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Maria Ritacco set a plate full of sharp provolone cheese and homemade crackers in the center of the table in the back room of her Oak Street store Tuesday afternoon, then sat down with a smile and a small sigh. Across the long oval table, covered with a waterproof tablecloth, sat her only daughter, Melisa, and her middle son, Robert. Her oldest son...

A local restaurateur and co-founder of the Boston Pizza Festival is channeling his love of red sauce into a new restaurant in East Boston. Raffaele Scalzi teamed up with Caffe Dello Sport’s Mivan Spencer to create Pazza on Porter, an Italian-American restaurant and bar set to officially open on Friday, with limited reservations available starting o...

I thought about bringing my own crosswalk to Mimmo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, the new restaurant in our South End neighborhood, but I remembered the city frowns upon  DIY safety measures. Instead, I ran across Shelburne Road — praying mid-dash there was no car on the far side of the Jeep Cherokee I couldn’t see past. I made it.I was surprised to find...

A new West End food hall set to open this winter near TD Garden will feature 18 vendors, including Boston classics Mike’s Pastry, Monica’s Mercato and Sullivan’s Castle Island, according to a press release by Patina Restaurant Group, which is managing the project. The new food hall, called Hub Hall, will be located in The Hub on Causeway, a new dev...

Teresa E. Regina likes to attend the Taste of Italy festival at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Springfield because she sees many friends from years ago, and while they enjoy “wonderful food” they share stories of what has occurred in their lives since they last met. Wonderful food? Individuals and businesses will provide the more than 40 favori...

Looking for a tasty Italian meal? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Cambridge, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you’re on the hunt. 1. Giulia Topping the list is Giulia. Located at 1682 Massachusetts Ave., the Italian spot is the highest-rated Itali...

Laura Mastroianni has been enjoying fine food at Pasquale's Osteria a few times a week for more than 20 years and likens the experience to being home. The Norwalk native said the cuisine tops all area options. Everything is made when you order it; it's like being in my kitchen; it's like being in my backyard," she said. "This is like being home." A...

Frank Pendola cooks with his soul. He has no fancy training or culinary school behind his enterprises, which include the supper club Nostrano tucked into the basement of his Town Hill home and Frankie’s BBQ at the Hollywood Casino Raceway in Bangor. But, Pendola grew up in one of the best environments for cooks: an Italian neighborhood. The Niagara...

Chef Luciano Canova has raised the bar for fine Italian dining in Rhode Island, taking his high standards and homemade Italian recipes to Johnston. I told two friends who had eaten at Trattoria Romana in Lincoln and they both described the restaurant as “authentic.” They moment you walk through the door, you know that you are in a special place, a...

I got a find for you. I’m sure many have beaten me to the punch, but Rustico, which has been open for some 15 months in some incarnation, provided my wife and I, and even our little dude Cooper, with our best meal in several months. Rustico -- pronounced Roo-stico -- first started offering takeout brick-oven pizza along with salads, sandwiches and...

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana (known simply “Pepe’s” to its legions of fans) opened in  New Haven, Connecticut, in 1925 and has long been heralded as one of the very best pizza establishments in the country. A pioneer of the coal-burning oven, rather than Italy's traditional wood and the gas common to U.S., Pepe’s is perhaps best known for inventi...

Navigating Boston’s robust restaurant scene can be daunting. If you are craving Italian food, we have done some of the work for you. Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Italian spots around Boston, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to meet your needs. No surprise that Boston’s North E...