Like the much anticipated spring temps, things are heating up on the restaurant front here in the Garden State. From another location for Tommy’s Tavern + Tap in Edison to a long-awaited gluten-free bakery in Hoboken, to a Mexican spot in Cherry Hill, there’s good news across the state for hungry readers. Congratulations—and welcome—to all…

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Urvashi Rautela, who is known for films like Sanam Re, Great Grand Masti and Hate Story 4, follows a healthy diet. Perhaps that explains why the former beauty queen’s skin glows so much. A vegetarian, she loves to have simple food and does not drink alcohol. In an exclusive chat with The Free Press Journal,…

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The teams behind the Ciccio Restaurant Group and Forbici Modern Italian have opened a new fast-casual restaurant concept in St. Petersburg.  The Vitale Bros. mural on the side of  the Jay and Luigi restaurant. Photo: Veronica Brezina Jason Brunetti, co-founder of the Forbici Modern Italian restaurant in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village and an owner of multiple…

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Leray Scifres learned to cook professionally at the now shuttered T&P Freight Warehouse when it was home to the culinary institute of TSTC-Abilene. “I was in the first class,” he said, finishing as valedictorian in 2011.  Now, he has keys to the building. Call it La Stazioné Scifres, owner of The Flour Shop Bakery and…

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KINGSTON, N.Y. — Tony and Nick’s Italian Kitchen, a popular Italian-American restaurant in Ellenville, is set to open a second location at the space at Wall and John streets by Tuesday, March 9. The restaurant, owned by the father-and-son team of Eric and Joseph Cafaro, will specialize in American Italian favorites like brick-oven Neapolitan pizzas,…

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New plans have been unveiled for Jamie Oliver’s former restaurant in Central Milton Keynes. Jamie’s Italian, one of a chain of restaurants owned by the celebrity chef across the country, closed its doors on Silbury Arcade in 2018. Now plans have been lodged for it to reopen as a Cosy Club – a ‘more formal’…

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Expect lots of bread baked in-house and more. One of New Westminster’s best restaurants is expanding its empire to include a new deli. And it’s taking over an old Starbucks space to do it. Artusi Restaurant is located at 412 – 6th St. and has been feeding people their own brand of find Italian food.…

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A taste of the Old Country is coming to Eagleville. Renovations are under way on Eagleville’s historic town center to open Sorelles Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria at 161 N. Main St., former home of Maple Street Grill, which closed in late 2021. Sorelles, which means sister in Italian, is owned by sisters Kyah Richards and…

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Another addition to Hollywood’s sudden upscale dining boom opens tonight with Magari. The Japanese-Italian restaurant has been in the works since late 2021 and features a collection of award-winning chefs known for cooking Michelin-level food across the globe. The new Magari’s glassy front sits next to Sugarfish and Nuehouse Hollywood at Sunset and Gower. Chef…

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In this episode, Michael Ferrazzani, chef/owner of Ya Mamma’s Authentic Pasta Sauces, and Kenny Palazzola, chef/brand ambassador of Lilly’s Fresh Pasta and owner of YouTube channel Live, Laugh and Cook Italian, face off to see who can recreate each other’s signature dish.  Each recreated meal will be judged on: Percentage of correct ingredients  Similarities in…

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