“This is not just vinegar. This is balsamic. They are not the same,” Daniele Barbieri said when I visited his family’s Acetaia del Cristo in this Northern Italian city last fall. I heard him, but I was also engaged, engrossed in the parade of flavors in my mouth.   Mr. Barbieri had suggested that I stick my pinkie inside a 165-year-old juniper-wo...

On the heels of serving his 1 millionth meal to underprivileged "motel kids," restaurateur/humanitarian Sir Bruno Serato will be awarded the Montale Prize at a formal ceremony to be held on April 23 in the Hall of Trusses Firmafede Fortress, which was built in the 15th century by Lorenzo de 'Medici.   During his stay at the ancient castle in...

By Ptah Gabrie   Fishtown is a fluid neighborhood whose residents cover many different American classes. One thing that bonds all of us together in this ever-changing landscape is food. So how do you establish a restaurant in a neighborhood with shifting demographics? It's simple. Start with the freshest ingredients available to you.  ...

Kevin Gentile has been one of Central New York's best (and best known) chefs for more than a decade. Lately, he's been well-traveled, too. His newest stop is Bella Cigna, the Italian-American restaurant located next to the Swan Pond, at 301 Fayette St. (Route 92) in Manlius.   Starting Tuesday, he takes over as executive chef and g...

By John Tanasychuk   This past fall, the new chef at Sorrisi boldly announced that he wanted it to become "the premier Italian restaurant in South Florida." I love a good pronouncement. Six months after reading chef Jacob Perego's words inthe Sun Sentinel, we made our way to Seminole Casino Coconut Creek to check on the restaurant's pro...

by Rebecca Hanlon   Walking into Slice of Italy feels like you've just arrived at a friend's home. Seat yourself at one of the green tables and get ready to fill your belly with whatever homemade Italian treats you desire. With more than 25 years of experience in York and Lancaster county restaurants, Peter Ferrante jumped at the chance...

By John Tanasychuk   Cinque Terre's unassuming setting on Nova Drive in Davie belies the talents of chef Aldo Marcon. Born and trained in Italy, he worked in New York and then New Orleans, where the storied restaurant he bought into, La Riviera in Metairie, was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.   He left Louisiana for Miami, where...

by Charles Menchaca   The St. Charles location of a popular Chicago-area restaurant chain is scheduled to open next month. Buona Beef will open at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 4 at 2425 W. Main St., St. Charles, Assistant Marketing Director Jimmy Buonavolanto wrote in an email.   This is the 15th Buona Beef restaurant to open in the Chicago...

"Authentic Italian cuisine, impeccable hospitality and entertaining in the Italian tradition have long been the cornerstones for Panevino ­ ever since Tony Marnell first opened the doors in 2002," said General Manager Vincenzo Granata.   "A longtime innovator and visionary in the community, Tony's passion for hospitality coupled with his dee...

Cookucina is a 6-part Italian Cookery Series, based in Le Marche, Italy, scheduled to be broadcast across the USA on PBS (Public Broadcasting Service), for the first time in mid-2016. Find out more at www.cookucina.com/   The producers Tamsen Courtenay and Stephen Phelps have lived in Sarnano in the Le Marche region of Italy for many years a...