It’s always good newswhenwe pick up another high-quality Italian restaurant. Luigi’sItalian Grill (https://www.facebook.com/Luigis-Italian-Grill101609172474780) opened recently justsouth of U.S. 72 offNance Rd. in eastern Madison. As hidden gemsfrequently do, Luigi’ssits behind an unassuming shopping center facade (thoughword-of-mouth for Luigi’s o...

While millions of people celebrated the new year this weekend, Paisan's Italian restaurant would normally be celebrating its anniversary — December 31. However, because of its location at 131 W. Wilson Street, staff members didn't gather in celebration, but faced the grim reality of closure.   "I think I've finally gotten that point to say that I d...

Car lovers flocked to the parking lot of the Madison Community Pool on Saturday, Oct. 9, for the North Star Athletic Club's third annual car show. Participants chatted about their vintage rides and sports cars as visitors streamed by. The event, which ran from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot off Rosedale Avenue, also offered good eats from a f...

The Department of Romance and Classical Studies is very pleased to celebrate Maria Silva, Italian Minor in RCS, for her fully-funded acceptance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Ph.D. Program in Italian. This program is notable for having a large focus on interdisciplinary studies, i.e. bridging art history with Italian language and culture,...

The dining room at Café La Bellitalia on North Sherman Avenue has been closed since Gov. Tony Evers’ original “Safer at Home” order went into effect in March. Joe Pipitone, 36, who helped his parents, Pietro, 61, and Josephine Pipitone, 58, open the restaurant in 2006, said he gets lots of calls, as well as people walking in, wanting to eat inside...

When Gianni Toffolon started making cheese, it was because he needed a job. He knew after his first batch that making cheese was more than a job. Toffolon considers cheese an art, and it is his lifelong passion. He’d never even heard of Wisconsin when he came from Italy in 1979 to work as a cheesemaker at BelGioioso Cheese in the Green Bay area. Fo...

Madison Beach Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning boutique resort and chosen Hotel of the Year by Hilton, hosts A Taste of Tuscany on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.. This exclusive dinner featuring wines from Tenuta Torciano Winery is part of the hotel's Epicurean Series. A "wine conductor" direct...

Now open on University Avenue, the second iteration of Novanta has more than twice the pizza-making capabilities than the pizzeria’s original space on Old Sauk Road. A second Italian-made Marra Forni oven and a much larger prep station are the primary differences between this new location and the already popular original.   The restaurant offers...

This past Friday, I lost my WisCard, and it was impossible to get another one until Monday. That meant this weekend I couldn’t use my meal plan and had to exclusively spend my own money on food. It hurt. Saturday, I had a burrito for brunch and sleep for dinner. Sunday, I had a bowl of oatmeal, which I ate cold because I forgot I made it, then late...

There are plenty of reasons to visit Alimentari, the European deli on the Near East Side from the owners of the nearby restaurant, A Pig in a Fur Coat. Chief among them are the massive sandwiches made behind the deli counter on thick, crusty Italian loaves baked especially for Alimentari by Madison Sourdough and wrapped in deli paper fastened with...