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Chef Anthony Bucco, who four months ago opened the much-ballyhooed contemporary Italian restaurant Felina in Ridgewood, does not lack confidence. The convivial, fast-talking chef ("I have a lot of energy," he explains) has reason to be self-assured. He worked for James Beard Award-winning chef Jonathan Waxman. He received four-star reviews for his...

Sorry but I just can’t do it!  For the last 50 years or so, I can’t enjoy my favorite pizza or pasta unless I top it off with crushed red hot pepper.  As I was growing up I soon learned that my Italian-American family was like most of the others I knew.  There was always a place for the long hot peppers in the vegetable garden.  And aside from the...

On this week’s “Taste With Tori,” Vittoria Woodill takes us to a family-owned Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Horsham. The owners of U’Panzerott promise to bring a taste of Italy to you with their authentic Italian cuisine. With a glimpse of their wood-fired oven, your belly will be burning for their kind of Italian. “We cook in our way, I mean...

Benny Ventano's - the new restaurant in the former Continental Divide / Mint / Davis & Main space - is now open. Benny's does pizza. Giant - bigger than a tire, with slices bigger than your face - pizza. It's kind of their thing. In fact, pizza is kind of their only thing. The menu at the Richmond Benny's, which opened April 8 at 2501 W. Main St.,...

When Allen Peake and Chef Joel Gruneich took over Philadelphia's cheesesteak restaurant, they had a vision to elevate the experience without changing the things people loved about the place. That's why you'll still find the most authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwiches around on the menu, but now they're made with hand-sliced, grass-fed Bently...

A creative crop of pizzerias is popping up around Washington, from rectangular pan pies at Sonny’s to New York-style slices at Turu, and Wisconsin-esque rounds at Nicoletta. Now two native Italians, Antonio Matarazzo and chef Matteo Venini, are offering their spin on “neo-Neapolitan” pizzas, sandwiches, and street snacks at Stellina Pizzeria near U...

Sicilian-born Gino Billeci had a dream at a young age to come to the United States and own his own restaurant. Today he owns four: Gino's Café, Shillington; Gino's Grille, Cumru Township; Blue Marsh Italian Restaurant, Penn Township; and Rocky's Pizza, Reading. “This is the American dream and I say people should always go in that direction,” said B...

Robbie Felice, chef and owner of Viaggio, the critically acclaimed rustic Italian restaurant in Wayne, is officially opening his second restaurant, Osteria Crescendo, in Westwood on April 9. Osteria Crescendo, an 80-seat modern restaurant, moved into the space that for years had housed Baci Italian Grill on Jefferson Avenue. Felice's new spot has a...

Vince’s Pizzeria, pretty much an institution on Grant Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, has not one but two offshoots in the works for Bucks County, each to be operated by members of the extended family. Vince Rota, a grandson of the founders, is behind a location due to open in late spring at 2500 State Rd. in Bensalem, part of an enormous mixed-u...

You won't have to wait long for your meal at the newest Secaucus pizzeria. Firenza, now open on Plaza Drive, bakes its pies in an 800-degree dome oven in less than three minutes. "Our recipes uses the finest 00 Italian flour," owners Dave Wood and Dave Baer said. "It enables our crust to get that perfect bake that results in a crispy outside with t...

Chef Andrew Garbarino is carrying on a family tradition: serving authentic Italian food and fine wine to the masses. His namesake restaurant opens April 12 in East Liberty as a tribute to the original Garbarino’s, a Long Island institution that his great-aunt ran for 51 years. “When I decided to open an Italian concept, I thought to myself, ‘Why no...

In the days leading up to the launch of Alta Via, big Burrito Restaurant Group’s foray into Italian food, President and Corporate Chef Bill Fuller left the front door unlocked, giving hungry passersby false hope that they could snag a table at the long-awaited eatery. “They’d come in to ask if we were open and I had to break their hearts,” Fuller s...