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If the idea of eating at a hotel restaurant has you thinking you’ve made an odd choice, you might want to reconsider, especially in Charlotte’s center city. This wasn’t always the case. Hotel restaurants have often carried with them a stigma, suggesting they offer convenience in exchange for low quality. For travelers, hotel dining is a phone call...

Hey, Mombo's! Mombo's Italiano! Trade the "A' in "Mambo" from the old Dean Martin song for another "O" -- as in, "Ohhh, that's good!" -- and you have Mombo's Italian, another in an ever-growing market on the local dining scene: the food truck. This one is owned and operated by Ward Crisp, an Ashland, Ky., transplant by way of Dayton, Ohio, who said...

Despite his heritage, chef Pat Pascarella never wanted to cook Italian food. A first-generation American, he focused his career on fine dining, working at Le Bernardin and the Optimist before opening the White Bull in Decatur last year. But it was while cooking at White Bull that nostalgia changed his mind, and by the end of 2019, Pascarella will b...

Ask anyone in Coral Gables for a restaurant recommendation, and chances are Caffe Abbracci will be at the top of the list. Known for its Northern Italian specialties and topnotch service, the Italian eatery is turning 30 this month. How does a restaurant keep its status as one of Miami's best-loved culinary destinations? It treats its staff and all...

A new Italian and New American spot has opened its doors in the neighborhood. The fresh addition to the Little Haiti, called Boia De, is located at 5205 N.E. Second Ave. Boia De serves up a unique and rotating menu list. On the menu, expect to see items like grilled broccolini, bone marrow and baked clams. Here's the link to the business website. B...

Our latest food adventure was takeout from the Marco Island location of Napoli On The Bay Pizzeria, featuring pizza, pasta and subs. Cold and hot subs are offered. On the hot side is veal, eggplant parmigiana, chicken, meatball and sausage. Cold subs include the ham, turkey breast, prosciutto or the ‘Italian Special’ – capicola, salami, provolone a...

Holy Cannoli Bakery is inviting the public to celebrate their first anniversary with them on Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Micco, Florida. Holy Cannoli, an authentic bakery specializing in baked goods from scratch, has been a great addition to the Barefoot Bay Community. When they opened in July of 2018, they were serving...

A set of mini arches outside the property at 2256 E. Olive Road in the Ferry Pass area of Pensacola were painted red and green and "La Trattoria" signage was added to the building in the summer of 2018 as an Italian restaurant appeared seemingly close to opening to the public. But then, the former Casa Ole Mexican restaurant building sat dormant fo...

On Sunday, June 30th, Miami-based wine educator and Wine by the Bay owner, Stefano Campanini received the prestigious, Italian Wine Ambassador pin and certification, at the New York City presentation of the Vinitaly International Academy (VIA) Ambassador Course.  With the support of the ICE – Italian Trade Agency, VIA staged the Italian Wine Ambass...

Most of us have noticed some activity at 4217 Lafayette Street and rumors abound about the possibilities of what is to come. Business owners Arty, Paula and Bryan are hoping to open Penello’s Italian Cuisine during the first week of July. The family was born and raised on Long Island in New York. Arty served four years in the Air Force and returned...

Forget Brickell for fine dining, the new Trattoria Blu is the real deal and it’s in Palmetto Bay. From the moment you enter, you know this is a foodie’s restaurant. Exceptional, not snooty. The long rectangle-shaped eatery with high ceilings adorned with floating pallets, modern art elements and industrial hanging lights sets the mood, as does the...

If you've been on Cherokee Boulevard in recent weeks, you've likely noticed the little leprechauns looking down at you from atop the building dubbed Stevarinos Italian Eatery And Pub. "Most people get the humor in it," co-owner Kerry Hoefer joked. "Like, what are two Irish guys doing owning an Italian restaurant?" Hoefer and his business partner, S...