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by Paul Sebert   Many Tri-State residents were saddened last year when Tascali's Decades Pasta Bar & Grill closed after 29 years when owner Darrell Smith retired. There's now a new Italian option in the village of Barboursville. Fratelli's Italian Restaurant opened it's doors in early June in the former home of Tascali's.   "...

The Center for Italian & Italian American Culture announces its kick-off celebration of the Italian Heritage Month: "Vino 2015," a wine-tasting event with wines offered by Gary's Marketplace from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, 240 Belleville Ave., Bloomfield.   Tickets for members are $40 per pers...

Rare Italian wines will be at the Independence Seaport Museum for a tasting event April 27. The event is being hosted by Drink Philly and South Italy Imports.   Attendees will have an opportunity to sample more than 40 hard-to-find wines made with different varieties of grapes from the various regions of Italy. Light appetizers will be avail...

Vincenzo Tettamanti didn't start his dessert cafe on Market Street in the borough because he was pining for the old country. But he was hungry for something authentically Italian.   "I always cooked, since I was little," Tettamanti recently recalled inside his Gemelli Artisanal Gelato and Dessert Cafe across from the Historic Courthouse in t...

By Marcy Nicholson   Italy's Lavazza is joining the ranks of Starbucks and Gevalia in the highly competitive specialty coffee section on grocery store shelves as the nearly 120-year-old roaster makes another push into the U.S. and Canadian consumer markets.   The family run business, a brand little-known by North American consumers th...

Danilo and Alona Orofino are offering "authentic Italian food" in Orofino (link is external), the restaurant they're opening at 1006 C Caroline St. in downtown Fredericksburg. Their grand opening is August 12 - 18, 2016.   "Everything you'll find on the menu will have deep roots in each of the unique Italian regions, traditions, and cooking...

A one-of-a-kind creamery in the South Central area of Pennsylvania is bringing the succulent taste of Italian cheeses to homes and restaurants in the United States.   In this Salute to American Success, we're taking a look at Caputo Brothers Creamery. The company created by David and Rynn Caputo- and named after their sons Giovanni and Matte...

By Silvia Donati   Sustainability is not a new concept for the Italian gardener. It is a way of life. To shine a light on this way of life, and its inherent wisdom, Mary Menniti founded the Italian Garden Project in 2010. The project documents the stories and traditional methods of Italian American gardeners across the United States.  ...

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...