More than 6,000 votes were cast in the 2014 Readers' Choice Awards poll for "Best Italian Restaurant." It was a very tight race, but one eatery came out in the lead of this collective rally cry for local food favorites.   And the winner is: Bocelli Ristorante — 1250 Hylan Blvd., Grasmere; 718-420-6150; BocelliRest.com — with 1,383 votes. &...

After graduating college with a bachelor's degree in education, Justine Campitiello was going to become a teacher. But her heart wasn't in it.   She tried working as a nanny, and tried other jobs, before choosing to join her family's business, Alfonso's Pastry Shoppe, which over the last four decades has become a household name on Staten Is...

Las Vegas restaurants are an American culinary experience that shouldn't be missed. Thanks to its booming tourism industry, Las Vegas has some of the country's best restaurants, be they restaurants located in some of the best Vegas hotels, restaurants known for their incredible burgers, or restaurants with top chefs like José Andrés and Joël Robuch...

By Andrew Z. Galarneau   Calogero Soldano was a teenager when his father Jack opened Casa Antica, an Italian restaurant in Lewiston. "I was still in high school," Calogero Soldano. "I was the little kid looking over the counter in the restaurant, always watching and learning."   He noticed that customers were "always asking for p...

The Italian American Association will hold its annual Mardi Gras Dinner on Friday, Feb. 27 at Genetti's Hotel and Convention Center, Wilkes Barre. Arrival time is 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary Italian desserts will be served.   Music for dancing will be by Danny Argo and friends until 10:15 p.m. President Herman Castel...

“Great food” and “highway rest stop” are not phrases I would normally utter in the same breath. But that was before I experienced the Italian Autogrill. At about 500 locations across Italy, you can get gas, go to the bathroom and then, very likely, have a better dining experience than at most Italian restaurants in the United States.   Perha...

I was excited that Andreas also left us with a 2012 Syncline Mourvèdre sampling. Over 60 percent of these mourvèdre grapes were sourced from the Red Mountain AVA in Yakima giving them the preferred sun time to yield high tannin wines while blending it with Horse Heaven Hills grapes that bring along the intense fruit flavors mourvèdre-lovers seek ou...

by Jason Newton   Italian immigration may have ended decades ago, but their influence in Connecticut is everywhere. There are many Italian specialty food shops, like P&M in East Rock. "The Italian culture, the main thing is the food," said Joseph Ciccone, owner P&M Fine Foods.   "I grew up on good food. I've never known f...

by Laurie Lucas   It's not enough to merely eat authentic Italian flatbread sandwiches in Riverside. The owner of Piad'Amore restaurant wants a dual-immersion experience for customers into his homeland's favorite street food and his native tongue. Every Thursday from 6-7:30 p.m., owner Antonio Pagano hosts Italian lessons at his 2-month-old...

by Joanna Fantozzi   Parmigiano-Reggiano, the hard, crumbly cheese that has been an Italian mainstay for centuries, is going through some serious changes. According to Bloomberg, multiple Italian cheese companies near Parma are seeking kosher certification in order to increase their American export profits.   The kosher market has boo...