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You didn’t take shortcuts in Anastasia “Gina” DiNatale’s kitchen, whether it was peeling the garlic or making tomato sauce from scratch. When she went food shopping, “she never went with a shopping list,” said her daughter, Giuliana Maravalle, who does much of the cooking in her daughter’s and son-in-law’s new restaurant, Nonna Gina’s Prepared Food...

There’s no lack of pizza styles in Greater Boston — wood-fired, Neapolitan-inspired pies; South Shore-style bar pizza; floppy New York slices; Detroit-style “squares”; New England Greek (think [insert town here] House of Pizza); and even beach pizza. But Si Cara, a restaurant opening early this summer in Cambridge’s Central Square, is giving the re...

With the cost of airfare soaring and COVID restrictions still in place for some international travel, it’s comforting to know that we can enjoy an authentic taste of Italy within a few miles of home. Because of supply chain issues, and the ever-increasing cost of ingredients and difficulty attracting competent staff, it has become extremely challen...

Veteran chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s new restaurant and bar, Faccia Brutta and Bar Pallino, are all set to open at 278 Newbury St. on May 24.  “We are taking reservations for May 24, so we better be ready,” Bissonnette told Boston.com. “We’re just throwing caution to the wind,” he joked a week before the opening. “No, seriously, we’re...

It seems that the battle of who has the best cannoli in Boston has been going on forever. Some say that the best comes from Mike's Pastry while others claim that Modern Pastry offers better cannoli. While both are located on the same street in Boston, Mike's Pastry also offers multiple locations in Massachusetts. Mike's Pastry can also be found in...

The newest restaurant in a prominent space by Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium is "inspired by the feelings that came with eating in the kitchens of our Italian mothers and grandmothers." Mamma Bella Cucina opened its doors May 2, taking the space recently vacated by RHK Seafood Boil & Bar. The menu features traditional Italian fare and dishes with mode...

The owner of Adriana’s Restaurant has opened a new “Italian steakhouse” on Long Wharf in the former home of Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale — on the future site of hundreds of planned new waterfront apartments. That new restaurant is called Il Gabbiano, Italian for “The Seagull.” On Monday afternoon, restaurant owner Valentin Stakaj joined dozens of friend...

Connecticut-based Constantino's of Greenwich will host a grand opening event on May 15. The family-owned pizza and ice cream shop was founded by husband-and-wife team Michael and Robyn Bordes, who are opening their pizzeria in partnership with digital platform Slice, according to a press release. "We are honored to partner with Slice to open Consta...

Stamford restaurateurs John and Morgan Nealon today announced the opening of Cugine’s Italian in Stamford’s Harbor Point community at 121 Towne Street.  The restaurant, expected to open later this Spring, will feature alluring, well-plated Italian cuisine, coupled with refined cocktails and a robust wine list. “Our goal with Cugine’s is to offer no...

Mamma Bella Cucina & Pizzeria officially opened on Sunday, May 1 at 19 North Water St. in Norwalk. Joe Giuliano and Anthony Sandolo are the co-owners. Giuliano said opening a restaurant was always a dream of his, and he and Sandolo jumped at the opportunity to open their own place. Giuliano said his father previously owned a restaurant, so he grew...

Coming from a big Italian family, Michelle Politano used to feast on meat-and-cheese-loaded dishes at gatherings. But when some family members began to see negative outcomes from eating that type of diet, Politano decided to switch to a plant-based lifestyle. Now she’s feeding those same family members a vegan version of alfredo made with cauliflow...

North End restaurateurs still have a beef — or Bolognese — with the city’s “unconstitutional” $7,500 outdoor dining fee, as four Italian restaurant owners filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against Mayor Michelle Wu on Monday. The city for the first time this year handed down a North End-only $7,500 fee in response to local residents complaining about th...