Obama uses final state dinner to honor Italy and its leader

President Barack Obama on Tuesday used one of the largest state dinners of his tenure to honor Italy, a European ally and its leader who stand with the United States on a range of confounding world issues. The soiree for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was the 13th and final state dinner for Obama, who leaves office in January.

Bella Italia launches new menu featuring fresh pasta dishes

The menu includes carbonara made with fresh tagliatelle and served with a creamy sauce with leeks, crispy pancetta and pecorino cheese. There is also pollo robiola made with sunflower shaped pasta parcels filled with cheese, rocket and chicken in a rich red pepper sauce and panzerotti funghi made from pasta parcels filled with mushrooms and served in a mushroom and spinach sauce.

A traditional ... Italian affair

Italy has always been a synonym for "good food," offering an unmistakable explosion of flavors, scents and aromas. Aside from having pizza and spaghetti, the Mediterranean country also proposes an immense variety of different regional dishes and recipes which are presented at Bencotto At Mandarin Oriental, Taipei.

Sfoglina's butternut-squash tortellini (bottom) and Sardinian-style ravioli. Photo by Scott Suchman.

Fabio and Maria Trabocchi built their reputation on ultra-luxe Italian dining. Now the Fiola and Fiola Mare owners are going more casual with a Van Ness pasta place opening in early December.

Famed chef is worried about pleasing this guest at Obama's final State Dinner

The White House is getting ready for the 13th and final State Dinner of the Obama administration, where Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will be honored. , who is known for his Italian cooking, was picked to help put together the final state dinner, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid.

Lidia Bastianich on Special Sauce: From Refugee to Culinary Star

Considering her many restaurants, books, and television shows, plus her involvement in the gourmet Italian marketplace Eataly , Lidia Bastianich might seem like a known quantity to serious eaters all over America. But take a listen to this week's Special Sauce and you'll realize just how extraordinary a woman she is, and what an incredible life she's led.

Paesano's celebrates 30 years in the Cape

Whether it be owner Jerry Furio going out at 3 a.m. to Immokalee to get the freshest vegetables available or the store being the only licensed retailer in Lee County to sell certified Angus beef, Paesano's Italian Fresh Market & Outdoor Patio Caf has become the place to go for the best Italian food, wine, meats and cheeses. This year, Paesano's celebrates 30 years in business.

IACC ready for Festa del Vino

The Italian American Cultural Club has finalized plans for its Festive del Vino, which will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 4 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville and is open to the public.

Austin360Cooks: Learn to make pistachio pesto like an Italian

Monica Pesoli is an Italian-American living in Austin who teaches cooking classes in both English and Italian. This pistachio pesto pasta is a dish she recently posted on Instagram as part of our #Austin360Cooks social media project.

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.
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