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by Nicki P. Wood   As a tourist destination, the past is just fantastic. One past setting I love to visit is New York in the '40s and '50s, when the Irish bars were full of Irish, and Italian restaurants were owned by Italian-speakers, with mamma or nonna running the kitchen.   Mammas and nonnas are in somewhat shorter supply here in...

By Dennis Seid   Sometime next month, a wood-fired brick oven made in Italy will make its way to downtown Tupelo. And by late spring, a new restaurant will be serving traditional Neapolitan pizza from that oven. The pizzeria will be owned by Vince Rapisarda, who is opening in the building at 206 Troy Street that was most recently T...

A new Italian restaurant, Amici's Italiano Ristorante, will open next week off West New Circle Road at 1479 Boardwalk. The restaurant will be run by Alberto Villasenor and Alex Vega, who are partners in Amici's with their wives, Miranda Villasenor and Amy Vega.   The eatery, with seating for 130, will be open for lunch and dinner weekda...

Marco's Pizza, the fastest growing pizza company in the United States, known for its fresh ingredients, secret sauce recipe and dough made in-store daily, opened at 11182 66th St., on Oct. 30 boosting the local economy by adding up to 30 jobs.   A grand opening celebration will be held between 1 and 4 p.m. on Nov. 6, and will include free pi...

by Nicole Danna   Grato is a good name for James Beard Award-nominated chef Clay Conley's new restaurant. The meaning — "grateful" in Italian — is exactly how Conley feels about his latest venture, set to open in West Palm Beach January 8.   "I live in the community [where Grato is located], and for a while I've dreamed of opening a p...

While men had long been the masters of the professional kitchen, it was women who were the keepers of cuisines. In America, it was women who understood the emotional roots of cooking and its cultural origins, and introduced us to the bounty of possibilities beyond frozen TV dinners.   For French cooking, it was Julia Child who explained...

By Zachary Fagenson   You can ignore most of the lengthy menu at Siena Tavern, the pricey Italian spot on the corner of Washington Avenue and Fifth Street.   It's not that the perfectly crusted pizzas aren't worth your attention. They are. So too are the crudos: six thick, bright-tasting slices of pearly, meaty hamachi dressed with sw...

Acclaimed Italian-born chef and restaurateur, Angelo Elia, whose impressive roster of South Florida dining establishments includes three great Casa D'Angelo restaurants (www.casa-d-angelo.com), as well as a growing chain of Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas, plans to expand his dining group by opening three new restaurants later this year.  ...

by Nell Luter Floyd   Who: Stuart Ramsey, line chef; Where: La Finestra, 120 N. Congress St., Jackson; Contact: (601) 345-8735  www.eatlafinestra.com www.facebook.com/eatlafinestra Influences: Stuart Ramsey, 23, works as a line chef at La Finestra, the downtown Jackson restaurant where his father Tom Ramsey is chef and...

To meet the growing demand for pizza in the metropolitan area of Birmingham, Alabama, Marco's Pizza® franchise is seeking to partner with entrepreneurs who want a slice of the action. How big is the demand for pizza in Alabama?   The largest city in Alabama is booming; Birmingham boasts a population well over 210,000 and a thriving busi...

By Evan S. Benn   At last count, there were about 5,000 pasta-and-pizza places in Miami Beach. What can one do to set itself apart?   For Serafina, which opened in December in the Dream South Beach Hotel, the answer is truffles. Executive chef Marco Zuccala lets the heady fungus fly early and often in his expansive menu of Italian cla...

by Carla Torres   Last April, pasta-loving locals and Lincoln Road obsessed tourists were saddened to find that TiramesU, the long-standing (17 years to be exact) Italian joint was shutting its doors practically overnight.   Now, after a year of not serving al dente pappardelle Bolognese, however, TiramesU has announced it will reopen...