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The power of melody is the musical bonding element of pianist Rita Marcotulli and accordion player Luciano Biondini. La Strada Invisibile (The Invisible Road), the title of this concert, is the imperceptible thread seamlessly bringing together the jazz, classical music and Italian song pieces chosen by the virtuoso performers. The remarkable simila...

The World Pasta Day is back. An event conceived and organized by Italy’s pasta makers of Unione Italiana Food (former Aidepi) and IPO – International Pasta Organization, which every October 25th celebrates this symbol of the Mediterranean Diet. It is a way to tell and taste the Italian excellence of pasta, which has always been an icon of a good an...

First responders and town officials were treated to fresh, handmade pizza at Colavita headquarters in Edison on Oct. 21 as part of the Italian brand’s efforts to give back to the community it calls home. Police officers, firefighters, EMTs, Mayor Thomas Lankey, Police Chief Tom Bryan, Fire Chief Bryan Latham and several council members, among other...

Sophia Loren is back. The movie legend, 86, can be seen in the trailer for the upcoming Netflix drama “The Life Ahead,” her first film in more than a decade. “In seaside Italy, a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business, Madame Rosa (Loren), takes in 12-year-old street kid Momo, the boy who recently robbed her,” reads a Netflix description of the...

Leave it to one of the world’s greatest entertainers, Tony Bennett, to recognize the power of a kitchen sing-along. With clubs, theatres and bars closed for large gatherings, the pleasure of a spontaneous dance party in the kitchen can brighten any meal. On Friday, the singer shared a Spotify playlist and an inspirational video called “Italian Cook...

Da Vinci Fest Live may be an inaugural event for the Da Vinci Art Alliance (DVAA), but the nonprofit has a history in South Philadelphia. “For 88 years, our organization has focused really insularly, we’ve been really focused on just our artist members (but) that work has really grown over the last couple of years,” said Jarrod Markman, executive d...

The first and only Congressional debate this year took place in Woodbridge, but its spiritual center was Wooster Square. That began when a question about who truly represents the Italian American community transformed into three different views on history, culture, and the best ingredients for an equitable society. Those perspectives were offered b...

Paul Basilio, who made one of Central New York’s best-known Italian sausage brands for 61 years and was the longest-serving vendor at the New York State Fair, died Wednesday. He was 92. He was a member of a big and prominent Italian-American family — one of his brothers was former boxing champion Carmen Basilio, who died in 2012. Basilio operated t...

Ti voglio bene (tee voh-llioh bai-nai) is the sweetest of Italian expressions. Unlike its more theatrical sister, ti amo, “ti voglio bene” tends to be more subtle but also more authentic. When you say “ ti voglio bene,” you’re usually honest  and really feel what you say, while  “ti amo”… well, we all know “ti  amo” can be misleading sometimes.  Th...

Crudo of sole freckled with Fresno chile. Raw kale leaves shiny with anchovy vinaigrette. Glistening gnocchi sauteed in butter, olive oil, and broccoli rabe. If the vibes of these dishes remind you of California, Italy, and a bit of France, you get the drift of Chef Jonathan Waxman’s cooking. The chef just published his third culinary opera, “The B...

The wines of Italy have been popular in the United States for decades. Until a few years ago, however, a select number of offerings dominated these wines. Many Americans are familiar with the “Italian Big Four” table wines, as I refer to them: Chianti, Pinot Grigio, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo and Prosecco. These wines are perennially the best-selling...

Two months after starting a virtual kitchen focused on takeout lobster rolls, Chevy Chase pasta place I’m Eddie Cano is trying out another idea to keep its restaurant running: making cheesesteaks. Dubbed Jimmy’s Philly Steaks, the virtual venture starts selling sliced ribeye sandwiches doused with “chedda-wiz”, loaded tater tots, and meatball hoagi...