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Half a year after the closure of European transplant Carluccio’s, there’s a new bustle of activity down on the 100 block of King Street. The smells of Italian food waft through the door anew, thanks in large part to the showpiece pizza oven now taking up residence near the restaurant’s entrance, adjacent to a eat-in counter where several patrons ar...

In the basement of the old Saint Leo School in Little Italy, the sweet scents of cinnamon, vanilla and lemon surrounded the neighborhood ladies and other volunteers last Saturday as they made “pizzelle,” Italian waffle cookies, for the Saint Anthony Festival. Pizzelle” is plural in Italian for the cookies. (Pizzella is one cookie). The word means,...

Sacred Sounds and Italian Spiritual Songs—A Traditional Italian Spiritual Concert featuring award-winning Italian tenor Micheal Castaldo and friends will take place on Sunday, June 10 at 7:00p.m., at St. Barnabas Church, 33 Woodland Road, Bayville, NJ 08721. And, as a special preview to the June 10 concert, Micheal Castaldo will be performing a few...

Med Lahlou, the owner of Lupo Verde on 14th Street NW, recently followed up on a plea from his children — “When are you going to open in our neighborhood?” — by rolling out Lupo Verde Osteria in the Palisades. Residents are tickled to have another option in a stretch of the city where restaurants are surprisingly few. I’m pleased to see that the fr...

Dennis Filippone, the interim superintendent of the Brick Township School District, has been named the grand marshal of the 2018 Columbus Day Parade in Seaside Heights. "Dennis stood out among this year's nominees because of his commitment to the education of our youth in the school system," Parade Chairman Michael Blandina said, "especially for hi...

The recipients of the Congressional Award, this year’s U.S. Service Academy nominees and the winners of the 2018 Sixth Congressional District High School Arts Competition were announced recently by Congressman Frank Pallone Jr., the Democrat representing the sixth congressional district. Students representing several local high schools were honored...

A Basking Ridge local is bringing Italy to the downtown area of Westfield. Tuscany native Francesco Colbertaldo and Annette Colbertaldo of Basking Ridge are planning on opening Farinolio during the first week of June, the restaurant announced on Facebook Wednesday. Farinolio will offer an authentic experience and the simplicity of a Tuscan menu fil...

Tavola offers an Italian dining experience through a local lens in Charlottesville, Va. Chefs Dylan Allwood and Michael Keaveny source ingredients from nearby farms and purveyors, listed on the menu. Dishes include house-made pasta with a Bolognese sauce of local beef and pork, and pan-roasted sea scallops with beet-leek risotto. Wine director Pris...

Hundreds of Bethesda, Md. residents and well-wishers attended the recent renaming and grand opening of the Connie Morella Library, formerly the Bethesda Library. Ambassador Morella, who is a Bethesda resident, served in the Maryland General Assembly from 1979 to 1986 and represented Montgomery County and the 8th Congressional District from 1987 to...

Pianta, one of Tastemakers Food Hall’s original tenants, is branching out of Brookland. Come July 1, the vegan, Italian-style sandwich shop will begin running the kitchen at New Deal Caféin Greenbelt. The owners will happily continue to operate their stall at Tastemakers. “We’re excited about the growth,” said Leah Curran Moon, who owns the busines...

Close to a century ago, hundreds of Bella Vista neighbors, mostly first- and second-generations of Italian immigrants, started strolling South Philly streets every spring for the Procession of Saints. Holding adorned holy statues high, the parade of parishioners drew folks of all ages to a cross section of work, play and religion. “It was this week...

Fante’s Kitchen Shop, located in Philadelphia, PA, will host cookbook author Elisa Costantini on May 19. Costantini will be signing her latest cookbook, “Italian Moms: Spreading Their Art to Every Table and Italian Moms: Something Old, Something New.” According to Fante’s, in her new book, Costantini includes 150 Italian-themed recipes inspired by...