Dominic Ruggiero, the patriarch and former owner of the popular Yonkers restaurant Dom & Vinnie's, died Thursday from COVID-19. He was 87. Ruggiero and his brother-in-law, Vinnie, opened up the restaurant in 1971 in Ardsley. They moved to Yonkers 36 years ago and created a spot that has always been known for their welcoming spirit and its Italian c...

If times were normal, Maureen Carreno would be full-swing into her consulting job and running her travel agency. "Normally I work at least two jobs, and have most of my life," she said. Since times are far from normal, with many people refraining from travel during the pandemic, Carreno's business has been closed. "That gives me time to chop veg an...

Some peculiar trends are characterizing most the sauces and pestos sector on the Italian and international scenarios. We are talking about 100% made in Italy, local raw materials, PDO or PGI, premium, and regional recipes. According to Nielsen data, in the year ending November 22, 2020 in Italy the sector’s turnover was almost 534 million euros (+7...

One of Portland's top Italian restaurants has served its last meal. Burrasca, the Southeast Clinton Street dining room with a menu influenced by chef Paolo Calamai's hometown of Florence, announced Jan. 15 via social media that it has shut its doors. Eater PDX first reported the news. "With our lease at an end, we felt this presented an opportunity...

When I compile a “best of” list of different cuisines, it’s inevitable that a few of my favorites get omitted in the interest of brevity. However, that’s sometimes a blessing in disguise. Those places get their own feature complete with detailed information about the menu and detailed reasons for its place on my “best of” list. Bravo! Italian Resta...

Italy's Culture Minister has declared Procida the Italian Culture Capital for 2022. The smallest island in the Bay of Naples, Procida beat out nine other destinations for the title. Often overshadowed by nearby Capri and Ischia, Procida comprises just two square miles on which a stack of compact, colorful homes conceals narrow, serpentine lanes tha...

Mici Handcrafted Italian is sharing its family recipes with Colorado Springs. The Denver-based chain of Italian restaurants will be opening a new corporate location at 3703 Bloomington St. at the end of February, according to CEO Elliot Schiffer. The 1,800-square-foot location, which was previously a Smashburger, fits 46 seats. Mici, which is known...

On the outside, they look like a plain hunk of bread. Or maybe a small, uncut hoagie bun. Or an elongated dinner roll. The exterior provides no clue, no tipoff, that meat awaits inside. Cut or bite into a West Virginia pepperoni roll, though, and the smell and flavor of an Italian kitchen come forth. Broken bread reveals sausage. It’s that mystery...

In 2020 exports of Italy’s food and beverage products increased – in contrast to the trend of all other economic sectors (general decline of -10.8%) – growing by +1.4%. According to an analysis by Italian farmers association Coldiretti – based on Istat data on the first eleven months of 2020 – despite the Covid-19 pandemic the year just ended was a...

Although this past year has been filled with darkness and despair, there are two couples working together in Bronx’s Little Italy, both of whom have been married for almost half a century. Lori, 71 and Marco Coletta, 75, own and operate Tra Di Noi, at 622 East 187th Street, best known for their lasagna Bolognese, pasta con fave, calamari fritti, ho...