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Chef Andrew Garbarino is carrying on a family tradition: serving authentic Italian food and fine wine to the masses. His namesake restaurant opens April 12 in East Liberty as a tribute to the original Garbarino’s, a Long Island institution that his great-aunt ran for 51 years. “When I decided to open an Italian concept, I thought to myself, ‘Why no...

Princeton Council Candidate Michelle Pirone Lambros announced today that she had submitted to the Princeton Municipal Clerk her petitions to appear on the June 4th Primary ballot. Pirone Lambros submitted her petitions on Thursday, March 28. The deadline for candidates to file petitions to appear on the ballot for New Jersey’s June 4th primary is M...

Today, Westfield 3rd Ward Councilman, Mark LoGrippo announced his intent to seek re-election. Councilman LoGrippo filed his nominating papers for public office with the County Clerk, having collected over twice the required signatures from his neighbors and supporters. On Thursday, he will hold a campaign kick-off event at the Italian American Club...

In the days leading up to the launch of Alta Via, big Burrito Restaurant Group’s foray into Italian food, President and Corporate Chef Bill Fuller left the front door unlocked, giving hungry passersby false hope that they could snag a table at the long-awaited eatery. “They’d come in to ask if we were open and I had to break their hearts,” Fuller s...

If you were to take a poll in the streets of, let’s say, Milan, or Florence, or Rome, asking Italians what the most important language for business might be, we’d be willing to bet you’d collect only one answer: English. It’s no secret  that English is the most commonly spoken language in the world, and in countries like Italy,  being comfortable w...

Dallas-based pizzeria chain Cane Rosso is importing its authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas to a new town in the DFW, with a location opening in Arlington. According to a release, the pizzeria will open later in 2019 in the bustling Urban Union complex. Located in a set of former auto repair shops on East Front Street in downtown Arlington, Urban Uni...

Author Mark Di Ionno acknowledges that Gods of Wood and Stone is a clearly masculine book, ostensibly about sports — predictable fare from a reporter who has covered it for years. Yet in Di Ionno’s talk Tuesday at the Morristown & Township Library, it became clear that his novel really is about the changing American experience, and the loss of trad...

Mario De Lorenzo, along with many other members of Drexel’s Italian Pride Student Organization and fellow Drexel students, attended “A Taste of Roma” at Gran Caffe L’Aquila in Rittenhouse Square March 8. Marketed as a way to “Come discover Rome through history and cuisine,” students were to there not only to eat, but also to learn. The sophomore is...

Christopher Columbus was all the talk at Mamma Vittoria’s in Nutley. The 37th annual Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade Committee recently gathered for a meet and greet with this year’s honorees. This year’s grand marshal is A.J. Buddy Fortunato, owner and publisher of The Italian Tribune Newspaper. Other dignitaries include Lifetime Achievement...

Italian Language and Culture Day, an annual showcase and competition among students of Italian from middle and high schools across New Jersey, was held at Montclair State University on March 14th.  A signature collaboration between the Coccia Institute for the Italian Experience in America and the Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey (ITANJ),...

The Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. issued a call for proposals by catering companies interested in obtaining specific spaces where to operate to provide food services at this Embassy for its personnel. The premises cover an area of approximately 2,260 sqft (210 sqmt) between cafeteria, lunchroom, kitchen and storage and will be awarded at a d...

Now this is a delicious development. After reading my column about a South Philadelphia restaurant selling bread pudding in support of an immigrant family seeking sanctuary at a local church, Di Bruno Bros. will also start selling the family dessert in their Rittenhouse Square location starting this weekend through April. The co-owners of East Pa...