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An Elkhart woman shakes up the competition at the International Pizza Expo. 18-year-old Carmilla Cataldo was the youngest competitor inside the Las Vegas Convention Center on August 17, where the 2021 International Pizza Expo was taking place. A title she is not unfamiliar with. Carmilla won first place at the 2020 Mid-American Restaurant Expo as a...

Orso’s in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood is a staple on Wells St. While this area is filled to the brim with new up-and-coming taverns, Orso’s has been a family-0wned Italian restaurant serving authentic dishes since the 1970s. Filled with “an old-world atmosphere”, it’s hard not to be charmed by the inside complete with a tin ceiling, crystal cha...

Boka Restaurant Group has announced an opening date for Alla Vita, its new West Loop Italian-American spot along Randolph Restaurant Row. Alla Vita replaces Bellemore (Boka’s previous restaurant that debuted in 2017 in the same space) and will open September 13 at the northeast corner of Randolph and Jefferson streets. Reservations are live via Ope...

Busiati. Spizzulus. Corzetti. Those are just some of the handmade Italian pastas that Petra Orlowski will sell at Semolina, a new shop slated to open soon at 2474 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. But that’s not all. Customers can expect pasta classes, weekly pasta specials and a curated selection of specialty food items to purchase and prepare at home. The sho...

Salvatore Carfagna has been slicing, unboxing and stacking since he was a teenager. “Knowing what the customer wants and how thin it is and how to slice the meat is ultimately the trick,” said Carfagna. And now as the director of marketing and advertising, he represents the fourth generation of the Carfagna family, a rich tradition that began with...

This week, Eddie Tancredi opened ETalian in downtown Chagrin Falls. The restaurant’s name is a portmanteau that blends the chef’s initials with the featured cuisine. Unlike his previous restaurants, which include places like Adega downtown and Distill Table in Lakewood, this one is a hyper-focused fast-casual establishment that specializes in Naple...

This area prides itself on its Italian food, so having one restaurant win four of the five categories in an Italian sauce contest is impressive. It happened this past weekend at the Southern Park Mall. On Thursday, First News learned the secrets behind the sauces at Papa GeGe’s Italian Villa in Boardman. Papa GeGe is Eugene Razzano. “I’m making fet...

Brio Italian Grille has reopened at Legacy Village under new ownership. The restaurant – which Florida-based Earl Enterprises acquired in June 2020 – had closed in March 2020. Brio’s previous holding company, FoodFirst Global Restaurants, had shut down multiple locations as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday...

Southern Park Mall in Boardman hosted a new Italian event Sunday night, bringing together restaurants in the Valley as well as the community. Ten local Italian restaurants brought their best to the first Sunday Sauce Showdown — a new event to determine who has the best sauce in the Valley. Restaurants have been busy preparing for the event. “We bro...

“We started at farmers markets about three years ago with our arancini-stuffed risotto balls—which is our specialty,” says Daniela Vitale, who runs Sfera in Avondale with her partner, Steven Jarczyk. “My family is from Sicily, and I spent every summer there from the age of sixteen to twenty-five. Starting at farmers markets [in Logan Square, Wicker...

Get ready, amici: tomato season is in full swing! From juicy heirlooms to sweet and tangy cherry tomatoes, it's that time of year to enjoy the glorious bounty of the season. Meaning "golden apple" in Italian, a perfect pomodoro is one of life's simple pleasures. And, even though the tomato is not originally native to Italy (hard to believe, we know...

It’s likely a challenge to find someone who doesn’t like Italian food. There are thousands of restaurants in the U.S. that offer the cuisine, and trying to find the best one might make the cheese fall off your cracker. That’s why people who dine at Italian restaurants have taken to TripAdvisor to rate the best ones. To make finding them easier, Sta...