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You need to do little more than drive past the former Juniper 61 at 6030 W. North Ave. to see that a transformation has taken place. That's largely due to the hand-painted exterior signs that grace the building, which is now home to Ca' Lucchenzo Pastificio & Enoteca. In fact, if you love pasta, you'll likely want to make it a point to investigate...

Long before 1400 Woodward Ave. became San Morello, downtown Detroit’s newest restaurant, it was home to a jewelry company. That became a menswear store, then a furrier, later a drugstore, and most recently, from 1997 to around 2012, a hair company called Eastern Wigs. But it first started as T.B. Rayl Co., a hardware store that occupied the buildin...

When you walk into an Italian restaurant, there's something very homey about seeing black and white family photos on the wall. And at Mama Catena's, family is important. It was family who endured through the aftermath of a fire that happened two years ago and shut down the restaurant for just shy of a year. It's family members like Frank Catena, wh...

Reece Block is coming back to a familiar place. Block, a recent University of Wisconsin-Whitewater graduate who hails from Oconomowoc, worked at Mama Mia's for a number of years before taking a marketing role with Sysco, a food and service business. When he was 16, Block started at Mama Mia's in Wales as a host. He went on to became the general man...

Hungry? A new neighborhood traditional American spot has you covered. Called Bristol Republic, the fresh arrival is located at 1124 N. High St. in Italian Village. This new business provides a Nashville-inspired dinner, drinks and happy hour menu. On the menu, expect to see items like Texas-style spare rib platters, pulled pork sandwiches and mac a...

Sarah Grueneberg visited Madison College to show students her creative process behind her Italian cuisine. Interviewed by Lindsay Christians, who writes for “The Capital Times,” Christians shares her own love of food and dining with Sarah Grueneberg and Madison College throughout the interview. Continuing the Chef Series on April 10, Grueneberg was...

As a child growing up in the northern Italy city of Venice, Dario Monni often awoke to two distinct smells: freshly brewed coffee and simmering homemade pasta sauce. The latter was the handiwork of his grandmother, who would wake up as early as 5 a.m. to begin the sauce that would later complement her fresh pasta, he said. Using her hands and a rol...

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamt of vacationing on the beautiful island of Capri just off the coast of Italy; the gorgeous beaches, the rugged landscape, and of course the Italian cuisine all scream vacation to me.  I’m probably a few years (probably more like 20) from making this dream a reality, so in the meantime I can visit Capri righ...

The next time you watch "The Godfather" we've got an appropriate dinner suggestion: Sauces, olive oil and balsamic vinegar out on the market from entertainer-actor-writer-businessman Gianni Russo. Fans of "The Godfather" know Carlo as the guy who made the very wrong decision to beat his wife, who happened to be the sister of Michael Corleone, and t...

San Morello is a difficult one to review. On one hand there's a dearth of high-quality Italian food in Detroit, so the nearly four-month-old restaurant at Grand River and Woodward avenues is a welcome addition. There are also few chefs in town of Andrew Carmellini's caliber — he's the recipient of multiple James Beard Awards, and won a Michelin sta...

Whitewater’s Main Street business district made room for a slice of Little Italy when New Yorker Benny Spahiu brought his talents to Wisconsin. His success in New York pushed him to try to find more markets where pizza by the slice would be profitable, which led him to open La Piazza Pizzeria in Whitewater this March. The restaurant is open Wednesd...

Chicago has plenty of Italian restaurants, but Bill Varley feels his new offering, Torchio Pasta Bar, will find a niche in River North. Varley and his crews have gutted the former Karyn’s Cooked, 738 N. Wells Street, to make room for their new endeavor. Varley’s a first-time restaurant owner who retired from his life as an engineer and executive la...