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Craving Italian food? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to meet your needs. Chicago-area buyers tend to spend more in the winter at restaurants than any other season of the year, according to data on local business transactions...

Celebrate World Nutella Day on Wednesday, February 5. The Nutella Café, located on the corner of Lake and Michigan Avenue in Chicago, will be offering free personalized jars to the first 100 people who stop in the café and purchase any menu item. The café menu offers several brunch and dessert options, from chocolate crepes and espresso drinks to N...

A former steakhouse in the western suburbs is now an Italian restaurant worth knowing about. Avanzare opened in October in Lombard, where chef Gabriel Hernandez, one of three partners and first-time restaurateurs, offers classic and contemporary Italian dishes. You would think, after all these years on the job, that I'd never again be wowed by chic...

A year ago, pizza was the fanciest Italian food you could find in Fishers. Starting tonight Friday night, you can get Tuscan seafood stew, pork loin stuffed with provolone cheese and so much pasta, including fettuccini alfredo, at the new Sangiovese. The restaurant is the latest opening at The Yard at Fishers District, 9708 District North Dr., and...

Osteria di Valerio e Al spent almost 20 years quietly serving fine Italian food in its nook on W. St. Clair Avenue. It closed in November, but owner Al Cefaratti isn't packing it in or slowing down. Trim and 64, the Cleveland native is moving forward with the next incarnation of the restaurant, at the perpendicular intersection of Walnut and E. 9th...

A new Italian restaurant is coming to downtown Springfield. Fratelli's Famiglia Ristorante, which translates to "family restaurant," will hold a grand opening Feb. 6. It is located at 42 N. Fountain Ave., across the street from a new parking garage that is being constructed. The new restaurant will provide area residents with another dining option,...

Chicago is no longer just a deep dish and tavern-style city: Over the last decade or so, we’ve welcomed a handful of spots serving pizza popular in other regions of the globe. The latest, l’Aventino Forno Romano — which chef Adam Weisell opened last November in Streeterville — is centered around pinsa, a Roman style. “Pinsa” comes from the Latin “p...

For this avid fan of chef Vincent Cessna’s sublime Italian food, it’s been a frustrating road. In February 2015, Cessna opened Vincent’s Pastaria in the former Angello’s location across from Central Catholic High School. It was here that I first experienced the wonderfulness of his housemade pasta and sauces, fresh-baked bread and exemplary meatbal...

Celebrity Chef Fabio Viviani's new Downers Grove restaurant offers the kind of quiet atmosphere that encourages conversation. And that's good news because you will want to talk about the food at Osteria By Fabio Viviani. Viviani might be best known for his television appearance on Bravo's hit series "Top Chef" -- where he earned the Fan Favorite ti...

Ten local contestants will put their culinary skills to the test in the Columbus Pesto Championship at Columbus State Community College. The 2020 Columbus Pesto Championship will be held on January 26 at Columbus State's Mitchell Hall. The ten contestants are David Applegett, Carmine Catullo, Reese Flowers, Charlotte Hickcox, Tyler Kendall, Liz Mar...

A new Italian bistro will open this weekend in Corydon, Indiana. You'll find Tavolo Italian Bistro, a venture of Southern Hospitality Group, at 204 E. Chestnut St. Bobby Bass, owner of Southern Hospitality Group, said the restaurant will be "casual and not pretentious" with a focus on its quality dishes. Southern Hospitality group started MESA: A C...

Osteria Ottimo has served Italian cuisine in Orland Park for more than a decade. “We are a chef-driven restaurant,” said Laco Seeber, chef partner in Osteria Ottimo with owner-chef Patrick Concannon and owner-partner Stephanie Hansen. “We love really good food so we try to share that with our customers.” Here is the dish on this eatery, which marks...