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Local restaurant chain Rico’s Pizzeria & Pasta House recently opened its seventh restaurant, and its first in west Bradenton. Brothers Sal, Gregory and Maurice Dentici own the restaurant at 5408 26th St. W., in the Saddle Creek Plaza. The Dentici brothers grew up in their father’s restaurant business in New Jersey and New York. They thought they wo...

Rocco’s Italian Grille is a hidden gem located inside a vintage 1940’s building in Winter Park, next to The Glass Knife.  The neighborhood has changed some since the opening of Rocco’s over 15 years ago but one thing has remained the same – the consistency of Rocco’s award-winning authentic Italian cuisine prepared by their experienced native chefs...

During not quite yet 35 years of serving food, Napoli Italian Restaurant in Collier already has had three generations of contributors to its success. Already staking a claim the fourth is young Carmine McCarty, who started to become eminently familiar with the business with the closing of childcare centers at the start of the covid-19 pandemic. “We...

Est! Est!! Est!!! Italian restaurant opened March 16 on the ground floor of ROAR, 633 N. Liberty St. Along with the opening of the rooftop bar, The Mayfair Club, on March 17, all of the food businesses in ROAR are up and running. The final space, the ROAR Brands Theater on the lower floor, will open March 24 with a series of three performances by t...

The pandemic has been a nightmare for Tampa area restaurants. Labor shortages and costs going up… it’s led to some great places closing their doors. The one that crushed me last month was when I visited Italia Mia in St. Pete. It has been my go to spot for great Chicken Parmesan ever since I moved to Florida 10 years ago. Truth be told, the last fe...

In college campuses and towns throughout Georgia and South Carolina, friends gather to enjoy fresh, hand-tossed gourmet pizzas and calzones, pastas, hot wings and appetizers, salads, soups, and hot sandwiches in the appropriately named AMICI, which means “friends” in Italian. Now Amici will open its first Atlanta location at The Mark, a new 28-stor...

In South County, a new fast-casual eatery offers the St. Louis area a taste of Chicago. Mike’s Italian Beef debuted in Affton, Missouri, on Jan. 15, featuring Chicago-style Italian beef sandwiches, smash burgers, hot dogs, hand-cut fries and more. The concept comes from chef-owner Mike Roos and owner George Simon, who also owns neighboring Middle E...

With vacation time winding down on the Florida Panhandle, my search for Destin-area pizza to try did not look at all promising. After checking out the websites of a few pizza joints, the pictures I saw of their wares bought forth zero interest. Plain and simple, the Snob doesn’t like fat sloppy pies full of way too much cheese and dough. However, i...

Nunzio’s Ristorante was more than a traditional red sauce joint, serving simple Italian-American classics for nearly 50 years to Miami’s western bedroom communities. The strip mall restaurant was a dream for a struggling immigrant family. Nunzio Auricchio left behind a threadbare life in the tiny town of San Giuseppe Vesuviano, where he sold grocer...

The iconic Fendi Caffe has made its return to the heart of the Miami Design District, following the immense success of the FF Vertigo-inspired cafe last summer. Like last year’s cafe, the new Fendi Caffe has transformed OTL Restaurant—directly adjacent to the Fendi Boutique—instantly immersing guests into the vibrant world of Fendi. The Fendi Caffe...

Nonna Rosa, a local Italian Cuisine Restaurant in Okatie, South Carolina is looking for more people to join their team. The restaurant is now hiring waiters, food runners, hostesses, a sous chef, and a salad person. An exciting offer awaits interested applicants. Nonna Rosa is well-known for its authentic Italian dishes and desserts prepared by Che...

Founded in 1986 by brothers Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele, Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant was recently listed number 22 on Yahoo’s list of top 50 Italian restaurants in the U.S. In 1999, the mayor of the city flew the brothers to Palermo to receive an award for their contribution in promoting Italian cuisine. Today, Vincenzo says healthy eating is...