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Rockford’s Italian community invited a famous face to Rockford to celebrate their heritage. Solo Italiano is a one day fest put on by Franchesco’s Ristorante celebrating all things Italian. The fest had everything from Italian foods, to cars, to wines and beers. Proceeds from the fest went to help a local Italian family who have been battling a can...

Stone-fired pizza has come to Rootstown as Cosentino’s Stone Oven Pizzeria welcomes its first customers. The new take-out pizza restaurant opened July 1, and David Cosentino, co-owner and chef, said business has been booming since then. “It’s been extremely busy,” he said. “Amazing. I’m thankful for that and thankful our staff has put in a lot of h...

Frankie Santoro and Angela Santoro-Castelli grew up in their parents’ restaurant, where they absorbed the importance of etiquette and geniality in the hospitality industry. Taking a cue from patriarch Vince Santoro’s heyday, the gregarious Frankie Santoro scoops up a patron’s children, mixes martinis and shares limoncello shots with equal aplomb th...

“This is the prize,” said executive chef Doug Psaltis. “It’s the funnest project I’ve been involved with, and so personal in many ways.” Fun seems to be the operative word at Pizzeria Portofino, which quietly opened Monday (reservations, via Tock, are now live) at 317 N. Clark St. The latest restaurant from Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises,...

You could feel the pull of Indianapolis’ long-gone Little Italy when Maialina Italian Kitchen + Bar gave invited guests a sneak peek of the new Fountain Square restaurant Friday night. As couples clinked Aperol spritz cocktails and gangs of friends tucked forks into shared plates of cacio e pepe pasta, huge windows framed Turchetti’s Salumeria, a n...

If you’ve ever dined at Gioacchino’s Restaurant in Bellwood, you know what good old-fashioned, made-from-scratch Italian cooking tastes like. During the summer months, many of the ingredients in Gioacchino’s time-honored recipes are literally homegrown in the garden that surrounds the house in Addison where Nella and Jack Curatolo have lived for 43...

Why travel all the way to Italy when we have a taste of it right in our own backyard? The Mozzarella Store opened at 822 N. Michigan Avenue after Hershey's Chocolae World Store closed in the same space in 2017. Two floors of Italian cheese is now offered in a cafe setting and served by Naple natives. The staff makes fresh made mozzarella and burrat...

Isn’t that always the case? Geraci’s waits 63 years to open its second restaurant and the next thing you know… The family behind the legendary Italian restaurant, which opened its original spot in University Heights (2266 Warrensville Ctr. Rd., 216-371-5643) in 1956, and its second location last year in Pepper Pike (29425 Chagrin Blvd., 216-831-159...

When customers walk into the new and improved Ohio City Pizzeria (3223 Lorain Ave.) later this month, they should be prepared for a revamped menu in an old-school Italian setting.On Friday, July 19, the neighborhood staple will reopen under the ownership of West Side Catholic Center (WSCC), which provides food, clothing, shelter, and other services...

Tony Mazzola was ready to call it quits after nearly four decades of owning Italian restaurants. The lease was expiring on the O’Fallon building that housed his latest version of Mungo’s, and he was thinking about heading to The Hill in St. Louis to find a job working for someone else. Then Mazzola, 67, of Fairview Heights, got an offer he couldn’t...

Vince & Joe's Chef Angelo Loria came in on The Nine to make fresh ricotta cheese to fill cannoli shells along with Pasta alla Norma to preview their upcoming annual festival "Festa Buon Appetito." Watch in the video player above.  The gourmet market is celebrating their 6th annual Festa Buon Appetito on Sunday, July 7th, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The...

In the rush to write about what’s new and what’s next in the world of restaurants, what’s been around awhile often gets neglected — places like Filippo’s Italian Restaurant in West Allis, a kind of time capsule where classics rule. Somehow, I’d never been to Filippo’s until a few months ago, even though the restaurant has been around since 1972 (as...