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Barolo’s Branzino Is a Beautiful Thing

One of the downsides of being a restaurant/food reviewer/blogger/writer (whatever you call this!) is that when there’s a night off from a planned meal out, I usually want to cook something at home – whether simple or complex. This probably sounds like a strange complaint…
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Tripe Parmigiana and More at Proof on Main

The meal I most eagerly anticipated in Louisville, and the one I enjoyed most, was a quick one at closing time at Proof on Main. Just prior to my travel to Louisville, I was reading Esquire‘s list of best new restaurants for 2008, and saw…
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Dishin': A Soup-erman at Beàto

Last week, we described a soup-er stay at Alderbrook Resort & Spa. This week, we met Soup-erman—a chef who really loves to make soup. As we’ve turned the corner into summer and the weather is warming (at least a bit), what is it about soup…
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Dishin’: Via Tribunali and Pizza Memories

We’ve got fond childhood memories of going to the local pizza joint. We hated delivery, as we wanted to actually GO and see the process, which was mesmerizing: tossing/stretching the dough, spreading the sauce, sprinkling the cheese, shoveling into the oven, retrieving the finished product,…
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Seattle Sound 2/08: Scenes from Italian Restaurants

A bottle of red, a bottle of white Whatever kind of mood you’re in tonight I’ll meet you anytime you want In our Italian Restaurant. Yeah, yeah, yeah, so I admit it: I saw Billy Joel in concert recently. The Piano Man’s still got it.…
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Newton Pizza House – for Subs

Today’s drive took me from Belfast, Maine to Smithfield, Rhode Island. Route 95. Where to stop? Then I remembered a place from my past: Newton Pizza House. An ex-girlfriend introduced me to it oh-so-many years ago. I recall that there was a sandwich shop (in…
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NYC: Pickles, Pizza and More on Day 4

It’s been 27 years since leaving Long Island after high school graduation, and while I don’t miss the area, I do miss New York-style bagels and pizza.  So on my rare trips back to the Big Apple, it’s critical I consume some to tide me…
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Dishin': The Pagliacci Slice

Sometimes we just want a slice of pizza. Not a pie. Not a square. Not a round. We’re talking a slice – one that you can grab with a hand, fold inward, and then tilt downward to watch the grease drip to the paper plate…
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Astoria and A Lot of Peppers (New York, Day 3)

I had a non-food commitment most of my third day in New York, so during the evening we wanted to explore another area close to our base in Flushing. Somewhat randomly, we reached a verdict and headed to Corona for some old-fashioned southern Italian fare…
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Dishin’: Happy Enough with Il Fornaio’s Happy Hour

You’ve got free passes for the blockbuster-to-be that’s previewing at Pacific Place. The movie starts at 7:00, but there’s sure to be an overflow crowd, which means the line will start snaking its way around the top floor of the mall well before 6:30. You…
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