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In Chef's Choice, the Naperville Sun asks local chefs to share their culinary background and experiences and talk about a featured dish found on their menu. This week, we speak with Alberto Torres, 39, assistant chef at Braconi’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria in Naperville. He first started cooking 20 years ago as a teenager in Naperville at La S...

Things you can count on: death, taxes and everyone likes Italian. Right? Pretty true in my experience. That's why there's a good long list of local Italian restaurants. So which one? Every Italian restaurant is slightly different, but there are a lot of places that serve spaghetti with red meat sauce and associated dishes, sometimes with pizza. Sor...

Be careful if you plan on cooking up a tasty pasta dish this week, because there’s an olive oil shortage halfway around the world. Quartino Restaurant cooks up close to 10,000 meals a week, but in his kitchen, Chef John Coletta is stocking up to avoid a shortage of the key ingredient. A severe winter in 2018 and a massive bacterial infestation are...

A mom-and-pop grocer -- actually an uncle, his two nephews and their extended families -- is celebrating 30 years in Arlington Heights. Valli Produce International Fresh Market opened its first store at 450 E. Golf Road in 1989 -- the creation of Alfredo Presta and his two nephews, Lou Tenuta and Frank Chilelli. To celebrate, the store will offer f...

Tony Noto and Santina Noto, who own and operate Noto’s Old World Italian Dining in Cascade Township with their family, last month opened Noto’s at the Bil-Mar in Grand Haven, at 1223 S. Harbor Dr. Howard Meyer sold the former Bil-Mar Restaurant, a lakeshore eatery since 1952, to the Notos in 2017, who demolished the building and built a “new upbeat...

Dreaming of Italy? Dreaming of spring? If a trip overseas isn’t in your near future, you have three opportunities this week to experience a little bit of Italy here in the Gem City as we usher in the beginning of spring. 1. The Italian Happy Hour at Meadowlark. Learn how to make some of the best Italian cocktails with Meadowlark Bar Manager Nik Hu...

Italia Gardens is planning to break ground on its newest location in Grand Blanc next week.The chain of Italian restaurants in Mid-Michigan will build its fourth location on the southeast corner of Grand Blanc Road and Davis Street next to Grand Blanc City Hall. The new restaurant was announced in May 2018. Groundbreaking is scheduled for 5:30 p.m....

The morning after their family's South Chicago pizzeria burned down, Len and Lena Ciannamea went back to visit. As they surveyed the charred remains of Capri’s on Commercial, longtime customers slowed down in their cars and snapped pictures. Social media flooded with messages hailing the restaurant, first opened in 1955, as a staple of their lives....

Billed as an Italian coffee bar, the family-run place started as a food truck and opened its brick-and-mortar location last year in a former bank building along the busy stretch of W. Market Street. There's a lot of pride here, as the great-grandparents of the founders came to Akron from Favara (Sicily), Italy, in 1913. Family photos hang throughou...

The saying, “What goes around comes around,” is almost apropos in this case … Although it does have much to do with the re-opening of a closed West Bloomfield restaurant that at one time was considered among the better small Italian eating spots in this region … And it seems to have regained the lofty Italian dining note it once enjoyed. After four...

Tony Gargano, chef and owner of trendy Osteria Bigolaro in Geneva, Illinois, is pleased to announce his restaurant will be participating in Baconfest Chicago on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 11:00 – 3:00 pm. The event, which is eleven years strong, partners with over 140 of the Chicago area’s hottest chefs, mixologists, brewers, artisan bacon-maker...

Buona Beef recently opened for business at 804 W. Washington Blvd., bringing the family-run fast-food chain’s total locations to 24. “We’re thrilled to be a part of the vibrant West Loop community,” says second-generation owner Joe Buonavolanto Jr. “Our new location is steeped in Chicago tradition: a fitting way to continue the city’s great Italian...