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How Italian Restaurants Can Accommodate Food Allergies

Once every three minutes, a food allergy sends someone to the emergency room, according to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports that eight foods or food groups account for 90 percent of serious allergic reactions in the United States: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts.

The Most Bizarre Marketing Strategies in Italian Food

Free weddings, baby gender–reveal lasagnas, and breadstick bouquets are all part of a growing trend in unusual restaurant marketing ideas. These promotions are great at grabbing consumer attention, but do they actually translate into better business?Last year, Villa Italian Kitchen introduced the world to pizza bouquets and boutonnieres.

Carrabba’s Giving Away Lasagne with Orders Through March 31

Starting Thursday and running through March 31, when guests dine-in and enjoy one of Carrabba’s Italian Grill’s three signature dishes—wood-grilled Chicken Bryan, savory Chicken Marsala, or creamy Pollo Rosa Maria from their Carrabba’s Today, Carrabba’s Tomorrow menu—they will take home a free order of Lasagne.

Making Post-Michelin Moves

Last October, Washington, D.C., restaurateur and chef Nick Stefanelli gifted District residents with Officina, a three-floor trattoria, café, and market. The name, which translates to “workshop,” deftly describes the venture, which marries craft and creativity in various outlets.

Dunkin’ Bets on an Italian Specialty Treat

As Dunkin’ continues its identity transformation, an Italian treat could help the brand establish itself as a specialty coffee destination.Last week, the company announced it would begin selling affogatos for $3.

The Italian Import Conquering Upscale Casual

Chains that get their start overseas and grow to expand in the U.S. are few and far between. So when Piola took a chance and opened its first store in the U.S., it was kind of a big deal.Today, the 33-year-old upscale casual Italian pizza concept based in Italy, boasts a dozen U.

Carrabba’s Hosting Carnevale Celebration March 20 for $40 Per Person

Carrabba’s Italian Grill is bringing the Carnevale Celebration on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m., complete with Venetian masks, Aperol Spritz glasses and festive food and drinks and for just $40 a person, guests will indulge on the following libations and bites throughout the evening.

Maggiano’s, Burtons Grill Named America's Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurants

AllergyEats announced its 2019 list of the Top 10 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains in America. Derived from the restaurant reviews of food-allergic diners across the U.S. on the AllergyEats app and website, this comprehensive list recognizes both small and large restaurant chains that have been ranked highest by food-allergic diners.

Four Female Leaders to Watch

In Italy, International Women’s Day is marked by street vendors selling bright yellow mimosa flowers, which are exchanged between couples and friends. March 8 signals a country-wide celebration of women and their contributions to society.

7 Tips for Winning the Pasta Game

Consumers crave good food, good prices, and convenience. Restaurateurs have been trying for years to make pasta fast-casual eateries take off in the same way pizza and Tex-Mex have. Unfortunately, they’ve been fighting an uphill battle.

Italian Shines Among James Beard Awards Nominees

Not a year goes by without the Italian category snagging several nods in the James Beard Foundation’s semifinalist list. And this round, the 29th year and counting, is no different.The selection not only spotlights the best chefs, establishments, and restaurateurs in the space, it also illustrates the ongoing evolution in Italian dining.

Breaking with Tradition

Few cuisines can start a heated debate faster than Italian food. Restaurant review sites are full of comments containing the words “authentic,” or “not authentic.”Some online reviews we’ve seen addressing authenticity in Italian restaurants include:“Not as tasty as calamari at authentic Italian spots.

Nolita Hall Brings Modern Italian Style to San Diego

Walking through the enormous 12-foot doors into the open-format space at Nolita Hall in San Diego, guests are faced with several enticing options. There’s a lounge with televisions, a shuffleboard court, and a U-shaped bar with a 60-foot skylight and custom-built split flap display announcing real-time flight information.

Carrabba’s Banks on Off-Premises Sales and a Robust Loyalty Program

Carrabba’s Italian Grill may not get the same fanfare as the other restaurants under the Bloomin’ Brands umbrella, but this casual Italian chain with 200-plus locations may be suiting up for its moment in the spotlight after a recent quarterly earnings call from its parent company.