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Minard’s Spaghetti Inn, the oldest Italian restaurant in Northern West Virginia, is celebrating 85 years in business this month. “(It’s) pretty amazing. We’ve gone through three generations of ownership. What makes it unique is it’s my grandmother’s house. It’s really hard to explain because as kids we would play there. You’d go to your grandmother...

If you’ve spent any time shopping for meat and cheese on South 9th Street in Philadelphia, you’ve heard the word. It entered the national consciousness a couple of decades ago, as Tony Soprano and family ate their way through the popular TV show. Others remember it from “The Office,” in an infamous episode where Michael tries to order it for a clie...

NJMEP (New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program) has been expanding recently. The Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of ADM Tronics President and CEO Andre’ DiMino as the newest addition. DiMino becomes the 17th board member. His work and knowledge which made ADM Tronics a life sciences leader is invaluable to NJMEP and its Board. Di...

Now that we've been on the trail for the past few weeks spreading the news about our new group and the Parental Bill of Rights, we're hitting more restaurants around the state. Since we have no choice as we're getting home after 8 or 9 p.m. on most days lately, in order to get a meal in before a reasonable bedtime at 10:30/11 p.m., we're stopping b...

 If you moved to New Jersey from Staten Island or Brooklyn, you might have found yourself crossing the Arthur Kill or Hudson to get your favorite ravioli and Italian specialties. Now, you can get them in Eatontown as Pastosa, known for its own brand of ravioli opened its newest Jersey location last week. According to the company, “Pastosa Ravioli i...

On a chilly Thursday night, more than a dozen customers squeeze into Amici’s wood-paneled vestibule, waiting to be seated. Arriving on time for our reservation, we are surprised when we are swept past the crowd, some of whom give us the evil eye, and are led to a table on the enclosed patio, an overflow space usable most of the year with the help o...

Frank Filia was a jazz musician, artist, poet, storyteller, husband, uncle and friend who enjoyed talking about his life in Las Vegas and Johnstown’s old mob days while sipping on cognac when he had money or brandy when dollars were tight. Filia, who lived in Old Conemaugh Borough, died on Tuesday at age 86. Last year, he spoke about life and death...

It’s that time of the year. Philly’s largest block party returns this weekend.  The 2022 South 9th Street Festival also known as the Italian Market Festival will take place May 21st-22nd from 11 am to 6 pm along the iconic 9th Street corridor in the Italian Market. Bring the entire family and enjoy all the Festival Events, including Live Musical En...

The signs and smells of Italy greet you as soon as you walk in the door at Sandro’s Pizzeria in Christiansburg. It’s a family tradition that started overseas. “These are family recipes handed down that my father started in 1978 that he got when he was emigrated from Italy to New York.” Alessandro Pugliese’s father opened Sal’s in Radford in 1978, a...

On March 5, GWU’s Societa’ di Cultura Italiana held its first annual Spring Gala with great success. This event represented an achievement in many different areas of my life and in the history of the club. Covid-19 forced us online between March 2020 and September 2021, but this school year, we were finally able to begin in-person events with restr...

A Pittsburgh-raised, two-time World Wide Wrestling Federation Champion is coming to the big screen. Bruno Sammartino, who was born in Italy and emigrated with his family to Pittsburgh when he was four years old, was the longest-reigning WWE champion, holding the title for 2,803 days. The authorized biography, Bruno Sammartino, will be released on T...

Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, the Colonial Italian-American Organization (CIAO) will give a presentation on the American Military Cemeteries in Italy. The talk and video presentation will take place Sunday, May 22 at the Powhatan Clubhouse, 201 Charter House Lane, at 2 p.m. Ron Grosso, a member of the organization, will discuss his experience as t...