Ricatoni’s Italian Grill is About More Than Just the Food

Ricatoni’s Italian Grill is About More Than Just the Food

Every college town has a go-to pizza place. Some might have two or even three. But only one town has Ricatoni’s Italian Grill. This Italian restaurant in historic downtown Florence has been around for decades serving tasty, homemade food; supporting its community; and employing lots of local students, but the passion of owner Rick Elliott [...]

Delicious Cross-Cultural Exploration at El ZunZún

Delicious Cross-Cultural Exploration at El ZunZún

The greatest inspiration for El ZunZún came from the tiniest of things:  the hummingbird. The cultures and foods along the hummingbird’s migratory route are evident everywhere you look—and in everything you taste—at El ZunZún in Cahaba Heights (which will open Monday, August 27). Restaurant owner and pastry chef Becky Satterfield and executive chef Angela Schmidt, [...]

Odette is Destination Dining in Florence

Odette is Destination Dining in Florence

For nearly five years, Odette owner Celeste Pillow and executive chef Josh Quick and their team have helped downtown Florence, Alabama flourish--one delicious dish at a time. The casual, upscale restaurant is one of a growing number of locally owned, small businesses drawing people back to this exciting town’s downtown. Read more about Odette here [...]

Food with Soul

Food with Soul

It seems especially appropriate that Rodney and Stephanie Wilson serve soul food at their downtown Anniston restaurant. Just getting to the point of owning their own place took a lot of faith. Several years ago, Rodney began experiencing kidney failure. He ended up having a transplant and then needed to find another job. He had [...]

Purveyor Huntsville Provides More than Just Great Food

Purveyor Huntsville Provides More than Just Great Food

Purveyor Huntsville is a spirit-driven place, and the wine- and bourbon-inspired menu is just part of it. There's a spirit of camaraderie here between owners Stephanie Kennedy-Mell and Matt Mell and chef Rene Boyz and their knowledgable, friendly staff. There's a shared spirit of gracious hospitality. That's clearly the way to do it. Open for only a few months, [...]

Mississippi Tamales and More, Thanks to a Los Angeles Mariachi Band

Mississippi Tamales and More, Thanks to a Los Angeles Mariachi Band

LIfe's little surprises often remain hidden unless you're paying attention. At the Southern Foodways Alliance Winter Symposium held in Birmingham recently, I heard the celebrated female mariachi band La Victoria perform a concert of corridos (storytelling folk songs). They sang about many things including a woman who traveled with her food--and food memories--packed in a suitcase. [...]