IN ONE of my first Italian classes for my semester in Milan, I learned the difference between a ristorante, a trattoria, and an osteria. In English: restaurant, tavern, and pub. Practically, all three words fall under the “restaurant” umbrella in our lexicon, but in Italy, they signal three different dining experiences. As a broke college student,...

Maybe you can imagine an Italian-American who doesn’t eat meat or cheese. But how about an Italian-American chef in an Italian-American restaurant? But that’s just the case with Brian Ricciardi, the owner of Mozzarella Fellas, 336 Summit Square Blvd. Ricciardi is a vegan — a vegetarian who also eats no eggs, cheese, butter or milk or other animal b...

It was a warm night on August 17 for people to gather in celebration of new things to come to Catawba, North Carolina.  Saturday, a party was hosted by Gilda Caputo-Hansen to bring together the “who’s who” of the Town of Catawba.  Guests walked down a red carpet to have their pictures made to remember an evening celebrating the future of Catawba. ...

The Triangle will get its first taste of Roman-style pizzas this week, as chef-owned Coronato Pizza opens in Carrboro. The long-awaited first restaurant from chef Teddy Diggs serves up the ultimate in thin crust pizzas. Coronato specializes in a style of Roman pizza with cracker-thin crusts topped with the classics. The new pizza shop will open Thu...

While Riverboat Landing is long gone, Wilmingtonians can still catch their favorite balcony views of the Cape Fear at downtown's newest pizza restaurant, Marsello's. The Christiana family moved to the area from Cary to bring their Italian family recipes and Sicilian style pizza, opening up just before the summer season at 2 Market St. While the men...

If the idea of eating at a hotel restaurant has you thinking you’ve made an odd choice, you might want to reconsider, especially in Charlotte’s center city. This wasn’t always the case. Hotel restaurants have often carried with them a stigma, suggesting they offer convenience in exchange for low quality. For travelers, hotel dining is a phone call...

 The honors for recent Duke University women’s golf graduate Virginia Elena Carta keep rolling in as the NCAA has announced Carta is one of a record 585 female college athletes that have been nominated by the NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating fe...

forchetta (forˈket.ta)is the new restaurant concept from the mind of award-winning Executive Chef Luca Annunziata. forchetta’s menu is handcrafted with high quality and locally sourced ingredients, featuring inspiration from across Italy. Chef Luca began his unique culinary career under his mother’s guidance in Naples, Italy, where he developed a d...

Morganton’s music scene will take on an international flair when some long-distance travelers take the stage Saturday night. All the way from Italy by way of Nashville — where they played Wednesday night — the Anita Camarella and Davide Facchini Duo will perform in the Upper Wine Room at The Grind Café and Coffeehouse in downtown Morganton on Satur...

People who stopped in to check out Alex & Teresa’s in the first few months after its opening were greeted by Sinatra tunes and floor-to-ceiling murals of the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. If they took these cues to mean that they had just entered a New York Italian pizza-pasta joint, they were in for a surprise when they opened t...