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I wonder if you miss sitting down to a good meal in a fine local restaurant as much as I do.  It’s not just about the food. Driving through Holiday Manor the other day, I spotted Grassa Gramma and remembered how much fun it is to dine there.  Executive Chef Robert Rice’s fine Italian fare is a big part of that draw, of course, but that’s not all. T...

As expected, the Italian cigar brand Toscano will move its U.S. distribution in-house. Effective Feb. 1, Avanti Cigar Co.—a subsidiary of Parodi Holdings, LLC—will take over the U.S. distribution of Toscano from Miami Cigar & Co. The announcement comes roughly two months after Toscano’s current distributor—Miami Cigar & Co.—announced substantial cu...

It’s easy to say “radicchio.” It’s that delicious variety of cabbage, usually with round purple leaves and a harvest that starts around November, that we like to use in risottos and savory pies. But radicchio, with its typically bitter and intense flavor, is also great for salads – accompanied by smoked salmon, for example. Cultivated above all in...

Livoti's Old World Market, a specialty Italian grocer, is slated to replace Freehold's Top Tomato on Route 537. Established in May 2010 with its first brick-and-mortar storefront in Aberdeen, Livoti's Old World Market has since expanded to include locations in Marlboro in 2014 and Middletown in 2017. The grocer touts fine produce, meat, grocery, d...

Anytime Paula Scholz hears an Elvis song, she thinks of Tom Ruggeri. She worked with him for 18 years, starting as a waitress, shuttling cocktails back and forth, then moving upward at Ruggeri’s restaurant to help with the business and, as she tells it, lovingly battle in a way you’d expect from a family-run joint. “He and I fought like cats and do...

Picture Madonna’s hit song Vogue running through your mind as you see that gorgeous, leggy Italian model with the many shopping bags containing the season’s latest garments in Italian fashion brands. All while she flashes you a brilliant-white smile in her sunnies and enjoying a brisk walk in her nine-inch stilettos in the sunshine capital of Milan...

Old Town Tustin isn’t having any of that faux vintage created by redevelopers eager to erase crumbly curbs and oddball storefronts. A venerable heart of a settlement born in 1927, the intersection of Main Street and El Camino Real remains a mishmash of small businesses run by locals. Centro Storico is the new kid on the old block, re-animating a ve...

One of six children, Louis (Lou) Mirabelli was born in Chicago. His parents, Enrico and Mariane (Mirabelli) Mirabelli, emigrated from Cosenza. The growing family moved from apartment to apartment in the vicinity of Taylor Street and Hermitage. “It seemed like every time the people would raise the rent, my father would say, ‘OK, let’s pick up our fu...

Italy is Top Destination 2021 according to Travel and Leisure, the famous New York travel magazine published for the first time in 1937 and led by Jacqueline Gifford: it was already announced in November that Italy would be top Destination 2021 with an article signed by Maria Shollenbarger. “All you have to do, really, is close your eyes, and you’r...

Parmacotto, the Italian cold cuts company which is leader in the cooked ham market, has been active for more than 40 years with traditional cured meats, which are sold both for the supermarket counter and packaged in trays for the shelves. In April 2019 it acquired Cibo Italia, which sells Italian cured meats in the US. This led to the birth of Par...

$33,749 may not seem like a huge hammer price for an auction, but the recent sale of the Collection of Neapolitan Christmas Crèche Figures that closed on January 14th on igavelauctions.com was, according to Lark Mason, a rousing success. With a 96% sell-through, the 25 lots included intricately carved and adorned winged angels, the three magi, musi...

Erin Lewis likes to describe herself as “American by blood, Italian by heart.” She felt called to Italy for many years before finally deciding to make the move six years ago. She settled in Florence, where she had already lived before. There, she rented an apartment; as time went by, she gravitated more and more towards the countryside, until she d...