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Eric Huntley is a sandwich connoisseur. He doesn't believe in slapping a few low quality ingredients between two slices of bread and calling it a day. Each layer has to complement and please. Huntley appreciates the subtleties of homemade condiments such as the red pepper-rosemary aioli he slathers on a roll for his porketta sandwich ($10) with gar...

Every year, about a month before Christmas, my sister, my mother and I sit down at the kitchen table (headquarters in an Italian family) and plan Christmas Eve dinner. Every year, my sister counts the number of fish I’m serving. (Seven are required to make Christmas Eve one of the hap happiest evenings of all.) One year, I tried to pull a fast one....

The Feast of the Seven Fishes, or Festa dei sette pesci, is an Italian-American custom where seven different kinds of seafood are served during a meal, usually on Christmas Eve. Why seven? No one has ever really answered this question for me, though conventional wisdom is that the number relates to the seven sacraments or to the seven days of the w...

Started as a Southern Italian tradition, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is a traditional Christmas Eve meal rekindled by Italian-American families. Restaurants around DC have crafted their own renditions, celebrating coastal cuisine with special menus on (and around) Monday, December 24th. Al Dente3201 New Mexico Ave., NWJames Beard award-winning ch...

At one point in my Washington, D.C. life I lived in Van Ness. Situated basically in-between the National Zoo and American University, it’s a pretty quiet city neighborhood. I had a few local hangout spots and would walk by Sfoglina every day on my way to work. Sfoglina, pronounced “sfoal-yee-nah,” is an Italian word for women who create pasta by ha...

Growing up in Italy, the Laragione family spent many Christmas Eve’s enjoying a traditional Italian meal. Unlike American traditions of ham and turkey on Christmas Eve, in Southern Italy where the Laragione’s are from, Christmas Eve meal consists of seafood with no meat served during the celebration. This year, Franco Laragione is bringing that tra...

If you're a fan of Italian food who lives in North Jersey, there's a good chance the Mandara family name rings a bell. Bergen and Rockland County foodies have been familiar with Michael and Mena Mandara for years. The wife-and-husband pair – who work alongside their daughters, Deeana and Natalie – are the owners of Pizzeria Mandara and Posa Posa, w...

Celebrate the holidays with food, wine and live music at the fourth annual Christmas City Tasting, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 20 at Hotel Bethlehem. The 21-and-over event, hosted by local importer South Italy Imports, will feature unlimited tastings of 18 Italian varietals, music by Craig Thatcher and Nyke Van Wyk and food samplings from top area restaurants su...

Denino’s Pizzeria has brought to Manahawkin the pizza and Italian specialties that made the restaurant a landmark in Staten Island for generations. The busy McKinley Avenue location also joins others in Brick, Aberdeen and Greenwich Village. Award-winning New York-style thin crust pizza is based on an Old-World Neapolitan original recipe. Carlo Den...

La Panarda, a marathon meal at East Passyunk Avenue’s Le Virtu lasting more than 40 courses and nine hours, is back for its seventh year. The epic Southern Italian feast, which takes over the entire restaurant, is planned for Sunday, January 27, starting at noon. Le Virtu will begin accepting La Panarda reservations beginning Friday, December 7, at...

Many in Greater Fairmont believe the holiday season officially kicks off when the Feast of the Seven Fishes takes place downtown. The annual celebration of Italian Christmas tradition returns for its 13th year Saturday. Every year, it features Italian cuisine, music and fun for the whole family. Named a top 20 event for December by the Southeast To...

Palio Ristorante, located in Foundry Row in Owings Mills, Md., is a fine and casual dining Italian restaurant that has been offering authentic Italian cuisine and great customer service since June 2018. Palio was named after a famous horse race that occurs twice a year, and the original location of the restaurant opened in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 19...