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Philadelphia’s Gran Caffe L’Aquila is no stranger to tragedy. In fact, the landmark Italian concept in Center City was born out of it. When the original cafe in L’Aquila, Italy, was destroyed by an earthquake in 2009, the local location was designed and built in the European country before being shipped to Philadelphia piece by piece. The authentic...

It’s been a tough year for the restaurant business. Owners across South Jersey have had to grapple with the statewide orders to cease dine-in service, pivot to curbside takeout and delivery, then reconfigure outdoor dining footprints and find ways to comply with COVID-19-related restrictions as they resume on-site service. So, it is great news for...

Valente's Italian Specialties in Haddonfield is making a big change as the state reopens amid the coronavirus pandemic. The small market is transforming into Valente's Cucina, an intimate, Abruzzo-inspired, sit-down Italian restaurant, the owners announced. Valente's is adding seating both inside and outside and will continue to offer their special...

The popular pizzeria and restaurant, Uncle Louie’s Pizza, opened its first location in Franklin Lakes in 2014. But as of February 2020, their second location in Montvale is now open. You’ll find them in the spot previously occupied by Momma’s Kitchen, which closed in early February after six years. “We opened a second location because we feel that...

Restaurants in Washington, D.C., have faced a slew of recent challenges, stemming from the COVID-19 crisis and demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd. But chef-restaurateur Nicholas Stefanelli and his Creative Food Group (CFG) are carrying on and adding new locations to a portfolio that includes Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellen...

Riverview opened with fine dining in an upscale setting until its owners could discover what customers in this Burlington City locale preferred and then select the perfect head chef to direct a possible cuisine adjustment. The cuisine experiment is over. Now in its third year, the waterfront restaurant has undergone a transformation to more rustic...

Gino Iovino is the owner of Girasole Ristorante & Lounge in Atlantic City. And his family-run business is about to reopen amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Translated from Italian, Girasole means sunflower, which serves as the main theme of its indoor/outdoor design along with its iconic Versace furnishings and Mediterranean décor. The family...

Hoboken, New Jersey nicknamed the Mile Square City is most well-known as the birthplace of Frank Sinatra and the birthplace of America’s pastime: baseball. Historically, Hoboken was home to a large Italian immigrant population and its Italian roots are still deeply entwined in the town’s culture today. Hoboken ports on the Hudson established by tra...

Since it arrived at the same time as a pandemic, you may have missed the opening of a quaint little pizza shop in Dover. A Slice of Magic Pizzeria launched March 2, within the Liberty gas station on 5782 Forrest Ave. Owned by Dan Cain and Lloyd Wilson, it brings a combination of a love of magic and creating pizza and other Italian dishes. Offering...

There are many very good Italian restaurants on the Jersey Shore – so it takes a little extra effort to compete and really stand out. Piccola Italia Restaurant in Ocean Township (Monmouth County), has exceeded on all levels for several years. The restaurant is less than 5 minutes from my home, so I certainly can’t beat the convenience when we’re in...

In 1960 the average cost of a new home was $12,700 and a new car was $2,600 and gas was 25 cents a gallon. It was also the year that Joseph and Mary Caputo opened their Italian Bakery on South Broadway. “My grandfather and grandmother were from Brooklyn where the family had an Italian bakery. They had seen an ad in an Italian newspaper that lots we...

Concept tweaks are becoming more commonplace as restaurateurs figure out their next moves in the coronavirus era. Jason Evenchik and Terrance Leach have switched up the menu at their Northern Liberties jazz bar Heritage from American to Italian. It’s all offered to go, of course. This was chef Mackenzie Hilton’s idea. She’s been the executive...