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Antonio Bianchini was born in Tripoli, Libya with Italian citizenship. After WWII, he and his family, that included four siblings, moved back to Rome and lived in a refugee camp for nine years. The accommodations included a single room separated by a sheet, community bathrooms and traveling three flights to gather, water. His childhood experiences...

Daniel Leone has been a Philly cop for more than 23 years. But recently, things have gone downhill on the job for the 47-year-old Northern Liberties resident. In a just-filed federal lawsuit, Leone claims that members of the Philadelphia Police Department have discriminated against him because he’s an Italian American. It all started close to ten y...

I definitely pissed off a member of the Bamonte family. I didn’t mean to do it. I was trying to explain to Nicole Bamonte that I’m writing about how I will try, and likely enjoy, any establishment that displays one or more autographed photos of a cast member from The Sopranos, that it’s a seal of approval for me when I walk into a place in the Tri-...

Preparing to go over the top with the romance this Valentine's Day? While there is no shortage of romantic restaurants in and around Philadelphia, it turns out you don't have to go far to find the most romantic restaurant in the whole of Pennsylvania. That's according to food and recipe site Delish, which proclaimed Society Hill's Bistro Romano as...

Trip Advisor lists Cafe Mezzanotte as the number one restaurant in Severna Park and after dining there over the holidays I can understand why. First impressions always count and I had a lovely young hostess greet me with a smile and warmth that initially set the tone for what was to come. There was something about her sense of caring that made me f...

Pasta. Sauce. You don't have to be Italian to swoon upon mention of those words. Worldwide consumption of pasta increased for the second straight year in 2017, with the U.S. leading the pasta market - 2.7 million tons consumed last year.  And sauce? Most supermarkets stock dozens of kinds. Marinara. Tomato and basil. Tomato, garlic and onion. Tomat...

In a news cycle swirling with notices of restaurant closures, Ristorante i Ricchi reminds us that longevity is possible in the D.C. dining scene. The Italian restaurant specializing in Tuscan cuisine opened its doors on 19th St. NW on Jan. 11, 1989. That's the year the Berlin Wall fell. Paula Abdul was singing "Straight Up," and Weekend at Bernie's...

Montclair resident, Cara Di Falco has created Cara’s Cucina, YouTube’s first and only Emmy Nominated cooking show, according to a release. Cara Di Falco is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a professional broadcast journalist. Together with her two-time Emmy Award winning husband, Eddie Ojeda, they set out to combine their love of producing...

If you try to pitch a joke to comedy specialists Sal and Guy Richards, they’ll chuckle. Then, they’ll tell you to keep your day job. Yet, Guy Richards admits, the audience provides the comedians' their greatest inspiration. Their own New York Italian-American family and yours -- whatever the genealogy -- will be the fodder for their fun. And they s...

Thursday, January 31, 2019. From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm. Free Entrance. Gonda Theatre - Davis Performing Arts Center - Georgetown University - 3700 O Street NW - Washington, DC 20057. RSVP Here. The Georgetown University Italian Research Institute of Georgetown College, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Geo...

When I was a kid I thought it was pretty cool that we had a bunch of cousins who lived in Rhode Island.  They were all from my paternal grandmother’s side of the family and when we would drive north to see them or they would come to Philly to visit, there was always fun to be had.   My earliest recollections, of our visits to the Warwick area, come...

Monday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. Red Eye Café, 94 Walnut St. Spotify playlist: tinyurl.com/ya672epy Kathycurto.com In one way, Kathy Curto has been working on “Not for Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey Childhood” since she wrote her first glimpse, “Mary Janes,” back in 2005. But in another way, one could say she’s been working on it her whole life. A promp...