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Italian spirits have undergone a renaissance in the US. Though many Italian distillers have sought a Denominazione di origine controllata (D.O.C.) for numerous amaro styles, which would restrict the official category to Italy (like Champagne in France), many spirits producers across the US try their hand at making bitter botanical spirits. There ar...

Joe and Bob Spaziani learned all about feeding lots of people from their Italian grandmother while growing up in Elmira. “She had nine kids,” Joe says. “She used to make polenta and the kids would get around the pasta board. She would put the board right on the table and put the polenta on it with the sauce over it and the meatballs and the sausage...

Food blogger Salvatore (The Grubfather) DiBenedetto is a Long Island native with humble roots, starting off as a dishwasher in Italian kitchens. Now, he’s a jet-setting entrepreneur. His passion for food, along with his creative eye, has allowed him to become a widely recognized name in the hospitality industry,fueled by Instagram. The popularity o...

Specialty grocer Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace plans to take over a North Babylon space that King Kullen left in September after 40 years there. The new store is set to open in spring or summer 2021 in Sunset Plaza, at 1170 Deer Park Ave., Uncle Giuseppe’s said in a statement Monday. The 39,241-square-foot store will be the Farmingdale-based chain’s...

A “soft opening” for a new restaurant once meant easing into business with limited reservations for friends, family and staff. But, in today’s world, it means starting with takeout. Such is the case for Forsythia at 9 Stanton Street. “In the middle of construction everything went on pause,” said Jacob Siwak, formerly of Olmsted, who is the executiv...

Touch of Italy is known throughout Delaware’s Cape Region, Ocean City, Md. and Wilmington for authentic Italian ingredients imported from Arthur Avenue in the Bronx! But this landmark is even a lot more than that: Touch of Italy’s Italian Marketplace features hard-to-find imported items and one-stop-shopping where guests can purchase TOI-brand peel...

As the warmer days of spring and early summer descend upon New York City, a new sense of life emerges. Bike riders whiz by, as dog walkers, exercise enthusiasts, and pedestrians fall into a cadence down the sidewalks. The parks are peppered with entertainers, couples, families, and those yearning for a bit of nature. Sun seekers pack up their cars...

We’re a tad late with this great news, but River Deli is now open for take out and delivery. The full Sardinian-Italian menu of antipasti, pasta, and main courses is available. Cocktails to go too. How about a whole grilled orata and a river julep for a perfect summery meal? Or a papardelle and a negroni to give yourself a break from all that home...

Ribalta, the beloved pizzeria in 12th street, is among the courageous New York eateries that have been resilient to the pandemic that has devasted the city restaurant scene. With pick-ups and deliveries of their famous Neapolitan pizzas, Italian delicacies, and artisanal cocktails, owners Rosario Procino and Pizza Master Pasquale Cozzolino kept ser...

Old-school Brooklyn red sauce joint Michael’s of Brooklyn just leveled up its new takeout menu. The 56-year-old institution in Midwood announced the creation of a casual new parm-to-go counter, with cheesy chicken, eggplant, meatball, and veal sandwiches on deck. The parm rolls, which range in price from $8.99 to $10.99, are topped with melty parme...

GreenwichGreenwich Village finally has its own Sicilian snack shop and carryout. Inexpensively priced Pane Pasta is located right on bustling 8th Street just north of the NYU campus, an area once known for its shoes. But in the days before coronavirus, it was poised to become one of the city’s most formidable restaurant rows. Perfect for a sandwich...

A month ago we announced that Osteria 166’s Stock the Freezer campaign had reached the 6500 meal donation mark. Incredibly, that astounding number led to a brand new business tact taken by Osteria 166 owner Nick Pitillo, who now says that his pre-packaged and frozen, ready-to-go Italian meals have landed on the shelves of all four Western NY Dash’s...