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Big Fat Whale
After a good run with "Italian tapas" under the name Damiano (a play on the given name of chef-owner Damien "Domenic" DiPaola), this space has been rechristened as Carmelina's — after the chef's mother and his first restaurant, opened when he was an un
Old-style North End meets new-style cheffery
| July 27, 2012
Lucky for André Téchiné that he's so slick with exposition.
Voyeurism and narcissism
| July 20, 2012
Review: Italian Corner
Please don't read this review. Really, I'm begging you. If you do, I won't be able to get another plate of pasta at Italian Corner for the next few months.
Destination dining (just one night a week)
| June 29, 2012
Cannes turns 65 and shows no signs of retiring
Sixty-five is the age at which people think of retiring. Arguably the world's greatest film festival, Cannes — whose 65th edition began the day after beaming Socialist François Hollande was sworn in as President of France — has no such plans. This yea
| May 25, 2012
Review: Showtime’s The Borgias
The second season of The Borgias (Sunday at 9 pm, Showtime) enters a crowded Sunday night field: HBO's Game of Thrones , AMC's Mad Men , even AMC's much discredited The Killing .
| April 06, 2012
Review: The Salt of Life
The Salt of Life deftly sprinkles wacky humor in with the melancholy, and Di Gregorio is a winning talent, both as the amusing star actor and as the film's co-writer and director.
Wacky humor mixed with melancholy
| March 16, 2012
Who could have predicted that it would take the surviving leading lights of the New German Cinema to put 3D to good use?
Putting 3D to good use
| January 20, 2012
Boston bartenders bust up the Big Easy
There was a wedding, a funeral (for the Long Island Iced Tea), fried alligator, mechanical bulls, and Ron Jeremy on harmonica. Boston bartenders, who were there in full force, can attest to all of it.
| August 26, 2011
Review: Trattoria Romana South
You get the idea at Trattoria Romana South that the restaurant is the expression of a particular personality, even if you don't know that it was established by Luciano Canova.
Balancing plain and fancy
| August 19, 2011
Review: Café Zelda
Café Zelda is one of those places that feels elegant but homey; luxurious but not pretentious.
A truly memorable experience
| August 12, 2011
Review: Aragosta Bar and Bistro
Sensing, the previous restaurant in this Battery Wharf hotel/condo development, was locavore and high-church French, but too subtle. Aragosta proposes to solve that problem with a more robust cuisine focused on the most local of all ingredients: seafood.
A robust Italian take on locavore cuisine
| July 01, 2011
Greased up in Gloucester
When people picture the greasy pole, they often envision men scaling a vertical pole, as in Boston's Festival Betances.
| June 24, 2011
Review: Louis Family Restaurant
There are no Greek columns outside or marble steps, but make no mistake: Louis Family Restaurant is an institution in Providence.
Just like Mama tried to make
| January 28, 2011
Eat your way through 2011 at these 11 places not to miss
While new restaurants intrigue food critics and patrons alike, it's the tried-and-true, the places that have established themselves as mainstays in Portland, that shouldn't be forgotten in all the hype.
| January 07, 2011
Savor the local flavor
In some college towns, you're lucky if you can find two or three good eateries. In Providence, you could get through med school and still not be done exploring — especially if you're willing to venture deep into the city and out across Rhode Island.
Hungry? You've come to the right place
| September 03, 2010
Review: Fat Belly's Pub
Who says you can't have it all? Not the folks at Fat Belly's, an "Irish" pub with the attitude — and, more importantly, the kitchen commitment — of a capable cloth napkin restaurant.
Cheap eats with classy attitude
| July 30, 2010
It is tricky to manage the transition from cult of personality to a rationalized institution.
The Café at Pat's is a classic local spot
| September 18, 2009
Ahead of the curve
Popular tastes wax, wane, and wander about, but over the long run people most appreciate those things that are timelessly simple, elegant, and right: Roger Federer's backhand, German-expressionist art, cotton, and the summer here in Maine.
Rockland's Primo finds the future in past traditions
| June 12, 2009
At the outset of Andrei Kravchuk’s debut fictional feature, a wealthy Italian couple adopt a resilient six-year-old orphan named Vanya. Watch the trailer for The Italian (QuickTime)
Simple, well-acted, ever-so-slightly flawed
| January 24, 2007
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