NEWS FROM : Food & Wine  

It was only a few months into my tenure as the Free Press restaurant critic when I realized that — wait — maybe my job was actually, improbably, somehow even better than I imagined. I was sitting in a conference room with two of my editors who wanted to check in to see how I was settling in. During our wide-ranging conversation, I casually mentione...

Earlier this month, the team behind Indianapolis coffee shop Georgia Street Grind brought another coffee brand to life: Bovaconti Coffee. With an upscale, vintage-style interior featuring plenty of exposed brick, painted tile ceilings and custom tile work, the multiroaster cafe reflects the historic character of the building in which it sits, as we...

Giglio's State Street Tavern opened recently in the South Loop at 825 S. State Street. Boxing promoter Bobby Hitz has essembled a staff that's top notch and instead of having a big party at the beginning, he wanted to spread the word slowly over time. He makes diners feel right at home with his hopsitality and warm atmosphere as soon as guest enter...

Did you know the largest Italian market in Michigan also offers a dining experience?  You can find it at Cantoro Italian Market and Trattoria in Plymouth. Here at Five Mile and Haggerty, they're known for great seafood and pasta entrees.  We saw one in particular that has shrimp, clams, scallops, mussels and much more simmered in a thick sauce. "I...

This year, Italian Cuisine Week in the World – in its fourth edition – aims to promote Italy’s agri-food industry and the tradition of high-quality food and wine which is so central to the Italian identity and culture. DAS of Michigan will celebrate the Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills, where the grapes that produce the famous Prosecco sparkling...

Kitchen confidential: My assignment is to go behind the scenes with Chef John Piombo, following him for a couple hours while he prepares for a busy night inside Nonna’s at The Homestead. Truthfully, to make that happen, I would have to tether myself to one of his black chef Crocs, given that he is darting between the front of the house—where gleami...

When Mike and Christine Perricone saw the vacant building on Grand Avenue in Fox Lake, they knew they found the perfect location for a restaurant. The kitchen was small, so the husband-and-wife team would only serve soup and sandwiches. And thus, Perricone’s — A Soup & Sandwich Joint was born two years ago. Perricone’s offers two homemade soups dai...

Preeminent restaurateur Tony Mazzola relishes Mungo’s new location in the heart of a city steeped in Italian heritage. Since the days that Mazzola’s ancestors came from Sicily to the United States in the late 19th century, the family has been either in the restaurant industry or fresh wholesale produce business. “I followed all the women in my fami...

Whether you visit Comfort Roast Coffee House and Cafe for a good cup of coffee, a soothing tea or a breakfast, lunch or dinner meal, you'll find many interesting selections to choose from on the menu. The coffee house/cafe, located on 119th Street in Whiting, is a cozy establishment. Its setting features traditional tables and chairs but also cushi...

You know the name: Incorvaia. And you know that this name is synonymous with home-style, made-from-scratch, classic Italian-American cuisine.  But do you know the new restaurant, Keith and Chris Incorvaia’s Bene Italiano, which opened in mid-June? “Two brothers, one vision” is the motto you’ll see as you walk in the door. And the two brothers in th...

The owner of a defunct downtown restaurant that focused on specialty diets plans to open an Italian restaurant at the same location early next month. Pomodoro—Italian for “tomato”—will open at 15 E. Maryland St., which until June was occupied by Nook, a restaurant that served food catering to diners who were on the paleo, Whole 30 or keto diets. Th...

Chea Carmack doesn’t care if customers want pizza. “That I don’t have and will never have,” Carmack said with folded arms. “It’s too American.” The same applies to staples like fettuccini alfredo and spaghetti and meatballs. “We’re not Fazoli’s,” she said, her eyes gleaming in the light of a new storefront home for the food truck she’s managed with...