The team behind Quattro in Shaw didn’t want to open just another traditional Italian restaurant. No pictures of Sophia Loren on the wall, no limoncello, no chicken parm. Instead, they went for a glam vintage vibe, an eye-catching cocktail list, and modernist Italian fare available as a three- or five-course tasting menu ($50 and $75 per person) or...

“The national food of the people of Romagna”, so described Giovanni Pascoli the piadina – or piada – in the margin notes of his Nuovi Poemetti (1909). This speciality is indeed widespread on the Romagna menus in a thousand variations: in the areas of Cesena, Forlì and Ravenna it is thick and soft, while in the Rimini area it is thin and slightly la...

Amici Restaurant has a new home in Cherry Hill, one block away from the Italian restaurant's former spot. On Monday night, Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Shin Angulo and Councilman Bill Carter joined Amici Restaurant and Owner/Executive Chef Alex A. Daku to help cut the ribbon at Amici's new location at 312 Kresson Road, according to township officials. T...

Asiago PDO cheese is and will remain, Italian, without any non-certified clones with the same name. The same goes for Parmigiano Reggiano PDO and Mortadella Bologna PGI. Thanks to a coordinated operation between the protection Consortia and the Italian farmers’ association Coldiretti, the assault by the US Consortium of Common Food Names, which tri...

There's nothing like sweater weather to serve as the perfect excuse for some major edible indulgence. After all, fall is the season of the harvest, Halloween treats, Thanksgiving, and, for the more globally minded gourmands among us, Eataly's Restaurant Fest. Now that's a reason to celebrate. The beloved dining festival returns to New York's favori...

Connecticut-based Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana will be opening in Alexandria — it's first location in Virginia. According to the restaurant's website, Pepe's has seven locations in Connecticut, three in Massachusetts, one in Rhode Island and one in New York. A Pepe's restaurant will be opening in Bethesda this winter, according to Bethesda magazi...

A Florida-based restaurateur is bringing his fresh pasta and pizza concept to downtown Royal Oak this fall.  Pastaio — pronounced past-EYE-oh — will open soon where HopCat beer bar was on Fifth between South Washington and South Center streets. Founder Pasquale Lamarra has a Pastio location in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and is excited to bring this c...

As with a lot of business owners, Artie Praino faced a problem when he was opening his latest venture, Gino’s Parlor of Sandy Hook. But in Praino’s case, it wasn’t the uncertainty of opening a restaurant in the midst of a still-active pandemic or lacking the wherewithal to get it off the ground: It was an unexpected shortage of available employees....

Cosimo's Italian Fine Cuisine hosted its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 1. The restaurant is located at 668 South Country Road East in Patchogue. Owner Cosimo Fragomeni said over the summer he was driving past the location after a catering event, and he had a gut feeling that he should check it out.  He spoke to the owner of the business, and just a...

“This meatball reminds me of my grandmother’s,” my companion said, smiling down at the vast spread in front of us. Colorful chopped panzanella salad ($8) with bright tomatoes and briny olives and chewy hunks of bread; two lovely pizzas, charred crusts bubbly, laden with thin-sliced meats, bitter arugula, creamy goat cheese and more. There was wine...