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By Heidi Knapp Rinella   Karen Ericson inquired about local Italian bakeries that sell fresh pastries, especially cannoli, and as usual, her fellow Taste of the Town readers came through. Marlene Drozd recommended Montesano's Italian Eateria at 9905 S. Eastern Ave., which she said not only sells cannoli but also fills the shells when...

by Robert Pela   My Italian is lousy, but I know a lot of the swear words, so when I spotted cazzone as one of the specials of the day at Forno 301, my new favorite restaurant, I laughed. Cazzone means "big dick," not as in "giant penis," but more like "you're an idiot." Forno 301, on the other hand, is very smart.   The menu is...

by Mike Higdon   Skipolini's Italian is remodeling the interior of the former Firkin' and Wolf Pub and Restaurant in The Summit mall parking lot at 13971 S. Virginia St. The Summit announced it will open in Spring 2016.   Skipolini's Italian features pizzas, pastas and Italian entrees in a sit-down setting. All of the restaurants have...

One part calzone, one part fry bread, panzerotti are what Hot Pockets always wished they could be: a deep-fried street food meant to be wrapped in a napkin and eaten on the go. Panzerotti are traditional to Southern Italy, especially the Puglia region, and the brand-new Bari Food Cart in the SE 52nd and Foster pod specializes in an authentic versio...

By Kevin Baird Chef Alberto Bessi, of Fanano, Italy, spent the past week in Fairbanks, and, after the eye-opening experience, he is planning to visit next year. When he was asked about his experience with cooking moose meat and eating it, the chef's eyes widened and a smile crossed his face. With only a small grasp of the English language, he...

One of the most buzzed-about restaurant openings of the next few months is Carbone, which is slated to open its doors in Aria in October. The restaurant is a spinoff of the popular Greenwich Village restaurant of the same name, which is known for its Italian-American cuisine and tableside preparations, and which was a finalist for the James Beard a...

By Al Mancini   When Marcello Mauro and his parents broke ground on his new restaurant on January 26, it signified a passing of the torch. When Marcello was still in high school, his parents, Nora and Gino, handled the day-to-day operations of the original 12-seat Nora's Italian Cuisinewhich opened in 1991.   Today, Nora and Gino are...

Station Casinos LLC is partnering with 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani to open three new restaurants in spring 2015.   New eateries include Slice House by Tony Gemignani and the award-winning Pizza Rock, both joining Green Valley Ranch Resort, and Little Tony's, a new Italian concept opening at Palace Station.   Read more...

What do Seattle's best restaurants have in common? If you’ve eaten at Ba Bar, Bar del Corso, Bar Sajor, Barjot, Belle Epicurean, Bitterroot BBQ, the Blind Pig Bistro or the Boat Street Cafe, you’ve eaten Merlino Foods — and that’s just a few highlights from the B’s. The printout of their customer list is half an inch thick.   Merlino’s — tha...

Spring break is a perfect time to take a trip with friends. Most people I chat with are headed somewhere beautiful and warm, like California or Mexico. I almost feel left out, but then I remember... I'm going to Italy for spring break!   Le Nonne is literally two minutes from my apartment. All I have to do is drive, park and walk in the door...

Italian sausage, herbs, wine – lots of wine – and the Lazzarone secret family ingredient were just a few things Gina Lazzarone was cooking up early Sunday for the annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival in downtown Reno.   Her grandmother's sauce has been a tradition in the festival's sauce-cookers competition, and after 33 years, it finally...

Take I-5 South toward Portland, Ore. Once in Portland, do yourself a scenic favor and ride into downtown via the Fremont Bridge. It’s majestic. Other transportation options include the train, which has wonderful scenic views in the daytime. Plus the architecture and interiors of the Seattle and Portland stations are a sight to see.   For mor...