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Although geography tends not to be the most scintillation of subjects, plenty of the folks attending the Washington Italian Heritage Festival on Saturday spent quite a bit of time looking at map. “This is the most popular thing, I think, of the whole festival,” Tina Calabro said before thinking twice and adding, “Besides the food.” The South Straba...

School board officials were criticized on Tuesday after a motion to reinstate Columbus Day on the school calendar did not pass. More than 20 residents and local Italian American activists attended the Rockaway Township Board of Education meeting and spoke in support of the motion. Board members renamed the day Indigenous Peoples' Day after a board...

Every September for the past few years Little Italy has hosted the world-famous Madonnari Arts Festival. COVID put the kibosh on that in 2020 and organizers feel it’s still not safe enough to gather. But they’re celebrating art and Italian culture by commissioning a mural–a mural so stunning you have to see it for yourself. “Carlos is an internatio...

Veloce Specialty Sandwiches has officially opened in Jersey City. Located at 580 Montgomery Street, the third-generation deli operates out of a ghost kitchen and primarily functions as a pickup and food delivery restaurant. Delivering authentic Italian food with an American spin, Veloce’s owner hopes to make his own mark in the heart of Jersey City...

Bisnonna Bakeshop, an Italian bakery with pastries made from scratch, held its grand opening Saturday at Tysons Corner Center. Bisnonna Bakeshop, named for the Italian word for great-grandmother, was the grand prize winner of the Dreamstart Competition at Tysons Corner Center. The bakery, runner up Garcon Melanine and second place runner up The Po...

The Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, and International Arts & Artists, in collaboration with Cody Gallery at Marymount University, are pleased to present Goldschmied & Chiari’s first solo show in Washington DC, "Magnifica". The exhibit, curated by Allison Nance, will debut a new series of Untitled Views, the artis...

The Italian American Heritage Club of Hunterdon County presents its annual gala from 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Razberry’s, 834 Route 12, Frenchtown. Being honored as Italian Americans of the Year are Dr. Danny Alfano and Andre Dillino of the Italian American One Voice Coalition. Tickets are $75 per person and includes buffet dinner and dessert. There...

It all began with a handcrafted brick oven by Giovanni Tacconelli. That oven inspired a five-generation owned-and-operated restaurant that has served Italian-American pies in Philadelphia since 1946 and South Jersey since 2003. And now, Tacconelli's Pizzeria is joining a crowded field of Haddon Avenue pizza shops with a second South Jersey location...

La Guardia was the first Italian-American elected to Congress [1916] and to the mayoralty of NYC [1933] during a time when hyphenated Americans were regarded with hostility and discriminated against. How did La Guardia’s ethnicity shape his values, character, and rise to power? Join us for a presentation by Jo-Ann Vega, proud Italian-American, who...

What is the record for eating the most pasta? In 2015, Matt Stonie consumed 10lb of pasta in 8 minutes at the World Pasta Eating Championship. How ridiculous is that?! 10lbs of pasta?? TALKING ABOUT A FOOD BABY! What is the record for eating the most meatballs? Legendary competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi ate 29 meatballs in one minute. HAHA! I hav...

Ronnie Marmo's tour-de-force embodiment of the most controversial comedian of all time, the hit solo show I'M NOT A COMEDIAN... I'M Lenny Bruce will play 2 performances only Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9, 8:00 PM at The Vogel/Count Basie Center for the Arts, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ. Written by and starring New Jersey native (Wo...

Levoni America Corporation (Levoni) recently relocated its US operations to the Mission 50 property at 50 Harrison Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. The company was previously based in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. After exporting products to the US for over 20 years, Levoni opened its first subsidiary in North America in 2014. Initially based in Nor...