Dining | Food Matters: Little Italy Pizzeria e Ristorante, Aloha Island Style Sushi & weird food 

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Good news for fans of Little Italy Pizzeria e Ristorante, which I reviewed in November. Little Italy owners Ron and Kathleen Galati note they have received a liquor license for Christmas. Although they have a full liquor license, they’ve decided to “start out slowly,” serving beer, wine and a few after dinner cordials like Anisette, Sambuca and Amaretto. So, now, you can enjoy a bold Barbera with your Little Italy meatballs. Little Italy Pizzeria e Ristorante is located in Sandy at 9284 S. 799 East, and its phone is 255-0363.

• I recently received a hilarious note from the zaniest chef I know, Billy Z. of Aloha Island Style Sushi. Billy is proud to report that Aloha Island Style Sushi is “fedworthy.” Last month, the Food and Drug Administration popped in to inspect his seafood manufacturing plant. Not state inspectors, but the feds. “What a trip,” said Billy Z., after having spent four days with them. “We passed, of course,” says Billy. “Two hundred square feet of good, clean fun! Let those other small-time restaurants get inspected by just the state; we are fedworthy!” Billy Z’s FDA-certified Aloha Island Style Sushi is located in Salt Lake City at 336 W. 300 South, and his phone is 801-DA-BEACH.

• As chefs get more and more experimental and exotic in their uses of hard-to-find ingredients, I’ve found a useful Website to help get a handle on them. At WeirdFood.com, you’ll find explanations of all sorts of alien foodstuffs from Southeast Asian durian and Ghanan fufu to Quebec’s poutine and ambuyat from Brunei. Why, there’s even a thorough explanation of the Aussie’s and Kiwi’s love of Marmite, a mystery which has baffled me for years.

Quote of the week: Ever wonder about those people who spend $2 a piece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards. —George Carlin

Send Food Matters information to teds@xmission.com. Hear Ted over the airwaves on Sound Bites, Thursdays on KSL NewsRadio 1160 AM and 102.7 FM.

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