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Throughout its 100-year history, Glen Rock, New Jersey-based Opici Group has been involved in every facet of the wine business. Today the company is an importer, a producer, and a distributor. Its supplier arm, Opici Wines, has a portfolio of 35 wine brands and eight spirits labels, which total roughly 700,000 cases and $40 million in annual revenu...

Italian music played through the speakers, Italian flags waved in the winds and the smell of meatballs and pizza wafted through the air Sunday in Vandergrift for the 16th annual Festa Italiana di Vandergrift. The event was in Kennedy Park, where nearly 20 vendors served food, drinks and other treats. The festival is put on each year by the Putignan...

Everybody knows what happened in 1492. Columbus sailed the ocean blue and landed in South America, right? The rest is history, or should it be? Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker and Councilor Mo Seifeldein have formally asked City Manager Mark Jinks to direct staff to create a formal resolution for council to vote on changing the name of Columbus...

For two decades Nicholas Grillo has been the impresario of La Festa Italiana at Holy Rosary Church in Downtown Jersey City, where neighborhood newcomers are joining what’s left of the old school Italians at the annual five-day festival. Grillo was in eighth grade at Holy Rosary grammar school when he began volunteering at the now 116-year-old feast...

The 115th annual feast in honor of La Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, sponsored by the M.S.S. Society in Norristown, will be held on Sunday, Aug. 18. The highlight of the feast is the solemn Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Holy Saviour Church, 409 East Main Street in Norristown, followed by a street procession with a statue of Ou...

Joey Montello — aka Joey M — will tell you: “I’ve been in the restaurant business 45 years, and I’ve been in the entertainment business for 45 years.” In other words, when it comes to Joey M running a restaurant — the legendary La Piazza Cucina Italiana — entertainment and dining go hand in hand. One doesn’t exist without the other. “And it’s been...

Frances Victoria Carpegna died July 23 at the age of 95. The majority of babies born at Washington County Hospital between 1953 and 1986 were cared for by Frances “Fran” Carpegna in the nursery. Back in those days, new mothers stayed in the hospital for about a week and rested, while the nurses, including Fran, lovingly cared for the babies.  “Lit...

Ace character actor Michael Imperioli’s resume includes stints—regular and one-offs in such television series as Californication, Blue Bloods, and even The Office, in which he memorably appeared in an episode as Dwight Schrute’s karate sensei. But he will likely forever be best-known for his role on The Sopranos as Christopher Moltisanti, mob boss...

The Omni Shoreham Hotel will be swathed in festive colors of red, white and green November 1-3, when the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) celebrates its 44th Anniversary Gala Weekend. The Gala Weekend begins on Friday, November 1, 6 – 9 p.m., with our NIAF Aperitivo! event for young Italian American and Italophile professionals! Refreshi...

Paese che vai, romano (e soprattutto romanista) che trovi e a Philadelphia (Stati Uniti) c'è Massimo Musumeci: fiero esportatore di romanismo e presidente del Roma Club cittadino. Nella centro abitato più grande della Pennsylvania ha trovato la sua America diventando il capo del Dipartimento di Lingue del Communty College e incontrando la moglie Li...

If you want brick-oven pizza, homemade gelato and quality prosciutto, look no further than... Long Neck?  Yes, really. On Route 24, at the new shopping center behind Wawa, you will find Italy and New York bursting from a lofty deli called Two Meatballs. It is, most likely, unlike any deli you have ever come across. Because when you enter Two Meatba...

If the name Romeo DiBona sounds familiar, it should. The talented chef helmed Old Homestead Steak House at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa since Day 1 in 2013, helping it become THE most successful fine dining restaurant in Atlantic City. That gig came after years of him showing off his talents for Caesars Atlantic City, particularly at Nero’s Italian S...