Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Familiar faces and a quaint atmosphere make this Italian restaurant a neighborhood fixture.
What does a man who once owned three restaurants do after selling the businesses and finding out retirement is not for him? The answer was simple for Nick Kontos. He went back to what he knows best. That is how Cristina Italian Ristorante came to Wheaton in May of 2002. "It's a tough business, but I love the restaurant business. I love to communicate with the customers, to talk with the people. That's really enjoyable for me," said Kontos, the restaurant's owner. After serving Greek and Italian food to restaurant goers in Bethesda and College Park, Kontos wanted new customers to enjoy the Italian food he adores. As the son of an Italian mother and Greek father, Kontos learned to appreciate the native cuisines of both his parents. Which …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Italian restaurant in downtown Silver Spring is a classic American story.
The name tells most visitors the kind of food they will see on the menu at Vicino Ristorante Italiano. The music playing and paintings and posters on the walls are big clues. But the host they see welcoming them into his modest space at 959 Sligo Avenue still stirs the curiosity of some diners. "A lot of times people will come and ask, 'A black guy from Africa with an Italian restaurant?' I will answer, 'Only in America,'" said John Eshun, owner of Vicino. The native of Ghana never dreamed of opening a restaurant when he was growing up in Africa. He arrived in the U.S. in 1974. The inspiration took root when he got a job at Pines of Rome in Bethesda. Eshun worked his way up from a dishwasher to a waiter and fell in love with the simplicity…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Family-owned restaurant features white tablecloths and surprising choices.
Years ago, a carry out taco from Samantha's satisfied the hunger of an on-the-run news reporter. The quick stop left me wondering about the appealing atmosphere and appetizing plates passing by as I waited for my order. The restaurant at 631 East University Blvd. is an oasis of upscale dining that still attracts patrons looking for more than the usual Tex-Mex for their dining out experience. "I think it is a beautiful little restaurant," said Rosemary Tallon, a Baltimore resident. "The decor is very nice. It is a very pleasant place to eat." Tallon also thinks highly of the food she describes as fresh and well-prepared. Her friend, Fred Sahli of Silver Spring, introduced her to Samantha's because he likes the white tablecloths and the …
Friday, June 10, 2011
Save 33 percent on seafood with today’s Downtown Deal!
Today’s Downtown Deal—from Whole Foods Market—offers 1/3 off wild-caught sea scallops! Seafood is always a great summer food, and today only (Friday, June 10, 2011) Whole Foods Market is knocking off $5 per pound (30-40ct) on wild-caught sea scallops. Until the store closes at 10:00 p.m. this evening, you can get a pound for only $9.99! Whole Foods Market is located at 833 Wayne Avenue. Call 301-608-9373 for more information. What will the next Downtown Deal be? Click “Start Following” at the top of this page and have the Downtown Deal delivered right to your in-box.