Even as teenager, Francis Asti knew what he wanted to do with his life. The aspirations he listed in his Maryland high school yearbook include receiving a culinary arts education and owning a restaurant. The 30-year-old, who has been working in the food business for half his life, owns Asti’s Italian Steakhouse located at Grand View Golf Club, an 1...

A new, modern seafood restaurant with Greek, Italian and Spanish influences is coming to downtown Birmingham later this year.  Bella Piatti owner Nino Cutraro has teamed up with Jay Feldman of Feldman Automotive to open Mare Mediterranean where Cameron's Steakhouse was at 115 Willits.  Cutraro says in addition to offering North American seafood, th...

Maybe Ed Carella didn’t have a choice. After all, he’d basically been raised in a pizzeria. His parents, Tina and Angelo, were immigrants from Naples and had opened a pizza and pasta spot in Chicago. Ed spent much of his boyhood working there. “As a kid, I literally grew up in … a pizzeria on the south side of Chicago.” It stuck. Today he is owner...

A new rooftop bar and restaurant located in downtown Flint has an incentive for its current employees and new workers.The hospitality industry has been hit hard with challenges tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the major issues that resonates with restaurants across the country is retaining employees and attracting new talent. Restaurant manage...

A family of restaurateurs is bringing a slice of Italian life to downtown Howell with a new pizzeria, restaurant and bar, which will feature two courts for bocce ball, an Italian pastime.  Coratti's Pizzeria Bar and Bocce will open for lunch and dinner May 3 at 316 E. Grand River Ave., co-owner Peter Coratti said.  The Corattis have completed an ex...

Some might argue that being single may not make me the best person to advocate for the perfect date-night spot. Few, though, would disagree with me when I say that Ann Arbor’s Mani Osteria and Bar is the best place for that date night. With its dim yet warm lighting and comforting Italian food, Mani is just the right restaurant for your romantic ev...

As a longtime vacationer in Frankfort, there were many times Ed Carrella walked along Main Street and wished there was a classic Italian restaurant – someplace where the flavors of olive oil, garlic and herbs married in the Old World tastes he remembered from his own family’s early restaurant days. Carrella just never imagined he’d be the one openi...

A few years after opening, San Morello — located in Detroit’s Shinola Hotel — remains one of the downtown area’s most coveted dining spaces. Opened by award-winning chef and restaurateur Andrew Carmellini, the eatery brings the tastes and smells of southern Italy to Downtown Detroit. The driving force behind multiple restaurants across the country...

Join us on April 15 for an online event in celebration of the 2021 Giornata della Ricerca Italiana nel Mondo. At 2:00 pm EST, following a welcome greeting by Consul Maria Manca, we will screen the short documentary "Il sapore del futuro" (The Taste of the Future, 23 min.), produced by the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci...

April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT. Music and literature have always been related to each other. Many composers have been inspired by literary works for their compositions. With Momenti Musicali musicians and actors work together to accompany you on a fantastic journey through notes and words. The musicians will play the pieces linked to the literary...