Italy's third largest water body and one of Europe's deepest, Lake Como has drawn vacationers for two millennia with its lucent waters, mountain landscapes, and Mediterranean climate. Visitors today enjoy lakeside parks, historic villas, and shopping in one of the world's silk-design capitals.   Here's a brief primer on how to make the most...

Italian cooking maven, TV host, restaurateur and cookbook author Lidia Bastianich will bring her expertise to the Pabst Theater Jan. 16. "An Intimate Conversation with Lidia Bastianich" will feature the Emmy award-winning host of Public Television's "Lidia's Italy" for an evening of conversation and storytelling celebrating Italian food.   T...

by Logan Burtch-Buus   Sicilian native Giovanni Rizza and his wife, Agnes, own and operate Giovanni's Gelato Café in Oro Valley, an establishment that offers a wide array of both traditional and intriguing flavors of the classic Italian dessert. Giovanni's is authentic to the core, according to Rizza, a point in which he takes great pri...

By Christina Lane   Before they start cooking each day, Rudy and Miriam Kiapeta pray, asking the Lord to bless their hands and the food they prepare. "The biggest secret in our food is love," said Rudy Kiapeta, who with his wife, Miriam, owns and operates The Tuscan Pig.   What started as a catering company that also offered carr...

When: Thursday, May 23, 2013 — Noon to 7 p.m.Where: Giardini di Sole — Suite B-17, 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA [map] Free parking is accessible from the Albany Street entrance. Join Giardini di Sole as they bring the Bella Vita to Boston with their Spring Open House. Enjoy conviviality, lively refreshments, delightful door prizes and spec...

If you're of Italian heritage or if you are marrying someone whose ancestors came from Italy, you may want to incorporate some Italian dishes in your wedding dinner menu.   If so, choosing the right mixture of Italian and American foods can help to make a statement about who you are as a couple in addition to being delicious.   Read m...

Rita's, famous for its Italian ice and frozen custard, will hold a fundraiser for the Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice at its Sparta store at 25 Centre St., Sparta Theatre Centre, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.   "We appreciate this generous offer on the part of the Rita's owner in Sparta, Joe Toscano, to donate a portion of the evenin...

Eric's Italian Bistro is like two restaurants under one roof. It's a destination for Italian-American favorites and for creative specialties from chef-owner George Echeverria.Echeverria has starred with local restaurants, including the now-closed Amicale in Huntington Station, Soigne in Woodmere and Andiamo in Mineola. Here, the appeal is from old...

by Erin Newberg   After last night's Grand Opening party, it is official that Lorenzo is here. Not Lorenzo's Market in North Miami, but the new hottest restaurant to hit Collins Avenue, located at the SBE Hotel the Redbury (across from the Raleigh).   I went to try the incredible resto of Chef Tony Mantuano on Monday night with Jacque...

By Tracey Porpora   In his pursuit of the American dream, Salvatore Giuliano came to the United States from Siracusa, Italy in 1980. "He wanted to give his three daughters the best life possible. He felt America had endless opportunities for his girls," said Sandra Giuliano, his daughter.   Though he sought a new life in America,...