Andrea and Maria Louisa Palladino left their home in Naples, Italy, to find a new life in America, settling in Brooklyn, N.Y., with their sons Joe, Andrew and Carmine. The boys were always helping out in the kitchen, where Joe developed a love of food from the traditional recipes handed down from his parents and ancestors. When he was older, he began to work in high-end restaurants and eventually moved to Milmay, where he opened his own restaurant. Joining him in this new venture were brothers Andrew and Carmine, Joe’s wife Lena, her sister Anna and brother-in-law Andy Vourvahis.

In 1981, the brothers ventured to Atlantic County and opened A Touch of Italy, to serve traditional Neapolitan family favorite recipes that have been handed down for generations. It became an immediate success in the area. When long lines began to wrap around the building, it was time to expand. A Touch of Italy now has a permanent home on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township with a warm, friendly atmosphere, complete bar and wine list and live music several nights a week.

A Touch of Italy, 6629 E. Black Horse Pike, EHT, 609-646-1855; TouchOfItaly.net

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