By Michele Parente Tracy Borkum was in a panic. "No, it's too soon!" the owner of Cucina Sorella cried out when she saw me come in to the restaurant. Borkum's long-awaited high-profile Kensington eatery had opened only a few days before, so yes, it was too soon to review it.   I assured her that I was there more as an excited civi...

In the 1920's, a group of Italian American farmers in the San Francisco Bay area ventured south to the little town of Castroville (near Monterey) to plant a crop that was then regarded as a rare exotic - the artichoke. Today, still more than 85% of all artichokes grown in the United States come from these same plantings. Why artichokes and why Cast...

di Beatrice Bondi   Dopo l'inchiesta de La VOCE di New York pubblicata il 22 maggio sui falsi oli d'oliva Made in Italy, e la recente bocciatura alla Camera dei Rappresentanti USA di una misura restrittiva proprio sulle importazioni di olio d'oliva, continuiamo ad approfondire la questione e siamo andati a sentire cosa ne pensano al riguardo...

by Alice Levitt   In September, few traces will remain of the Shelburne Road KFC. The fast-food counter and plastic tables where the ghost of Colonel Sanders once flitted will be replaced by a brick interior and 25-foot maple bar. Fountain drinks will give way to 15 local microbrews on tap, plus Vermont liquors and wines.   The man be...

The Christopher Oliver Agency is launching a campaign to promote the grand opening of Allen's newest authentic Italian restaurant, Roman Cucina. Christopher will be working with Roman Cucina proprietors and brothers, David and Giovanni Roman, to spread the word throughout Allen, Fairview, Plano, McKinney, Lucas, Parker, Murphy and surrounding areas...

Station Casinos LLC is partnering with 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani to open three new restaurants in spring 2015.   New eateries include Slice House by Tony Gemignani and the award-winning Pizza Rock, both joining Green Valley Ranch Resort, and Little Tony's, a new Italian concept opening at Palace Station.   Read more...

Il cibo pugliese "parla". E si può assaporare anche ascoltandolo. E' proprio la dimensione sonorail filo conduttore del cortometraggio "The Sound of Taste", un viaggio suggestivo attraverso la Puglia e la sua cultura gastronomica, presentato nei giorni scorsi a New York, nella prestigiosa cornice del "John D. Calandra Italian American Institute"....

Dallas gets a spot on the international chocolate map thanks to a Highland Park Village cheese shop, which has made a deal with a prestigious chocolate maker from Italy. The cheese shop is Molto Formaggio, and the chocolate is from Guido Gobino, a Turin company well-known for its chocolate treats incorporating fine hazelnuts.   In 2008,...

by Fran Bellamy   Mel's is one of those restaurants that patrons of a certain age particularly enjoy. The experience isn't about cutting edge cuisine or high-concept decor; instead Mel's is a place where fond memories can be found on the menu.   A Holyoke tradition since the late 1920s, Mel's occupies a converted residence in that cit...

By Georgia Kral   Eataly's Nutella Cafe was open for a few months last year and, for hazelnut lovers everywhere, here's some great news: the Italian grocery and restaurant mecca is opening a permanent fixture on May 27. Yes, Nutella all the time will be possible!   The new Nutella bar will feature a new look and new menu items in...