Anyone who travels will most likely agree that the best restaurants are those that are known mainly by local residents. These small eateries where the owner is often the chef survive on reputation so the food is prepared with personal passion. The Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is trying to discover these best-kept secrets by ho...

by Lisa Backus As he stirred the steaming pot of soffritto, boiled veal hearts in a tasty sauce, Sunday afternoon, Rich Angelillo understood that he was helping younger generations to understand the vibrancy of his roots in Italy. "This is our Italian heritage," he said as he pointed to the sign on the Sons of Italy hall that read they had been i...

di Eduardo Cagnazzi   E' Teresa Iorio ed ha quarantadue anni il migliore pizzaiolo al mondo. Lo ha decretato una giuria di esperti presieduta dallo chef italo-americano Lydia Bastianich, della quale faceva parte anche il pluristellato Gennaro Esposito. La competizione si è svolta nel corso di Napoli Pizza Village la manifestazione turistico-...

by Denise Parker   Who's in the mood to drive to Land O' Lakes and find a nice spot for a romantic, upscale Italian dinner? Don't everyone raise your hand at once. However ... although you may think that Pasco County is too far a haul from most parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas, Benedetto's is worth the trip.   Somewhat incongru...

by Vivian Mac   There's nothing like celebrating a birthday with a food festival. Eataly, an Italian gourmet marketplace in New York's Flatiron District, is organizing their first food and wine festival for their upcoming third birthday, which will be held on on September 6th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.   During the twelve hours of the ev...

When Italian-born executive chef Donato Scotti decided to open a second venue to complement his home-country regionally inspired four-year-old Donato Enoteca in Redwood City, he settled on Old Oakland.   His new restaurant, Desco, which translates from Latin as "dinner table," adds to Oakland's growing list of destination spots worth the sho...

A recent nationwide tasting-tour conducted by Zagat dubbed "Pizza Week" sampled pizzas throughout the 50 states in search of the best 50 pies. Bella Napoli Pizzeria's "Salsiccia" pie was awarded the honor of "Best Pie in Tennessee".   Located in Nashville's Edge Hill Neighborhood, Bella Napoli offers authentic Italian pizza, (Neapolitan Styl...

By Megan Ginsberg   Vinny Marino's Brickhouse Cafe stands roadside on Route 109 in Dedham and with its warm light beckons those seeking dinner. Inside, the restaurant features a recently renovated bar area with supersize TVs and a small dining room with just 10 tables for dining in (reservations are a good idea). It has a cozy feel and an I...

In what he calls his "past life," Nick Yebba built a car rental empire, starting with 54 vehicles and expanding to more than 600,000 over 25 years. Seven years ago, the East Boston native teamed up with his son Nick Jr. to open Teresa's Italian Eatery in Middleton.   In October, they started building a new family empire, Teresa's Grille 19 i...

The Italian American Heritage Society will host a wine and cheese tasting event from 6:30-10 p.m. on July 12 at Vizzini Winery, 800 Highway 87 in Calera.   Tickets are $35 each. Proceeds will help support the exhibit of "La Storia" at the Vulcan Park and Museum. The July 12 event will feature antipasta, music, dancing and an Italian car show...