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After a successful film festival run, “Pizza Shop: An Italian-American Dream,” Antony Osso’s award-winning documentary chronicling Rudy’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, will be released on Vimeo On Demand, for rental or purchase, on October 15. Starting October 8, Viewers can pre-order the film at this link: www.vimeo.com/ondemand/pizzashop The hourlong do...

Among the distinguished honorees at the 36th Annual Nutley-Belleville Columbus Day Parade yesterday was Michael A. Maffucci, Italian Business Leader of the Year. “This has been a real pleasure,” said Maffucci. “It was an honor to be nominated and be part of this great event. I look forward to being part of this parade for many more years to come.”...

Author and documentarian, Pierette Domenica Simpson, heads to Washington D.C. to screen her award-winning docufilm, Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved?, which is based on her book, “Alive on the Andrea Doria: The Greatest Sea Rescue in History”. Both works recount the most catastrophic maritime collision of July 25, 1956 on the Atlantic Ocean. ...

On Friday, October 26, Gallucio's Italian Restaurant, which has been named Delaware's Best Italian Eatery & "Irish-Style" Pub, will be hosting an all-day customer appreciation event. "This will be the first of many to come," said Greg Dorak, General Manager of Gallucio's. The customer appreciation day will include drink specials all day -- $3 for e...

The History of Italian Immigration Museum opened in 2014 by the non-profit organization Filitalia International & Foundation 501.C.3 has been vandalized for the first time on Columbus Day, 2018. A group of vandals under the name of "End Columbus Day" sprayed the entire curbside in front of the museum with several accusations and the syllogism "Colu...

It is a tradition of the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival to showcase entertainment imported from Italy. This year’s 27th annual parade was no exception as two folkloric groups of singers and dancers took to the streets to entertain crowds during the Oct. 5-7 Italian festival and the parade. This year’s groups included Tatarata...

The debate over the Columbus Day holiday has been going on for years. Some say it should be celebrated as Indigenous Peoples Day to recognize that Native Americans were here first. Others say it should remain a celebration of Italian culture and heritage. Lou Tiscorni with the Dante Alighieri Society of Jersey City spent most of Monday preparing fo...

Those gathered around the towering statue of Christopher Columbus at Union Station’s Columbus Circle prayed, sang God Bless America, saluted the flag, and honored the legacy of the Italian explorer who changed the course of human history. The celebration also included advocacy for the federal holiday and expressed opposition to “revisionist history...

Police are investigating multiple acts of Columbus Day-related vandalism in Philadelphia. There are reports of several incidents around Columbus and Italian heritage landmarks around the city. It was just a little after 4 a.m. at the Filitalia Foundation on Passyunk Avenue when surveillance video shows the suspect spray painting these messages outs...

The Morris County Columbus Day Parade will kick off on Sunday October 7 at 2pm on Ridgedale Avenue in East Hanover. "This is an outstanding group of honorees who serve as great role models for young people and demonstrate how hard work and family values are the backbone of what Italian Americans are all about,” said parade spokesman William Agnelli...

To hear Marcello DeFeo, the owner and operator of Valente’s Italian Specialties tell it, meal time when growing up in a tight-knit Italian-American household was hardly a private affair. “We had an open-table policy in our kitchen where we constantly had our friends from school, or my dad’s clients. My nonna or my mom would invite them to come sit...

Trumpets, bagpipes and smiles flooded several blocks this afternoon as the annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade made its way from Palisade and Newark avenues down to City Hall on Grove Street. The march put Italian heritage and pride on full display.  People gathered at various parade viewing areas -- including Healy's Tavern, Gia Gelato, The Har...