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When New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy closed restaurants to dine-in customers on March 16, Cousin Mario’s Italian Restaurant and Bar decided they would need to take things back to the beginning. “Back to basics, that’s what it’s all about during this coronavirus for many small businesses,” said managing partner Joseph Giordano. “By the end of Decemb...

If you had to name New Jersey's most iconic sandwich, which one would be the one you you choose? We thought this conversation might give you some ideas for lunch during these times of quarantine, so we hope it helps. Men's Health decided to name the most iconic sandwich in each state, and their top sandwich in the Garden State is, in my opinion is...

During a time when area businesses are just trying to remain afloat, Brad Calliari of Calliari’s Bakery on DuBois Street says he is grateful for his dedicated employees and customers. Calliari spends about 15 hours a day at the bakery and Italian deli grocery shop, making his own bread from scratch in a brick oven more than 100 years old. The shop...

In moments of crisis, sharing a meal with a loved one is oh so important - especially if you are Italian!  CiaoDC has your grab and go and delivery options vetted from the best Italian bites in town.  As Publisher of CiaoDC, I have worked closely with several of these restaurants and chefs and understand first hand the heart and soul of these busin...

In hopes of helping local restaurants survive during this pandemic, as a part of a new TAPinto East Orange/Orange series, we will be featuring local restaurants open for takeout during the COVID-19 pandemic. First up is Bella Italia Ristorante in Orange, NJ.   Affectionately called “Bella” by customers, this delicious restaurant is a long time stap...

There’s fine dining, and then there’s fine Italian dining. BiancoBlu, now open in the lobby of the Metropolitan Building on River Road in Edgewater, aims to provide the latter. The built-from-scratch eatery seats 200 indoors, with room for 100 more thanks to seasonal outdoor seating as well; Valet service and a private event room for 12 round out t...

Not too long ago, an important study took place in the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania. The results are especially potent today, suggesting that relief for stress comes in a surprisingly straightforward and perhaps wildly effective form. The only problem is that a lot of the institutions that sponsored such a healthy and long lifespan are going away,...

Food memories are my favorite memories. As a child, our go-to family restaurant was Martucci's Italian Restaurant at 27th and Myrtle. I can still see it: the dark bar you pass through on the way to the tables, the dusty Italian reproduction art on the walls, the candle burning in the red glass jar right next to the ever-present basket of thick-slic...

Marcello De Feo grew up in a South Philly Italian household. His mother, Santa Bianca, came to America from Abruzzo when she was a teenager. “I’m first-generation Italian,” De Feo says. “My Nonna lived with us from when I was born.” Looking back, she looms large in his food memories. Each day, Nonna Paola would pack his school lunches. “I didn’t re...

In 1920, The Pork Roll Store started in Chambersburg, New Jersey. An entire century later, the business is still making the state’s most iconic breakfast meat. Robbie Battisti-Goldstein has fond memories, saying, "My father and grandfather Gabriel Battisti, along with his brother-in-law, opened their own Italian import business." So, how does the s...

When Maria Barron, of Washington, was 12 years old, her mother broke her wrist, leaving much of the Italian household cooking up to Maria. “She took my hand in her hand and said, ‘Oh, you have the same size now,’” Maria said. “There was no measuring, so you counted scoops of flour with your hand. Whatever she did, I would mimic.” Now, Maria has her...

Sunday, March 15, 2020 -11:30am – 5:30pm. Serb Hall | 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee, WI. Buy Tickets Now! Pasta Fest is a family friendly event featuring a great pasta meal, with sauce from Milwaukee favorite Barbiere’s Italian Inn. Homemade Italian-style all-beef meatballs, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverages round out the meal. There ar...