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The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is proud to announce that former NIAF Board Member John F. Scarpa has donated a $15 million gift through his namesake foundation to Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, which will launch a new phase of entrepreneurship initiatives and scholarship. “John Scarpa is one of America’s leadi...

Napoli Pasta Bar, the Bib Gourmand-designated Italian restaurant in Columbia Heights, expands its footprint into Northern Virginia this week by opening a deli that sells pizza and subs full of imported meats and cheeses. Napoli Salumeria (1301 South Joyce Street) is scheduled to open on Arlington’s Pentagon Row on Tuesday, November 10. It will open...

November 24th, 2020 at 4:00PM ET. Zoom Webinar in English. To continue our celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gianni Rodari, Italy’s most beloved children author, join us for a conversation with Grazia Gotti, President of the Italian official committee for Gianni Rodari’s centenary, translator Antony Shugaar and illustrator Vale...

Baltimore's mayor has vetoed a bill that would have rededicated a Christopher Columbus monument to victims of police violence, sharing concerns with the city's police commissioner that the two-story-tall obelisk is too close to a separate monument honoring fallen officers. Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, a Democrat, expressed reservations about the...

The Italian Sons and Daughters of America filed a motion Monday asking a judge to recuse himself from hearing a lawsuit filed to stop the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Schenley Park. The ISDA, which sued Mayor Bill Peduto and the city of Pittsburgh after officials voted to remove the 800-pound statue, claim Allegheny Common Pleas...

The town of Collingswood in Camden County has a new pizzeria that’s open and ready to serve. Bistro Pizzeria replaces Randazzo’s Pizzeria, with both new owners and a new menu. The owners are brothers with ties to not only the town, but the location of the pizzeria itself. Alvaro Palillero and his brother Efren lived in Collingswood for a few years....

Teresa Pacera was known as a bit of a troublemaker when playing poker with her family. She was also known for wearing her trademark sweaters and house coats, no matter the weather. Pacera, 92, who died on April 12, was a tenacious, adoring Italian mother and grandmother, according to her grandchildren. A lifelong resident of Long Branch, Pacera was...

At least you’d have to say that I’m consistent.  As I get older, I often realize that there are a lot of things I like better as they once were.  I like baseball without the “designated hitter”, the “closer” and the 8th inning “set-up-man.” I don’t like giving out “participation” trophies to everyone who happens to show up and not only to those who...

When a passion for baking bread is in your soul, it’s only natural to share that ardor with others. Since 1984, Anthony & Sons Bakery has done just that, building a small family bakery into a national leader in innovative artisanal bread production and sales. Anthony Dattolo immigrated to the States with his wife and children from Sicily in 1952. A...

A Morris County cookbook author and caterer has embarked on a new culinary endeavor with the launch of her new Italian restaurant. Dana Ferraro Ilic opened Ferraro’s Italian Food Specialties in her hometown of Parsippany on Tuesday. Ilic, 49, has more than 25 years of culinary experience, from baking and catering to hosting dinner parties and cooki...

He may be 95, but his drive is strong, his memories are vivid and his quips are sharp and humorous. Thomas Connizzo recently reflected on his time serving in the U.S. Marines during World War II.   Connizzo, a resident of Ortley Beach was joined by family members, friends and American Legion Post Commander William P. Kevish recently where he shared...

November 16th, 2020 - 11:30am ET. Zoom Webinar. In English. This event is part of the 5th Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, and it celebrates the 10th anniversary of the inscription of the Mediterranean Diet in the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Italian Cuisine, one of the most appreciated in the world, is a co...