By Deborah Pankey To answer the question that has been asked of me most often recently ... Yes, I, finally, have been to Eataly. And it was awesome. On a frigid Friday afternoon, a curt breeze blew me and a few friends into chef Mario Batali's temple to Italian culinary arts at 43 W. Ohio St. just steps off Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Ca...

With unique twists on upscale Italian/American dishes, the new restaurant Otto Strada on Park Avenue has been bustling with hungry patrons who have heard about it through word of mouth since it opened in November.   Located near several schools and parks, the corner restaurant has attracted families, moms' groups, young people, and singles o...

It’s been a long time coming, but chef Tim Grandinetti’s homage to his Italian great-grandfather is finally ready. Quanto Basta Italian Eatery & Wine Bar will open March 5 at 680 West Fourth St., just a block away from Grandinetti’s first restaurant, Spring House Kitchen, Restaurant & Bar. Both restaurants are partnerships with Lynn and Lyn...

Ralph Papa, the owner of the legendary Papa's Food Market in Wilmington's Little Italy, died Saturday at the age of 70. He died about 11 a.m. at Christiana Hospital, where he had been in intensive care with gall bladder problems and infection, then developed pneumonia, which affected his breathing and heart function, Rosemarie Papa, his wife o...

by Michael Kaminer   This nonna's got balls. They're palle di joe ($14), beef testicles that are sliced, baked in oil and vinegar, and served on greens. I didn't have cojones to try them at Enoteca Maria, the Staten Island joint that's become a sensation for its rotating cast of grandmas in the kitchen.   But almost everythi...

By Holly Prestidge It was the Sunday gravy — that rich sauce of tomatoes and fresh herbs enhanced by meaty beef shank bones and marrow — that made an instant believer of Lee Casazza many years ago. Now the Seattle resident wants to make the authentic Italian-American meals of her husband's family available to everyone. Casazza's cookbook, "B...

Tuber magnatum Pico, more commonly known as white truffle, the gourmet treasure from Alba, is a rare treat for connoisseurs all over the world. And an expensive one: the international auction to be held on November 8 will see bids from a minimum base of €300-€400 per one hundred grams – as expensive as exquisite works of art. White truffle aficion...

by Dana Hatic   A new development complex in Waltham will be home to the latest project from the Somerville-based Alpine Restaurant Group (Posto, The Painted Burro, Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar) some time in November, sticking to a timeline first announced over the summer. Osteria Posto (10 CityPoint) will serve lunch and dinner w...

By Karen Lo   Buddy Valastro, otherwise known as New Jersey's Cake Boss, will open an outpost of Carlo's Bakery in Dallas in March. With the new opening, there will be 13 locations of Carlo's Bakery nationwide, including bakeries in New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida.    The Dallas bakery is currently under construction, an...

Taormina serves the timeless cuisine of Southern Sicily with contemporary style and flair. Inspired by the authentic flavors of Taormina, a seaside village in Sicily. Executive Chef Hiro Mimura pairs fresh pastas with the highest quality seafoods and meats unspoiled by heavy sauces, Sicilian style pastas are dressed in pure, extra virgin olive...