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Bob Mariano, the man behind Mariano’s grocery stores, plans to open a new chain of grocery stores in Chicago with the first one slated to open next March in Lincoln Park. Dom’s Market and Kitchen will be a small-footprint grocer that caters to “busy consumers who want the option to cook at home, take out quality prepared foods, or eat on-site. Cons...

Not all Cleveland area restaurants are willing to reopen on Friday, May 15. Scott Nathanson said he’s felt the pressure lately but, he’s standing firm. “We want to protect our customers, we want to protect our staff and right now is not, in my opinion, a good time to be opening up to the public,” said Scott Nathanson, owner of Scotti’s Italian Eate...

Carmen’s Italian Ice officially opened in Olney April 30. It’s located on Spartan Road, in the same location as the old Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard, which closed permanently in the winter. Carmen’s has been open in Rockville for 19 years. Its owner, Jason Mandler, who hales from New Jersey, describes the establishment’s frozen treat as “d...

A new Italian restaurant from one of the owners of Osteria Langhe is opening in the former Quiote spot. But with Chicago in the grip of the pandemic, the owner won’t commit to an opening date quite yet. Aldo Zaninotto, co-owner of Osteria Langhe, said construction on his new restaurant at 2456 N. California Ave. is 70 percent complete, but he’s in...

EJ’s Place in suburban Skokie might not seem like the kind of restaurant that would be nimble in the time of a crisis. The place looks like an an old-fashioned Wisconsin supper club from the 1950s landed in the north suburbs and features a menu stuffed with large cuts of meat and Italian comfort food. Traditional and comforting? Yes. But pioneering...

When COVID-19 hit Chicago, owner Dimitri Syrkin-Nikolau of Dimo’s Pizza saw it coming. He spoke with his staff about the uncertain moment ahead and enlisted them to generate ideas. At first, he revamped the takeout menu, adding new options like pizza and focaccia kits. Like most business owners, he wasn’t sure how to react. He had worked in pizzeri...

In the U.K. and Canada, they call it Boxing Day, but in my Chicago family, the day after Christmas is something else entirely: Beefmas. The rules of this sacred, completely-made-up holiday are pretty simple: every Dec. 26, my brother and I go see a movie, and then we get Italian beef sandwiches. The tradition began about 10 years ago, when I first...

Zappitelli’s in Mentor has been around for 34 years, serving up Old World dishes from recipes handed down from generation to generation. They’ve been through a lot, including during the pandemic, which isn’t stopping them from serving up authentic Italian cuisine to a hunger community. The business initially took a major financial hit when Gov. Mik...

You can’t go to Riviera Foods without getting a Diavolo ($6.50). That’s just the food rules, I don’t make them. The sandwich (formerly known as the Will Special, named after the late regular who created it) takes a 9-inch length of crisp-crusted French bread, then fills it with fatty layers of spicy soppressata, hot capocollo, salty prosciutto, cur...

Craving pasta or pizza? Envisioning a nice glass of Chianti with a veal dish and side of linguine marinara? Of course you are. Here are three dozen restaurants that can fill the craving. We have been updating our guide to restaurants offering takeout and delivery throughout Northeast Ohio on a daily basis. But we also have been breaking down offeri...

As local hospitals respond to the coronavirus pandemic, a Jeffersonville restaurant is showing its support by giving out free meals to healthcare workers. Parnelli’s Chicago Eatery, a restaurant that opened three months ago on 10th Street, is providing lunches and dinners to staff at Clark Memorial Health through its “Feed A Floor” campaign, and it...

It had been awhile since I’d dined at one of Alex Dana’s Rosebud restaurants — there are four in Chicago, along with locations in Deerfield, Lemont and Naperville, plus his Carmine’s restaurants in the city and Rosemont — so that when I ordered carryout dinner from the Naperville location, I forgot the cardinal Rosebud rule. Order light. Portions a...