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 Sometimes the way forward is the same way you’ve been going, just with greater purpose. So hope the owners of Contadino (1146 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, 847-920-5962), an Italian restaurant opening in mid-March in downtown Wilmette. Compared to its predecessor in the space, The Avenue, another Italian place under similar ownership, Contadi...

by Paul Blasco   It's been 25 years since Gianni Delisi opened up his dream restaurant on Halsted Street. And in a few months, he will mark the 25th anniversary of the day his future wife walked in the front door.   For Delisi, the block has changed a great deal over the past 25 years, but the authentic Italian dishes that made t...

by Madeline Skaggs   Dan Rosenthal hasn't opened a restaurant in more than 10 years. Now the man behind Trattoria No. 10 and Sopraffina Marketcaffes is about to open two restaurants in one space in Streeterville.   Rosenthal, a 45-year industry veteran, is planning another Sopraffina — his sixth — and an as-yet-unnamed small-plates It...

by Penny Pollack and Graham Meyer   Like Anita Ekberg, Dolce Italian (Godfrey Hotel, 127 W. Huron St., no phone yet) plans to make a splash in early summer when it opens in Italian-crowded River North.   Along with a second Dolce Italian in development in Atlanta, the Chicago location will join the famiglia of Miami's Dolce Italian, a...

"My entire upbringing is based in Italian-American food," says chef Tony Quartaro. "My grandma is a major inspiration for me, and there are pictures of me when I was 8 years old making gnocchi with my dad." Quartaro is poised to bring that traditional Italian family cooking — with a few twists — to Chicago's dining scene when Formento's opens in Ja...

  Anyone who travels will most likely agree that the best restaurants are those that are known mainly by local residents. These small eateries where the owner is often the chef survive on reputation so the food is prepared with personal passion. The Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is trying to discover these best-kept secrets by ho...

The Italian American Chamber of Commerce invites you to The Italian Expo Expresso - Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 5:00- 9:00 PM - Bridgeport Art Center - 1200 W 35th St. Chicago, IL 60609   This Tuesday October 27th, we are keeping the ball rolling on the fun and throwing our next one-night event - The Italian Expo...

The best part about childhood was snack cakes. The best part about adulthood is being able to eat snack cakes without asking permission first.   Or even better, we have the wherewithal to seek out snack cake-inspired desserts that capture the best of both worlds: childhood nostalgia without any of those pesky preservatives that want to kill...

Join Viola Buitoni as she shares the colorful story that is her iconic culinary heritage. Weaving threads of family, love, pasta and chocolate, she'll describe how her industrious relatives turned Perugina from an exclusive confectionery shop in the heart of the Umbrian capital to the worldwide brand it is today.   Viola is a sixth generatio...

From the 9th to the 11th of June, Vinitaly International will be taking part for the first time in FMI Connect as the co-protagonist of a project supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) and organized by the Italian Trade Agency (ICE) with the aim of developing the Italian agro-industrial sector through the involvement of th...

Fontano's Subs has been a staple in Hinsdale since 1990 and is the third sandwich restaurant the Fontano family opened.   On a recent Wednesday, Kathleen Devine arrived at Fontano's with her three sons, still in their uniforms from Notre Dame Catholic School in Clarendon Hills. They had just gotten haircuts in Hinsdale, and were squeezing in...

Lately, a trip to Italy might not be as pricey as we imagined it would be. At least, a little taste of what Italy would be like is what you'll find at Cibrèo. This newly opened, Italian-themed restaurant holds happy hour from 3-6 p.m. every Monday-Friday offering guests a wide array of appetizers, beer, wine, and signature cocktails. After enterin...