by Deidre Schipani   The culinary latitude and longitude has shifted on the corner that chef Ken Vedrinski originally established as a restaurant. Red-and-white checkered tablecloths have replaced the racing silks of Siena; the cuisine of Tuscany is pre-empted by that of Apulia, Campania and Sicily. Ristorante LIDI, the current resident, pro...

By Rosa Mariotti   The holiday season is here. With that, fond memories of the many great times spent in Italy with my family. Decorating the tree: year after year, using the same ornaments and the same short, beaten-up artificial tree from which we couldn't depart such we loved him so much. During my childhood, dad would also decorate a hu...

by Diane Lederman   Jonathan Welch met chef Tom Schnapp when the pair worked together at the Farm Table Restaurant in Bernardston. Welch, who was the general manager then, said, "I knew how talented he was."   That flair was in Northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. He wants his new restaurant Osteria Vespa to be the canvas...

by Adri Barr Crocetti   Once upon a time you had to go to Italy for biscotti. Thankfully, those days are long gone, and today these iconic cookies can be found in neighborhood coffee shops and restaurants everywhere. But who wouldn't agree that homemade is always better than store-bought? With a copy of Ciao Biscotti, Domenica Marchetti's ne...

By Carol Ann Benanti   Bravo, Italia! After last year's sold out foray into French culture with "Fantastique," members of the Staten Island Museum will play host to "Bravissimo!" — a celebration of Italian wine, food, and music to be staged at a private hillside home with a panoramic view on Thursday, July 9 from 7 to 10 p.m.   W...

Welcome to La Fontana, Doral's newest authentic Italian eatery straight from Venezuela! Did we say Italian food from Venezuela? Yes we did! La Fontana was founded in South America in 1980 by an Italian restaurateur, who moved there 25 years ago. Levin De Grazia is the son of the original founder. "Everything started in Venezuela with my fathe...

by Jess Fleming   While doing research for "The Splendid Table's" 20th anniversary, I acquired a copy of Lynne Rossetto Kasper's cookbook by the same name, published in 1992, a few years before the radio show began.   The book is as much a cookbook as it is a love letter to Emilia-Romagna, a region in northern Italy that is responsibl...

By Ally Litten   Over the years, many local businesses have come and gone in Morgantown. Things are constantly changing, but for the past 20 years, one restaurant has consistently thrived. Located on the Mileground, Jersey Subs offers an authentic New Jersey deli experience.   Originally from Frenchtown, New Jersey, Jersey Subs o...

by Ill Mohr   Ill-fated Soho Italian steakhouse Costata has sent e-mails to customers saying its final service will be Thursday — and the restaurant by owner Ahmass Fakahany and chef Michael White is looking for "alternate locations to reopen in the near future." But, one foodie sniffed, "It's not a 'relocation' until they sign a lease. It's...

by Kristina Headrick Cronuts and cupcakes; slightly disturbing milkshakes; gluten free and gold-plated donuts: NYC is known for its attention grabbing, food-fad frenzies. The city's insatiable desire for the next big thing is matched only by its obsessively nostalgic tendencies.   In an era where the media is constantly aflutter with news o...