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09-30-18 Small Bites Radio


LIVE this Sunday, September 30th at 635pm Small Bites with Glenn Gross and Derek Timm of on Wildfire Radio with Derek again off this week, we have special host Donato Marino running the show. Donato is best known as the owner of D and L Coffee Service Inc. which is Philadelphia’s premier bean to barista coffee and espresso company as well as owner of Terry’s Too. Donato is thrilled to be hosting and has a great lineup for the show.

On the show will be Ben Fileccia the Director of Operations & Strategy for the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association. The Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association strives to promote, protect, and improve the hospitality and tourism industries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PRLA is able to convey a unified voice for the hospitality and tourism industries, both of which significantly contribute to the economic growth of Pennsylvania.

Also joining them will be Mario Ferraiolo from Dolcissimo Desserts. For over 15 years, Dolcissimo Desserts has been distributing high quality, imported Italian desserts and pasta’s. They also carry a full line of Bindi Dessert USA as well as other gourmet product lines. Today, their surpassed level of service and dedication has created lasting partnerships with restaurants, café’s, country clubs, caterers, hotels and casinos. Their desserts are loved by all cultures, as thier products contain ingredients not only from Italy, but also from Spain, Ecuador and Asia. Exceptional imported, authentic ingredients and products is their way of life. Above all, they are dedicated to always exceed the expectations of their customers and provide the best quality and value.

They keep the fun going with Anthony Bellapigna who is the owner of the Fellini Cafe of Media, Ariano, and the recently opened Irpino Gelato Bar. Anthony Bellapigna was born and raised in South West Philadelphia; he is the fourth child and third son of Italian immigrants from southern Italy. Anthony’s youth was spent helping his mother in the kitchen, personally tasting the dishes she made. Anthony was the originator of Media, Pennsylvania’s Dining Under the Stars event which is currently in its 11th season. He has been recognized by multiple media outlets for culinary excellence and is an avid supporter of the Delaware County Veterans Society.

Last, but certainly not least, they welcome Robert Napoletano, Partner for Springfield Pasta Company and Napoletano Brothers retail store. The Napoletano Brothers have always manufactured and sold pasta products wholesale to restaurants and small markets under the name Springfield Pasta Company.  In 2016, the pasta manufacturing operation was moved to a large production facility in Chester, PA and the Springfield location was expanded to include many more Italian Specialties like charcuterie, imported cheeses, pizza romana, artisan sandwiches, fresh filled cannoli, as well as a coffee bar where you can find authentic Italian espresso and a tap flowing with nitro coffee and slow steeped cold brew. Napoletano Brothers plans on eventually adding a restaurant to their adjacent building which will include a second-floor roof deck and seat approximately 100.

Small Bites Radio correspondent Actor John DiRenzo is out and about with his valuable insight and experience in the culinary world so be sure to catch him on QVC selling the high quality Copper Chef products.

You say you STILL NEED MORE!!! Don’t forget we still have our regular weekly segments from Courier-Post nightlife correspondent and The New York Times recognized John Howard-Fusco for his news of the week and please remember that John’s book “A Culinary History of Cape May: Salt Oysters, Beach Plums & Cabernet Franc” from Arcadia Publishing The History Press is now available to buy, Chef Barbie Marshall who is a Chef Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist, appeared on Season 17 of FOX Hell’s Kitchen #AllStars, named Pennsylvania’s most influential chef by Cooking Light will delight us with her tip of the week. Fat Jack’s BBQ and hope you will use the TuneIn app to listen worldwide or also catch Small Bites Radio syndicated LIVE Sundays on KGTK 920AM, KITZ 1400AM, KSBN 1230AM, KBNP 1410AM, distributed by satellite through the Salem Radio Network, ScyNet Radio, Stitcher Radio, PodOmatic, and TryThisDish Radio which is the only independently owned and operated international chef-driven foodie and lifestyle radio network in the world! Also repeats of our shows are available to be listened to daily on the above platforms 5:30pm-6:30pm and on Mondays at 10am on Wildfire Radio, and as usual the newest episodes are available the following day on iTunes and PlayerFM.

A Little Italy in Collingswood

Sapori – Collingswood, NJ

May 2012

Holy Moley Me Oh My!  Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros cannot sing it any better than what I felt after leaving Sapori. To make this review even more exciting, why not find the song and listen to it while you read this.

Chef Franco Lombardo was born in Palermo, Italy and the title of the song lets you know exactly what Chef Franco creates at Sapori  “Home”. Opening a sixty-four seat eatery in an area already heavily populated with Italian restaurants, Collingswood, NJ in 2003 he has recreated a look and feel of his home country Italy here that I am positive is the envy of many interior decorators wishing they could do the same. The only problem is that I am embarrassed to admit that it took me until now to find this oasis of Italy in the Philadelphia region.

Having one of the most amazing authentic Italian meals ever in the States while dining here, I will not even try to explain the explosions of fresh flavors my mouth was able to experience. My party went on a Wednesday evening and decided for Chef Franco to cook us his chef’s tasting menu, which he prepares with only the freshest ingredients that very day, so for me to fawn over what I had as great as it was, I may or may not have that again for my next tasting menu. The entrees went from special stuffed olives, fresh Italian cheeses and meats, an absolutely beautiful rendition of polenta with chickpeas that everyone should make this way instead of cornmeal, fabulous sardines that even converted others at the table who stated they hated sardines, pasta with sea urchins that arrived just an hour or two before we arrived which was the highlight of the menu for me creating a taste I have been craving ever since, one of the best rabbit meals ever served, and then he topped it off with a dessert dish that could make a baker blush with his unbelievably tasty treats.

Chef Franco is an artist in the kitchen, a charming gentleman to meet as he comes to the table occasionally to make sure everything is delicious, and the perfect host by welcoming friends into the beautiful home he has built and wanting you to come back again soon for his next great culinary creation. It took me nine years to come here the first time, but yet I felt like I lost my way from where I truly belong only 9 seconds after leaving Sapori. Chef Franco has created home, and somewhere I will call home much more frequently, so I hope he is ready for more houseguests.

Five out of Five Stars

For more info on the song I quoted and band mentioned: