Like My Grandma Makes It - Zurlo’s Bistro Italiano

Being an Italian New Yorker, I’m not only extremely loud and outspoken, but I have a tendency to be over-critical of Italian restaurants who claim to be “authentic” and say that their dishes taste like my grandmother’s Sunday dinners.  So when walking into Zurlo’s Bistro Italiano, I was prepared to criticize each dish and see how it stood up against my Grandma Ida’s creations.  Well, sorry Grandma, but I might have to start spending my Sunday afternoon’s at Zurlo’s now.

Located at 132th and Maple Street, Zurlo’s has been opened since February of 2010.  Owner and chef Enzo Zurlo, started his culinary experience in his uncle’s kitchen making pizza as a teenager in Bronx, NY. He describes...

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Sgt. Peffer’s Cafe Italiano an Omaha Staple

Over the years, pizza shops have pushed the limits of what a pizza can hold; from savory to sweet, the imagination for pizza toppings is seemingly endless.  There are those of us who are traditionalists and require few items on a pizza to make us happy.  A good crust, basic sauce and properly seasoned ingredients are all you need sometimes; and just because it has loads of cheese on top, does not necessarily make it a better pizza.

Sgt. Peffer’s Café Italiano in particular, has stood the test of time, and continues to convert loyal pizza enthusiasts to fans, year after year. Sgt Peffer’s has a long, rich history in the community and so I decided I wanted to know more about the early...

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Hell’s Kitchen, Mid Week Market and Omaha Beer Fest

Hell’s Kitchen Contestant Stops in Omaha

Season 5 and 6 chef-testant Robert Hesse will join local chef Glenn Wheeler at Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops on March 2, at 7 p.m. The two chefs will team up for a 5-course meal including cocktail and specialty drink pairings, benefiting Food Bank for the Heartland.  The cost is $75 per person, call 402.280.8888 for reservations.

Wohlner's Neighborhood Grocery & Deli Presents “Mid Week Market”

Omaha's oldest, family-owned grocery store, Wohlner's Neighborhood Grocery & Deli, is bringing a fresh, new community event to midtown Omaha this summer. The Mid Week Market at Midtown Crossing will feature the best in locally-grown, freshly-harvested...

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Let the Food and Wine Events Begin

Shucks Downtown now Open
Shucks is now open located at 1911 Leavenworth, the former Dixie Quicks spot. Shucks downtown offers happy hour from 2 – 6 p.m. on drink specials and appetizers. For more information, give them a call at 402.614.5544

Aksarben RibFest Announces New Omaha Rib Festival
The aroma of world champion barbecue ribs and the sounds of blues, country and rock music will fill the air on August 16, 17 and 18 from 11 a.m to 11 p.m. each day at the inaugural Aksarben Ribfest.  Hosted by the Aksarben Village at 67th & Center, the Aksarben Ribfest will feature four world-class barbecue teams, each cooking up their own distinct styles and tastes. Admission to the event is free...

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<p>  Art and Soup</p> Visiting Nurse Association Art and Soup

The year was 1995, and quite possibly the quintessential culinary phrase of the ‘90s, came from actor Larry Thomas, who played the infamous Soup Nazi on “Seinfeld.” 

“No soup for you!”  If you saw the episode, you have probably uttered this phrase at least a few dozen times since.  Heck, even Jerry Seinfeld and Larry Thomas, dawned the character roles in a recent Acura commercial, during the Super Bowl this year.  Luckily, the soup is on, at the 15th Annual VNA Art and Soup event on February 26.

The Art and Soup, Omaha’s tastiest event, will return to the Embassy Suites La Vista Hotel and Conference Center. The event features art from 58 area artists, an incredible silent auction and...

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Edible Seduction

The coating of a truffle is just a diversion, a way to camouflage the simplicity of its creation and the core of its existence — the versatile seductress ganache. The decadent, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate creation is in many ways the playgirl of culinary confections, it looks expensive and complicated, but beneath its illustrious sheen it’s pretty easy.

“Truffles are one of those things that have this stigma about them. People think they are difficult to make but they don’t have to be,” said Melissa Hartman, owner of The Cordial Cherry, an artisan chocolate shop located just south of 180th and Pacific streets.

Hartman offers classes for the novice once per month on the art of making...

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