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Francesco's Italian Ristorante & Pizzeria looks like just another local Italian spot from the outside, but it's a surprising work of Italian art inside. Francesco LoPiccolo, owner of the popular Lorenzo's in Fountain Hill, last year transformed the former Pantry Diner building on Susquehanna Street into a beautifully designed restaurant that takes...

Nick Stefanelli is the chef/owner of one of Washington, D.C.’s hottest restaurants, Masseria. Located steps from Union Market, the restaurant is a hub of hipster activity, but it also happens to be a temple to those pilgrims in search of the city’s best food. Masseria recently earned a star in the prestigious Michelin dining guide, along with th...

Thursday, May 25, 2017. 6 p.m. reception - 7 p.m. program. Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.Join the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) on Thursday, May 25, 2017, for the 29th Annual National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala featuring a silent auction, Venetian hour, cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, music and more! The signature Washi...

UNICO of Westfield is proud to sponsor a Flapjack fundraiser to benefit our veterans and active military through Bonds of Courage.  Bonds of Courage is a non profit charity that provides a network of support services to troops, veterans and military families on a local level. The event will be held at Applebee's , 1255 Raritan  Road, Clark NJ on Ap...

Natuzzi, Italy's largest furniture house, opens its doors in The Design Center located off Route 17 North in Paramus New Jersey, the first Natuzzi U.S. store to open in 2017. The 9000 square foot selling space showcases the evolution of the Natuzzi brand experience. The new location and format features the entire Natuzzi Italia range of furniture a...

A beloved Italian restaurant in South Hackensack is expanding to Woodland Park. I Gemelli -- which translates to "twins" in English from Italian -- has been run by twin brothers Luigi and Severio Firnessi for over a decade. Their Woodland Park location celebrates its grand opening on Tuesday, March 7. Yelppers give I Gemelli in South Hackensack fre...

On July 1, 2016 the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Garfield, New Jersey, was merged with Our Lady of Mount Virgin and ceased to exist. Established in 1917 as a mission of Mount Virgin, in many ways one can say that “the mission came home” as a result of this merger. Unfortunately, due to declining attendance (300 families, of whom about 150 or so...

From about 1887 to 1920, the United States saw a large migration of Italians to the East Coast. Many settled in Philadelphia, Hammonton and Cape May County. South Jersey natives may know it, but for thousands of visitors, there is little evidence of the abundance of Italian culture in South Jersey. It’s common to hear, “I didn’t know there was Ital...

The Italian American March Dinner Meeting will be held Thursday, March 23 at the Dupont VFW, 403 Main St. Arrival time is 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $24 with a cash bar and music will be provided by Danny Argo & Friends until 10 p.m.  Reservation deadline is Monday, March 20. For reservations, or membership information, call Lou...

Penn State Mont Alto’s spring Colloquy Series talks continue on March 15 when Alica (Lisa) White, head librarian, presents “Tina Anselmi: An Italian Woman for All Seasons.” The event, which is open to the public and free of charge, will be held from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. in the Heritage Room of The Millstream Café. The Colloquy Series presents current...

With a turnout larger than usual, Saint Leo's Church hosted its annual Ravioli & Spaghetti Dinner March 5, serving over 1,100 sit-down meals in the school hall and close to 1,000 carry-out dinners. When usually the dinner ends at 6 pm, the last diners were seated at 7:15! In attendance once again was Governor Larry Hogan, along with the parish's fo...

In honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival, Via Umbria is hosting a series of three Italian Dinner Parties: March 23rd through March 25th, with cherries infused into every dish. Grab a seat at Via Umbria's communal table in their Laboratorio Kitchen. There's a single fixed menu each night (with a vegetarian offering possible with advance request) and...