An Italian restaurant based in Alexandria is expanding with a second location at the Mosaic District in Merrifield, but patrons will have to wait a little longer than anticipated to try a sub or slice of pizza. The Italian Place had planned to welcome customers to its new spot at 2985 District Avenue (Suite 190) this Saturday (July 24), but the gra...

Martinsville Mustangs coach Brandon Nania describes his catcher Matt Malone as a “journeyman,” a thought the player couldn’t dispute. “I’m all over. I’m a very cultured man,” Malone said with a laugh during an interview this week. “Dealing with Canadians, North Dakotans, Virginians.” Malone grew up on New York’s Long Island, and started his college...

After a 20-year hiatus, The Italian Oven has returned to Old Dominion Drive in McLean. The Italian restaurant officially opened on Monday (June 21) at 6852 Old Dominion Drive, moving back into a spot it had first occupied in 1985. The Esposito family has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in Northern Virginia for over 40 years. Although the res...

The Italian Place, a woman-owned Italian market based in Old Town Alexandria, will expand to a second location at the Mosaic District. The opening at 2984 District Avenue #190 in Fairfax is slated for July 10. The first Italian Place location opened in Old Town Alexandria in 2016 to meet a need for authentic Italian markets in the area. Founded by...

Early last week, the Gariani family behind the McLean eatery posted a message on the home page of Pulcinella’s website: We are excited to announce that we will be relocating Pulcinella to 1310 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, with an expected opening in July. However, we will be closing our current location on May 31st. Pulcinella is honored to have served...

There were plenty of reasons why Yvonne Cunningham—a former government contractor who’d never worked in sales or food service—decided to launch her small, food-related business in Crozet. “I noticed the area was a Mecca for foodies,” she said, “with wineries, breweries, orchards and farms.” Central Virginia seemed just the place for Nona’s Cucina,...

The Jefferson County Veterans Association held its annual Memorial Day program on Monday at Veterans Memorial Park located in Friendship Park, Smithfield. Guest speaker David Charvat of Dillonvale related about military personnel who sacrificed their lives in time of peace. Charvat, who flew jets off USS Midway, noted that in two years’ time, from...

The St. James Italian Festival has again been canceled due to COVID-19. “Unfortunately, this year we’re not going to be able to do it either,” said Deacon Mike Lennon of St. James Church. “This is the second year in a row, but hopefully we’ll be back on track next year.” Time is a factor in putting together the annual July festival. It would be dif...

Growing up in the Marche region of Italy in the 1970s, young Fabio Trabocchi would follow his father into the garden on Saturday mornings with his sister, filling their baskets with whatever was ready to harvest—sun-warmed eggplant and vibrant tomatoes, fresh herbs and leafy greens. Then their small working-class family would spend hours cooking to...

The secret to 102-year-old Virginia Carpino Bugni’s longevity is pure and simple. Family is what keeps her going. “They have been good company,” she explains. The feeling is mutual. Hard working, caring, stubborn, determined — these are just some of the words her family uses to describe their matriarch. You don’t have to delve much further to know...