of Valenza Chocolatier, sits in a 400-square foot studio that she calls the Cioccolato Lab at The Hood Kitchen Space in Costa Mesa. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, one of her busiest times of the year yet she’s not haggard, she’s downright bubbly. But she’s a very different person than she was in the spring of 2007, attending a fa...

A food emporium in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy community has been named among the top 10 best new food halls in the United States, according to USA Today. The Little Italy Food Hall (LIFH) – located next to the Piazza della Famiglia, on West Date Street between India and Columbia streets – opened last summer. After only six months in busi...

Seafood lovers, this is for you! What better way to discover California's best seafood, than having one of the most respected and acclaimed chefs preparing it! On February 7 and 21, enjoy a special seafood dinner prepared in front of you by two-Michelin-star chef Michael Cimarusti at Il Pesce Cucina. At our fish market-inspired restaurant, all of t...

And just like that, one of L.A.’s most celebrated restaurants shuttered. Last Thursday afternoon, co-owners Steve and Dinah Samson shared that their Pico Boulevard restaurant, Sotto, would close on Saturday—a farewell without much warning and fanfare, especially considering the restaurant’s storied success as one of the best Italian establishments...

Roger Trinchero has one foot in retirement. It’s time for the next generation to take the reins and he’s understandably a little tired of rehashing his family’s story, if not utterly exhausted from talking about white Zinfandel. The pink craze that predated rosé launched his family’s legacy of Sutter Home into fame, fortune and the wine history...

Lucca Ravioli Co., the 94-year-old Italian deli in San Francisco’s Mission District, will close on April 20. Business is still brisk at the deli, which specializes in sandwiches, fresh pasta and imported goods. But owner Michael Feno wants to retire, said the deli’s manager, who gave his name as Jim. “We’re still busy as hell,” the manager said. Lu...

Un italiano comanda alla Casa Bianca. Non è il presidente degli Stati Uniti ma il suo ruolo è ugualmente se non più importante per le migliaia di bambini poveri a cui ogni giorno regala un piatto di pasta ben condita. Si chiama Bruno Serato, ha 62 anni e la sua White House (chiamata così perché assomiglia alla residenza dei presidenti Usa) è un ris...

The annual Winter Fancy Food Show by the Specialty Food Association was back in the Bay Area, as the largest marketplace devoted to specialty foods and beverages on the West Coast kicked off, on January 13. It was 1952 when, for the first time, New York City hosted the just born not-for-profit trade association. Today, with two annual editions betw...

The owners of Little Italy’s Civico 1845 are revealing more about their newest restaurant project that’s opening at the corner of 5th and Laurel in Bankers Hill. Brothers Dario and Pietro Gallo, who run the successful India Street eatery that features dishes from their native Calabria, Italy, will partner with a father and son chef duo who have a M...