For three decades, a modern Italian restaurant has stood strong and independent in Atlantic City, making a name for itself away from the hustle and bustle of the casinos. Girasole was opened in 1992 by Naples native Gino Iovino. Coming from a career in fashion, Iovino traveled around Italy, tasting different cuisines in gastronomic capitals such as...

New Jersey may be known as the Garden State, but it might as well be the Gabagool State. The number of Italian delis in Hoboken alone rivals most states. So it’s no surprise us New Jerseyans know a thing or two about Italian subs. And it’s no surprise that two of our Italian subs were just named among the best in the country. Mashed.com recently re...

Atlantic City's famed Formica's Bakery, a maker of bread in New Jersey for more than a century, is changing ownership. The family of George E. Norcross III purchased a majority stake in the company and has plans for a multimillion dollar expansion of the business in the years ahead. The bakery was founded in Atlantic City by Italian immigrant Franc...

Everyone knows New Jersey is the home of great Italian food. And some Italian restaurants everyone knows to visit. Others are more low-key, but still serve food to die for. In fact, one such Italian place, which is 100 years old, is so low-key many have no idea it exists. From the outside, Chef Vola's in Atlantic City, New Jersey, looks like any ot...

On December 10 and 11, the Hawthorne Pride Alliance Foundation performed “My Big Gay Italian Christmas” the last of the “My Big Gay Italian” series written by Anthony J. Wilkinson. The cast included Hope Foley as Josephine, Thomas Bushnauskas as Victorio Buccatini, Krissy Sciarra as Aunt Toniann, Rob Laub as the weatherman and Officer Gardner, Mary...

Capriccio Italian gourmet restaurant at Resorts Casino Hotel is my absolute favorite restaurant. We’re obviously not alone. For the third time in four years, and, for the second year in-a-row, Capriccio has been voted the best U.S. casino restaurant by USA Today’s 10Best.com Readers’ Choice Awards. Here are the 2021 results: USA TODAY’s 10Best.com....

Since the 1999 premiere of The Sopranos, HBO’s game-changing mob series, it’s been an article of faith that it was the tale of two families: Protagonist Tony Soprano’s actual family, and the one he oversaw as the boss of a North Jersey Mafia crew. But according to Michael Imperioli, who portrayed Tony’s tempestuous, ill-fated nephew Christopher Mol...

Amore for everything Italian was in the air at Historic Smithville Saturday for the annual Italian Festival. Organized by the Knights of Columbus, Villa Maria Council #6432, the event not only celebrates the rich Italian culture and heritage in the region but also raises money for the K of C charities and scholarships.  The smell of sausage and pep...

If you’ve never heard of Jerry Longo, it’s time to learn a about him. Jerry Longo created a unique menu of authentic Italian cuisine and started his Longo‘s brand by opening an acclaimed restaurant renowned for its martinis and meatballs. Discerning patrons clambered to his first legendary restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, then Dover Downs al...

Bally's Atlantic City has officially opened a location of the established Italian brand, Jerry Longo’s Meatballs & Martinis. The location at Bally’s Atlantic City will be Longo’s fourth location in the portfolio. Owner Longo was born and raised in South Philly where he learned to respect and appreciate his Italian American culture. He often found h...