When D’Amico Cucina opened in 1987, it quickly became the pinnacle of posh. Waves of Jazz flooded the space with warmth and sparkle – even the walls seemed to glow.

Chefs Jay Sparks and John Occhiato may not be household names, but they were the culinary driving forces behind Cucina for much of its lifetime.

Read more about the genealogy of the Twin Cities’ restaurant scene here.

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In a perfect world, Theresa would spend her days reading good books and writing all the time... and she'd own all the shoes her heart desired. When she's not on the hunt for shoes, you can find this Rhode Island transplant on the hunt for food that comes close to "Long Island". Her favorite? Caffe Dolce Vita in Providence's historic Federal Hill.