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Once, a chef got upset with me for strategically garnishing a dish. “Just let it land on the plate,” he said. I was trying too hard, and it showed: My food looked fussy, constrained, and planned. It’s hard work to make things seem natural, and when it comes to Italian food in Austin, things can feel, well, mechanical.  The long list of new spots (o...

You don't have to travel all the way to Italy to get an authentic Italian dinner.  Just about everything inside Liberati Osteria & Oenobeers located on Champa Street in Denver is Italian from the owner to the chefs, bakers, and equipment that they use to cook. "We are Italians so we try to move our culture and our way of life, how we do we live in...

Wednesday March 27, 2019. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT (Doors opent at 6:45 pm). Italian Cultural & Community Center, 1101 Milford St., Houston, TX 77006. $10 ICCC Members | $15 Non-members. Tickets here. Presented by Professor Mark Goldberg, Director of the UH Jewish Studies Program. The history of food opens windows into understanding many different asp...

There are two reasons why Venezia Restaurant rarely sells dessert. One is the size of the servings at this Creole-Italian classic. The other reason is its neighbor. Angelo Brocato Ice Cream & Confectionary, the city’s oldest gelato parlor and Italian bakery, is just four doors down the street, or about 80 eager steps away. In the evening, the sidew...

Dallas' sad Italian-restaurant scene has an exciting newcomer in the works: Il Bracco, an Italian-inspired restaurant from a team with deep experience in the Houston's/Hillstone group, slated to open in the spring. Located at 8416 Preston Center Plaza, in a former bedding store called Iron Bed, Il Bracco will offer a fresh take on classic Italian d...

If you’re looking for an Italian spot that’ll knock your socks off without knocking all the dollars out of your pocket, look no further than Two Guys From Italy. The dimly lit gem, located on Dallas’ Webb Chapel Road, has been around since 1979. Although the décor has yet to be updated, luckily the same seems to hold true for their menu prices. Wit...

As Tony Vallone once joked, he and his wife, Donna, live at Tony’s, his revered eponymous restaurant, and sleep at Persa. That would be their luxe townhouse on the edge of River Oaks. No surprise then that when we asked for a visit in his kitchen, Vallone allowed that he doesn’t cook there very often. But cooking runs in his blood just as a great m...

Russo’s, which has been well regarded for its "Creole and Italian soul food" since 2002, has a baby brother, Bacchus Lounge, on the back side of the building. It has a smaller, less expensive menu that keeps the New Orleans/Italy emphasis, and a very casual atmosphere. Bacchus sports a solid wine list, fancy martinis and other specialty drinks alon...

Kings Harbor now has its slice of Italy back. Zammitti’s opened its doors again on Sunday after being closed for almost a year due to damages from Hurricane Harvey. The Italian restaurant, located next to Raffa’s Waterfront Grill at the intersection of West Lake Houston Parkway and the Lake Houston bridge, sustained the most damage out of all the b...

First up is the festival’s opening night event, L’Inaugurazione sponsored and catered by Torinos’ @ Home with a buffet featuring the restaurant’s signature “fresh takes” on classic Italian fare.  Torinos’ owners Jenna and Daniel John had a great time at last year’s festival, providing scrumptious mini-tiramisu desserts for an event.   This year the...

Maybe San Antonio doesn’t offer a singular pizza type with trademark touches like the burned blisters of a pizza napoletana, the foldable perfection of a New York pie or the knife-and-fork dive of Chicago’s deep dish. But even without a signature style, our city is still a pizza kind of town. After all, the Alamo City pizza scene includes a spot wh...

On Monday, February 25, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas will be hosting the 5th annual Taste of Italy trade fair and food and wine festival in Houston, the largest trade fair devoted exclusively to Italian food and wine in the U.S. One of the highlights of this year’s gathering is sure to be the Prosciutto Master Class (see details belo...