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by Payson Shields Ever since I was little, I've spent almost every summer at my grandparents' house on Table Rock Lake. I loved my childhood summer days and nights, but my favorite was when it would thunderstorm. My grandparents would pile us kids into the car, and we would head to the big city of Branson.   We would check out the newest mo...

Spatola, a Sicilian restaurant, opened in the former Julia Blackbird space in the Highland, Westword reported. The space that neighbors Happy Cakes at 3434 West 32nd Avenue kept relics of its previous tenant like corner fireplaces and rustic wood finishes but those are now weaved into the Southern Italian vibe owner Franco Spatola is going for. &n...

By Michelle Leonard   Antonio Tettamanzi knows a thing or two about cooking. Well, that's not really right. Tettamanzi knows a thing or two about creating delicious, mouthwatering culinary delights.   Yes, that's more like it. And Woodbury is the lucky recipient of the fruits of his labor, as Tettamanzi recently opened his newest rest...

By popular reader demand, I sampled Scimeca's Italian sausage at a yellow-tarp-roofed booth on Kennedy Plaza. A reader/fan of the booth told me it was called Cappuccino Connections, though one worker at the booth assured me it was called World's Best Lemonade. Other booth workers really had no idea what it was called.   I suppose there...

by Nancy Stiles   Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) is celebrating its tenth anniversary with an upgrade. The Italian restaurant will undergo renovations over the next several weeks to expand seating and update the decor. We spoke to co-owner Anthony Scarato about what's next for Anthonino's.   "We occupy an old...

Alex Malone may be the bravest man in America. By day, the 26-year-old is a scientist in Fargo, N.D. By night, he eats pasta. All of the pasta.   Malone is one of the few to score the coveted $100 Never Ending Pasta Bowl promotion from Olive Garden. With the help of an egg-cellent pun — All of Garden — he's begun blogging his 49-da...

by Allie Scheu   Stay cool with this velvety treat. Known for their in-house creations, Sarto's Social Italian Eatery serves a Hazelnut Panna Cotta that you'll go nuts over. This dessert is accompanied by a small handful of candied pistachios and a drizzling of chocolate sauce.   The combination of nuttiness and chocolate provide...

Stressed-out voters will be able to celebrate the outcome of the election – or drown their sorrows – in a pillowy pizza pie. The owners of Piatto Neapolitan Pizzeria have chosen Wednesday, Nov. 9 – the day after Election Day – as the official opening day for their new restaurant at 1706 E. Douglas, right next door to Hopping Gnome Brewing Comp...

St. Paul restaurant Cossetta is adding a new concept to its growing enterprise: A rosticceria specializing in carry-out meats and sides. The Pioneer Press reports that Cossetta, which went through a big renovation in 2013, will start offering a new menu of take-out items like rotisserie chicken and prime rib sandwiches, as well as sides like i...

Mike Andino is a Glenview native who works as a chef at Gusto Italiano restaurant. After graduating from Glenbrook South High School in 2001, he attended Kendall College culinary school in Evanston. Italian food is in his blood, he said, because his mother is from Italy.   Why did you want to be a chef? "I just love being creative and gettin...

by Susan Stapleton   Tony Lemmo and his team at Café di Scala are back,now with a different name and a new monthly dining concept. Aposto, loosely translated from Italian, means "everything is right," said Lemmo, who closed his decade-old Café di Scala at the end of 2015.   Now Aposto takes its place with ticketed dinners, brunches an...

Like most red-blooded Americans, I love pizza. No matter what style, or whether it's served at a Casey's or a small family-style restaurant in Chicago, I'll probably adore it.   That's why I had high hopes when I went to Solon's Red Vespa, a restaurant that promises authentic Neapolitan pizza — and they certainly live up to that promise. Red...