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A longtime, beloved Mercer County public servant and educator, former County Commissioner Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr. passed away Tuesday. He was 77. Colavita served more than 16 years in county government, and a total of 32 years in public office. "It has been my sincere pleasure and distinct honor to have been able to represent and serve all of...

What’s on the dinner menu in your house this week? Here’s a helpful piece of advice, in case you’re looking to fill it up with something special and different: it’s always a good week to add in a meal at one of the oldest and best restaurants in West Virginia, Leonoro’s Restaurant in Charleston, West Virginia. Welcome to Leonoro's Spaghetti House,...

An author with deep South Philadelphia roots explores grandfather’s experience fighting with the U.S. Army during World War II and her Italian-American heritage in a new book released this month. “The Time Left Between Us” by Alicia DeFonzo, an NPR contributor and English professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, took more than a d...

Is there a Columbus Day controversy in the Toms River School District? The school superintendent says no. But some Italian American groups are not buying it and are making their voices heard. The controversy stems from the fact that Toms River students will have class on Columbus Day. This was not always the case in recent years. The district’s fac...

In Gerald Addison’s mind, the perfect slice of pizza does not exist. The Michelin-starred chef, who mastered open-flame grilling at Maydan and Caribbean-style cooking at Bammy’s, turns his attention to pizza with the opening of Grazie Nonna within downtown’s sleek new Midtown Center complex (1100 15th Street NW). Starting Friday, September 23, dinn...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) will host NIAF Forum; a series of seminars that are relevant to various aspects of the Italy- U.S. relationship. All the NIAF Forum seminars are free and open to the public and are a way for Italian Americans and Italophiles to connect with the Bel Paese. Learn more about Italy's role in transatlantic...

The Nutley Belleville Columbus Day Parade committee will host the largest Italian-American event in Essex County with the Columbus Day Parade on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 1:30 p.m. The parade route starts at Belleville High School, proceeds north on Franklin Avenue and ends at Nutley High School. The Belleville Chapter of UNICO and the Federation of Itali...

A contingent of Italian farm implement manufacturers made a 4,000-mile trek to the U.S. this week, hoping to expand into America’s eastern machinery market. On Sept. 13, representatives of the Italian Trade and Investment Agency and 11 representatives of Italian machinery manufacturers hosted Pennsylvania farmers and equipment dealers at a luncheon...

All are invited to celebrate their Italian heritage as Berkeley kicks off Italian American heritage month with a flag raising at Town Hall. Head to Town Hall on Oct. 1 at 11:30 a.m. for Berkeley's annual Italian flag raising ceremony, hosted by Mayor Carmen Amato and the Berkeley Township Council.

If you love Italian food, then mark your calendars. Eatalia Market & Kitchen is opening in downtown Lawrenceville on Friday. Eatalia will offer prepared Italian fare as well as local and imported Italian specialties. The market and kitchen is located at the same spot Maidenhead Bagels used to be. They have meats, cheese, house-baked bread, homemade...

If you're looking for a great Italian restaurant in New Jersey, you've come to the right place.  There are many great choices, from Carluccio's Coal-Fired Pizza in Northfield to La Cambusa in Wyckoff. Here are five recommendations. Enjoy authentic Italian food in an elegant setting. Carluccio's Coal Fire Pizza in Northfield offers a relaxed and mod...

From humble Italian immigrant to world wrestling champion, Bruno Sammartino led a remarkable life. Fans can learn more about the late Pittsburgh legend when The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum ― part of the Sen. John Heinz History Center — hosts the Pittsburgh premiere screening of the film “Bruno Sammartino” at 7 p.m. Oct. 6. The documentary fo...