For almost a decade in the run of the pasta sauce competition at the Eldorado Great Italian Festival — the 32nd festival is Saturday and Sunday in downtown Reno — chef Ivano Centemeri of La Strada has been eminenza of the cook-off, its chief judge, its best raconteur. For many festivals, I've judged alongside him.   Last year, nearly 50 fami...

Dennis Elert has made his own pasta and pizza sauce for years, usually on weekends or at other times when his job as a commercial welder would allow.   Elert, 60, no longer peers through the dark glass of a welder's helmet. Instead, his days are spent on the road delivering, marketing and urging others to taste what he's been ladling over sp...

by Melissa Silverberg   A new Italian restaurant is opening in a familiar location on the north side of Arlington Heights this fall. Osteria Trulli, 1510 E. Hintz Road, received its liquor license from the village board on Monday, and owners Giovanni DeNigris and Salvatore Perricone said they hope to be open by late October or early Nov...

by Melinda Sheckells Now that Christmas has come and passed and your family has finally packed up left, you've definitely earned a bit of "me time." The obvious choice for a weekend rendezvous is Las Vegas, especially with the new crop of restaurants being opened by top chefs from across the country.   And if you're searching for a spot to...

By Stephanie Schorow   WHO'S IN CHARGE Raso's Bar & Grille was launched in 2005 by lifelong Medford resident Richard Raso, who had previously run a canteen business and wanted to open a restaurant. He did, and largely built it himself. He just couldn't figure out what to call the place and ended up using his family name. With him from th...

By Emily Greenberg It's Sunday morning in Panton and Alessandra Rellini, owner of Agricola Farm, is running around the property directing cars to the slush-covered parking lot. The sound of grunting pigs, squawking chickens and bleating sheep emanates from the 100-year-old barn. Rellini greets new and returning guests as if she knows them each per...

Da Marco Cucina e Vino is among Houston's top echelon of eateries, according to HBJ Gourmet's recent review. The 13-year old Houston restaurant, which gets HBJ Gourmet's top rating — a four, or "city's finest" — has earned a reputation for delicious, authentically prepared food served in an atmosphere HBJ Gourmet describes as "urbanely relaxed." I...

Celebrity Chef Mary Ann Esposito, creator and host of the PBS series, Ciao Italia, television's longest running cooking show will return to the North End for a day of fun and interactive cooking demonstrations, recipe sharing during 94th Annual Saint Anthony's Feast in the North End of Boston. Mary Ann will once again take you on a culinary journe...

By Bud Kennedy   Dallas' much-talked-about Cane Rosso pizza restaurant has leased a space on West Magnolia Avenue, owner Jay Jerrier said Wednesday.   Cane Rosso, a Naples-approved "true Neapolitan" pizza restaurant that has served from a truck at two Fort Worth locations, will replace a former gourmet grocery at 815 W. Magnolia Ave.,...

Il Meatpacking District è da anni uno dei punti di riferimento della vita sociale di New York. Questi otto isolati che fanno da cerniera tra il West Village e Chelsea hanno subito importanti trasformazioni negli ultimi venti anni, prima tra tutte la nascita della High Line che è oggi una delle maggiori attrazioni turistiche della città, di cui gli...