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Rina Mele, and her husband, Frank, treat guests to family-favorite Italian dishes at Bella Italia. Cooking since the age of 13, Rina owns the kitchen as she stuffs spinach inside ravioli pockets and sautés veal in a marsala wine sauce. Salami, chicken, capers, and artichokes bedeck pizza crusts, and meatballs tuck into panini sandwiches.
The husband-and-wife team truly make their eatery a family affair. The couple’s daughter works alongside them, and their son Pino takes care of the catering. “That’s my specialty," he says in a local news feature about his catering role. "I can walk into your backyard and overlook it and tell you exactly what the layout would be.” Before Rina’s sandwiches and gourmet pastas are delivered to anniversary and graduation parties, Pino dresses up customers' fêtes with tents, tables, and piñatas in the shape of tortellini.