If you’d like to time-travel back to the ‘70s and taste pizza the way our parents and grandparents did, all you need to do is head for Impellizzeri’s. Let me tell you why: Pizza impresario Benny Impellizzeri has been making pizza in Louisville since he started cooking at the fabled old Mario’s in Hikes Point in 1968, when LBJ was president and the...

In 2022, Louisville will get its first LaRosa’s Pizzeria –– and it’ll be located next to a new First Watch location. The Cincinnati-area development group One Holland has announced that it will turn the O’Charley’s at 10641 Fischer Park Drive into a LaRosa’s and First Watch.  LaRosa’s is a Cincinnati chain that serves popular Italian dishes like pi...

If you go to Square Cut Pizza in Shelby Park expecting, well, square cut pizza, you won’t be disappointed.  The sit-down restaurant at 741 E. Oak St., which opened two weeks ago, is introducing a new version of the iconic Italian cuisine to Louisville: Roman style pizza — which is, of course, cut into squares. Roman style pizza is the kind of pizza...

There’s a wide variety of cuisine in Louisville, but Lou Lou Food + Drink in St. Matthews is the only restaurant I know of that blends three specific types of fare: “It’s Cajun/Italian with a Mediterranean twist,” explained owner Jared Matthews, who also owns Equus & Jack’s Lounge/Black Rabbit as well as Diamond Street Grub & Hops. He is also a par...

When Kristin and Justin Gilbert used to live on Sycamore Avenue 20-plus years ago, they'd walk up and down Frankfort Avenue and dream about where they might put a gelato shop. Now, that dream is coming true. The owners of Gelato Gilberto are opening a second location at 2240 Frankfort Ave. in July.  "We started thinking about a second location prob...

If you can’t make it to Southern Italy to indulge in traditional Neapolitan-style pizza at the source, New York City’s take on pizza is arguably second-best. But you won’t find a better slice in Louisville than at Old School NY Pizza. A round of thin, crisp crust bearing portions of spicy sauce, melty cheese and toppings discreetly applied so all r...

Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, a beloved brand known for its delicious Italian Ice and Frozen Custard treats, is expanding into Kentucky. The brand recently announced its latest multi-unit deal to bring franchise locations to the state with the first slated to open in 2021. The agreement was finalized with a multi-generational family franchis...

The Italian American Association of Louisville needs volunteers (set up, officiating, score keeping, and whatever) for the Louisville regional Special Olympics Bocce. Who to contact: Bob Scorsolini at TEL 502-500-9044. Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021 Time: 2:00 to 6:00 PM. Place: Kentucky Country Day, 4100 Springdale Rd, Louisville, KY 40241 This has be...

A family-owned Italian restaurant with locations in Shelbyville and Mount Washington is opening a Louisville location this year. Milano Italian Restaurant will open in east Louisville at 11300 Westport Road in late April or early May, owner Jonathan Balderas told The Courier Journal.  Balderas said his Shelbyville landlord, Kris Towery, also owns t...

A fine-dining fixture in Downtown Louisville has made a national ranking of the country’s best Italian restaurants. Vincenzo’s, a longstanding restaurant at 150 S. Fifth St., was ranked No. 22 on Yahoo’s list of the top 50 Italian restaurants in the U.S. The restaurant was founded in 1986 by brothers Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele. Yahoo assembled...