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Salami, cheese, prosciutto. Cannot forget about that fresh mozzarella. Yes, these are all things found on grandma’s table before a big Sunday dinner or just one of the many items found at a local favorite under new management. Mid-Shore Meats Italian Specialties is now open, and family-owned, and operated. Whether you’re Italian, or love some good...

Dinnertime, for an Italian family, is sacred. It’s an opportunity to gather around the table, share a meal, drink some good wine and engage in great conversation. The spread on Christmas Eve represents the heart of this tradition. The Feast of the Seven Fishes — for which seven seafood items are prepared — has been handed down through generations....

For six years, business and life partners Brendon Hudson, right, and David Monteagudo have owned and operated Liliahna, a catering business named after Hudson’s great-aunt, who hails from a small town (Port S. Elpidio) in Southern Italy. But last September, the duo, who met while still in culinary school, decided to branch out their business and op...

A bakery in Montgomery County went above and beyond to spread Christmas cheer to their neighbors in need. The Collegeville Italian Bakery filled a 2,200 square foot vacant building with toys and food. The Carcarey family, owners of the bakery, say they started collecting items last month from customers, local schools and other small businesses.Tues...

The Feast of Seven Fishes is a hallmark Christmas Eve tradition in Pittsburgh’s Italian-American households. The celebration took root in many regions of the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s as Italians began to immigrate en masse to the country and share their culinary heritage. “We can’t go back and say it comes from one person or...

Just after midnight on Christmas Eve, while Santa is still out delivering toys, thousands of people line up for a Christmas tradition in South Philadelphia: pastries at Termini Bros. But this year, their 100th Christmas, the storied bakery almost lost its cannolis. You see, their 80-year-old machine, straight from Italy, broke right after Thanksgiv...

Shoppers at The Mall at Short Hills can now expect to see decadent chocolates, gelato, crepes and more at Venchi Fine Italian Chocolates — the brand's first "ChocoGelateria" in New Jersey. The new chocolate shop has recently opened at the Short Hills Mall on the first floor across from Macy's. Venchi currently has 135 retail boutiques in 70 countri...

Botanica – from Ryan Sherring of the Six Mile Bridge brewery in Maryland Heights and acclaimed chef Ben Welch – recently opened in Wildwood, showcasing a blend of new Italian and Southern American cuisine. Using ingredients like fermented garlic honey, pecans and sweet potatoes across a menu of small plates, pastas, entrées and Roman-style pizza, B...

New York City-based Song E Napule has opened in Rutherford, New Jersey. It is the brand's first location outside of NYC, according to a press release. The restaurant, created by Ciro Iovine, will serve pizza and traditional Italian dishes. "Today more than ever, it's fundamental that the restaurant business propose food characterized by top quality...

Here in Philly, the Christmas Eve tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes — a massive, seafood-packed meal in honor of the holiday — is a well-known and oft-celebrated event for Italian American families. But when he was growing up in Brooklyn in the 1960s and ’70s, Blaise Tobia never heard of it. So, when he came to Philadelphia to work at Drex...

Sometimes even the most creative chefs need a side project. Take, for example, Bertrand Chemel, whose work at 2941 in Falls Church made it my No. 1 restaurant this year. And we food critics can’t live on fine dining alone. Sometimes, we all just want a pizza. That’s why this weekend, a visit to Pizzeria Orso, also in Falls Church, was a match made...

Two business owners who have roots in the Chatham community plan to open the doors soon to their family-friendly, Chatham Plaza restaurant, "The Shop." The eatery is going to be in the 2,300-square-foot space for a long-term lease in the Levin Management Corporation retail center on Main Street, in Café Villa's former space. "Chatham Plaza shoppers...