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The Italian American Benevolent Association celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a June 7 dinner dance attended by more than 100 club members and families at the Greenview Inn at Eastlyn Golf Course. Inspired by its rich heritage in America, the IABA was founded to promote solidarity and friendship among all people, to promote the celebration of th...

Villa Italian Kitchen, one of America’s favorite quick-service pizza brands, is proud to today announce a new way to reward all volunteers who donate the life-saving gift of blood. On Friday, June 14, in honor of the 15th annual World Blood Donor Day, all guests who visit their local Villa Italian Kitchen and provide proof of donation in the form o...

Cousin Vinny's Restaurant, a family-style spot with a bar, opened in Wood-Ridge at the beginning of May. Larry Cerrone, who for nearly 13 years has opened and maintained restaurants in New York City including Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village and Hummus Kitchen on the East Side, teamed with his friend Peter Flower, a publisher, to open the 140-seat re...

The Hamilton Hotel is ready to unveil the final pieces of its multi-million dollar renovationdowntown at the corner of 14th and K Streets NW. An Italian restaurant specializing in Neapolitan pizza and a glamorous, postage stamp-sized bar serving cocktails and caviar are both scheduled to open tomorrow. Following a full lobby transformation and gues...

In November of 2008, like many elderly south Philadelphia residents, our Aunt Mary and Uncle Tony Rocca enjoyed taking the late-afternoon bus ride to the casino in Atlantic City. Certainly, at the age of 88, they both deserved to have a little fun after raising their three kids in a most selfless and devoted way. Uncle Tony learned the printing bus...

A new fast, casual and healthy Italian restaurant has a few things missing from its menu: pizza, pasta, and bread. Prima opened last Wednesday on Bethesda Row, serving free bowls to the public to sample and crowding the restaurant. It took over the corner Taylor Gourmet held. The Italian restaurant is a part of the restaurant group of Boston-based...

Via Sophia is the latest hotel restaurant looking to convince locals it’s more than a hotel restaurant (see: American Son, everything at The Line).  The “upscale modern osteria,” located in Franklin Square’s Hamilton Hotel, officially opens June 12 with Neapolitan pizza, pastas, and other southern Italian specialties  from former Fiola Mare chef de...

Anthony Ashnault and Nick Suriano were humungous additions to Rutgers Wrestling in their own respective timelines and were integral to making the Scarlet Knights a wrestling powerhouse. While Suriano has one more season to win his second national title, head coach Scott Goodale and company have their eyes set on another prized addition. This one, w...

Recent efforts have been launched to rescind Columbus Day. I, speaking on behalf of the Dante Alighieri Society, firmly believe that the voyages of Christopher Columbus represent a tremendous human achievement. Collectively, they symbolize a documented “first encounter.” That being said, the importance of Columbus’s voyages should not be – should n...

Hungry? A new neighborhood Italian spot has you covered. The fresh arrival to Dupont Circle, called Rosemarino D'Italia Dupont, is located at 1714 Connecticut Ave. NW. It has another location in Virginia. This eatery serves up Italian favorites and features homemade pastas. On the menu, look for bruschetta, mixed seafood risotto and veal osso bucco...

A Ridgewood-based nonprofit honored Vietnam War veterans this Memorial Day by making donations to local vets and organizations that give back surviving war heroes. The Italian Cultural Association of New York (L’Associazione Culturale Italiana Di New York, or ICA) held a special Memorial Day Dinner & Ceremony to honor Tom Long, Commander, and Bruce...

Jim Wilson, finance chairman for The Catholic Church of St. Ann in Raritan and co-chair of this year’s St. Ann’s Italian Festa, doesn’t have a drop of Italian in his blood. However, ever since he moved to Raritan 33 years ago, he’s “been Italian by address,” he said. “We used to joke that people would go through your trash to make sure there weren’...