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What does the locally famous Chef from La Polpetta/Arugula restaurants, a Washington Township Businessman, and the Williamstown High School Principal have in common? Plus we toss in a splash of actor/director Kevin Smith!? That intro line must of grabbed your attention!! I’ll meander a bit with this one, but I’ll tie it all together. I think! Oster...

Through two pandemics and two world wars, Caporale’s Italian Bakery has provided bread and baked goods to hungry customers, and it’s not likely to stop any time soon. The bakery, founded in 1906 by Italian immigrant Augusto Caporale, celebrated its 115th anniversary in October. While the business has changed locations multiple times, some members o...

Pastadoro is a new casual Italian eatery providing authentic Italian cuisine that is also fast and affordable. The spot is within the College of New Jersey’s Campus Town, a walkable main street near the University in Ewing Township. “Although the restaurant opened in September,” stated head chef Anthony Adragna. “We always planned on having a large...

Angela Costantini is sitting next to her brand-new hearth, a fire crackling within. The interior of the oven in the brand-new La Casina Pinseria has been newly refurbished with Italian brick, and the temperature must be gradually increased to 500 degrees as the brick dries. It’s a warm atmosphere, and it feels like home. And it should: in July 2021...

Baltimore fiction readers may not know Rosalia Scalia’s name, but they should. An award-winning local short story writer, the Little Italy native’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines over the years, including the North Atlantic Review, Notre Dame Review, The Portland Review, and closer to home, The Loch Raven Review. Her story “Sister...

Sixty years ago, a new pizza restaurant opened its doors in a little shop in Huntington. The name? Gino’s Pizza & Spaghetti House. If you recognize that moniker (and if you’ve spent any time in West Virginia, it’s likely that you will), then you already know that the little Huntington pizza shop that opened in 1961 was a resounding success. Gino's...

In the 1930s, Frank Donatelli allowed customers to stop in and pick up grocery items they needed from Donatelli’s Italian Food Center on Liberty Avenue in Bloomfield – without paying. They could give him money later. “My grandfather started accounts for Italian immigrants,” said his grandson Russell Donatelli. “They paid what they could when they c...

“I just love Italian food ever since I was a kid”, Chef David Deshaies, who is French, tells Italianfood.net. That’s one of the reasons why he and his partner Restaurateur Eric Eden decided to open L’Ardente. It made sense for the business partners to open an Italian restaurant to complement their restaurant portfolio in Washington, D.C. The partne...

Northern Liberties is home to a new Instagram-chic Italian spot that is so cool, it's in its name. Figo, or cool in Italian, is an elevated full-service restaurant and bar. The 10,000-square-foot space is one of the largest in the area and is home to two eateries, Figo Ristorante and Figo Pizzeria. The pizzeria serves up specialty pies and hoagies...

Lined with outdoor eateries, this stretch of 17th Street in Dupont Circle is like an outdoor party in warm weather (and popular all year round in our post-pandemic life). Anchoring the corner of R and 17th is Dupont Italian Kitchen, opened in 1986 by two immigrant brothers, Michael and Tony. The restaurant’s welcoming vibe makes it a community hang...

Italian restaurant giant Autogrill is opening the first U.S. location of its Puro Gusto all-day cafe in downtown D.C. The company gave no firm opening date, other than to say it will open later this year. Puro Gusto will be at 1345 F St. NW, taking over space formerly the French cafe Maison Kayser, which closed in 2019. Puro Gusto has locations in...

Visitors to Millsboro could soon be saying, “Sembra bello” — Italian for “That looks good” — once Alo’s Imports & Kitchen opens in the long-unoccupied train station near Millsboro Town Hall on Wilson Highway. Danny Alo, a Bronx, N.Y., native whose family has owned restaurants for years, said this week that he plans to open Alo’s in early November a...