Amy Piper

Amy Piper is a freelance food and travel writer. She writes about food and multi-generational travel on her blog Follow the Piper. You can follow her on Twitter @amythepiper.

Bourbon Street Pasta at Charbonos in Avon, Indiana

Charbonos: Italian-American Dining in Avon, Indiana

Charbonos, named for an uncommon grape found in Napa Valley, is an equally unique restaurant. The robust wine list isn’t surprising given the restaurant is named after a grape used for making wine. Location: Charbonos located at 128 North Avon Avenue, Suite 102, in Avon, Indiana. Menu: The menu at Charbonos is Italian American. You’ll …

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Braised Short Ribs at Logan in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Logan: An American Restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Chef Thad Gillies, co-owner of Logan: An American Restaurant, describes the restaurant’s food style as New American Cuisine.  America is a melting pot, and Logan’s menu reflects this. The chef’s French cooking techniques echo Europe, ingredients like tamarind represent Asian, and Oaxacan mole signifies Latin American. They all melt together forming New American Cuisine. Location: …

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The Verde Salad at Mani Osteria in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mani Osteria & Bar in Ann Arbor, Michigan

In Italian, mani means hand made. An Italian eatery similar to a tavern is an osteria. Mani Osteria & Bar exemplifies hand made through pasta made in-house, along with the hand-made pizza crusts. They demonstrate the Italian Osteria as a gathering place through hospitality, and the local ingredients served. Small production wines complement the meals. …

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Cannoli at RoVino in San Diego, California

Rovino, Italian Cuisine in San Diego, California

When eating your way through San Diego’s Little Italy, a stop at the award-winning Rovino is required. The name Rovino is a combination of rotisserie plus wine, so you can expect to find an award-winning wine list and succulent rotisserie chicken. Location: Rovino, located at 2034 Kettner Boulevard in the Little Italy neighborhood of San …

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Shirred Dukkah Eggs with Grilled Baguette at Eggshell Bistro

Brunch at Eggshell Bistro in Carmel, Indiana

Walk through the door to Eggshell Bistro, and you’re immediately transported to Paris.  In the center of Indiana, Chef-owner Larry Hanes has created a Euro-influenced oasis. Some diners joke that it’s cheaper than a direct flight to Paris. Location: Eggshell Bistro located at 51 West City Center Drive on the City Center’s North side near …

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Outside view of Sorellina in Boston, Massachusetts

Sorellina, Italian Cuisine in Boston, Massachusetts

Sorellina, “little sister” in Italian, may be a bit of a misnomer for this complex restaurant serving upscale Italian-Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant is more like the sophisticated older sister, dressed for a night on the town. Location: Sorellina, located at 1 Huntington Avenue in the Copley Square area of Boston, Massachusetts. Menu: Chef Owner Jamie …

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