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Remember Cafe Mezzanotte in Severna Park? No, we didn’t either. Too many new Baltimore restaurants have edged out the 25-year-old Italian stalwart in Anne Arundel County lately. But as we found out recently, it’s time for a revisit. The restaurant underwent a $1-million renovation in 2018 that has transformed its appearance, menu, and personality....

“Palazzone 1960” might sound like any other Italian bakery, but the name is actually a mini family history: owner Giancarlo Palazzone named the Wayne bakery after his parents, Remo and Julia, Italian immigrants who’d come to the U.S. and opened a bakery in Clifton in 1960. Remo and Julia eventually returned to Italy to raise their kids, but when th...

Legendary Jon Bon Jovi, known for his singing and his rock group, is also a philanthropist. Half a million dollars was donated through his Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation to help build 77 new homes for homeless veterans in Washington, D.C. The project has taken ten years to complete with the help of nonprofit “Help USA,” whose goal is to tackle the is...

A new BYOB Italian restaurant has opened on Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah, adding a locally-owned business to a town swamped with chains. Novino Ristorante offers Neapolitan pizzas made in a wood-burning oven, handmade pastas and a variety of Italian entrees. Owner George Jamieson, a Mahwah resident, has spent his career running more than a dozen go...

Date: October 2, 2020 to October 4, 2020. Location: New Jersey, United States. Subject Fields: American History / Studies, Contemporary History, Cultural History / Studies, Music and Music History, Popular Culture Studies. You are cordially invited to submit abstracts and/or panel suggestions for an international scholarly conference devoted to the...

Feast of the Seven Fishes is, in my opinion, the best Italian tradition that isn’t Italian. Like eggplant parm and peas in your carbonara, it’s a delicious Italian-American adaptation based on the Catholic tradition of eating fish (a leaner meal) the night before a holiday or feast. So, yes, a pre-feast feast. It’s become a custom for many northeas...

Take a step back in time with Montclair Early Music and experience an Italian Renaissance Christmas with their Christmas in Italy Concert, five o'clock in the evening on Sunday, Dec. 15. Montclair Early Music, a local recorder ensemble with cello and vocalists, and the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra will perform period music and present a sampling o...

Stellina Pizzeria near Union Market was such a hit out of the gate with its pizza dough paninis and and cacio & pepe pies that the founders are opening a second location in Mount Vernon Triangle next year. Restaurateur Antonio Matarazzo and Chef Matteo Venini, who first met working at Lupo Verde, are planning a Summer 2020 debut at 508 K St. NW.  I...

Italian food is a favorite — and surely not just in Italy! It is on everyone’s menu, and whether it is served at home or in a restaurant it is always welcome. “People love Italian food because it tastes good and is comforting. It’s ‘feel good’ food!” says Alison Iovine, co-owner and front end manager of Beniamino’s Cucina & Pizza. “It is also healt...

Dear All! We at Filitalia International & the History of Italian Immigration Museum would love to showcase the amazing work that Scuolaimpresa filmed, helped release, & performed during their stay. This is a video of YOUR museum in the heart of South Philadelphia; a place where your hertitage can be preserved & visited with your help! Please, if yo...

Officials and members of the local Italian-American community gathered in Glen Elk Friday afternoon for a ceremony declaring the district to be Clarksburg’s “Little Italy.” A sign honoring the legacy of the many Italian-American families who have roots in the area was unveiled in a lot at the corner of 4th and Clark streets. “Today is an important...

Imagine Venice, the city of canals, at Christmastime — twinkling with lights and dressed in garlands. Now translate that into gingerbread and gumdrops. That's exactly what hundreds of architects, designers and engineers came together to do — build the Italian city made up of more than 100 small islands out of Snickers, Mars bars, Jellybeans, cereal...