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Gelato artisans Angelo Lollino and Ali Caine Hung competed in the Gelato World Tour at Millennium Park in May, placing second with their flavor 'Chicago Pothole' to advance to the finals in Rimini, Italy, next September. Lollino and Hung vied for the title of "World's Best Gelato" against 15 teams from all across North, South and Central Ameri...

Turns out investors aren't just hungry for hot dogs. Some have a taste for Italian beef. Last spring, before a private-equity group paid an estimated $1 billion for Chicago-based Portillo's Restaurant Group, Joe Buonavolanto Jr. says investors began cold-calling his company, Berwyn-based Buona, purveyor of Buona Italian beef.   "People were...

Venetian cooking school founder and author Contessa Enrica Rocca uncorks her debut line of Prosecco this April, following its successful launch in Europe. Made from hand-harvested Glera grapes, Enrica Rocca Prosecco is produced in a small vineyard in the Veneto. Both varieties, the classic Brut and the sweeter Extra Dry, were created in compliance...

Some kids play veterinarian. Some kids play doctor. Mark Newman, a proud son of Highland Park, says, "Since I was six years old, I wanted to have a restaurant." Starting in October, or possibly earlier, Newman and his childhood friend from three doors down the block, Josh Kaplan, will have Ballaro (214 Green Bay Rd., Highwood), a 120-seat contempor...

Restaurant owner and wine expert Alpana Singh said she created her new Mediterranean restaurant Terra & Vine in downtown Evanston with Northwestern students in mind. "Everything is very accessible and approachable. You can come here for a birthday celebration or a casual meal," Singh said. "We want it to be affordable, not something you sp...

By Sarah Freishtat Longtime Southwest suburban pizza institution Aurelio's recently opened in Arlington Heights. The store, which is Aurelio's first north suburban Chicago location, will opened to the public Tuesday in the Esplanade shopping center on Euclid Avenue.   "We've got a whole bunch of (Southsiders) who are now living up nort...

There's a new Italian tenant inside the Pork Shoppe space in Avondale. Pisolino, a fast-casual 40-seat Italian cafe should open by October at 2755 W. Belmont Ave. The owners say patrons shouldn't expect white tablecloths and marked-up bottles of wines like at some River North establishments.   "This is very much a neighborhood Italian restau...

Joe Turco proudly announced the grand opening date of his new business venture this week and almost immediately backtracked, fretting over the possibility of somebody, somewhere, hurling an unanticipated monkey wrench into the works.   But if his own family history is any indicator at all, he probably shouldn't worry. The Turco family has be...

The Italian American Veterans Auxiliary will sponsor the fourth annual Cookie Walk, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Dec. 8, or until they run out of homemade Italian cookies. Price per pound is $8 and containers will be provided. This cookie walk runs in conjunction with the monthly spaghetti dinner, serving from 4:30 to 7 p.m. the same day.   Spa...