Around the BLOCK

D.O.C.G. Enteca by Scott Conant in Las Vegas

D.O.C.G. in Las Vegas is a winner. Extremely appealing in decor with a very contemporary yet comfortable vibe, the food is equally enticing. The space is long and narrow, with brick walls and a wood-burning fireplace in the open kitchen at the end. The menu is all Italian, but goes beyond pizza and pasta, delving […]

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Scopa and Campo Fina in Healdsburg, CA

Scopa and Campo Fina share a chef and owner. And while they are both Italian and serve pizza, Campo Fina is the more casual of the two, with all day menus and a bocce court out back. On a recent visit to Healdsburg, we had dinner at one the first night and the other on the […]

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The Boot

Walking into the Boot is such a pleasant experience. Someone will quickly greet you and guide you to your table while you look around and take in the very charming interior. The side walls are brick. Old wooden ladders hang sideways and their rungs are interspersed with flower vases. On one wall sits a painting […]

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Prairie Fire Oven

I first met David White and sampled his pizza while attending Art in the Vines at the Somerset Ridge Winery in Paola Kansas. Prairie Fire Oven is similar to a food truck in that the oven is on a trailer that hitches to a car or truck, but a separate fold up tent is part […]

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The Pump Room–Chicago

No, it’s not your mother’s Pump Room, the one that hosted celebrities for decades in the old Ambassador East Hotel. Though black and white photos from those halcyon days grace many of its walls, the new Pump Room is a total redo. Ian Schrager (of Studio 54 fame) recently bought the hotel and renamed it […]

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Making Pizza at Home–Kansas City Star Food section

What a fun assignment!  I interviewed three of Kansas City’s finest pizza makers–Jake Imperiale, Quillan Glynn and James Landis–to get their take on translating the art of pizza making to a home kitchen. I also got to try my hand at shaping crusts, spreading the sauce and  toppings and using a peel to rotate the […]

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Nica’s 320

Nica’s 320 recently took over the old Shiraz space on Southwest Boulevard. The original Nica’s Cafe was out south before its owners negotiated for a bigger space in the Crossroads. Loaded with the same charm and a courtyard as Shiraz, Nica’s 320 looks like it’s been around forever. The menu is quite unique. Diners devise […]

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ABC Kitchen–New York City

Recently named the James Beard ” New Restaurant of the Year 2011″, this was not an easy reservation to snag. But it was worth the effort to get a table at ABC Kitchen in New York City. It’s in the old ABC Home space and that alone is an enticement. The restaurant employs artisan, sustainable, […]

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Harvey’s at Union Station

It’s no secret that Union Station is very close to my heart. That’s why I was delighted to hear that the space in the middle of the Grand Hall, originally the train station’s ticket booth, and more recently Union Cafe, had reopened as Harvey’s at Union Station. The station needs a restaurant like this to […]

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Yia Yia’s Euro Bistro

I’m always on a hunt for the latest and greatest new restaurant, so I often forget about older spots that are still playing to large crowds. Yia’s Yia’s is a case in point. It is the last of the full service PB&J restaurants still standing, after Grand Street Cafe, Coyote Grill, Paulo and Bill’s and […]

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