Private equity bidders line up for Caring's Côte Brasserie

Côte Brasserie, the French restaurants chain backed by the business tycoon Richard Caring, is to receive initial bids that value the business at £120m-plus next week.

Sam Harris: 'you can tell the quality of a restaurant by the bread it serves when you sit down'

My life in food: Sam Harris, chef/patron, Zucca

'you can tell the quality of a restaurant by the bread it serves when you sit down'

Shell out: fresh seafood is on the menu in Positano

My life in travel: Fern Britton

'Cornwall is the land of legends, sea mists, sand dunes and surf'

Postcard from... Naples

Two days in Naples doesn't sound very long. But it was enough to get a taste of what this theatrical southern port is all about.

To vary pizza bianco, add freshly chopped oregano, rosemary or even shavings of truffle

Pizza bianco

Makes 2 pizzas

Nigellissima, BBC2

Grace Dent on TV: Nigellissima, BBC2

I love Nigella's naughty twinkle, but I'm not sure I'll get away with serving my friends a meatzza

Poets of the world, unite! Even if you can't all make the podium

The Olympics were about more than just sport. Suzi Feay looks at the 204 poems chosen from around the world to mark London 2012
Carluccio's has just released its new pre-prepared Italian meals

On The Menu: Carluccio's Lasagne; Fry's Vegetarian Mince; bee pollen; Dr Dre Beats

This week I've been eating... Carluccio's Lasagne

The Emperor's New Clothes: The Italians

The Italians who face England tonight think they are better dressed, better fed, better lovers. Simmy Richman begs to differ
Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant has won three Michelin stars and comes fifth in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list: 'I can't stand arrogance - so many chefs are full of it'

My Life In Food: Massimo Bottura

Bottura is possibly the most influential figure in the new generation of Italian chefs. His avant-garde approach has seen his Modena restaurant, Osteria Francescana, win three Michelin stars and come 5th in the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. He sits on the board of Ferran Adrià's Basque Culinary Centre.

Henry Hill pictured in an FBI mugshot from 1980

'As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster'

Thus begins 'Goodfellas', the film about wiseguy Henry Hill, who has died. By Guy Adams

Luke Blackall: I'm all for pies, pop-ups and "squatter" restaurants

Man About Town: M. Manze's has the type of retro look that owners today spend millions trying to achieve

Cotidie, 50 Marylebone High Street, London

Well, which would you prefer: a so-so Italian meal in London, or a trip to Florence?

The utilitarian pizza is available for experimentation
in a way that other classic dishes aren’t

Trending: Pizza - death by a thousand slices

There's a rash of abominable dishes being served up in the name of pizza. But, asks Will Dean, whoever thought it needed reinventing anyway?

My Life in Travel: David Starkey, historian and television presenter

'For a good holiday, you need someone to hate'

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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture