Posts Tagged Italian food

Leoci’s Trattoria to Open Soon!

“It’s going to be a casual,  affordable neighborhood cafe,”  says owner,  Chef Roberto Leoci, who with his wife,  is currently hard at work renovating the little restaurant at 606 Abercorn.   There will be a spacious outdoor deck along one side and around the back, plus they hope eventually to have a bocce court.  The menu will be Italian,  primarily pizza, pasta and panini. However, when we mentioned our passion for veal, the chef said he might add a nice veal scaloppini to the mix.  Leoci already has his beer and wine license approved, so that obstacle course is over. He hopes to be open in just a few weeks, though we suspect the extensive renovations may take a bit longer than that.  Buon appetito!

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Love Italian food? Love to cook it?

Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi, the 700 year old winemaking dynasty, has launched their ‘Tuscany to You’ recipe contest!  The contest invites busy home cooks, aspiring chefs and food lovers from across America to submit a favorite Italian recipe for a chance to win a Tuscan feast for four cooked in the comfort of their own home by visiting Italian chef Donatella Zampoli
(formerly of Michelin starred Mas del Saugo in Northern Italy).  The contest
will run through July 31, 2009 and recipes will be submitted through the
Tuscany Tonight Web site (  Buon Appetito!

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Wordsmiths with a passion for wine and food

Put on your most creative thinking cap! Carrabbas Italian Grill invites you to help name a new, Carrabbas-exclusive limited-edition baby Super Tuscan wine which will debut this Fall from Ruffino. This is a fun chance for the winner to receive a $1500 epicurean prize package including:

  1. A case of the exclusive Ruffino wine;      
  2. A catered 2008 holiday celebration for 12 people
  3. A year’s worth of Carrabbas dinners in 2009

Your entries can be submited online at until July 31, 2008.

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Meet Chef Diego


I discovered Chef Diego at a recent dinner party.  Chef Diego is a personal chef and caterer specializing in Italian cuisine.  He hails from North Italy, and after years cooking aboard the yachts of the rich and famous (Sharon Stone and Robert Dinero to name a few), he has settled into Savannah.  I was treated to his Eggplant Parmesan…(the best I’ve ever consumed, .a pasta medley with zucchini, and a veal scaloppine with mushrooms in a white wine sauce.  All of which he will gladly show you how to prepare.  One thing he won’t share…his award winning recipe for Tiramisu…but I consider myself honored for having tried a bit.   Hungry yet?  Take a look at this spread…


If you’d like to hire Chef Diego for your own private event, let me know and I’ll put you in touch.  — Heather Young.

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