For whatever reason—the need to compensate for the Twin Cities' watery espresso or our nonexistent Little Italy—our local Italian restaurateurs have a tendency toward empire building. Buca di Beppo, born in the basement of a Minneapolis apartment complex, is now a publicly traded company with nearly 100 locations nationwide. The D'Amico Partners restaurant/catering business has spread all the way to Florida. Punch Neapolitan pizzerias are cropping up as fast as tomatoes on an August vine. And now the east side's Parmesan prince, Frank Marchionda, just added another restaurant... More >>>