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Meet Emmy Award-winning public television chef Lidia Bastianich, Thursday when she helps Cedar Crest College kick off its "Health Starts in the Kitchen" community cooking program. Bastianich, host of "Lidia's Kitchen" on PBS will talk about food's role in fostering strong communities, and how she's found success in a male-dominated industry at...

In an innovative collaboration, luxury wine leader Terlato Wines and leading extra virgin olive oil producer Colavita today announced a joint venture to create a collection of super-premium Italian wines. Under an evergreen agreement, Terlato will produce and market wines under the Colavita brand name for global distribution.   The initial w...

by Marie Strumolo   It's time to spotlight some merchants in Silver Lake. The first on deck will be...drum roll please...Errico Violante. He started as a butcher's apprentice when he was 14 in Forino, a small town outside of Naples, Italy. He was the youngest in a family of seven children.   In 1964 he left Italy and came to the Unite...

Joe Cicala's meat is ahead of schedule. But that doesn't mean it'll be eaten anytime soon. "This is perfect," says the chef, grinning as he gently thumbs a butcher-twined hunk of pork the size and shape of a beehive. We're standing close in a stuffy, funky-smelling curing room, an industrial walk-in where a few dozen culatellos, cut from the rear...

You may take one look at that headline and ask, "What do you mean, how to speak Jersey restaurant Italian? Everyone knows how to pronounce gnocchi, cappacola and cavatelli.''   Not like an Italian, they don't. Being one myself, I know something about these things, but quickly discovered, in my epic search for N.J.'s best Italian restaurant,...

Once upon a time Brooklanders had to leave the neighborhood if they wanted anything fancier than General Tso's Chicken or buffalo wings. But in 2012 Ettore Rusciano, who originally hails from Italy, opened the Neapolitan pizzeria Menomale. Its name, which comes from an Italian idiom meaning "thank goodness," seemed appropriate since the restaurant'...

Med Lahlou and Antonio Matarazzo of the Lalou Group announced the appointment of Matteo Venini as the new executive chef of their award-winning Italian restaurant Lupo Verde, located in the bustling 14th Street neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Venini will also oversee the menu at Lupo Verde's second location, which is scheduled to open in early Dec...

By Jacqueline L. Urgo In this place known as the "Blueberry Capital of the World," which has also been called the most Italian place in New Jersey, they really like their provolone, especially around Christmastime.   Between early December and Super Bowl Sunday, 2,800 pounds of the piquant cheese, in the shape of 10-foot-long torpedoes, wil...

Vincenza & Margherita Italian American Bistro is a new restaurant that opened a little more than a week ago across from the Graylyn Shopping Center. The casual eatery, also known as V&M Bistro, has had a growing crowd at its 1717 Marsh Road location in the Marsh Triangle. The site had formerly been home to liquor and comic book st...

AndrĂ©a Di Meglio believes that the ambience of his restaurant should be as enticing as its food. Which is why, no matter where I sat at Luca's Ristorante in Somerset, I got an eyeful.   One time, I was fascinated by the gigantic pots and vases that line the entrance and split the dining area in two. On another visit, tile murals of famous Ne...

Pope Francis is likely to visit more East Coast cities than just Philadelphia when he travels to the U.S. in September, the Vatican's secretary of state said Tuesday.   Pope Francis announced his trip to the United States on Nov. 17 in an address to members of the "Humanum Conference." During his visit, the pontiff will participate in the Se...

It is hard to imagine a need or niche that is left for another new Italian restaurant in South Philadelphia. But that didn't deter Luke Palladino, who picked up one of his prosciutto-wrapped, truffle-buttered bread sticks and waved that magic wand over a forlorn corner of East Passyunk Avenue.   On that sharply angled parcel just east o...