I definitely pissed off a member of the Bamonte family. I didn’t mean to do it. I was trying to explain to Nicole Bamonte that I’m writing about how I will try, and likely enjoy, any establishment that displays one or more autographed photos of a cast member from The Sopranos, that it’s a seal of approval for me when I walk into a place in the Tri-...

Pasta. Sauce. You don't have to be Italian to swoon upon mention of those words. Worldwide consumption of pasta increased for the second straight year in 2017, with the U.S. leading the pasta market - 2.7 million tons consumed last year.  And sauce? Most supermarkets stock dozens of kinds. Marinara. Tomato and basil. Tomato, garlic and onion. Tomat...

Montclair resident, Cara Di Falco has created Cara’s Cucina, YouTube’s first and only Emmy Nominated cooking show, according to a release. Cara Di Falco is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and a professional broadcast journalist. Together with her two-time Emmy Award winning husband, Eddie Ojeda, they set out to combine their love of producing...

If you try to pitch a joke to comedy specialists Sal and Guy Richards, they’ll chuckle. Then, they’ll tell you to keep your day job. Yet, Guy Richards admits, the audience provides the comedians' their greatest inspiration. Their own New York Italian-American family and yours -- whatever the genealogy -- will be the fodder for their fun. And they s...

Monday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m. Red Eye Café, 94 Walnut St. Spotify playlist: tinyurl.com/ya672epy Kathycurto.com In one way, Kathy Curto has been working on “Not for Nothing: Glimpses into a Jersey Childhood” since she wrote her first glimpse, “Mary Janes,” back in 2005. But in another way, one could say she’s been working on it her whole life. A promp...

The “Greatest Generation” that fought in World War II and the Korean War, lived through the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the economic expansion of the post-war years and the New Deal is slowly fading away. Bayonne is not exempt from this sad reality. Frank Perrucci, 91, perhaps the most recognized and beloved face of the local veteran communi...

Farinolio in Westfield is beginning to hit its stride after opening in July of 2018. The semi-new counter-service cafe serves simple, authentic Tuscan pastries and sandwiches made of cured meats, fresh cheeses, quality bread and plenty of olive oil. In fact, the bakery and cafe takes its name from the Italian words for flour (farina) and oil (olio)...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“ONE VOICE”),  America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, is  raising funds on GoFundMe to challenge local officials that seek to rename Columbus Day or remove monuments. This comes after several localities including NYC have initiated public debate over whether to keep or remove...

To her legions of fans, public television personality Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is the smiling face and comforting voice of regional Italian cooking. Watching the energetic grandmother on her show Lidia’s Kitchen; visiting her restaurants in New York City, Kansas City, Mo., and Pittsburgh, Pa.; the Eataly markets in New York, Chicago, Boston, and...

Actress, Writer, Comedian, Candice Guardino is being called someone who Stuns!, "A Must See" and is “Re- defining Solo Performances” by The Chicago Stage, Los Angeles, and New Jersey. NJPAC will present Candice’s hit show, Italian Bred, Saturday January 26th at 2pm and 8pm in The Victoria Theater. Italian Bred is the hilarious and heartwarming one...