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The North Wildwood Italian-American Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23, with a weekend of great food, family fun and Italian-American heritage. Activities take place from 4-10 p.m. Friday, June 21; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 22; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 23, along Olde New Jersey Avenue in Nor...

Over the past century, several populations have come and gone throughout South Philadelphia. Some folks, though, have stayed through every changing moment of these last 100 years. One lifelong resident in particular, 99-year-old Lower Moyamensing resident Charles “Charlie” Leuzzi, ventured in combat across Europe during World War II, earning two Pu...

Puglisi Barber Shop is busy on a Friday afternoon in mid-May. Chatter echoes through the small space as piles of hair expand on the floor. Tony Puglisi, the shop’s namesake, is in the back finishing up a cut. In a strong Sicilian accent, he can be heard over the din asking the customer if he likes his new ‘do. The answer, as it often has been over...

The Italian American Benevolent Association celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a June 7 dinner dance attended by more than 100 club members and families at the Greenview Inn at Eastlyn Golf Course. Inspired by its rich heritage in America, the IABA was founded to promote solidarity and friendship among all people, to promote the celebration of th...

Villa Italian Kitchen, one of America’s favorite quick-service pizza brands, is proud to today announce a new way to reward all volunteers who donate the life-saving gift of blood. On Friday, June 14, in honor of the 15th annual World Blood Donor Day, all guests who visit their local Villa Italian Kitchen and provide proof of donation in the form o...

Cousin Vinny's Restaurant, a family-style spot with a bar, opened in Wood-Ridge at the beginning of May. Larry Cerrone, who for nearly 13 years has opened and maintained restaurants in New York City including Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village and Hummus Kitchen on the East Side, teamed with his friend Peter Flower, a publisher, to open the 140-seat re...

The Hamilton Hotel is ready to unveil the final pieces of its multi-million dollar renovationdowntown at the corner of 14th and K Streets NW. An Italian restaurant specializing in Neapolitan pizza and a glamorous, postage stamp-sized bar serving cocktails and caviar are both scheduled to open tomorrow. Following a full lobby transformation and gues...

In November of 2008, like many elderly south Philadelphia residents, our Aunt Mary and Uncle Tony Rocca enjoyed taking the late-afternoon bus ride to the casino in Atlantic City. Certainly, at the age of 88, they both deserved to have a little fun after raising their three kids in a most selfless and devoted way. Uncle Tony learned the printing bus...

A new fast, casual and healthy Italian restaurant has a few things missing from its menu: pizza, pasta, and bread. Prima opened last Wednesday on Bethesda Row, serving free bowls to the public to sample and crowding the restaurant. It took over the corner Taylor Gourmet held. The Italian restaurant is a part of the restaurant group of Boston-based...

Via Sophia is the latest hotel restaurant looking to convince locals it’s more than a hotel restaurant (see: American Son, everything at The Line).  The “upscale modern osteria,” located in Franklin Square’s Hamilton Hotel, officially opens June 12 with Neapolitan pizza, pastas, and other southern Italian specialties  from former Fiola Mare chef de...

Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano were humungous additions to Rutgers Wrestling in their own respective timelines and were integral to making the Scarlet Knights a wrestling powerhouse. While Suriano has one more season to win his second national title, head coach Scott Goodale and company have their eyes set on another prized addition. This one, w...

Recent efforts have been launched to rescind Columbus Day. I, speaking on behalf of the Dante Alighieri Society, firmly believe that the voyages of Christopher Columbus represent a tremendous human achievement. Collectively, they symbolize a documented “first encounter.” That being said, the importance of Columbus’s voyages should not be – should n...