For 60 years, Valente's Deli Bakery and Italian Market has been a staple in the Westminster community. Known for its homemade Italian sausage and cannolis, Valente's isn't a place where customers are rushing in and out — it's a place where people are greeted by a friendly staff, including father and son owners Larry and Dino Valente who consider se...

A few months ago I wrote about how Italian restaurants in Rhode Island are a dime a dozen – abundant and inexpensive – with almost every community in the state having at least one, if not more, Italian spots.   In East Greenwich there are a few and sort of smack in the middle of some suburban streets lies Chianti's, happily fulfilling the ro...

AmCham è lieta di segnalare l'opportunità di partecipare all'appuntamento annuale con l'Atlanta Food and Wine Festival che si terrà nella Capitale della Georgia dal 29 maggio al 1 giugno 2014. La manifestazione è un'imperdibile vetrina del settore wine&food e rappresenta l'occasione per le aziende italiane del settore interessate al mercat...

If you were a fan of the award-winning Da Capo restaurants in Litchfield and Avon, then you surely had met former owner, the effervescent Viron Rondo.   The man who put the "old world-type" Italian eateries on the culinary map has moved on, however, and with his wife, Denada, has opened a new restaurant, Viron Rondo Osteria, 1721 Highland Av...

I came across a poem today about cannoli, and I thought it was fitting for Carnevale. As you know, Carnevale comes 40 days before Easter, kind of like a last fling before Ash Wednesday. Let's just say it's one big party, a last hurrah full of rich foods and sweet desserts.   Carnevale comes from the words "carne," which means meat, and "lea...

Restaurateur and civic leader Joe Benetti has been appointed to the board directors of Oregon Pacific Bank. He officially joined the board May 19. "Joe has been a longtime friend and client of Oregon Pacific Bank," said the bank in an announcement of the appointment.   "Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Joe Benetti grew up heavily influe...

At City Saucery, tomato sauce is made the old-fashioned way. Locally-grown ingredients like 100% New Jersey vine-ripened tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, and aromatic herbs bring out flavors reminiscent of home-cooked meals from Mama's kitchen. Or in this case, Nonna's kitchen.   City Saucery is a modern family business based in Staten...

by Tiara Brown   Famous for its farmhouse design with a big city feel, Bar Tulia will host a Disisa Wine dinner this Thursday, June 25 on Fifth Avenue at 6 p.m. Bar Tulia is an Italian gastropub with modern pub fare, craft cocktails and fine Italian wines.   Unlike many restaurants in the United States, the chefs at Bar Tulia do not c...

Bar Toma, Tony Mantuano's Italian restaurant in the Gold Coast off Michigan Avenue, reopens Aug. 21 as a casual pizzeria. The restaurant had been closed since July 6 for renovations, including the addition of a pizza oven.   "At Bar Toma we have realized that people want our pizza, and we've been trying to do so many different things th...

by Natascia Ronchetti   The flow of 'Made in Italy' labeled organic food exports is turning into a flood. With more than €1.4 billion in turnover, organic businesses have seen exports grow by over 330% over the course of six years starting in 2008.   A dizzying pace that, as confirmed by the Italian leadership in Europe with 10.8% of...