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When Riad Aamar sees a recipe would like to try, he just can’t himself. He has to put his own spin on the dish. You see, that is what makes his dishes special and provides him the proverbial joy of cooking. “I like adding or changing the recipe to come up with a new way of cooking the dish, making it my own taste,” he says, as he and his wife and b...

New Jersey and Italian food go together like peanut butter and jelly - or better yet, spaghetti and meatballs. You don't have to go far to find chicken parmesan, penne alla vodka or linguini with clams. But what about the dishes that are specific to a particular region of Italy, the recipes Italian grandmothers brought from the old country when the...

On the morning of Monday, October 9th, residents of South Plainfield joined public officials and other dignitaries outside of the South Plainfield Senior Center to celebrate Columbus Day with a special ceremony put on by the Plainfields’ Chapter of UNICO. The program was emceed by retired South Plainfield High School Principal Dr. Kenneth May. “I b...

The 25th anniversary of the Christopher Columbus Monument at Elmwood Park was celebrated Thursday with lots of singing, reminiscences and, of course, an Italian culinary feast. A ceremony held next to the recently refurbished monument-fountain that pays homage to the Italian explorer’s 15th- century voyage to the New World was highlighted by rendit...

The Sons of Italy received a Proclamation from the Mayor of Parsippany and a Key to the City on Columbus Day, October 9, 2017.  The Sons of Italy were recognized for their unselfish service to the community and for making a positive and dramatic difference in the town of Parsippany.  Here is a copy of the proclamation: Township of Parsippany-Troy H...

WHERE AND WHEN: BORGATA’S MUSIC BOX // 9 P.M. FRIDAY, OCT. 20WHO IS HE: Vic Dibitetto is a stand-up comedian originally from Brooklyn, who first received notoriety in 1991 when he won the grand prize on “America’s Funniest People.” For years Dibitetto worked as a school bus driver, doing comedy on the side until 2013 when his YouTube video “Bread a...

Despite its spot in front of a huge crowd buzzing with excitement for author Adriana Trigiani’s talk Thursday at Patrick Henry Community College, the podium remained empty. Instead, after an impressive introduction by Dean of Academic Success and Student Transfer Terry Young, a woman’s voice boomed out from behind the audience. She quipped that it...

November 7th-8th 2017, Embassy of Italy, Washington DC - SCIENCE & THE NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: INDUSTRY 4.0. Disruptive Changes: the Impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution on Research, Science, Academia, and on our daily lives The theme of this year is Science & the New Industrial Revolution: Industry 4.0: the meaning of the fourth industrial r...

Jacqueline Schulz marched as Queen of the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey at Monday’s Columbus Day Parade in New York City. "It was an honor being able to represent a part of my heritage by being Queen," said Schulz, 17, a senior at Union High School.  "It meant a lot knowing that I was able to show how much my heritage means to me an...

LaScola’s Italian Ice, whose carts are common fixtures at local events and whose packaged ices and custards can be found at several local stores, is opening its first store at 1218 N. Euclid Ave. in Highland Park. Saturday and Sunday, LaScola’s Italian Ice and Custard will be holding a soft opening from noon to 7 p.m. each day. It’ll have a grand o...

When: Monday, October 30, 2017 From 6:00 pm To 7:30 pm Where: Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008  You are invited to the Award Ceremony and Panel Discussion for the Italian winners of the Third Edition of the Book Award "The Bridge" with curator Maria Ida Gaeta, panelists Tiziana Rinaldi Castro and Eli Gottlieb (2016...

Long time Parade Chairman Michael A. Blandina said recently that the annual Italian Heritage Festival and Ocean County Columbus Day Parade never rests on its laurels and that he and his committee always try to offer something new and exciting to those who come out to it. Blandina said that the festival, held from Friday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 8 “h...