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 Fazoli’s, America’s largest premium Italian QSR chain, was named  winner of a Gold Stevie® Award  for Company of the Year in the food & beverage category for the 17th Annual American Business Awards®. Fazoli’s Chief Executive Officer, Carl Howard, is also being honored for Achievement in Management. “We are honored to receive two such prestigious...

The restaurant, featuring multiple bars and patio for live music, specializes in Neapolitan pizza and pasta A popular Tampa Bay pizza and pasta destination will soon be operating in downtown Sarasota. After spending about a year renovating a nearly century-old building across Washington Boulevard from Regal Hollywood Stadium 11, Bavaro’s Pizza Napo...

Nunzio Restaurant + Bar is on schedule to open on New Orleans Road on Hilton Head Island this month, according to manager Maribel Patruno. The restaurant’s owner, Nunzio Patruno, has seen success with New Jersey restaurant Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, which opened in 2003 and has been reviewed by The New York Times among others. “Adulation of fresh v...

When the owners of Naples Restaurant in West Knoxville announced they were ending their 21-year run last month, it left a big void. Some diners had sentimental reasons for lamenting the closing while others will just miss the good food. Enter Forno Grill; this new restaurant at 743 North Campbell Station Road in Farragut fills that need for real It...

Never mind arguing about whether New York or Chicago-style pizza is better. There is a good little neighborhood argument to be had about whether New York- or New Jersey-style pizza is best. Joining the pizza fray is Lucca’s Pizza & Wine Bar, which opened two weeks ago at 817 14th St. W. in downtown Bradenton. “This is considered Jersey-New York piz...

Start spreading the news: a Frank Sinatra-themed bar is coming to downtown Nashville. Icon Entertainment announced details of the project on Tuesday, with a projected opening of early 2020. The bar/lounge will be located in the Southern Turf building, a 19th century era building in Printers Alley. The bar is described as having a “Manhattan meets P...

Downtown Spruce Pine will soon be home to yet another new restaurant.  Capone’s Italian American Bar & Grill is set to open in mid-May at 69 Locust St. and owners Tim and Marsha Hoilman intend to offer not only high-quality dining but an unforgettable experience. “I’ve always wanted to open a restaurant,” Tim said. “I saw the opportunity and my wif...

Two more new venues — Sicilia Italian restaurant and Ankrolab Brewing Co. — recently launched on Bayshore Drive in East Naples. The new restaurant and brewery join Bean to Cup Coffee Lounge, which opened Feb. 1 at 3248 Bayshore Drive, as well as the food trucks that debuted last fall at Celebration Park to provide expanding options on that local st...

I struggle with monogamy when it comes to pizza. I tend to fall head-over-heels in love, over and over and over again. I've loved classic New York-style pizzas, the kind best eaten folded in half hunched over a flimsy paper plate. I've loved Sicilian pizzas with their spongy, tomato-soaked crusts. I've loved wood-fired pizzas, coal-fired pizzas, e...

A new Italian pizzeria is on track to open this summer at Lake Deaton Plaza in The Villages. Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza will be opening in August at 729 Kristine Way. There are currently three Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza locations in Gainesville and two more in Ocala. The restaurants specialize in a wide variety of gourmet specialty pizzas, includin...

Randolph Italian Ice & Gelato, LLC has opened at Five Rivers Market at 950 Chestnut Street. The restaurant celebrated its grand opening April 24. "We have been a mobile business for six years," said Devin Randolph, who owns the business with his wife, Nakisha. "We were presented an opportunity from the Shuler Group to open in the Five Rivers Market...

This authentic Italian restaurant welcomes its first guests for dinner service on Thursday. Sensi — Italian for senses — aims to transport guests with the overall experience, from flavors to ambiance. “I want people coming in to feel Italy. To experience it. That food and atmosphere,” says Eduardo de Bury, owner.  It is located in the Rea Farms dev...