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The old Rib Pit Lounge in Petworth didn’t look like much when Jackie Greenbaum and Gordon Banks got their hands on it. A long-dormant club connected to a barbecue joint next door — the lounge may have been a gentlemen’s club, offering a smoking-hot experience of a different sort — the one-story space was gutted. All Greenbaum and Banks found inside...

NJ Wine & Food Festival, the state’s premiere food event, features well-known celebrity chefs from Jersey’s culinary scene and beyond. You’ll recognize names from Top Chef as well as local chefs such as Michael Carrino, Ryan DePersio, Ariane Duarte and Francesco Palmieri. This year, there’s a new young chef to watch, Robbie Felice, who was invited...

How it started: Chef Salvatore Olivella, a transplant from Naples, Italy, has consulted for such top New York pizza spots as Marta, L’asso, Numero 28 and the Serafina Group. He also co-owns a group of Italian restaurants in Dallas. So he was the obvious choice for Charles Castelli and Gino Ramundo when they were looking for guidance on a concept fo...

One of the first things our waitress told us after we sat down at Bravo! Cucina Italiana for dinner was that the food was fresh and made to order, in case we had any special requests. That's not what you expect to hear at a chain restaurant. But Bravo!, which opened 10 years ago with the new Outdoor Shops at the Lehigh Valley Mall, doesn't fit the...

Leading fast-casual create-your-own pizza restaurant Uncle Maddio’s Pizza opened its first Northeast restaurant in New Jersey on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 346 NJ East 10, East Hanover, NJ 07936. Franchisee partners Ben Perez-Ringus and Dipen Desai are opening the restaurant with plans to bring two more Uncle Maddio’s Pizza restaurants to New Jersey...

New Jersey has an impressive history with food. There are, of course, NJ-only offerings such as pork roll and disco fries, as well as dishes NJ has perfected, like the tomato pie. Another Garden State-only dish that has proven to be quite popular is Chicken Savoy. For those who have never heard of the meal, it’s best to start at the beginning. Chic...

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...

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...

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...

Since 2006, Mi Scuzi Restaurant has made quite a name for itself in the realm of high-quality Italian fare in Erie. And complementing its fantastic food is an impressive array of inventive drinks. The restaurant infuses its top-notch vodkas, gins and bourbons with a variety of flavors, including pear, espresso, cherry, Spanish olive, orange, pineap...

As first reported by Essex County Place, Newark’s growing downtown will soon be home to another market. Lonnie Soury, who represents the Newark-based RBH Group, LLC, tells Jersey Digs that a “‘first-of-its-kind’ Italian-inspired fresh food marketplace” is set to open within the new Teachers Village development along Halsey Street. Soury says the bu...