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by Liz Biro   When Mario Batali's handlers told me I had seven minutes, from precisely 12:06 to 12:13 p.m., to interview the chef while he was visiting Market District in Carmel Nov. 21, I thought, oh boy, what a prima donna. Maybe it was his Italian charm, but Batali won me over.   He's a nice guy, a fast friend taking extra time not...

An excellent meal at an Italian restaurant is one of the best dining experiences you can have. And who isn't in the mood for Italian all the time? I know I am. There are TONS of great Italian restaurants in Illinois. We surveyed ten of the best across the whole state.   1. Enoteca Roma Ristorante - In Chicago, Enoteca Roma gives you a taste...

By Lincoln Wright   On the walls of Sam's Italian Kitchen are black and white photos. Photos of family, of owner Sam Macri and his wife, Tammy — and displayed prominently in the center of the restaurant — a photo of Sam making a pizza in his younger days at the Volcano Restaurant when it was located in downtown South Bend.   For 55 ye...

Burgundies from producers including Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Domaine Leflaive and Armand Rousseau are set to lead a Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. auction in Chicago after Italian wines featured in a Zachys New York sale.   Twelve bottles of Romanee-Conti 2009 wines from Burgundy's Cote de Nuits region carry a presale estimate of as much as $1...

The finest food and wines in the world are paired with the vibrant city of Chicago at the International Food & Wine Expo, an event dedicated to promoting upscale culinary culture in the U.S.   Although this international expo debuts this year, it was preceded by two successful events in 2011 and 2012 that were dedicated exclusively to It...

If you didn't have an Italian grandmother to teach you how to make classic lasagna, this is the class for you! Our instructor will walk you through all the steps of creating old-world style lasagna completely from scratch. You'll enjoy working alongside classmates learning how to make and shape homemade pasta dough.   We'll share secrets for...

Ann Arbor's latest upscale casual restaurant is open for business. Bravo Cucina Italiana, a national chain that features an expansive menu of Italian-American favorites, opened its fifth location in Michigan on Thursday.   Comfort and variety are the keys to this Roman villa-themed venture. The atmosphere is cheerful, with brick archways and...

By John Harper The oldest remaining private Italian club in Akron is celebrating its 90th anniversary on Saturday, no small feat after 11 of its peers shut their doors. On Cuyahoga Falls Avenue in North Hill, near the border of suburban Cuyahoga Falls, the unfussy brick building clings tenderly to Akron's past. Steel letters spelling Carovill...

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - Hours: 6:00 p.m. Site: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago - 500 N Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 Organized by: Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago Vernaccia di Oristano, considered the noble wine of Sardinia, is similar to sherry. Its origins surface thousands of years ago: according to archaeologists,...

By Adrienne Roberts Primanti Brothers Restaurant and Bar, a Pittsburgh-based chain known for its sandwiches with coleslaw and French fries on them, will open two restaurants in metro Detroit: one in Taylor on Wednesday and the other in Novi by early September — the restaurant's first locations in Michigan. The Primanti Bros. restaurant in Tay...

"Every day is a memory," says Michaelle Gamba, manager at her family's restaurant, Gamba Ristorante in Merrillville, as she waves a friendly hello to six men arriving for lunch, regulars she's known since childhood.   When asked if she has any favorite memories to share, Michaelle has a hard time pinning down just one particular moment or pe...

Italian Cultural Institute of ChicagoMonday, April 15, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)Chicago, United States The Director of the Italian Cultural InstituteSilvio Marchetti is pleased to invite you to the presentation of "Never Trust a Thin Cook and Other Lessons from Italy's Culinary Capital," by Eric Dregni2009, University of Minnesota Press...