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Katie Parla is living her dream in Rome, The Eternal City. She grew up in an Italian-American household in Princeton Junction, where her parents worked in various food businesses. Papa now owns Clydz restaurant in New Brunswick (known for game and specialty cocktails), while her mother, Jo Ann, gives popular cooking demos at the West Windsor Commun...

by Molly Eichel   Singer and actor Frankie Avalon returned to his Italian Market roots last year to gather ingredients from the likes of Cannuli's Meats and Claudio's with his childhood pal Jerry Blavat for his first cookbook, Frankie Avalon's Italian Family Cookbook (St. Martin's Press, $24.99).   In the book, Avalon shares recipes f...

THE EXPANSION of an Italian pastry shop from Staten Island to Cranford was never intended, but when Christina Campitiello visited the location, she just couldn't resist. It was like a scene from a movie. "The town was so perfect," she says. "We were there for one minute — it felt like home."   Campitiello knows from movie scenes. The or...

Promotions highlighting the arrival of Italian abate fetel variety pears into the U.S. are taking place on the East Coast. Abate fetel pears from Italy's northeastern Emilia Romagna region are making their U.S. debut, according to a news release, and promotions will offer sampling events in Delaware and New York City. On Jan. 29, an Italian p...

By Suzanne Loudermilk Haughey   The tiny storefront on South High Street is back in business—this time as Joe Benny's Focacceria. Owner Joseph Benjamin Gardella, pictured above, is the genial host. Joe, 36, a first-generation Italian American, has long hoped to own a restaurant property.   "I've always loved food," he says, havin...

April 25, 2015 Saturday 2:30 PMQuakerbridge Mall (Lawrenceville, NJ) - 150 Quaker Bridge MallTrenton, New Jersey 08648We all love Italian food and in this class we'll take the opportunity to help you master some delicious authentic dishes from southern Italy. Our chef instructor will show students how to take advantage of traditional Sici...

by Paul Sebert   Many Tri-State residents were saddened last year when Tascali's Decades Pasta Bar & Grill closed after 29 years when owner Darrell Smith retired. There's now a new Italian option in the village of Barboursville. Fratelli's Italian Restaurant opened it's doors in early June in the former home of Tascali's.   "...

The Center for Italian & Italian American Culture announces its kick-off celebration of the Italian Heritage Month: "Vino 2015," a wine-tasting event with wines offered by Gary's Marketplace from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield.   Tickets for members are $40 per pers...

Rare Italian wines will be at the Independence Seaport Museum for a tasting event April 27. The event is being hosted by Drink Philly and South Italy Imports.   Attendees will have an opportunity to sample more than 40 hard-to-find wines made with different varieties of grapes from the various regions of Italy. Light appetizers will be avail...

Vincenzo Tettamanti didn't start his dessert cafe on Market Street in the borough because he was pining for the old country. But he was hungry for something authentically Italian.   "I always cooked, since I was little," Tettamanti recently recalled inside his Gemelli Artisanal Gelato and Dessert Cafe across from the Historic Courthouse in t...

By Marcy Nicholson   Italy's Lavazza is joining the ranks of Starbucks and Gevalia in the highly competitive specialty coffee section on grocery store shelves as the nearly 120-year-old roaster makes another push into the U.S. and Canadian consumer markets.   The family run business, a brand little-known by North American consumers th...

Danilo and Alona Orofino are offering "authentic Italian food" in Orofino (link is external), the restaurant they're opening at 1006 C Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg. Their grand opening is August 12 - 18, 2016.   "Everything you'll find on the menu will have deep roots in each of the unique Italian regions, traditions, and cooking...