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When a retail space opened up just a few doors down from Carolyn and Massimo Papetti’s restaurant, I’m Eddie Cano on Connecticut Ave. NW, it was not set up to host a sit down restaurant or cafe. Narrow and without a back exit or space for a full kitchen, the former dry cleaner would not appeal to many for a coffee shop. But when the Papettis laid e...

The Fire Museum of Maryland reports, "It finally happened! The fireboat Tommy, named after Little Italy resident and Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., has arrived at its new home." The Fire Museum, in Lutherville, Maryland, accepted the boat in pieces on a May morning at 3:15 a.m. Restoration has begun, yet will likely take several years before visito...

The Society of Italian American Businessmen broke its fundraising record at its eighth-annual Spring Gala, held recently at the Richlin Ballroom. SIAB presented the Char Hope Foundation with a $25,000 donation. Char Hope is dedicated to helping adults facing the challenge of substance abuse move towards long-term recovery by providing a supportive...

Mamma Pina carved thin slices of horse meat for the luncheon carpaccio. Her son-in-law, award-winning Philadelphia chef Jeff Michaud, stirred an antique copper pot of bubbling polenta on the kitchen’s wood-burning stove. “Go into my yard and pick some fresh figs,” Mamma Pina directed in Italian, handing me a basket. “We’ll make sorbet for dessert.”...

An Italian deli known for its mouthwatering, hand-crafted sandwiches is continuing to expand its footprint in the Lehigh Valley. Ciao Sandwich Shoppe, which opened its original location in October 2020 at 12 N. Third St. in downtown Easton, on Wednesday announced a third location set to open next month inside the Downtown Allentown Market, at 27 N....

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Chapter of UNICO recently announced the winners of its two annual scholarship competitions. Seniors Ashley DeFrancesco (Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School) and Michael Minniti (Union Catholic High School) received the SP-F UNICO Brian Piccolo Scholarship - named after former NFL player Brian Piccolo, who in 1970 died of can...

It’s hard not to get a kick out of the smile that slowly forms on Anthony Volpe’s face when someone digging into the start of his season asks about his confidence level. Those in the business of grasping at straws in wondering why the traditional statistics next to the 21-year-old Somerset Patriots shortstop’s name haven’t been as reflective of the...

Representatives of several organizations in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church community have reached out to the archbishop of Newark, pleading their case to schedule more Masses for a congregation that some parishioners argue has long been neglected. The church reopened its doors in late November, for a Saturday Mass celebrating the first Sunday...

Rose Tree Park was under a sea of green-white-red and red-white-blue last Sunday afternoon as flags of both Italy and United States fluttered in the wind and welcomed thousands of people to the 12th Annual Italian American Heritage Festival. The cultural celebration of family, friends, food and fun, featured Italian personalities, authors and artis...

The feel of dining in a cozy Italian restaurant in Soho is now available in Manalapan. La Lupa is the end of a 2.5 year journey for the business’s three co-owners. After endlessly searching for the perfect location, they finally found space available right in their hometown. “It was the last place we were thinking it would be,” says co-owner Dan Fi...

Thursday, May 26, 2022. 6:00 PM EDT - 7:30 PM EDT. Heinz History Center - 1212 Smallman St. - Pittsburgh, PA. Register here. Imagine an assignment in college as a dance major opening a door and leading you to a life-long mission after just one performance. Anna Harsh made a vision board in 6th grade about dancing professionally, traveling to Italy,...

Growing up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, an area with a vibrant Italian American community, Stephanie Longo first became intrigued by her heritage when she was five years old when her mother took her to Dino and Francesco’s restaurant in Clarks Summit, PA, which had a large map of Italy on their placemat.  While they were there, her mother, Ann Mar...