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Lights are low and white linen tablecloths beckon couples toward cozy romantic corners. On the sound system, Dean Martin is crooning about amore, but it takes more than love to run a successful restaurant for more than 60 years. Just ask Tom Bertolami, the third-generation owner of Mario’s Italian Dining, an unassuming fixture since 1956 among the...

Italian cold cuts specialist Veroni is introducing a 100% Italian pizza and salami bites to please American consumers looking to add natural taste to their happy hours. Veroni, which opened a slicing and packaging plant in New Jersey in June 2016, has increased its retail presence in the United States and is now distributed at Kroger, Trader Joe’s,...

Cioffi’s Fine Italian Food & Imported Products is holding a raffle to win a “Whole Family Pizza Making Experience".  The cost of a raffle ticket is $15 and all the proceeds will be donated to the Dup15q Alliance. From the Facebook pages of Holden's mom, Lauren Weissberg and Anthony Cioffi, “February 28th is Rare Disease Awareness Day. In honor of t...

Gallucio's Italian Restaurant, which has been named Delaware's Best Italian Eatery & "Irish-Style" Pub, has teamed up with the Salvation Army for Souper Bowl. The event takes place on Saturday, February 3, at Gallucio's, 1709 Lovering Ave., Wilmington, DE. "The Salvation Army began this event here four years ago with the notion that having finished...

Martin Hernandez, franchisee with Squisito Franchise Enterprises, is opening his first Squisito Pizza & Pasta in Queenstown, Maryland later this year. Squisito Pizza & Pasta is a fast casual, authentic Italian restaurant originating in Anne Arundel County, Maryland and expanding across the Eastern Seaboard. Hernandez has been a part of the Squisito...

He's funny, oozes suave, flirty, Italian charm and he can cook. And he's opening a 140- to 160-seat restaurant later this year in Pike Creek. Fabio Viviani, one of the most memorable contestants to appear on the Bravo TV series "Top Chef," now in its 15th season, is an owner of the coming-soon Chuck Lager's Tavern. The rustic-style restaurant is sc...

Miami might have better weather compared with Washington, but it’s no dining mecca. Just ask Loris Navone, the recently installed chef at the newly renovated Bibiana in downtown Washington. He comes from Casa Tua in Miami, “a tourist trap” where “all they want is carpaccio and salads,” says the Swiss-born Italian. Ribollita might have been unthinka...

With Italian pop music blaring through the speakers, Francesco Amodeo cuts his way through more than 300,000 walnuts over the course of two days. As the president and master distiller at Washington, D.C.’s Don Ciccio & Figil, Amodeo hand-cuts each of the California green walnuts for the nocino. The two days of hand-cutting is intensive, and the ent...

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a recall for "Member's Mark Italian Style Beef Meatballs by Casa di Bertacchi." The recall is for 36-pound cases that contain six 6-pound bags of the meatballs and are labeled with a "best if used by" date of December 17, 2018. They also have a lot code of 15507351 on the packaging. 

A new bar and Italian spot, offering pizza and more, has opened for business in the neighborhood. Called Porta, the newcomer is located at 1216 Chestnut St. in Washington Square West. This newcomer—which has two other locations in New Jersey—is maintained by the Smith restaurant group and specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza and contemporary t...

Sometimes as a longtime customer, it can hurt to love a restaurant. You witness it grow from a promising idea into something truly special, only to watch it all suddenly crash into a heap of hot spaghetti on the floor, steaming for all to see with the acrimony of dysfunctional relationships and a bitter gravy of “he said/she said” accounts competin...

Maria Trabocchi has built a Washington restaurant brand on hospitality and Italian fine dining — and for years, Sfoglina, Fiola, Fiola Mare and Casa Luca (and, most recently, Del Mar) have played host to D.C.’s A-list. The Obamas have feasted there, along with foreign heads of state, Hollywood stars like Meryl Streep, and the occasional Supreme Cou...