Local businessman wants to feed the town of Rockford for free

Visit “Fatzo” and the Mrs. for Italian fare at Rockford’s newest restaurant. The doors opened Friday, September 7 at the corner of East Main and Northland Drive.

by BETH ALTENA In a way, buying their own restaurant was like an anniversary present for Debbie and Douglas Ryke. The couple celebrated their fifteenth anniversary the day after they opened the doors of Fatzo’s Pizza. In a way, it was like a whole new marriage. “The restaurant is our life now,” said Debbie of […]

Rockford’s ACE high royal flush BBQ boot camp

“Grillin’ Guy” Bob Nurmikko displays a perfect Grist Mill brisket supplied by Canonsburg’s Don Kurylowicz. Let the grillin’ class begin!	Photo by STACY NEIDZWIECKI, stacyn.com

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL “It was awesome”, said Rockford master plumber Blaine Kellermeier after the second of two summer grilling seminars, complete with sit-down dinners, which were hosted by Pete Kruer of Rockford’s ACE Hardware. “I consider myself a fairly accomplished backyard griller,” continued Kellermeier, “but I’ve managed to learn something new while attending […]

Reds on the River wins award of excellence

Wine Spectator announced recently that Reds on the River in Rockford has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Award of Excellence. As such, Reds will be featured in Wine Spectator’s August 31, 2012 issue, which hit newsstands on July 24. Award winners also are listed online at www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/47026. Reds’ summer wine list features over 400 wines […]

Florentine’s changes name to establish identity

Dan and David Uccello are co-owners of Florentine Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar in Belmont, which is now shortened to Flo's Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar.

Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar new moniker There will be a shorter name for a locally owned family restaurant and sports bar. Florentine’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar will now be Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar. “To the Uccello family, high-quality service and food is everything,” said Dan Uccello, who, along with brother […]

‘Bad Dads’ win chili cook-off

Chili Cook-off contestants (l–r) Tom Troyanowski and Bill McDaniel take home three awards, cooking as “The Two Bad Dads.”

On Saturday June 2, the Second Annual Chili Cook-off to benefit the American Legion, Wounded Warrior Project and Pets for Vets was held outside the Delta Plex in Grand Rapids. The Chili Cook-off team of “The Two Bad Dads” took home three awards. Bill McDaniel and Tom Troyanowski won “Best Booth,” first place, in traditional […]