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  • Wondrous New Wines from Ancient Valpolicella Terroirs

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Icy glaciers, serene cloudless skies and a sense of the deep find their way into the  wondrous new wines from the ancient regions of Valpolicella and Lugana  in northern Italy.   A cavernous, shadowy urban hall was the scene of a recent wine tasting in Los Angeles.  But the wines carried guests away to...

  • Fresh New Centuries-Old Famiglia Cecchi Wines

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) The rainy, windy weather couldn’t have been more appropriate to introduce the Cecchi wines at Cecconi Restaurant recently, with the superb new  La Mora Vermentino Maremma DOC 2016 at the head of the list. The Cecchi  La Mora, Vermentino Maremma, arrived  dry, bright and fresh, with glints of minerali...

  • Maggiano’s Little Italy Offers Dinner All Day on Week-Ends

    Special occasion celebrations are key at Maggiano’s Little Italy® especially  judging from the arriving groups of guests with gift boxes and special occasion helium balloons. A favorite for special occasions, the restaurant was host to more than 535,000 celebrations in 2016 alone.  Inside the tables are set for partie...

  • New Brunch Menu at Classic Maggiano’s Little Italy

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Straightforward, satisfying classic Italian-American dishes with a few novel twists served in high style weren’t so much of a surprise in the  New Brunch Menu at Maggiano’s Little Italy.  We were already taken aback years ago as party guests with the elegance and sumptuousness of the hospitali...

  • New Thin Crust Black “Carbon” Pizza at ‘O Munaciello in Miami

    Thin crust black “carbon” pizza at ‘O Munaciello, is the newest addition to the menu of the restaurant, which recently opened its first U.S. outpost in Miami’s MiMo District, recreating and interpreting traditional Neapolitan dishes.  ‘O Munaciello is a full-menu restaurant and pizzeria that is consid...

  • New Italian-inspired Brunch at Serafina Sunset in WEHO

      (Gerry Furth-Sides) Serafina Sunset now offers a new Italian-inspired week-end brunch menu.   Brunch from 11:30 AM to 4 PM at the breezy, very social  means Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (www.serafinasunset.com).   The opening of Serafina Sunset, fall of 2016, was the first California installment of the popular ...

  • Historic Domingo’s Italian Deli’s New Look in Encino

    (Darien, Morea, Gerry Furth-Sides, photos) Even after a recent remodel, Domingo’s Italian Deli, San Fernando Valley mainstay for all foods Italian since it opened in 1948, retains its substantial old-world, friendly feel.  Domingo’s Italian Deli 17548 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316 (818.981.4466). When we entered the sto...

  • Italian Market City Caffe Introduces American Quick Lunch

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) Market City Caffe (164 East Palm Ave.), a top local lunch spot for more than 20 years with their delectable fresh pastas and wood-fired pizza, introduces a new, convenient quick serve lunch for those in a pinch for time. Inspired by generation after generation of fine home cooked family recipes, Market City C...

  • MONOGRANO FELICETTI’s New Way to Look at Pasta:

    (Roberta Deen) Monograno Pasta is made with 100% organic single-source ancient grains. It comes handsomely, elegantly packaged in richly textured white boxes with clear panels that allow you to view the beautiful pasta within. I admired the packaging and began to read the detailed information on the back of the boxes. http://ww...

  • Chef Leonardo Lucarelli’s Memoir: “Mincemeat”

    (Gerry Furth-Sides) It takes a while to get into Chef Leonardo Lucarelli’s Memoir: “Mincemeat” but  Lucarelli’s passion for his calling as a chef deserves attention. However, as a reader who marks “memorable” passages with tiny post-it-like paper pieces, of the very few I have in this book, ...

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