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One of the area’s longest running, family-owned restaurants, Verucchi’s Ristorante has been serving up hungry visitors to Starved Rock Country since 1914. Building their reputation on some of the areas best fried chicken, Verucchi’s real claim to fame is their pasta menu featuring over ten authentic Italian recipes brought over from the Old Country...

Although dining along Grandview Avenue has gone through many transitions over the years, Trattoria Roma has been a mainstay since 2000. Longtime chef Matt Prokopchak and general manager Shawn Mason, both partners in the restaurant, have made it their mission to keep the traditional items on the menu while using modern flourishes on several entrees....

Curing meats in-house is becoming somewhat of a lost art. But Chris Thompson has made that meticulous process the foundation of a newer restaurant in Logan Square.  Opened last July, Lardon offers an assortment of charcuterie and salami made by Thompson and his staff.  “There’s still a lot of people in this country still fanning those flames and ke...

Many countries throughout history have their own iteration of pizza, but the type of pizza many Americans have come to know and love is uniquely Italian. It gained popularity in the 1940s when Italian immigrants brought their creation to the masses.  Restaurateur Sam Chamsine grew up in Italy and brought classic Neapolitan-style pizza to Fishers. C...

You can satisfy your sweet tooth and get a taste of Italian treats at a new spot in Detroit called Momento Gelato and Coffee. The shop opened its doors in Corktown at the start of the year. Gelato is an Italian dessert that is typically made with less butterfat than other ice cream desserts. Momento Gelato and Coffee is serving up a variety of gela...

Coco Pazzo in River North is marking 30 years in Chicago. The Italian restaurant was one of the first to serve Tuscan-inspired food in the city. Located at 300 W. Hubbard, it opened in the winter of 1992 serving up ultra-thin pizzas, seafood vegetables, meats and chicken in a special wood-fired oven.Breads are baked in house and pastas are made fre...

After relocating to Columbus, Youngstown natives Adam Sterling and Angelo Fagnano noticed that the city’s Italian food scene wasn’t as robust as that of their hometown. And they’re trying to change that. The duo is launching a brand-new new Italian food truck, Ciao! Italian Eatery later this month. “In Youngstown, Italian food is king,” Sterling, a...

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Gene & Georgetti Chicago is feeling positive about a busy March. Beginning today, the 81-year-old Chicago restaurant will honor its tradition of offering a special menu during the Lenten season. “This was a tradition that started when I was a little girl, and one that we love to honor,” says third-generatio...

Ed Carrella always keeps his mom’s cookbook next to him in the kitchen, along with his dad’s royal blue ledger of recipes from his restaurant days in Chicago. Tina and Angelo Carrella immigrated to the windy city in the late ’60s, leaving their home in Naples, Italy. They dreamed of owning their own business and opened a Neapolitan pizzeria, adding...

Although I have lived most of my life in Midland, I’ve found quite a surprising number of restaurants that I have not dined at, at least not in my memory. One of them is Mancino’s Pizza and Grinders. The one thing that piqued my interest about Mancino’s is its selection of grinders. I’d heard of subs and sandwiches and hoagies before, but not grind...

The Old Nichols Library in downtown Naperville is getting a surprising new tenant this summer. Restaurateur Brian Goewey recently announced he's opening a sixth location for the Gia Mia Italian restaurant chain in the historic building at 110 S. Washington St. While it will have a menu familiar to fans of the Gia Mia's in Downers Grove, Elmhurst, G...

Piada Italian Street Food will soon become another Mayfield Road dining option when it remodels and moves into the former Bruegger’s Bagels building across from City Hall. City Council on Monday (Feb. 14) approved the preliminary site plan for the new Piada restaurant at 6075 Mayfield Road. Council also approved parking for 25 cars at the site and...