by Linda Zavoral   The venerable Paolo's, which in 1958 introduced then-agricultural San Jose to fine dining, is closing Aug. 8. Carolyn Allen, the daughter of owner and founding chef Jack Allen (born Giacchino Paolo Aiello), announced the news "with deep regret" on the restaurant's website Wednesday. "After six decades in downtown San...

Movie legend has it that when Robert De Niro needed to gain more than 27 kilograms to play an aging Jake LaMotta in "Raging Bull," he called on a country he knew could help. Italy.   OK, France also lent a hand, but with its piles of pasta and ice cream, Italy is practically built for elastic waistbands. While the so-called Mediter...

"Cucina povera" and "alta cucina" may be apples and oranges (or rather mele e arance), but we Americans adore them just the same—indeed more than any other foreign cuisine, according to recent reports.   These 20 best Italian restaurants in America—which stretch from the best restaurants in Miami in the south right up to San Francisco's best...

By Jade Scipioni   He shot to fame with his carb-filled Italian-American cuisine and his countless cooking reality shows. Now 12 books later, Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito is on a mission to end obesity.   "The mission of my brand is to reverse obesity in America. The problem with food in America is that delicious and healthy don't c...

By Nadia Ghattas A Voce means a voice in Italian. It speaks of fine cuisine, impeccable service, and exquisite design. A Voce creates an exciting dining experience for its guests—true modern Italian, with a splash of New York City. This Michelin-rated restaurant is owned by the Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation.   The setting is exquisite...

Chicago chef Matthias Merges' new restaurant, A10, located on the 1400 block of 53rd Street, is slated to open in mid-October, according to Calmetta Coleman, director of communications for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago. The latest project by Merges — once the Chef de Cuisine at the now-closed upscale restaurant Charlie Trotter — is...

Chicago is ready to take Italian food to a whole new level.The long-awaited Eataly opened on Monday, bringing with it a wealth of delicious food and drinks that will make food-lovers swoon. The market, founded in 2007 by entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti in Italy, incorporates the influence of famous chefs Mario Batali and Joe and Lidia Bastianich. In...

After its immense success in recent years, the Milano Food&Wine Festival returns to Lombardy's Capital February 8-10, bringing with it Italy's best wine producers and chefs. With more than 100 different wine growers participating – personally selected by Founder and President of the Merano WineFestival, Helmuth Köcher – the event is a landmark...

As the name suggests, Olana, which opened two months ago among the sooty gray office buildings along lower Madison Avenue, is a place of lofty, even romantic, ambitions. The restaurant is named for the Hudson River home of the nineteenth-century landscape painter Frederic Church, and so the windowless room is decorated with murals, some of them bac...

Just when you thought the North End was limited to pasta and tourists, a slew of variety has finally entered Boston's "little Italy." In addition to Tenoch Taqueria and the upcoming Urban Cantina restaurant, the North End will soon be home to its own Italian "speakeasy," Parla.   Last week, the NorthEndWaterfront.com reported that the new re...