The great folks at Portofino, a longtime Buckhead favorite located not far from the temporarily shuttered OK Cafe, are doing something awesome tonight. (Besides serving dinner, which is always terrific there). They're donating 15 percent of tonight's proceeds to the staff at OK Cafe, which was damaged by fire recently, putting staff members out of...

by Rachel Sanderson   Cakes and fashion may seem an odd coupling, but despite appearances food is emerging as a new frontier for luxury goods. Sales of "Made in Italy" €1000 handbags and €700 shoes may be slowing amid falling demand from Chinese buyers and austerity-minded US and European consumers. But premium Italian foods – from raisin-f...

Just looking at a truffle, one would not suspect the firm, round, coarse, lumpy nugget would produce such devoted followers and prices in the thousands for mere ounces.   During a special dinner at the Country Club of Landfall Thursday, Jan. 15, the black truffle was the center of attention as guest Italian chef and hotelier Carlo Zarri trea...

By Jess Fleming   Jester Concepts, the creators and owners of Borough, Coup d'Etat and Marche in Minneapolis, is taking over the old Porter and Frye space in the Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis.   The team will open a coastal Italian-themed restaurant and have hired James Beard Award semifinalist Mike DeCamp, who has been chef de cu...

by Christina Izzo   The adage "Rome wasn't built in a day" has soothed the worried brows of empire builders for centuries—but not the crew behind Major Food Group. Patience might've worked for those Romans, but in its breathless, rapid-fire expansion—eight restaurants in six years—the Italian-American food juggernaut has tapped more readily...

You've got a look a little harder to find Nonna's, tucked into the back of the big and flashy Formento's on West Randolph, but the search is worth it. "I grew up in New York suburbs going to a lot of old school Jewish delis and a lot of great just Italian neighborhood delis, and I wanted to bring a lot of those ideas to the table here. But do...

By Ashleigh Ruhl   Pulling hot focaccia out of the oven, Angelo Marciuliano of Angelo's Italian Deli lifts the bread out of a heavy cast-iron pan, and the fresh-baked smell drifts out of the tiny La Verne Avenue storefront as it has for nearly 15 years in Belmont Shore. But there's extra haste in his work, and a bigger smile too, as Marciul...

Most of you probably didn't notice that Utah food giant Tony Caputo officially retired this weekend. It's not really Tony's style to do anything this quietly—he tends towards open-voiced honesty and bluntness. And most of you won't even notice the retirement, since he'll still be in the downtown store he founded on most Saturdays, at least thr...

By Jess Fleming   Tim Niver isn't done yet. The owner of Strip Club Meat and Fish and newly opened Saint Dinette has more plans for the Saintly City -- this time in the form of an Italian restaurant in the West Seventh neighborhood to be called Mucci's.   Niver tweeted Friday morning: "since we've tied things up legally, closed o...

By Janet Podolak   Loretta Paganini grew up in Bologna, considered by many to be the breadbasket of Italy. In the north of the boot-shaped country, its rolling farmland has many crops and is the home for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Balsamic vinegar and many other products known the world over.   Paganini's mother was a longtime profes...