Earlier today, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's B&B Hospitality Group signed a lease on a space on Boston's Fan Pier and got one step closer to realizing a long anticipated Boston location. Construction will begin within the next few weeks; the restaurant will open in winter 2014.   Unlike B&BHG's New York City flagship, Babbo Risto...

One of Pioneer Square's most prominent vacancies is about to be filled by one of the historic neighborhood's most colorful characters and boosters. Restaurateur Luigi DeNunzio is putting the finishing touches on Che Sara Sara at First Avenue South and South Main Street. That's the corner of the Grand Central Building last occupied by Megan Mary Ol...

Una vetrina internazionale per tutte le imprese del settore agroalimentare italiano: questa in sintesi la piattaforma online "Italian Quality Experience", nata grazie ad un progetto di Unioncamere per valorizzare le eccellenze della filiera italiana del food, in vista dell'importante appuntamento di Expo 2015.   La piattaforma sarà online da...

by Emily Frost   The West Village-based Italian restaurant and bakery Risotteria, which describes itself as a "gluten-free heaven," is opening a new outpost on Amsterdam Avenue this spring, the owner said.   The new restaurant is under construction on Amsterdam Avenue at West 78th Street, taking the space of Westway Food Market, the c...

The great folks at Portofino, a longtime Buckhead favorite located not far from the temporarily shuttered OK Cafe, are doing something awesome tonight. (Besides serving dinner, which is always terrific there). They're donating 15 percent of tonight's proceeds to the staff at OK Cafe, which was damaged by fire recently, putting staff members out of...

by Rachel Sanderson   Cakes and fashion may seem an odd coupling, but despite appearances food is emerging as a new frontier for luxury goods. Sales of "Made in Italy" €1000 handbags and €700 shoes may be slowing amid falling demand from Chinese buyers and austerity-minded US and European consumers. But premium Italian foods – from raisin-f...

Just looking at a truffle, one would not suspect the firm, round, coarse, lumpy nugget would produce such devoted followers and prices in the thousands for mere ounces.   During a special dinner at the Country Club of Landfall Thursday, Jan. 15, the black truffle was the center of attention as guest Italian chef and hotelier Carlo Zarri trea...

By Jess Fleming   Jester Concepts, the creators and owners of Borough, Coup d'Etat and Marche in Minneapolis, is taking over the old Porter and Frye space in the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis.   The team will open a coastal Italian-themed restaurant and have hired James Beard Award semifinalist Mike DeCamp, who has been chef de cu...

by Christina Izzo   The adage "Rome wasn't built in a day" has soothed the worried brows of empire builders for centuries—but not the crew behind Major Food Group. Patience might've worked for those Romans, but in its breathless, rapid-fire expansion—eight restaurants in six years—the Italian-American food juggernaut has tapped more readily...

You've got a look a little harder to find Nonna's, tucked into the back of the big and flashy Formento's on West Randolph, but the search is worth it. "I grew up in New York suburbs going to a lot of old school Jewish delis and a lot of great just Italian neighborhood delis, and I wanted to bring a lot of those ideas to the table here. But do...