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This month in New Jersey, especially in Essex County, we celebrate our Italian heritage. Coming from an Italian family raised in Nutley and Belleville, with roots in southern Italy - including Calabria, Sicily, Avellino and Naples - just about everything we do is based on our culture in some way.   Traditions run deep and have been passed th...

by Jennifer Hetrick   People are known to drive from afar just to sit down and enjoy entrees at Alfredo's Ristorante & Pizzeria Inc. in Bally. Antonio Nuzzolese is the chef, who moved to the U.S. with his family from Naples, Italy in 1987 at the age of 6. His father, Alfredo, opened the restaurant just five years later.   Ant...

by Kenneth Hilario   Philadelphia's oldest Italian restaurant will be franchising for the first time in its 115-year-old history. Ralph's Italian Restaurant will be franchising its brand, led by Ryan Rubino, the great-great-grandson of Francesco and Catherine Dispigno, who first opened the restaurant in South Philadelphia.   The...

I told Salvatore Scarlata, chef/owner of Vidalia Restaurant, a small, casual restaurant in Lawrenceville, just how serious the competition in our N.J.'s best Italian restaurant showdown has become.   "The guy at the last place played the piano for us,'' I explained to him, in a reference to Filippo Russo, chef/owner of da Filippo in Somervil...

The Italian American Association will hold its annual Mardi Gras Dinner on Friday, Feb. 27 at Genetti's Hotel and Convention Center, Wilkes Barre. Arrival time is 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary Italian desserts will be served.   Music for dancing will be by Danny Argo and friends until 10:15 p.m. President Herman Castel...

by Graylin Hughes   When you walk into Vinny's La Roma, chances are that the man himself will greet you. "We're like 'Cheers'," said Vinny Bellia, the owner of Vinny's La Roma. "Everyone knows everyone." Vinny's offers a special vibe that is people are hard pressed to find in today's world.   Bellia will come to every table...

The Center for Italian and Italian American Culture will host a special dinner featuring the cuisine of Calabria, Italy from 1 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 21, at Divina Ristorante, 461 Bloomfield Ave. in Caldwell, owned by Chef Mario Carlino.   The inclement weather date is Sunday, Feb. 28. Carlino's philosophy is that a meal must be satisfyi...

By Gary Seman Jr. With tomato sauce seemingly part of his DNA, Tim Moretti has continued a tradition started by his family more than 70 years ago in Columbus. Moretti's of Arlington is celebrating 16 years in business this year, with Tim and wife Jami at the helm.   While "scratch cooking" has become a familiar promise by many restaura...

E il torroncino mormorò, non passa lo straniero! Saranno i deliziosi prodotti della Sperlari, probabilmente, a vendicare l'onta del saccheggio delle imprese italiane "doc" da parte di colossi in ascesa di paesi esteri. Dopo l'acquisizione dei gianduiotti Pernigotti dai turchi della Toksoz e della griffe del cachemire Loro Piana da parte della holdi...

Let’s face it: this chef’s name, Michael Angelo, has a lot to live up to, but Foodies: he does it with flying colors. Instead of painting or sculpting in marble, like the famous artist Michaelangelo , this Jersey born Michael Angelo is creating works of edible art, and let me tell you: book a reservation for his spot in Fairfield now.   Mich...

Amore means "love" in Italian and that's the name and the goal of Spring Street's newest bakery and cafe. Owned by Sal and Joanne Martino, the couple is bringing Sussex County a taste of the homeland with fresh, homemade baked goods and light cuisine.   Sal Martino's parents own Vincenzo Martino's Market and Restaurant in Hackensack, a...

A new restaurant will open soon where Vale Bar & Bar used to be. Zozo's Restaurant will offer Italian food and a selection of offerings from the bar to compliment the food, Boozyburbs.com reported.   The inside of the restaurant will not change and should remain the same as when Vale Bar & Grill was there when it opens in about...