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Legendary Chicago Italian restaurant Spiaggia, which has been open for 37 years, announced Friday it is permanently closed. Owners of the Michelin-starred restaurant and its sister concept, Café Spiaggia, were unable to restructure its soon-to-expire Michigan Avenue lease, a move that “was necessary to reflect the realities of operating a restauran...

One of my favorite things about Michigan's Upper Peninsula is that there are so many small and unique towns and cities that have absolute staples of the community. From what I'm learning, that's exactly what Ralph's Italian Deli in the small city of Ishpeming, outside of Marquette, is for them. From the outside it looks like your normal small town...

Barbara Nicolini moved with her family to the United States from the Province of Milano, Italy, in 2013 with aspirations of opening an authentic Italian bakery in her new home in Brookfield. Barb and I went back and forth on FB Messenger about how she made her dream come true. This is Barbara Niciolini's story. "I am excited that Ethan chose to spr...

Barbara Nicolini is channeling the smells and tastes of her Milanese childhood ahead of her at-home bakery’s grand opening on July 1. She wants to bring the delicacies of Italy to her Connecticut home. The Brookfield resident, who moved from Milan, Italy, eight years ago with her husband and young son, has decided to start her own business after ye...

Avon will soon be home to a new Italian restaurant concept created by the owner of the well-known Heck’s restaurant (Cleveland’s Ohio City and Avon locations). Antica Italian Restaurant + Bar will open soon (tentative date is July 12) in the space formerly occupied by Cafe Piccolo, 35568 Detroit Road. A restaurant called Flair 22 was originally pla...

A purple Italian food truck that lets customers order their favorite pasta dishes on the go has collected a following throughout central Wisconsin. Purple Basil food truck owners Taylor Okerlund and Carolina Corral are both military veterans who dreamed of running a business. Between the two, they have 13 years of experience in the military, both a...

Growing up in Florence, Italy, Christian Pietoso followed in the footsteps of his brother 35 years ago and was always excited about the possibility of his father immigrating to the United States. “They all sought an American dream and tried to do better for themselves and their families,” he learned the art of cooking while his father pursued his d...

You’ve got to have guts to open a red sauce joint in Chicago, especially if you’ve never even been to Italy before. But if chef Soo Ahn has proven anything this past year, it’s that he has nerve. In 2020, Ahn walked away from Chicago’s Band of Bohemia, where the executive chef had earned a Michelin star for the restaurant, citing a toxic work envir...

If you're going to call yourself an Italian restaurant, you have to know the language, though for the guests themselves the menu items can sometimes be, well, difficult to pronounce. You know you're in an authentic place when the staff verbally breezes through the menu with ease and doesn't dumb it down. Traditional Italian restaurants have a bit m...

Anna (aka Nonna) Rondinelli and Joe (aka Papa Joe) Micheli launched the Amore de la Cucina food truck in 2018, offering a range of Italian-American traditional favorites to diners at festivals and other events. “We have been together for over eight years,” says Micheli. “We both love cooking and have cooked for family and friends most of our adult...

We asked Buffalo Grove Patch readers this week to give us their best pizza place recommendations. And the results on your favorite spots are now in. In total, 90 readers shared their go-to pizza places in Buffalo Grove. It was a close call, but Nino's Pizzeria & Catering narrowly beat out Lou Malnati's Pizzeria. Rosati's Pizza was next in total vot...

Adalina, a refined hospitality destination serving modern Italian cuisine accompanied with robust wine offerings, is opening its doors on Monday, June 21. Located at 912 N. State, Adalina's culinary program is led by Michelin-starred chef Soo Ahn, previously of Band of Bohemia. Adalina is the vision of partners Phil Siudak, Matt Deichl, Miles Musli...