From Sushi to Sauce
A new Italian restaurant called Nonna Mia Café & Pizzeria (3125 Esplanade Ave., 948-1717) is open in the cottage that housed Asian Pacific Café. The menu includes specialty pizzas, Italian sandwiches, pasta dishes, large salads served family-style and gelati from Angelo Brocato's Ice Cream & Confectionery.
The Uptown cheese and specialty meat shop St. James Cheese Co. (5004 Prytania St., 899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com) hosts a free cheese tasting each Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In the familiar style of wine tastings, the events typically feature a selection of cheeses sharing a regional provenance, specific producer or flavor profile. The shop also sells beer and wine and offers a discount on its featured cheeses that night.