Guess what! Good Italian food actually exists off Staten Island! Even in New Jersey. At the seafood-rich Jersey Shore no less! Who knew? Staten Islanders flock to the Shore like swanky Upper West Siders escape to the Hamptons. So after day at, in or on the waters of the Garden State, and you’re looking for good food and good atmosphere, we discover...

Italian-American cuisine has gotten a facelift in town with the arrival of The San Marino which opened a month-and-a-half ago at 35 Poquonock Ave. It’s owners, Enzo and Sammy Beskovic, are brothers who immigrated to the United States in 2001 from Croatia. “We’re originally from Croatia and are half Italian,” Enzo Beskovic said. He and his brother h...

Giada De Laurentiis had no intention of entering into the family business of show. By now, it's hard to imagine the Italian-born granddaughter of famed film producer Dino De Laurentiis as anything other than the Food Network fixture we've known her to be for the last 15 years, presiding over her ever-expanding empire from one authentic (or, some mi...

Naples-born, OG pizza palace, L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, is opening its doors in Los Angeles with the brand’s first-ever U.S. location. Legendary for serving up serious brick-oven margarita and marinara pies, as seen in the film, Eat Pray Love, this 150-year-old pizzeria is bringing its authentic Italian flavors to California with a reimagined m...

Locale, a new Italian restaurant in Mountain’s Edge, aims to be that neighborhood joint you can pop into for supper any night of the week. Though it has only been open two months, it has already earned some serious buzz, especially for the chef at its helm.  Nicole Brisson, who has spent the majority of her career running massive operations like Ca...

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...