Saint Leo in Oxford, Mississippi: Wood-Fired Italian Cooking

Saint Leo catapulted to the top of everyone’s radar when it became a semi-finalist for “Best New Restaurant” in 2017, only a year after it opened. How could an eatery in small-town Oxford, Mississippi make such a list? The vision of Emily Blount has become a delicious reality, and diners are coming in droves. Location: 1101…

Italian Brunch at Casa Nostra, Leesburg, Virginia

Always in search of new Italian eateries near us, we happened upon Casa Nostra in the small town of Leesburg, Virginia, where we were able to enjoy a fine dining experience with our children and grandchildren on a beautiful Saturday morning. Location:   2 W Market St, Leesburg, Menu:  Everywhere we travel we are in…

Osteria Radici: Modern Italian Cuisine in New Jersey

In the sleepy little hamlet of Allentown, New Jersey a new interpretation on classic Italian cuisine has created quite a buzz. Osteria Radici, a 24-seat storefront on South Main Street is the perfect combination of old world meets a modern artistic kitchen. When the tiny Osteria opened last fall, it quickly gained a loyal following…

Pasta Max Cafe: Northern Italian Food and Vibe in McDonough, Georgia

When you enter Pasta Max Cafe in McDonough, Georgia, the close resemblance to an authentic Italian trattoria might surprise you. The smells and lively family atmosphere are similar, but the Southern drawls of fellow diners are dead giveaways that you’re not actually in a Northern Italian village. Location: 50 Griffin Street, McDonough, Georgia, just off the town…

Sophisticated Italian Cuisine at Nonna Cucina – Mexico City

Nonna Cucina in Mexico City may seem like an anomaly. Fine Italian food in the city that is home to outstanding Mexican cuisine? Yes, indeed. Very fine Italian food indeed. Remember, Mexico City is a huge, sophisticated, international city, and Nonna Cucina is a good place to taste the city’s Italian accent. Location: Avenida Amsterdam 240,…

Gratzi: Northern Italian Cuisine in Ann Arbor, Michigan

After dining at Gratzi, it seems to be the perfect name for this northern Italian restaurant. While I’m sure, the name is a nod in thanks from the restaurant to the diner, as the diner, the service, the food, and the ambiance are all reasons to be thankful for this experience. Location: Gratzi located at…

Florence’s Foody Farm: A Tasty Blend of Trendy and Traditional

With the memorable name of Foody Farm, this very popular restaurant about 10-15 minutes southeast of the Duomo is a great addition to the Florence food scene. The simple but effective guiding concept of Foody Farm is “The right food from the right places.” The staff is constantly researching for the best local suppliers for…

Terranova’s Italian Restaurant: Fresh Fare in Huntsville, Alabama

A visit to Terranova’s Italian Restaurant in Huntsville, Alabama, is sure to provide a gastronomic delight and an aesthetic pleasure. From the decor to the menu, it is a fun place for a celebration, a girlfriend or business lunch or a romantic dinner. Location: 1420 Paramount Drive, Suite #1, off of Highway 72 in Huntsville, Alabama. Menu: A…

Pizzeria Moretti in Montreal Quebec where modern meets tradition

Stumbling upon a great food find is the best memory one can have while traveling and I look back at that chance visit to Pizzeria Moretti in Montreal, Quebec, with a smile. With exceptional service, a great dining atmosphere, and yummy eats, this local Italian eatery in the urban residential district of Griffintown is an…

Buon Appetito at Trattoria Timone Ristorante Italiano, Oakville Ontario

Located in a suburban entertainment complex in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, next to a massive movie theatre lies the dining establishment, Trattoria Timone Ristorante Italiano. With a glow in the dark mini golf course, fast food restaurants, and bars nearby it’s an unlikely location for an upscale restaurant, but don’t let the location steer you away….