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John M. Alati, a popular former Essex County freeholder who was one of the most influential people in county politics in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, died on January 15.  He was 73. He was elected freeholder in 1984, representing the East Orange/Irvington District 3 seat.   He defeated incumbent Corrina Kay, who had lost party support for re-electio...

Chef Steve Martorano has brough his new Martorano's Prime to Rivers Casino, building on his collection of restaurants in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where his Cafe Martorano has operated for 30 years. Martorano's Prime will be his first Italian-American steakhouse, featuring  a menu of prime cuts of beef and other staples...

“Il Viaggio”, the title of this concert, represents the long journey from Naples to Rome, from the Middle East to Africa and Latina America, that Tiziana Tosca Donati – aka Tosca on stage – will take us on.   Singer, actress, and performer, Tosca has a brilliant solo career and she also collaborated with several great Italian and international arti...

Once upon a time, in the spring of 1911, a 14-year-old boy embarked on the ship Madonna from Naples, Italy. Per the instructions of his mother Francesca, his destination was Ellis Island, America. Luigi was never to see his siblings, his parents nor his homeland again. The combination of desperation and dreams, plus the promise that America held fo...

Anthony Rodia is a very funny man who's coming to the Mansion in Mountain Lakes this Saturday, Jan. 16 along with special guest Goumba Johnny. Click here for tickets. Not only can Rodia, a first-generation Italian American from Westchester, New York who exploded onto the comedy scene, make you laugh, but his whole family can crack you up as well, w...

The Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society of the Washington, DC Area (AMHS) awards two, $4,000 scholarships each year. The next scholarship period is for the academic year 2021-2022. Awards not used during the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters are not transferable to the following academic year. See this link for information on the scholarship appli...

The power of melody is the musical bonding element of pianist Rita Marcotulli and accordion player Luciano Biondini. La Strada Invisibile (The Invisible Road), the title of this concert, is the imperceptible thread seamlessly bringing together the jazz, classical music and Italian song pieces chosen by the virtuoso performers. The remarkable simila...

The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DCare pleased to partner with DC JazzFest again to present Dado Moroni, one the most talented jazz pianists and composers of our time. Joining the 16th Annual Dc JazzFest lineup, Dado Moroni will perform in a trio together with Stefano Bagnoli (drums) and Riccardo Fioravanti (do...

Together with our friends at the Music Programs of the National Gallery of Art, we are pleased to present the Quartetto Noûs, performing a classical recital of string quartets by Boccherini, Puccini and Mozart from the breathtaking setting of Villa Carlotta on Lake Como, Italy. Noûs (nùs), the ancient Greek word for “mind” and “intellect”, thus “ra...

Parsippany can boast of having several outstanding Italian restaurants. Notable among them, the extremely popular, Zagat rated Eccola Italian Bistro. Situated in a small strip mall located right off Route 46 west, nestled between a bank and an Indian Market, Eccola has been in business since 1990, making it a staple among the area’s finer restauran...

A destination for authentic pizza, pasta, paninis and other Italian specialties has joined Easton’s rich culinary scene. Mario’s Italian Eatery, selling unique Italian-imported groceries alongside freshly prepared Italian dishes, opened in mid-December at 669 N. 13th St., Suite A-102, in the Simon Silk Mill. The 22-seat business, co-owned by fr...

A new pizzeria has taken over the old La Côte space in Jersey City! Tino’s Artisan Pizza Co. has officially opened at 199 Warren Street in the historic Paulus Hook, following the French-themed eatery’s closure earlier this year. This location is Tino’s fourth location. The other three are situated in North Kingston, Ocean Grove, and Madison, NJ. It...