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If times were normal, Maureen Carreno would be full-swing into her consulting job and running her travel agency. "Normally I work at least two jobs, and have most of my life," she said. Since times are far from normal, with many people refraining from travel during the pandemic, Carreno's business has been closed. "That gives me time to chop veg an...

On the outside, they look like a plain hunk of bread. Or maybe a small, uncut hoagie bun. Or an elongated dinner roll. The exterior provides no clue, no tipoff, that meat awaits inside. Cut or bite into a West Virginia pepperoni roll, though, and the smell and flavor of an Italian kitchen come forth. Broken bread reveals sausage. It’s that mystery...

On a Zoom call, Mike Friedman looks every bit a chef with his short-sleeved whites, black beanie, and a neatly trimmed beard that frames a frequent smile. But nearly a year into the novel coronavirus crisis, the driving force behind the Red Hen sounds more like the creative director at an ad firm when he explains how the Bloomingdale neighborhood f...

For three decades, Larry and Renee Anderson have been building a life and a successful restaurant together. The couple married in May 1990 and in January 1991 opened Bocca Grande Italian Steakhouse at 4490 Erie Ave. NW. The restaurant's 30th birthday was Thursday. "Our entire married life, all we've ever known is this lifestyle," Renee, 58, said ab...

Salvatore A. Davino, 79, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2021. Born and raised in South Orange, NJ, Sal Davino began his career with his father in a home improvement business.  His work in that field led him to the construction of custom homes, as well as retail and industrial construction.  Sal shifted his focus and became involved in commer...

Village Trattoria, a highly favored New Jersey spot for Italian American food and pizza, has been around since 1992. The family run shop is fueled by a simple love of quality food and an immense love of community. During the restaurant’s 28 years of business, the community members of Maplewood, NJ have become loyal customers to the Trattoria. Simil...

A Bridgeton-based Italian foods manufacturer will open its second processing and storage facility on a 44-acre section of the city’s James R. Hurley Industrial Park near the airport, giving the park its first occupant since it opened almost a decade ago. Agriterra LLC is owned by Vineland resident Paul L. Infranco, who also is president of family o...

Let’s get something straight. Here in New Jersey, no one should ever have to rely on any kind of deli sandwich chain. We are blessed to have a seemingly unlimited number of old world delis with fresh, homemade ingredients. But sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures. So if you’re ever in dire straits, need a quick sub fix, and have t...

Nutleyite Vincent LoCurcio III, 64, owner of Nutley Park ShopRite and the Belleville ShopRite died on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. LoCurcio was a past recipient of the John V. Kelly Humanitarian Award, the Nutley Jaycees Businessman of the Year Award in 2001 and the Dr. Virginius D. Mattia Award for Distinguished Community Service along with his partner...

With all of the exotic dining options available in and around Atlantic County, one thing that seems to please just about every fat boy is Italian food from a simple pizzeria. Sure, it might not come with the foodie cred of some spots, but taking that first bite of a great slice is unmatched. So when we were perusing our lunch options and Scott ment...

The Abruzzo Molise Heritage Society in Washington, DC is inviting you to attend a virtual discussion about the film " From the Vine,” with our special guest the film’s lead actor Joe Pantoliano! Joe has won an Emmy for his role in the Sopranos and has had roles in many hit films such as the Goonies, the Matrix, and Risky Business. His most recent f...

Prato Bakery is taking its Italian bakery talents and expanding its business yet again — by opening its third location — back in Jersey City. You probably have already been acquainted with this delicious local eatery in Hoboken {201 Washington Street} and Jersey City {371 4th Street}. But now, Prato will be opening another location in Downtown Jers...