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When Touch of Italy owner Bob Ciprietti took over the former Bella Coast Italian Kitchen & Market on Concord Pike last week, the Sussex County restaurateur came with some secret weapons. He brought in culinary consultant Ciro Verdi, a longtime New York City chef/restaurateur whose pizza has been praised by celebrity chef Bobby Flay and featured oft...

Chef Anthony Bucco, whose distinguished career includes the North Jersey gems Ryland Inn and Restaurant Latour, has had longtime plans to open Felina, a contemporary Italian bar-restaurant, in Ridgewood, N.J. The project has been beset by delays. It's now up for November. Meanwhile, his business partners, developers Frank and Jeanne Cretella, had a...

L’evento annuale Issnaf il 22 e 23 ottobre 2018 all’ambasciata italiana di Washington sarà un momento molto importante di incontro, dialogo e brainstorming sulla diaspora italiana in Nord America con prestigiose personalità americane e italiane dell’arena scientifica, industriale, economica, culturale e diplomatica. Dopo aver discusso l’anno scorso...

It's Christmas at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City on Saturday, December 8th at 8PM and Sunday, December 9th at 7pm in The Showroom. "My Big Gay Italian Christmas" received rave reviews at its opening in July and is preparing for an explosive return to the Atlantic City arena this December with after parties to follow each performance. The follow...

Gritty is on his way to becoming a Philly icon so much so that there's a movement to give Gritty his own mural.  "I’d vote for Gritty a hundred times.” Mark Macyk is like the hundreds of thousands who love them some Gritty but could the brand new Philadelphia Flyers mascot replace another Philly icon in the Italian market—former Mayor Frank Rizzo?...

To hear Mark Spena rattle off the surnames of those who sat around the tables of his childhood in South Philadelphia – and ultimately, to hear the first chapters of what became a life spent in the love and preparation of food -- is to be invited into a scene from a movie about a large and very extended Italian family, and kindly asked to pass the n...

Growing up in a strict Italian-American family was never dull though quite predictable.  My father, who was most certainly the head of the clan, had few rules that were explained with fanfare but my sister, Kathy and I clearly understood what was expected of us by the way he led by example.  Of all the things Dad imparted to us, I would say the imp...

Performer, composer, and author John T. LaBarbera performs his original score for Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck on October 28 at 4:00pm. LaBarbera’s score creates an emotional atmosphere through the melodic themes that are reminiscent of the Italian immigrant music published during the early 20th century. C...

Friday, October 26, 2018. From 7:00 pm To 7:45 pm. Organized by Embassy of Italy/Italian Cultural Institute. Entrance: Free. Shakespeare Theatre Company - Sidney Harman Hall: Forum 610 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004. Now in its 11th year, Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America. This year Italy pres...

In the early 1940s, Jim Carasella was an usher at the Manos Theater in Jeannette. One day, he spotted the glamorous Royal Hawaiian Hotel in the background of a film. He dreamed of making it there in person. On a 2005 trip to Hawaii with his family for an American Legion Convention, that dream came true. “It took him 60 years to get there,” said his...

Chiaroscuro woodcuts are among the rarest and most beautiful prints that flourished throughout 16th-century Italy. The first comprehensive study devoted to this subject, The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy casts new light on the beginnings and remarkable efflorescence of this art form, informed by new art-historical and technical research...

Tucked away in the corner of South York Plaza is 700 gallons of merlot, Montepulciano and Syrah. The wine isn't hidden beneath century-old catacombs that are part of some long-forgotten slice of York County history. Rather, hundred-liter tanks and carboys sit in plain sight behind the bar of Wood Fire Italian Grill.  Vito Serradella, co-owner of th...