by Daniel Dentico   The Dari-ette Drive-in, an old spot to get classic Italian diner food in St.Paul, Minnesota has been named one of the best drive-ins in the country by thrillist.com. The 1950's-style diner has been a staple on the city's east side for its inexpensive Italian-American menu, which includes pizza burgers, meatball sandwiche...

BY Lou Jane Temple I guess you could say that Columbus Park is my true home in Kansas City. I lived there for 17 years, and though I've been gone from there more than a decade, when I drive down Fifth Street, heading east from the Rivermarket, I feel the familiar, sad, exciting twinges of great memories.   Columbus Park has always been the...

By Tom Sietsema The smartest thing the owner of the new MCafe Bar did was wrap the restaurant's exterior in a big blue awning that commands the attention of everyone who passes it. The fabric acts like a neon sign on a street where competition for diners is fresh and fierce. "Contemporary Italian Cuisine," the letters on the facade practically scr...

After nearly seven years of operations, Garozzo's Ristorante is closing in Olathe. The lease was up for the location, at 13505 S. Mur-Len Road, and Garozzo's decided not to renew it.   "The simple answer is we weren't breaking any records out there," said owner Michael Garozzo. "But our catering operation has grown leaps and bounds so we ar...

by C. Acevedo   If restaurants were baseball pitches, Mezzodi's would be a lob straight down the middle — no tricks or curves, just familiar Italian-American fare done well. To find Mezzodi's, head to Fleur Drive — the restaurant is right by Fleur Cinema and a short distance from the airport.   They updated the menu but kept one...

I fornelli de La Piccola Cucina restano sempre accesi. Finita un'avventura siamo già pronti per un'altra ancora più entusiasmante. A partire da venerdì 10 Ottobre, La Piccola Cucina sarà presente, con 5 sessioni speciali, al 36mo Houston Italian Festival, l'evento annuale più importante che organizzi il Centro Culturale.   I miei piccoli che...

On tuesday, December 2 in honor of Eataly Chicago's first anniversary, for the first time in the windy city, nine Chicago restaurants will be reunited under one roof for a night only, to celebrate the event "Una Serata Tra Amici," an evening with friends.   Chefs from nine great Chicago restaurants will join Eataly's kitchens and cook as par...

After all the slicing and dicing, frying and sautéing, plating and tasting, Volturno sous chef Tim Russo was crowned Worcester's Best Chef on Sunday evening.   He and two other judge favorites competed in an Iron-Chef style challenge as part of the 8th annual competition that draws the best chefs from the region to showcase their talents bef...

So, what comes to mind when you think of Chicago cuisine? Certainly deep-dish pizza; hot dogs served with bright green relish, hot peppers, dill pickles and tomato slices; and Italian beef sandwiches, right?   Well, the latter, I must confess, has always left me wondering what all the fuss was about in the Windy City. My prior experiences w...

If you don’t have the time—or the money—for an Italian holiday, consider a visit to Eataly in New York City where the Italian tastes and scents are the real thing. An upscale 50,000-square-foot Italian food hall, Eataly has become a mecca for foodies from around the world. “We’re a food temple,” declares international celebrity chef Mario Batali, a...