After 50 years, Maria Merola has decided to retire and close Maria’s Pastry Shop at 46 Cross Street in Boston’s North End. The last day of business will be September 15, 2019. Tucked away on Cross Street, Maria’s was a local favorite with authentic, homemade offerings and a sanctuary from the Mike’s vs. Modern cannoli wars on Hanover Street. The 66...

Crossing over Hempstead Turnpike headed south on Franklin Avenue into Franklin Square, you’re greeted for the most part by blue collar storefronts featuring a certain and undeniable air of industrial manufacturing. But that slate of gray and brown got an injection of brightly hued color with the opening of Dolce Cafe & Gelateria this past July. Ser...

Come Celebrate the Joy of Figs! September 15, 2019, 2:00 – 5:00PM. Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden, 1055 Spring Garden Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Click here for tickets: $35. Children age 11 and under free. Includes: Fig-based delicacies demonstrated and prepared by Vallozzi Exec Chef Josiah Henry; A complimentary fig-based Wigle cocktail crea...

A new Roman-style trattoria restaurant will be opening soon at The Yards in D.C., according to a report. The Washington Business Journal reports that the new restaurant is Maialino Mare, which will specialize in dishes such as pasta and grilled fish. It is a sister restaurant to Maialino, which opened in New York City in 2009, and it will be locate...

Nothing annoys Italians more than mushrooms in their carbonara. And at Panza's in Saratoga Springs, a saucy version not only has wild mushrooms but also peas. Fortunately, despite the unorthodox approach, it's delicious and prompts my Italian guest to declare, "It's not carbonara so it needs a new name, but whatever it is, it's good." Frankly, this...

A celebrity chef is rolling the dice on a new restaurant at Rivers Casino. Steve Martorano, who operates popular eateries in Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas and Atlantic City, will open Martorano’s Prime in late 2019. The menu will be a fusion of Italian-American cuisine and steakhouse staples. The upscale spot will replace Andrew’s Steak & Seafood, whi...

Combine old-world Italian cooking with down-home hospitality and you have Lamantini Trattoria, one of Manatee County’s newest restaurants. “We want to create an environment where you are as comfortable as being in your den at home with with family and friends,” owner Perry E. Muphree Jr., 63, said. The restaurant — Lamantini is Italian for manatee...

There’s a brand new fresh pasta bar in town! Join us for the opening of La Pasta Fresca, our new housemade pasta (and wine!) bar on Thursday, August 29 at Eataly L.A. On Thursday, August 29, your wildest pasta dreams will come true with the opening of La Pasta Fresca, our housemade pasta bar! The newest addition to our grab-and-go counters, La Past...

Andrew Cotto is the award-winning author of three novels. He has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, Parade, Men’s Journal, Rolling Stone, Relish, The Huffington Post, Condé Nast Traveler and Maxim. He has lived in Italy on two occasions and visits as often as possible. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Andrew’s...

When it comes to quick and breezy summer eating, prosciutto e melone is a summer staple for any Italian – but why do we eat these two foods together? The answer, it turns out, is a centuries-old tale. In Roman times, mixing cold and moist foods with hot and dry ones was a common health practice according to the ancient medicinal teachings of Humori...