Pizza Pleasure

Before I get into my review, I’d like to send a message to my friend Chandra who told me to tell her if she should try Ragazzi’s Pizza since it’s so close to her job. Yes, Chandra. Eat at Ragazzi’s. Eat there every opportunity you get, and when you go, invite me to come along.

Now on to my review. Ragazzi’s Pizza opened in June and was a dream come true for owner Jeff Daley. After working as the director of operations for Old Chicago for seventeen years, his wife grew tired of listening to him lament about how he wished he had his own pizza place. “She told me to either do it or quit talking about it,” Jeff laughs. A smart businessman (and apparently a dutiful husband), he took her...

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Harvest Cafe: For A Reason

Walk into Harvest Café in Lakeside Hills and you feel it. You feel that this restaurant is a bit different from others. This one has emotion to it. I didn’t know the story behind Harvest Café before I walked in, yet I could feel that there was a great deal of heart and soul behind it. My first view was of the fireplace which has a small picture frame of a beautiful woman in it. It almost feels like the woman is there to be your host – to welcome you to the restaurant. I now understand why. Tom and Tricia Sawyer were married for 19 years and in 2007, they began thinking about their dreams in life. That year, after Tricia studied culinary arts at Metropolitan College, and Tom left his...

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In Search of Coffee

Ask me if I’d like to spend some time gallivanting around town trying different specialty drinks at coffee shops and I doubt you’ll have trouble sensing my enthusiasm. In truth, I had a difficult time masking my glee about drinking coffee and labeling it research because the only thing I like better than coffee is more coffee.

I visited four independent coffee shops and asked the barista to make me whatever drink he or she considered to be the specialty drink. I also spent some time lingering with my coffee to get a sense of the shop’s ambiance and culture. It was tough. You’re welcome.

Caffeine Dreams, 4525 Farnam Street, http://www.CaffeineDreams.net

The barista presented me with...

entered on 11/12/12 at 09:13 AM | read more »


You Won’t Be Sorry: Varsity Sports CafĂ© and Roman Coin Pizza

It’s all quiet in my house on a Monday night and my husband is nowhere to be found. I look in the kitchen, the bedroom and then wait. It hits me. Just when I realize he is downstairs in his man cave, I hear, “Get the ball – hustle!!!” Ah yes, it’s football season. The time of year where we lose our male loved ones to a sports bar and plates of nachos and wings. So when the following Monday came around, I decided that it was time to join in and experience what this world was like. To do that, we went to Varsity Sports Café and Roman Coin Pizza at their new Midtown location. Between the array of televisions on a wall, there is truly not a bad seat in the house to watch a game. Plus, on...

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A Different Kind of Bistro

Among the first things you notice at Sage Student Bistro is the staff's earnestness. Greeters, servers and cooks are all students in Metropolitan Community College's respected Institute for Culinary Arts, whose sleek building is the face of the Fort Omaha campus' south entrance.

This hidden dining gem occupies an intimate corner space just off the lobby. The contemporary, neo-industrial decor is accented by warm touches. Windows help open up the room and overlook the horticulture department greenhouse, the main supplier of Sage's locally-sourced produce. Some of that fresh goodness is grown in a herb garden surrounding a small, semi-secluded patio outside the bistro.

Culinary students...

entered on 10/05/12 at 01:06 PM | read more »


Roll into Ponzu

It’s all about the neighborhood.

When Jimi D’s Food & Spirits opened four years ago, owner Jimi DiPrima didn’t have big culinary dreams or a snooty design scheme. He just wanted to make it thee neighborhood spot.

Four years and a lot of pints of draft beer later – Jimi D’s pours the most Stella Artois in Nebraska – DiPrima’s first restaurant has become a neighborhood favorite, filled with familiar faces on any given day or night. 

It was the passion for all things sushi that led DiPrima to open his second restaurant, Ponzu Sushi & Grill, earlier this year. With work experience at Blue Sushi in the Old Market, he wanted to bring the cuisine to Aksarben.

Though the name comes from a...

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