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If you live in southern New Jersey you know that we are all very lucky to have countless restaurants which are BYOB—and many of them are incredibly good. We are also lucky to have the lion’s share of the state’s 49 wineries in the vicinity. On Saturday (National Pumpkin Day) my wife, Carol, and I celebrated this fortuitous intersection of food and...

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, friend, mentor, and lifelong writer and scholar, Louise A. DeSalvo, PhD., died in her home in Montclair, NJ, October 31, 2018, at the age of 76, with her loving husband of 55 years by her side. Louise was born in Hoboken, NJ to Italian American parents in 1942. After finishing high school in Ridgefield, s...

When the world was created, Slayer was playing. In his studio in northern New Jersey, Massimo Gammacurta, a photographer and candy artist from Rome, listened to hardcore music and worked over pots of boiling liquids at a small stove in his basement studio. He was working on the lollipop globe that would grace Sunday’s cover of The New York Times Ma...

When a customer calls to make a reservation at Nanni Ristorante in Rochelle Park, that reservation is penned down in a thick book that rests on a podium near the entrance. When they arrive, a valet greets them in the parking lot. A sign on the door declares "Proper Attire Required." Once inside, their orders are taken down by hand by suited waiters...

Monday, November 12 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST. Embassy of Italy - 3000 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC 20008. The popular Italian cuisine, loved and imitated around the world, is slowly fading, but many are trying to save it. Presented at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, I Villani is a documentary by Daniele De Michele, which follows the lives of...

If the wide, colonial-era streets of downtown Haddonfield have ever reminded you of a European piazza, consider your impression validated by a continental native. “Haddonfield is so much European,” said restaurateur Endrit “Andrew” Bodi. When he first came to South Jersey to work in the food industry, the 24-year-old Albanian would take his meals a...

The world’s largest historic vehicle driving event hit the road in America for the first time Saturday. The Mille Miglia (Italian for one-thousand miler) is an open-road rally through the streets of Italy, but organizers are holding an American version — the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA — this year. “It’s like Indianapolis for us,” said Mark Gessler, pr...

Wednesday November 14, 2018. 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST. National Italian American Gallery at the Italian Cultural Center of Maryland, 315 Homeland Southway, Baltimore, MD 21212-4113. Join us for the grand opening of the National Italian American Gallery with the exhibit Due: Generazioni e Generi a Confronto. Bambagini - Celi / Two: Generations and Genr...

L’ambasciata italiana ha presentato oggi a Washington The Human Technopole, il nuovo istituto di ricerca italiano sulle Scienze della Vita. Il progetto - lanciato nel 2015 alla chiusura di Expo Milano nell’ambito di MIND - Milan Innovation District - ha come missione quella di sviluppare un approccio personalizzato a medicina e nutrizione, per cont...

Monday October 29, 2018, “The Art of Objects: The Birth of Italian Industrial Culture, 1878-1928”. Luca Cottini, PhD, Villanova University - 800 E. Lancaster Avenue - Villanova, PA 19085. 4:30 p.m., Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Memorial Library. Distinct from the Italian Fashion lecture series, Dr. Cottini discusses his recently published book, which e...

A new Italian spot has made its debut in the neighborhood. The newcomer to Penrose, called Josephine's Italian Kitchen, is located at 2501 Columbia Pike. Open only for dinner, Josephine's Italian Kitchen serves appetizers, salads and brick-oven pizza, along with various entrees like braised lamb shank and bone-in New York strip steak. Diners can st...

This column is a partial thank-you to the creepy cowards who vandalized the Christopher Columbus statue at Broad and Oregon and the History of Italian Immigration Museum on East Passyunk Avenue. Because of your vandalism, I met Michael Bonasera, a listener and one of the people who founded and runs the museum. On our recent tour, Bonasera said: "Th...