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I’m reaching way back to the earliest memories of my youth, to the first pasta accompaniment I ever knew and loved: Sunday sauce. Back then that’s not what we called it, at least in my family. It was just sauce. My immediate family wasn’t on the “gravy” train—which was odd because that’s what my maternal grandmother called it (confusing the hell ou...

big Burrito is going Italian, with a California twist. The restaurant group, which operates numerous Mad Mex locations, as well as Casbah, Kaya, Eleven, Soba and Umi, will open Alta Via this March in O’Hara Township. Inspired by life in both the Italian Alps and California wine country, the menu will focus on modern Italian fare such as pasta, seaf...

On July 20, 1969, history was forever changed when Neil Armstrong stepped out of his capsule and took “One giant leap for mankind.” Fifteen days earlier, the world of hot dog lovers was similarly changed when Tommy’s Italian Sausage opened in Elizabeth, New Jersey. It's now been a beloved local institution for half a century. Tommy’s looks like it...

A mainstay in Alexandria’s West End, Fratelli’s Italian Restaurant at 410 S. Van Dorn Street, has been dishing up northern Italian specialties for almost 15 years and makes you feel like family the moment you step through the door. Butter-based sauces rich with cream grace northern Italian tables just as they do in France, but Italian chefs put the...

The grated cheese dusted a bowl of “scrippelle” soup whose rich broth bobbed with rolled-up crepes. It sprinkled over crusty hunks of Italian bread smeared with butter and spicy chili flakes. It frosted a mountaintop of gnocchi in deep red tomato sauce crowned with a flank steak braciola cooked to such tenderness the tug of a fork unfurled its pati...

It's on Broad Street and it's called Alfonso's! Alfonso's Pastry Shoppe and cafe takes the place of what was once Carlo's Bakery (#86 Broad St.) just doors down from Yestercades in downtown Red Bank. It looks very festive inside with plenty of seating and a selection so vast that you'd have to go back numerous times to taste all of the goodies. The...

From wine dinners to happy hour, Hank’s Pasta Bar has something for everyone. It is located on the north side of Old Town Alexandria, just minutes from D.C. I sat down with Massimo Giannetti, the General Manager, and Chef Thomas Palmer to discuss the overall concept for Hank’s Pasta Bar.  “We’re known for our fresh pasta and Italian dishes,” Chef T...

The growing arts and entertainment Station North district in Baltimore, from Maryland Institute of Art and Penn Station to North Avenue, where the Parkway Theatre, Charles Theatre, BIG (Baltimore Improve Group) and Motor House Art Hub adds the Italian inspired, locally sourced Orto Restaurant on Charles Street. The intimate space has been transform...

Our town has a population of 19,000 residents. The amount of pizza boxes sitting in inventory in our town is 18,000.  Just a joke, folks. However, this frightening number of pizza boxes can become a reality sooner than we think. Let’s see… it seems like for the past few years, approximately 2 pizzerias and/or Italian "trattorias” have opened in our...

Piccola Italian Bistro has opened in Kinzers at the former Kinzers Station Tavern. Nicholl Thompson, whose mother and stepfather owned the former restaurant and bar at 3572 Lincoln Highway, has totally revamped it and changed the menu. Before opening Piccola Italian Bistro last month, Thompson oversaw more than $100,000 in renovations. The work inc...

If you’re looking for a way to learn more about Italy while in DC, you have to go to Via Umbria. Located in Georgetown – a neighborhood that reminds lots of people of Europe – it’s a great place to walk to as you do your shopping. They sell true Italian ingredients and wine, have a cafe in the back, dining event spaces upstairs, and cooking classes...

The towering foyer of the newest restaurant in Waterway Square houses a new way to dine for many customers in The Woodlands. Chef Enzo Fargione’s first foray into the township’s culinary scene — Sorriso Modern Italian Kitchen and its partner lounge and pool bar, Como Social Club — officially opened on Jan. 31. But, the winding road that led Fargion...