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In 1972, Mogeetown in Plymouth Township was a center of attention for the nation. It was during that year that the oldest person to become an American citizen by choice – the oldest person to be naturalized as an American citizen – took the oath of citizenship. She was Rufina Nave. Of Mogeetown. The little village located next to Norristown and dow...

From February 4-10, 2019, Washingtonians and guests of the landmark Hay-Adams can be swept away with the flavors of Capri, Italy as Stefano Mazzone, the executive chef from the island’s renowned five-star Grand Hotel Quisisana, https://www.quisisana.com/, will journey to the nation’s capital.   Both The Hay-Adams and Grand Hotel Quisisana are siste...

Giuseppe Laragione did not begin his career in the restaurant business, although he did grow up surrounded by authentic Italian cooking. Born in Naples, Giuseppe worked for a company that made oxygen in his native Italy before deciding to travel to the United States to make a better life for his family. On Friday, January 4, Giuseppe turned 80 year...

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce presented Joseph G. DiPinto, with the Dick DiSabatino Award on Monday at its 182ndAnnual Dinner. The event, held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, was attended by nearly 1,000 elected officials and business and community leaders. The award, named for former DSCC Chairman the late Richard DiSabatino Sr., w...

Pasco L. Schiavo, one of the largest benefactors in Penn State Hazleton’s history, passed away Dec. 29, 2018. His involvement with the campus spanned more than 50 years and included roles as a donor, president and member of the campus advisory board, advocate and instructor. “Pasco’s involvement with Penn State Hazleton and his passion for educatio...

Farinolio in Westfield is beginning to hit its stride after opening in July of 2018. The semi-new counter-service cafe serves simple, authentic Tuscan pastries and sandwiches made of cured meats, fresh cheeses, quality bread and plenty of olive oil. In fact, the bakery and cafe takes its name from the Italian words for flour (farina) and oil (olio)...

“But what brings us here tonight, is what we all have in common . . . successful business men, dedicated public servants and men of God….is the desire to in whatever way possible, make the world a better place. To give back to our fellow man and to our God the recognition of how appreciative we are for our successes. How grateful we are to be part...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“ONE VOICE”),  America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, is  raising funds on GoFundMe to challenge local officials that seek to rename Columbus Day or remove monuments. This comes after several localities including NYC have initiated public debate over whether to keep or remove...

When it comes to restaurants, this adage tends to be proven again and again: There’s no substitute for experience. The concept may be intriguing, the menu may be well-crafted and the décor may be dazzling (and often terribly expensive), but the confidence that comes with experience usually outshines them all. The new Autentico’s Kitchen with its...

Italian restaurant Fiore is preparing to open on S Front Street, with a series of dinners starting this week. The Queen Village restaurant, which takes over the former Kanella South space, comes from a duo of chefs with some notable experience. As previously reported, Justine MacNeil and Ed Crochet bring experience from New York restaurants Craft a...

One order of business for the Hancock County Commissioners at the board’s first meeting of 2019 was to vote 2-1 to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day. The board met Jan. 3. Chairman Antonio Blasi said 13 months ago, the board received 75 signatures “asking us to do this.” Blasi and new commissioner John Wombacher voted in favor of the...

To her legions of fans, public television personality Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is the smiling face and comforting voice of regional Italian cooking. Watching the energetic grandmother on her show Lidia’s Kitchen; visiting her restaurants in New York City, Kansas City, Mo., and Pittsburgh, Pa.; the Eataly markets in New York, Chicago, Boston, and...