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The word “freestyle” is thrown around a lot in reference to Giusto. It’s a term that allows chef-owner Kevin O’Donnell some liberties in a traditional Italian kitchen, as well as a marketing tool to announce something unexpected. It’s not entirely ac...

Lawrence Peter Yogi Berra was one of the most popular New York Yankees of all time. With all the discussion on who will be the Yankee catcher next season, I thought it would be appropriate to look at one of the Yankees’ most iconic catchers. Yogi was...

John M. Alati, a popular former Essex County freeholder who was one of the most influential people in county politics in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, died on January 15.  He was 73. He was elected freeholder in 1984, representing the East Orange/Irvin...

I had the pleasure of meeting Alex Alexander about 10 years ago when she jogged the streets of Isles of Capri without breathing hard, while I felt fatigued just watching her run past my house. While doing her standard running miles, she noticed some...

Downtown’s new Lytle Park Hotel opened to the public this June, along with their in-house, upscale Italian eatery Subito and sophisticated rooftop lounge, Vista at Lytle Park. Subito serves scratch-made Italian dishes in a white-tablecloth, jazzy env...

The smoked salmon tartine from Pastars in Westminster is one of those things that’ll drive you crazy as you admire its good looks and try to decide whether to eat it with your fingers or a knife and fork. I grab it with my hands and rush it toward my...

Few things in life are as comforting as home-cooked Italian food. But if you're not part of a big Italian family, you can still feel like it at Napoli's Wine Cafe. The family-owned restaurant has been in business since 1992, first on Westheimer, then...

Along with iconic architecture and replicas of famous structures in Venice, Italy, the newly Venetian in 1999 also introduced a facsimile of one of the Italian city’s most famous attractions—its gondolas. The Las Vegas version was a motorized version...

Dave Cavagnaro was far more than a successful businessman. Known as the unofficial “Mayor of East Napa,” Cavagnaro made it his life’s work to enhance local life in a variety of ways. He is credited with bringing the circus to town, orchestrating the...

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