Catholic Forum, the radio program/podcast produced by the Office of Communications of the Diocese of Wilmington, will present a two-part interview with Rev. Roberto Balducelli, the Oblate of Saint Francis de Sales priest, on its Aug. 5 and Aug. 12, 2018 programs. The programs are scheduled to coincide with the five-year anniversary of the legendary...

The 44th St. Anthony of Padua Italian Festival celebrates all things Italian, and it starts Sunday, June 10, and lasts through June 17. Here’s our annual guide to Wilmington’s biggest festival. Friends, Romans, countrymen: The festival draws 75,000 people, so you’re likely to run into friends, neighbors and family members. The classic Italian greet...

A new Italian restaurant is coming to Market Street in downtown Wilmington. Restaurateurs Scott Stein and Antimo DiMeo on Thursday announced their plan to open Bardea Food & Drink at 620 North Market Street in June. The owners promise a mix of traditional recipes and new twists. The 4,000-square-feet restaurant will hold 120 seats and feature a des...

I want pasta for Easter supper instead of ham and pimento cheese. This Easter, I want to ditch the usual Sunday brunch menu I put together: Pineapple casserole, drop biscuits, honey-glazed ham, green beans, deviled eggs, pimento cheese, more ham and pound cake. Instead I want a heavy, can’t-eat-one-more-bite Italian feast, because, pasta. I’ll fly...

The chicken Caesar salad pizza is topped with romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing. There are very few menu items New Jersey transplants Shari and Tony Agostino won’t put on a pizza. The pizza restaurant veterans are loading up pizzas at Agostino’s, their new restaurant, with tortellini, barbecue chicken, penne pasta and, yes, taco...

St. Anthony of Padua Parish released a statement following the firing of Cindy Mann, Padua Academy's former principal. Mann's ouster was made public Friday. The statement is as follows: "St. Anthony of Padua Parish is responding to misunderstandings and/or false statements made in social media and quoted in some press reports relating to the change...

A hot and humid rain didn't stop many Delawareans from attending the 14th annual Vendemmia da Vinici Wine and Food Festival Sunday that aims to promote Italian heritage. “[It is all about the] Italian culture,” said Chris Cassar, who was attending Vendemmia for the first time. “It is [also a] great  time to come with friends."   The event in Bellev...

After a soft opening last week, Il Forno Pizzeria is roaring along at The Pointe at Barclay. Chef Roberta Campani said the oven heats up to nearly 900’F and can fit about ten pizzas at once. The new restaurant follows in the Italian style of owner Ash Aziz’s two Osteria Cicchetti locations; but while the OC does offer Neapolitan-style pizza, at Il...

Located in the heart of Wilmington's Little Italy section, Father Tucker Park will get an overhaul through the federal Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership. Every summer, thousands attend St. Anthony's Italian Festival in Wilmington. Father Tucker Park is an integral part of that festival, typically being used as a base for carnival rides and othe...

I'm not sure on my own if I would have stumbled upon Scalessa's Old School Italian Kitchen, a newish Italian eatery deep in the heart of Wilmington's Forty Acres neighborhood. It's parked on a mostly residential area at the corner of Shallcross Avenue and North Lincoln Street in a brick building, painted gray, that dates back to the 1920s. Some may...