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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...

What started as a childhood dream has turned into a passionate profession for a young Green Bay woman. Sara Santaga, 23, opened Sara’s Artisan Gelato on Anderson Drive in Ashwaubenon about a month ago, and so far, it’s even more than she hoped it would be. “Business has been awesome,” Santaga said. “I’ve been getting increasingly busier. I’ve been...

Since opening in January of 2019 Donny G's Ristorante and Bar has been offering traditional Italian specialties in a welcoming environment with more than a a few songs on the side. A local in the truest sense, Donny Greco grew up in the Elmwood Park area before finding his way to Chicago to make a name for himself in the restaurant world. "I was pr...

Centro Sperimentale del Latte USA Inc., a probiotic company, plans to establish its first operations in the U.S. with a manufacturing facility in Franksville, Wisconsin. The investment is part of a multimillion-dollar project expected to create up to 31 jobs over the next four years.PROBIO RE LLC, Centro Sperimentale del Latte’s related entity, rec...

A new Italian restaurant called Mozzarella Store is set to open in May at 822 N. Michigan Ave. on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus (WTC) right next to the Loyola University Museum of Art. Located in the first floor of Lewis Towers, Mozzarella Store will be in the space which was formerly the Hershey Store and then a temporary retail store which sold Loy...

Giorgia Somma, the co-founder and owner of Mozzarella Store Pizza & Caffe, a bilevel Italian restaurant coming to Downtown Chicago across from the historic Water Tower, isn’t too fond of mozzarella made in America. Somma, a native of Naples, Italy last year invested in a dairy farm about 175 miles east of Chicago in Warren, Indiana. The Mozzarella...

You do not have to travel to St. Louis, Kansas City or Nashville to sample locally sourced and slowly smoked barbecue. The tastes of the south reside in our own backyard, at Donavito’s in Struthers. “My barbecue is all wood fire (smoked),” Donavito’s owner and executive chef Alan Donatelli said. “I put 10 hours into a slab of ribs. With what I’m do...

How do you say "work of art" in Italian? Answer: prosciutto! From April 1 to 14, we're celebrating all things prosciutto crudo (yes, there will be special offers, too!). Read on to find all the prosciutto activities planned at Eataly Chicago. WHAT IS PROSCIUTTO? Prosciutto, meaning "ham" in Italian, is cured pork leg. To make good prosciutto, you n...

How did the Bartolotta brothers, partners in the Milwaukee-based Bartolotta Restaurants group, become leading restaurateurs in the Midwest? Joe Bartolotta, president and co-owner, would point out that his brother, Paul, brought talent and experience from working in the kitchens of storied spots like the Rainbow Room in New York and Spiaggia in Chic...

Onalaska restaurateur Tony Angelini plans to open Mario’s Chicago Beef & Hot Dogs, specializing in Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, in about three weeks at 118 S. Third St. in downtown La Crosse. The new restaurant will be named after one of his sons, Mario. Angelini also owns Angelini’s Ristorante in Onalaska and Gino’s Pizzeria...

Pending light renovations, Tannin’s new home in the former Tabooli building will likely open within the next month. The upscale Italian eatery left Okemos in November to start work on its new east side Lansing home. Though it plans to keep its original Okemos upcycled tables and traditional dishes, the restaurant’s prime focus for the new location...