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Mangia Organica owner Valentino La Rosa and business partner Andrew Martino were joined by Township Administrator Matthew Watkins, Mayor Michael Venezia, Ella Venezia, and friends for the ribbon cutting and official opening of Mangia Organica on Bloomfield Center's Restaurant Row on Glenwood Avenue Thursday night.  La Rosa describes the restaurant...

The margherita is not just a pizza. It’s a litmus test. Limited to dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella, salt, basil and olive oil, a margherita instantly reveals a pizzeria’s commitment to the art of the pie. A margherita forgives no shortcut. Is your dough dry and devoid of flavor? Are you too cheap to buy San Marzano tomatoes grown in the volcanic so...

A noted Italian chef from New Jersey has submitted an application to renovate a building on Hilton Head Island so he can turn it into a restaurant. Nunzio Patruno has seen wide success with Nunzio Ristorante Rustico, which opened in 2003 has been reviewed by The New York Times among others. Hilton Head’s Ombra Cucina Rustica Chef Michael Cirafesi a...

When Riad Aamar sees a recipe would like to try, he just can’t himself. He has to put his own spin on the dish. You see, that is what makes his dishes special and provides him the proverbial joy of cooking. “I like adding or changing the recipe to come up with a new way of cooking the dish, making it my own taste,” he says, as he and his wife and b...

New Jersey and Italian food go together like peanut butter and jelly - or better yet, spaghetti and meatballs. You don't have to go far to find chicken parmesan, penne alla vodka or linguini with clams. But what about the dishes that are specific to a particular region of Italy, the recipes Italian grandmothers brought from the old country when the...

A new Italian eatery is hoping to open up in Mendham, and is currently going through the approval process. Frank's Pizza, a sit-down Italian restaurant, wants to open in King's Shopping Center, occupying the space that had been damaged in last December's fire, the Daily Record reported. The restaurant would sit 64 people and offer take out. The pla...

Ask Mary Reyes, owner of Egg Harbor City’s Assaggio! Restaurant what’s new and she proudly boasts that the restaurant has won some well-deserved awards — namely, an A.C. Weekly Nightlife Award for Best Happy Hour outside of a casino; Best Meatball at Resorts’ Italian Festival; and Assaggio’s Executive Chef Jorge Barreto won an A.C. Weekly Top 40 U...

It's open! Berkeley Heights finally has the Italian market it has been wishing for since the closing of Mar Juls, the go to sandwich joint of the 60's and 70's. Bella Nonna's is just what the community has been looking for -- you walk into the Italian market and there's a feeling of being in Berkeley Heights' own mini "Eataly" where guests can dine...

After running upscale restaurants in New York City, Chris Angelone thought it was time to make a career change. He wanted to stay in the food business, but without the hectic schedule and long days and nights so he would still have time to kick back a little and spend more time with his family. The end result was Carmine’s New York Bagel Co., which...

Think pizza in Italy and the first image that will likely spring to mind is that of a Neapolitan-style pie: relatively small, circular, and leopard-spotted by char from the blistering heat of a wood-fired oven. While these southern Italian-style pizzas are becoming easier to find — at Anthony’s Coal Fired in Mount Laurel; at Villa Barone in Colling...

Last year, I chatted with Philly musician and chef, Mariano Mattei, about his appearance on the Food Network’s “Cooks vs. Cons.” At the time, he revealed his plans to open a pizzeria in Point Breeze and we even got to see the space before renovation began. Flash forward to this year and the Mattei Family Pizza is officially open to the public and w...

Take the cannoli. The ravioli, too. And, maybe, the manicotti. They say the trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you’re hungry again. In and around the Spokane area, diners can find modern Italian cuisine made from scratch to traditional Italian-American fare with extra Parmesan and endless helpings of bread and butter. T...