Gio’s Pastry Shop brings Italian food culture to the Upstate with brick and mortar location

There is a memory Maria Natale has of when she was younger, and her dad would take her to get a bomboli or sfogliatelle or another Italian pastry from a coffee shop in New Jersey. Even now, decades later, the 38-year-old need simply bite into one of those delectable treats and she is transported to her youth and filled with joy.

Gio's Pastry Shop is now open in Fountain Inn, serving up Italian and Italian American specialties like Sfogliatelle (clamshells), tiramisu, bomboloni (filled doughnuts), biscotti, lemon bars and much more.

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Gio’s Pastry Shop is now open in Fountain Inn, serving up Italian and Italian American specialties like Sfogliatelle (clamshells), tiramisu, bomboloni (filled doughnuts), biscotti, lemon bars and much more.

That feeling of, and

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Kids can sign up for free cooking, nutrition classes with St. Joe’s Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR, MI — Hands-on nutrition and cooking classes are available at no charge for anyone age 12 to 14.

St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor has 35 spots open for this Nutrition Buddies Research Program, a four-week virtual course from April to May for kids to explore science, nutrition, agriculture and leadership opportunities. Each participant will receive hands-on cooking instructions at home and a chance to create plant-based meals from scratch with St. Joe’s physicians, according to a news release.

“We know that poor nutrition is a major contributing factor of chronic disease in America, and people who experience

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New owners of Eddie’s pizzeria want to ‘go back to basics’ with authentic Italian food

THE new owners of a pizzeria have vowed ‘to go back to basics’ by offering traditional Italian woodfired pizzas.

Gary Perkins and Jamie Evans took over Eddie’s Wood Fired Pizza on Borough Road at the beginning of January.

The pizzeria served traditional pizzas but in recent years moved into Spitfire sports bar but the duo are keen to return to the old ethos of Eddies which was named after Ervardo Salza which opened on 2016.

He was originally from South Italy and inspired the pair to set up the authentic Neapolitan pizzeria.

Speaking ahead of the official opening on Friday,

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Opening date revealed for Michigan’s first Portillo’s Chicago-style Italian beef restaurant

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – After much anticipation, we’ve now learned when Michigan’s first Portillo’s restaurant will open for business. The popular Chicago-style Italian beef eatery plans to open in Sterling Heights on Tuesday, March 16 at 10:30 a.m.

The 7,900 square-foot restaurant will be located off of Hall Road at 14425 Lakeside Circle. We’re told the décor will be retro-inspired and feature the authenticity of the brand dating back to the 1960s, when it was founded. As a tribute to Metro Detroit, the interior will also showcase the automotive history of the area.

“We have had Portillo’s fans asking us

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World cuisine: 10 best food cultures

food on a grill: Freshly baked French baguettes -- mouthwatering.

Freshly baked French baguettes — mouthwatering.

We love to write about food and drink. We love to celebrate the good stuff and lambaste the bad. This is our take on some of the best food cultures and destinations, but of course it’s subjective.

It’s time to find out once and for all, which cuisine is king as you dream about where you’ll travel next:

10. United States

This may be because most of the popular foods in the USA originate in some other country. The pizza slice is Italian. Fries are Belgium or Dutch.

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Eating junk food ‘will cancel out positive effects of a healthy diet’

Eating junk food will cancel out all the positive effects of a healthy diet, a new study has suggested.

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Researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago said that those who indulge in regular cheat days are more at risk of having long-term health issues and cognitive decline, even if they adhere to the Mediterranean diet most of the time.

That particular diet is considered to be the healthiest by experts, as it includes plenty of fruit, grains, vegetables, olive oil, oily fish, and potatoes.

The team observed more than 5,000 adults over the age

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