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Park Slope Brunch Beat: al di la Trattoria

With so many places in the neighborhood to grab a mimosa and a plate of eggs on the weekend, how can you decide which is the best spot to take your visiting in-laws or where you'll want to sit quietly for a couple hours with the hair of the dog? The Park Slope Brunch Beat aims to guide you through the choices - we'll break down the basics, share some special tips, and provide a quick scorecard to help you pick the best place for what you need next Saturday and Sunday. al di la Trattoria opened its doors in 1998 and has developed into a cornerstone of Park Slope.



Dining out: Maggiano's delivers on its promise of plenty

The salmon with lemon and herbs at Maggiano's Little Italy restaurant at the Annapolis mall. When I was a girl, my family would occasionally venture from suburban New Jersey to Manhattan's Little Italy where the narrow streets were lined with trattorias and ristorantes touting "the best" Italian food in town.



Restaurant Review: Italic

Italian food in Austin is having a moment, hot on the heels of last year's Southern garde.



Olive Garden Overlords Say Quit Cleaning the Carpets So Much

Cherished pillar of Italian cuisine Olive Garden is getting some interesting new advice from its corporate overlords. According to Bloomberg , parent company Darden is now dictating that all Olive Garden restaurants reduce their carpet-cleaning efforts to once a month.



Now Open: Cibo Wine Bar

Cibo Wine Bar has opened a second location near the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood. With locations all over the world, including one on King West , Cibo Wine Bar is known for their modern Italian food and vibrant nightlife.



Pasta Shoppe Closing?

I walked by the Public Market last night and noticed that the Pasta Shoppe appears to be closing down. All of the refrigerated display cases were removed.



Champaign to get taste of Chicago's Italian cuisine

The owners of an Italian restaurant in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood plan to open a second location in downtown Champaign. Nando Milano Trattoria expects to open later this year at 202-204 N. Neil St., in the space vacated last year by Carrie's Fabulous to Funky.



Giglio's Restaurant closes due to owner's retirement amid battle with brain tumor

After more than 28 years of serving up authentic Italian cuisine, Giglio's Italian Restaurant and Bevanda closed Saturday, June 27. While owners Karen and Gary Giglio had been planning on retiring, Karen said it comes sooner than they expected due to her husband's health concerns. "This decision came earlier due to Gary being diagnosed with a brain tumor," said Karen Giglio, who has owned the eatery with her husband since its 1987 inception.



Italia di Gusto, 'Taste of Italy', Coming to Medford Square

The Medford Square storefront where Bestsellers Cafe was formerly located will serve as the future home of Italia di Gusto, or "Taste of Italy." The specialty grocery store/restaurant is part of an Italian franchise that has only one other US location in Ridgewood, New Jersey.



Take the bait: A guide to Seafood Week in A.C.

The Tropicana Atlantic City seems to be the talk of the Jersey Shore town these days, as the property literally brightened up the Boardwalk over the Memorial Day Weekend with the unveiling of a multimedia light and sound show -- including a 66-foot high curved LED screen. Starting July 11, the property, which went through a $50-million renovation, will offer weekly Saturday firework shows at 10 p.m. There also is plenty of fun to be enjoyed inside the massive beachfront resort, and it does not a require waiting until after Fourth of July.


Opened in 1999, and chosen by Gourmet Magazine in 2000 as one of "America's Best Restaurants," Johnny's Half Shell relocated to its present Capitol Hill location in September 2006. Renditions of Chesapeake and Gulf Coast Seafood remained the kitchen's focus, and the restaurant's new home maintained its homespun conviviality. Said Washingtonian Magazine, "The capitol dome shines in the background, a reminder of the new, more serious-minded neighbors who come here. But Johnny's still feels like home." In September 2007, New York Times dubbed the new venue a "Capital Gain" for Washington, DC.
400 N. Capitol St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
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