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The Mercer County Italian American Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 20th annivarsary at the end of September with their highly anticipated three-day festival to be held once again at the Mercer County Park Festival Grounds.    The 2019 Festival will be held on Friday, September 27 from 3:00pm until 11:00pm; Saturday, September 28 from 12 noo...

Screenwriter Ennio Flaiano once stated that “In Italy, the shortest distance between two points is the arabesque,” encapsulating in one sentence his compatriots’s talent for long-windedness, convolution, and elegance. I’ve always thought Flaiano’s witty remark finds a perfect counterpart in the photographic work of Luigi Ghirri, who dedicated his c...

Three partners in a new restaurant here have a lot in common. The men, all natives of Albania, are longtime friends who’ve worked their way up in the dining business. They’ve spent much of the past decade planning their own place and looking for its site. And until recently, they’d never been to Haddonfield. But that’s where their search ended — in...

My summers are a bit different than the average East Coast girl. I was born in Italy, lived there until the age of five and have a father who does not have his green card (despite 25 years of marriage to an American). Due to these circumstances, every June my family and I embark on a long journey to the southern tip of Italy, specifically the islan...

Twenty-odd years ago, in a small café in western Milan, I asked a waiter for the wine list. He simply said, “Non carte di vini, solo rosso e bianco,” and on speaking that last word, he winced and slowly shook his head. As if to say, “Forget the white.” Today, if I asked 1,000 American wine consumers to describe an Italian wine, probably 700 would s...

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) opens the 2019/20 Season with its first production of Ruggero Leoncavallo's indelible and enduringly popular 1892 Italian opera, PAGLIACCI, running September 27 to October 6, 2019 and starring tenor Rafael Rojas (in BLO's Werther and La Traviata, 1998, and Madama Butterfly, 2000) as Canio, and soprano Lauren Michelle making...

Pollino National Park is Italy’s largest national park, covering 1960 square kilometres and bridging the regions of Basilicata and Calabria. It was established in 1992 and includes both natural and archaeological places of interest. The remarkable scenery ranges from snow-capped peaks to ancient forest. The highest peak is Monte Pollino (2248m), wh...

Zeeks Pizza, which now operates 17 stores in the Seattle area, today announced the grand opening of its new Woodinville location. The restaurant serves in the anchor location for Woodinville's new Woodin Creek Village mixed use development. "My mother was a green card-holding Italian, so my food roots run deep," says Zeeks' newest franchisee, Monic...

Pompeii never ceases to amaze. After the disgraceful collapses and neglect of recent years, the archeological site is breathing new life thanks to the ‘Great Pompeii Project,’ an ongoing restoration and excavation work funded by the European Union and Italy, which, since 2012, has allowed the reopening of 38 buildings. Here’s a day itinerary that w...

At nearly 70 years-old, Dean Gioia says he’s feeling pleasantly surprised. “I guess I never believed it would work out like this,” he says. He looks around at his elegant home, smiles at his three large poodles and fondles a brindle cat. His paintings, lush landscapes, sun-spackled sea vistas, lonely houses and pensive people hang on the walls. Oth...

In Italy, coffee is a religion with millions of worshipers. Yet, most of these devotees know nothing about the object of their devotion, despite being convinced they’re drinking the best coffee in the world. I was one of them before I visited M’ama Caffè, a small roastery (torrefazione in Italian) based in Vignola, a sleepy town in the countryside...

Una nuova tecnica chirurgica robotica è stata applicata con successo all’Ospedale Civile di Baggiovara dall’equipe del prof. Fabrizio Di Benedetto, direttore della Chirurgia Epato-Bilio-Pancreatica e dei Trapianti di Fegato dell’Azienda Ospedaliero – Universitaria di Modena, col supporto anestesiologico dell’equipe di Anestesia e Rianimazione dell’...