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If you have traveled around the City of Erie, you may have seen the signs already up for the upcoming virtual Italian Festival in Erie. The long-standing tradition at Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Erie's Little Italy section, is a days-long event featuring homemade Italian food and pastries, a big basket raffle, Italian music and more. Deac...

Five New Jersey students, including one from Lyndhurst, have won the 2020 Silvio Laccetti Foundation’s Garibaldi Award, given annually to graduating high school seniors of exceptional merit in Italian studies and school/community activities. Gabriella Bruno of Lyndhurst High School, who plans to study elementary education and history at the College...

Members of the Roma Sports Club gathered at Dowling Gardens on Wednesday evening to pay homage to Christopher Columbus, a controversial figure in American history and a long-standing embodiment of Italian American pride. To Italian Americans, the explorer is glorified for his ocean voyages. To others, he was a brutal viceroy responsible for spreadi...

After being closed for four and a half months, Felina in Ridgewood is set to open this weekend. The much-ballyhooed 120-seat contemporary Italian restaurant and bar headed by 4-star chef/partner Anthony Bucco will offer outdoor dining on its sidewalk Thursday and Friday (5 p.m. - 9 p.m.) and on Prospect Street Saturday (noon to 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. t...

He operates an Italian restaurant in a town that suffers no shortage of Italian food, so Roxbury Pizzeria owner Albert Lepore knows he must be on top of his game to keep customers happy and win new ones. Good thing the 51-year-old restaurateur, an athletic guy, thrives in competitive environments. “I’ve been playing sports since I was a kid,” said...

A New Jersey woman enjoyed her 109th birthday in style Sunday. Mary Ruggieri Leonardi’s birthday is actually Monday, but a caravan of cars drove by the Seacrest Village assisted living facility in Little Egg Harbor to celebrate her day, WPVI reported. “I don’t believe this is happening,” Leonardi told the television station. “It’s like a drea...

Italian immigrants flocked to America beginning in the mid-1800s unaware of the hardships ahead, much like the harsh conditions they left behind in Italy. Despite discrimination, scarce employment, hunger, and drudgery, they courageously established trades, businesses, parishes, and solid family life in neighborhood enclaves nearly identical to the...

Amid weeks of renewed controversy regarding the fate of Christopher Columbus statues around New Jersey, an event aims to show support for the explorer’s meaning to Italian-Americans, according to one of the groups hosting it. The Facebook page of Roma Sports Caffe has announced a “Rediscover Columbus” event being planned by Roma Sports Club, UNICO...

Please consider the following points regarding the Christopher Columbus statue in City Park. The information comes from Philadelphia attorney Robert Petrone. Columbus represents the first founding father of the Americas. Columbus was the first civil rights activist of the Americas. He successfully petitioned the king of Spain to enact civil rights...

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted in favor of removing the Christopher Columbus Statue from Marconi Plaza on Friday. Though the statue has sat in Marconi Plaza for more than a century, the controversy surrounding it reached a peak this year. On Friday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted 10-2 to have the 144-year-old statue remo...

From the owners of St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, Market 2 Market and Cafe Pizzaiolo comes Piece Out, a new Italian restaurant in Del Ray. The restaurant is now open at 2419 Mount Vernon Avenue, the former location of Catch on the Ave. The opening was first reported by Alexandria Living Magazine. According to Eater DC, food is being prepared for takeout du...

A new business usually starts with a plan, long thought on and tinkered with before the owner takes the leap.  That is not how things went for Your Sister's Balls, a meatball business Nicole Montecalvo started in the fall.  "It all just kind of happened. None of this was planned," she said. "I've been making meatballs forever with my family and for...