Over the course of the pandemic, restaurants have faced some of their toughest challenges ever, so today we're kicking off a series to celebrate the best neighborhood restaurants across the country — as chosen by you!
And first up is Grand Rapids' Amore Trattoria, an authentic Italian restaurant chosen by the Reynolds family, all four of whom are absolutely obsessed with the eatery's lasagna, lobster ravioli, and arancini. But most of all, they say, "The only thing better than the food at Amore is Chef Jenna… [who] is as authentic as her food."
When she couldn’t hug her customers during the pandemic, Chef Jenna invented "food hugs" — i.e. boxes and boxes of her delicious food, which she hand-delivered to essential workers and families in need.