Host of the Annual Tripe and Neck Bone Dinner, Italian Tribune Publisher Buddy Fortunato, center, with guests Pat Custode, left and Larry Raia. Over 120 guests attended this culinary feast.
Smiles abound at the annual event with Richard Santucci, D.C., Ernest Nuzzo, Esq., David Hughes, August Sodora, Michael Franco, William V. Cirino, D.C., Joseph Tuzzeo, D.C., Bob Terry and John Mc Cann, candidate for Congress from the 15th Congressional District.
Phil Vadala, Al Papetti, Tom Striglie, Bobby Carbone, Joe Giaquinto, Rosemary Delellis and Carmillo Delellis enjoyed the exceptional food.
Friends Frank Lepore, Judy Carbone, Ralph Colombino, Cosmo Braico, Guy and Denise Carnazza, Steve and Joyce Bushey, Dr. Frank Ferrise, Connie Cignarella Carrino and Marion Fortunato.
Nella Cicchino, owner of Mamma Vittoria on Franklin Avenue in Nutley, New Jersey, center, who has provided a fabulous venue and menu for the last three years of this annual event, greets Frank Galante, right and Carl Camasta, Food and Wine Editor of The Italian Tribune.
Mark Stefanelli, Joe Stefanelli, Marie Bianco, Barbara Stefanelli, John Bianco and Chet Stefanelli were happy to receive their membership cards into the North American Tripe Association.
Pasquale Custode, Fr. Tom Nicastro, Arthur Credico, Dr. Michael Credico and Jeffrey Clementi, pause for a moment for a photo during the dinner.
Getting to know one another are Lawrence Raia, Gerald Russo, Anna Marie Hirsch, Fred Hirsch, Phil Toronto, Joan Fragala, Jim Cuccio, Krystian Salwierz, Ed Dumala, Carl Camasta, Judi Molinaro and Russ Todaro.
Montclair friends, Frank Rubino, Tom Russo, Pat O’Boyle, Anthony O’Boyle, Michael Caggiano, Jr. and James Venezia, join seated from left, Raffaelle Marzullo, Ernie Sesso and Stephen Ruccio.
Enjoying the antipasti are Gerard Rosamilia, Lorenzo Marchese D.C., John Rosamilia, Anthony Rosamilia, John Conti, Rob Spagnuolo, Paul Tripo, Tom Tripo, Dan Tripo and Carmine Tripo.
Trying the tripe prepared two different ways are Pasquale A. Megaro, Jr., Bill Waddleton, Bill Blozen, Christian Megaro, Amedeo Pineta, Dr. Lenny Russo, Anthony Masi, Mary Marcantino, Carla Zoino and Arlene Scannelli.
Ladies like tripe, too! Lester Dietze, Carmela Dietze, Vincenza Pignataro, Pamela La Morte and Frank La Morte enjoyed the evening of Italian delicacies and wine.
Enjoying the pasta and braciole are Domenick Angelosante, Anthony Pieroni and Joe Cirillo.
Revelry at Mamma Vittoria – Richard Galante, Frank Galante, Mark Bannworth, Andrew Pskowski, Frank R. Galante, Steven Galante, Victor Galante, Rick Lanfrank and Mario Lombardi.