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"Seeing the old classics on there, I know I’ve gotta keep this thing going," says wine director Jared Gelband. // Photo courtesy of Italian Village

The ClassicsChicago

Is Italian Village Keeping Chicago’s Biggest Wine Secret?

The quiet pervades the Italian Village’s climate-controlled wine cellar, which is perched implausibly on the top floor of this three-restaurants-in-one…

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A visit to Italian Village almost always will involve red sauce. // Photo courtesy Italian Village

The ClassicsChicago

At Chicago’s Italian Village, a Century of Meat Sauce and Solace

After my family moved to Chicago’s western suburbs in 1991 when I was seven, dinner at the subterranean Italian chophouse…

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Filming Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood at Casa Vega. // Courtesy Casa Vega

The ClassicsLos Angeles

A New Brush With Fame, Yes, But Casa Vega Has Always Been There For Us

Rafael “Ray” Vega opened his Casa Vega restaurant in 1956, near the corner of Ventura Boulevard and Fulton Avenue in…

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The ClassicsLos Angeles

Daniel Navarro Kept El Cochinito in the Family. Now He’s Made Sure It Reflects the Community

In the days before COVID-19, there’s a good chance you drove by El Cochinito  a million times without noticing it.…

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The ClassicsLos Angeles

The Golden Bull Has Been a Cornerstone for Santa Monica Canyon and the LGBTQ Community

Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, author Christopher Isherwood, and painter Don Bachardy walk into a bar.  This isn’t a joke. It’s…

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The ClassicsNew York

At Arturo’s, a Reminder That We Celebrate in Restaurants

“She wants to go somewhere with live music,” my partner told me, and my eyes widened in dismay. His parents…

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The ClassicsLondon

The Definitive Guide to London’s Classic Restaurants

What makes a London restaurant a classic?  To us, classic restaurants are exceptional places that, over time, have come to…

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The ClassicsNashville

Now More Than Ever, I’m So Grateful For Legacy Restaurants Like Arnold’s

I am eternally grateful for Arnold’s. It’s the first place I take a guest when they come to town, especially…

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Sylvia's New York

The ClassicsNew York

Sylvia’s in Harlem Still Stands For Community

A couple of weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon in August, I strolled up to the pickup window at Sylvia’s…

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The ClassicsNew York

Fanelli’s Has Belonged to Downtown Manhattan Since 1874

Everyone who hangs out at Fanelli’s was a downtown kid, or their friends were. I realized this when I started…

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