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Basilico is the newest Italian restaurant in the area and they are generating rave reviews from local foodies. Hillsborough couple Joe Trani and Kari LaSpisa opened Basilico at 46 W Somerset St. in Raritan on June 1. The restaurant serves authentic, made-from-scratch Italian cuisine straight from Trani's hometown of Ischia - an island off the coast...

We recently asked readers to tell us who has the best Italian food (other than pizza) in the Saucon Valley and Southern Lehigh school districts by voting in our restaurant survey. Nearly 150 of you voted in the poll, in which the restaurant that received the most votes was… DIMAIO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE & PIZZERIA in Hellertown!

A familiar eatery known for its Italian fare is planning to reopen inside the Freehold Raceway Mall, a representative told Patch. Full-service restaurant Brio Italian Grille is hiring for nearly a dozen positions at a not-yet-open location at 3710 Route 9 South, according to its website. Positions include prep cook, bartender, server, cook, host, d...

Via Roma is a famous street in Napoli, and, since spring of this year, Via Roma Pizzeria is the name of a new restaurant in Camp Springs, Maryland. Its owner, Biagio Cepollaro, and its chef, Tonino Topolino, are Washington, DC-area Italian restaurant veterans, and natives of Naples, Together, they are now bringing a friendly Italian vibe to a neigh...

Love some extra sauce? That’s a no-can-do at new Italian restaurant Basilico, which opened June 1 in Raritan Borough. But it’s for a good reason. “All of our sauces are made to order,” said Kari LaSpisa, who co-owns the homey, bright restaurant alongside boyfriend of eight years Giuseppe (Joey) Trani. “We don’t have sauces sitting in vats.” This ph...

An Italian restaurant based in Alexandria is expanding with a second location at the Mosaic District in Merrifield, but patrons will have to wait a little longer than anticipated to try a sub or slice of pizza. The Italian Place had planned to welcome customers to its new spot at 2985 District Avenue (Suite 190) this Saturday (July 24), but the gra...

Many restaurants in New Jersey serve Italian dishes and handcrafted pizzas. But if you ask owner Mido Emad, he’ll tell you none look quite like Popolari in Bloomfield. The stylish, family-friendly Italian restaurant sports a retro chic vibe matching the lounges in Italy. In fact, the interior is made to match the authenticity of the menu. At Popola...

The Scaramuzza's are fourth-generation local legend pasta-makers. They create handmade pasta and pasta dishes for their wholesale and retail business. It all started in West Philadelphia with family recipes that trace back to the region of Abruzzi in Italy. Then, the family moved to Clifton Heights and opened a store. They've upgraded to machinery...

Great news. Brio Italian Grille will be re-opening in Quaker Bridge Mall soon, according to the restaurant's official website. I have to be honest, I heard the rumor that it was opening again, but I didn't believe it. How many restaurants close and then open back up again as the same thing? Not many. But, in this case, that's exactly what's happeni...

Despite being the son of two chefs and consistently working in restaurants growing up in Rochester, New York, Michael Vincent Ferreri endeavored as a young man to be a visual artist as an adult. He studied Fine Arts with a concentration in photography and painting at SUNY Potsdam. After graduating, he returned to his home, got a studio and put his...

When you walk into Caruso’s Grocery, it feels like you’ve been there before – and that’s the point. The standalone restaurant at The Roost food hall on Capitol Hill is modeled after classic red sauce Italian joints, replete with red banquettes, black-and-white pictures of Italian icons hanging on the walls, and Sinatra pumping on the sound system....

Danny Digiampietro’s business started in 2013 in New Jersey, then moved to Philadelphia in 2018: on 9th Street, a stone’s throw from the Italian Market. His place is tiny in terms of size, so much so that there’s no seating and the products are takeout only. Danny Digiampietro is the owner of Angelo’s Pizzeria, and employs 20 people to satisfy the...