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The man who brought fresh, homemade and handmade pasta to South Jersey has died at age 87. Joseph Severino of Westmont, the founder of Severino Pasta Company, died Dec. 19, his family said in a published death notice. Anthony Iannone, the chef and owner of Anthony's Creative Cuisine in Haddon Heights, recalled Severino as "the first person to intro...

The couple came via New York City, where they met at chef Tom Colicchio’s Craft. Crochet was the chef de cuisine there, while MacNeil was most recently running the 15-person pastry team at Del Posto in Chelsea. They relocated to Philadelphia for Crochet’s new job at Starr restaurants, and to be closer to family in New Jersey and central Pennsylvani...

It isn’t even Christmas Eve yet — that’s when police will be outside directing traffic to contain the cannoli chaos. But Laura Carlino and her crew are racing like elves on deadline. “The bakers,” she says, as I pull her from behind a counter at Carlino’s Market a few days ago, "they’ve been here since Jerry started at 8 p.m. last night. The othe...

The year was 1960. John F. Kennedy announced his candidacy for president, and the civil rights movement was gaining traction. Frankie Avalon, Elvis Presley and The Drifters topped the charts. And a crooner from Bergen County released a novelty Christmas song about a donkey that, nearly six decades later, remains a love-it-or-hate-it holiday earworm...

The news is out: Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices and Ice Cream in Kenilworth, has closed. Fortunately, a new Ralph’s is set to open in Westfield spring 2020! The new shop at 524 Central Avenue boasts an outdoor seating area and ample free parking. There, you'll find the same favorites fans of Ralph’s have grown to love, including Italian water ice, cre...

Back before the American renaissance of amaro and digestifs made the after-dinner drinks de rigueur, Samantha Kincaid and Jon Nodler would finish a meal at their favorite restaurant with a little glass of house-made nocino. Years later, using walnuts they handpicked from a nearby farm, the celebrated chefs made their own big batch of the liqueur, w...

One of the most delightful things to do around the holidays is to visit an art museum and look at a few of the paintings that tell the stories we commemorate on these days. Over the past 20 years, I’ve enjoyed taking such tours. In my experience, by far the most popular and satisfying would be “The Christmas Story in Art” tour that the National Gal...

Neapolitan-style pizzeria Pupatella is expected to open its second Arlington location this week. The new location at 1621 S. Walter Reed Dr. — formerly an Ethiopian restaurant — is just off South Glebe Road, not far from Army Navy Country Club and the Arlington Cinema Draft House, according to reports. Partner Anastasiya Laufenberg told ARLNow that...

A group of New Jersey high school students got quite the power punch when "Rocky" star Sylvester Stallone decided to pay them a surprise visit. Students from Eastside High School's Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Tourism School (CAHTS) in Paterson were on their way home from a field trip Monday when they decided to stop by the statue of Rocky Balbo...

The Italian Embassy in Washington organized the symposium "Geographical Indications: Opportunities and Challenges" on Geographical Indications and Denominations of Protected Origin. Members of the main Italian consortia and representatives of American regional products attended the event. At the outset Ambassador Armando Varricchio recalled how "op...

f you’ve never had torrone before, the holiday season is a good time to try it. Mostly because it’s everywhere. The egg white-based nougat holiday candy with roots in Italy and the Arabic world is popping up, freshly made, in a variety of styles from some of my favorite spots in the city. You may have seen it in huge blocks at Claudio’s or Di Bruno...

Shepherdstown Music and Dance invites the public to discover the beauty and magic of an Italian Christmas in this year’s holiday concert. Michela Musolino and the band, Rosa Tatuata, bring seasonal favorites of Sicily. The group includes founder and singer Michela Musolino, Phil Passantino, Charlie Rutan and Jeffrey Panettieri. Love of Sicilian and...