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Lots of eaters weigh the attractiveness of Italian-American pasta houses by the vastness of their servings. Acres of mozzarella, mountains of meatballs, and more macaroni than a marathoner can manage. Diners like personable servers and a mint with the check, but in Buffalo, nothing brings them back like a doggy bag that takes two hands. So it was i...

When the mood for pasta strikes in D.C., options are plentiful. Some are neighborhood favorites, and others count Michelin stars. That doesn’t worry restaurateur Danny Meyer, who debuted his first full-service Washington restaurant last week with Maialino Mare in Navy Yard. “I feel like with Italian food, there’s never enough,” says Meyer, CEO of U...

Hospitality is in Toni Calderone's blood. It is part of her famiglia.  Her grandparents, Alberto and Mary Salvo, opened the first Alberto's Pizza on 616 E. Market Street (now Anza's Pizza) decades ago. Her grandmother ran Cucuzella's Steak Shop on the corner of Duke and Maple Streets until 1947.  And now, Calderone is set to open Aviano's Corner Tr...

Billing itself as the only pizzeria in Scotch Plains and surrounding areas that specializes in artisanal Roman Square Pizza, Massa Pizza (Park Ave., Scotch Plains) offers “a curated selection of imported Italian specialties in a small but casual atmosphere,” according to its website. Since its opening, the eatery has received many rave reviews, but...

Tasty discovery: Italia white pizza Destination: Vinny’s Pizza and Pasta, 748 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News (also locations at 332 Oyster Point Road in Newport News, and at 4350 George Washington Memorial Highway in York County) Cost: $11-$21.50 depending on size and style Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday Inf...

In what seems to be a trend in New Jersey, another iconic restaurant in the Garden State is closing. Spirito's Italian Restaurant in Elizabeth has been a neighborhood icon ever since it opened in 1932. Most New Jerseyans know a place like Spirito’s – a neighborhood eatery that has the best local food. But would anyone want to buy one? That’s the qu...

One of my life’s goals is to find the perfect sandwich. Thankfully, New Jersey is home to thousands of delis to choose from. And with this new monthly column, I’ll be exploring as many as I can. First, let’s lay down the law. What is a sandwich? What is not a sandwich? Here’s how I see it: A sandwich consists of at least two slices of bread with me...

A new Italian restaurant specializing in pasta dishes has made its debut in the neighborhood. The fresh addition to Adams Morgan, called Reveler’s Hour, is located at 1775 Columbia Road NW. Featured pasta dishes include Genovese-style beef ragu and grilled carrots on capunti, Huntley's pork sausage on garganelli and beans and greens with red peas a...

It’s out with the old and in with the new at a longtime eatery in Harmar. Garlic Grille opened in June in the former Emilia’s Garden, serving Italian American home-style cuisine. “We just wanted to break away from Emilia’s Garden and start something new and fresh,” says co-owner and executive chef Doug Brannock. Roberta Taylor opened Emilia’s Garde...

Lacey has plenty of pizzerias, but one of them is about to change. Fusaro Pizza and Pasta, which operates in Manahawkin, acquired the location of Vesuvio Pizza in Forked River. Andy Costagliola, who owns Fusaro, bought the 725 S Main St. location and is running the restaurant. Once he receives permit approval, he will change the name of the locatio...

Three local restaurants were recognized when Big Seven Travel recently released their rankings for the 25 best pizzas in Pennsylvania. According to their website, rankings were based on critical and editorial opinions, presentation, dollar value, atmosphere, and online customer reviews. Coming in at number thirteen was Williamsport’s Bart’s Pizzeri...

It’s like the members of the “Where Staten Island Eats and Drinks” Facebook group manifested an event like this. Mutzfest, a festival solely featuring mozzarella cheese in it’s many forms is coming to New Jersey later this month. Organizers say the event will be held at the Hoboken Elks Club, 1005 Washington St., on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2 p.m. to...