Chef Joe Farina, known for his Chicago-style Italian fare, is bringing Victory Italian to Oak Park. Set to open in the former home of Two Brothers Social Tap, 100 S. Marion St., Victory Italian is poised to bring throwback charm and an arsenal of classic Italian dishes to the Pleasant District on Monday, Oct. 19. The Oak Park location will be a sis...

Osteria Umbra, a new Italian restaurant, officially opened in Smithtown earlier in September. Co-owner and chef Marco Pellegrini is at the helm of the kitchen, and he's providing a taste of traditional and modern cuisine inspired by his home region of Umbria, Italy. Pellegrini, along with co-owners Daniel Bragoli; his brother Stephen Bragoli; and S...

This spring, Actor Stanley Tucci filmed an aperitivo hour at home with partner Felicity Blunt and it went viral. A few days ago, he stirred a margarita and dropped a hint. “...it's a recipe that will not be in my new book.” No matter the season, Stanley Tucci is always cooking something. In an exclusive with People magazine last week, Stanley revea...

Osteria Umbra, a new Italian restaurant, officially opened in Smithtown earlier in September. Co-owner and chef Marco Pellegrini is at the helm of the kitchen, and he's providing a taste of traditional and modern cuisine inspired by his home region of Umbria, Italy. Pellegrini, along with co-owners Daniel Bragoli; his brother Stephen Bragoli; and S...

When I began writing for Talk Media, I told Editor in Chief Sharon Aron Baron that I would not write about pizza restaurants unless they were doing something unusual or were producing extremely high-quality food. The reasons for this are simple — I don’t eat a lot of carbs, and I rarely eat any pizza at all.  If I am going to eat pizza, it should b...

Stellina Pizzeria, the essential Italian street food spot that bakes neo-Neapolitan pies near Union Market, will plant a flag in Northern Virginia later this year. The restaurant, which became a fast hit when it opened in 2019, announced plans today for a new 2,000-square-foot lease at the Village at Shirlington (2800 S. Randolph Street). The new a...

Takeout pasta dinners will be available from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 299 Clark St., Auburn. The event is presented by the Cultural Italian American Organization to raise money for the parish due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all food is being donated by the local organization.  Dinners include ziti, meatball,...

This week, Executive Chef Michele Casadei Massari, the founder of Lucciola Italian Restaurant and Piccolo Café in Manhattan, became the new US Brand Ambassador of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. For the next year, he will share the benefits of cooking, eating, and above all, enjoying this 1,000-year-old hard cheese made from just three simple ingredien...

Located south of Naples, Cilento is a region that has it all: sea (the Tyrrhenian), mountains (the Apennines), the second largest national park in Italy, and, perhaps most importantly, excellent food. Not only has Slow Food recognized eight products from the region that are worth protecting, but the area is also inextricably linked with the Mediter...

One of my absolute favorite aspects of traveling to Italy is visiting the outdoor street markets. Growing up in Calabria, one such market opened up every Tuesday morning and the location was literally on my street, practically under our home. The market was small but fun, especially to a young child who got to go shopping with mom every Tuesday mor...