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Hey, you! Yeah, the one absorbed in your laptop, absently nibbling on that exquisite carpaccio and ignoring your dining companion. You’re sitting in probably the most elegant restaurant in St. Louis today, and nothing on that laptop is more important than either the person across the table or those rosy, gossamer flakes of beef, arranged with gener...

You never forget your first time. I was sighing over a forkful of Antonio Laudisio’s fresh, al dente fettuccine scarcely dressed with a simple tomato sauce and a blessing of high-end olive oil. I flashed back to the first time I tasted risotto at Laudisio Ristorante eons ago. I remember the taste, the texture, the aroma and my amazement that Italia...

Rocco DiSpirito rose to fame in the early 2000s as the chef at New York City's Union Pacific and the star of television's first hospitality-focused reality series,The Restaurant. Today, the cookbook author and TV personality is focusing on healthy eating with Made by Rocco, the very small-scale meal delivery service he launched as a way to demonstr...

A customer walked into Scimeca’s Ristorante in Shawnee this week asking if it is new. His second question, “Are you related to Scimeca’s?” That would be Kansas City’s deep-rooted Scimeca’s Famous Sausage Co. (circa 1935). Mickey Scimeca, owner of the new Shawnee Crossing restaurant, is quick with the disclaimer. He has no affiliation with the Kansa...

Josh Albarelli is seemingly always on the move. For many in Kansas City, Stag Pizza has been impossible to miss. The small white and teal pizza trailer with its distinctive red “STAG PIZZA” sign has been making the rounds throughout town for several years, popping up outside of breweries and at street festivals – and even the occasional private par...

Iowa is a hub of great Italian food, but hidden in the small Fayette County city of Oelwein might be one of the state’s best-hidden gems. Not only does Leo’s Italian Restaurant serve up huge portions at reasonable prices, but it’s also been dishing up its famous fare since 1922. As it celebrates its centennial, this three-generation family-owned le...

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop is opening this week in Kansas City at 10406 NE Cookingham Dr., offering an order-ahead option and third-party delivery services. Owned and operated by business partners and friends, Mike and Kathleen Brooks and Mark and Sumer McPhee, the store brings 20 jobs to the area. "Having moved from Las Vegas where Capriotti's is v...

Fourth-generation Italian American Michelle “Shelly” La Fata began her culinary journey back in 2007. She started off working for other chefs, but she says she always knew she wanted to be her own boss someday. By 2015, she was staying up late each night working on pasta recipes and binging Netflix documentaries about successful professional chefs....

Cooking has always been a part of Davone Mitchell's life. Mitchell came from a family of chefs, including his mother and aunts, where everyone would make ultimate spreads of food. "I mean everything," Mitchell said. "You go there would be five different pies, five different cakes, relish trays, meat trays, barbecue crab, fruit trays, everything." H...

Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis | Traffic Zone Building | 250 Third Ave N. - Suite 625 | Minneapolis | MN 55401IN-PERSON EDUCATION AND TASTING. Register here. Vermouth, Italian Liqueurs, and Cocktails, oh my! Join us for a historical overview of five Italian libations and how to incorporate them into y...

Almost thirty years after she co-founded Cafe Jordano in Lakewood, Elisa Heitman moved the eatery from its small storefront space to a larger unit next door at 11068 West Jewell Avenue. “Some people say, ‘I miss the little hole-in-the-wall look,’” she says. “I’m like, ‘I don’t.’”Now, a little over four years after the move, Heitman is proud of how...

Trattoria Fresco owner Israel Padilla wanted to expand his business to Dakota Dunes with a very novel concept. Why couldn't one space be home to two entirely different eateries? In January 2000, Padilla purchased Graham's Grill & Pub, a traditional featuring burgers, sandwiches and predominantly American cuisine, at 201 Tower Road. Yet the veteran...