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We’re upon that festive time of year to holiday shop, mingle and open your heart to helping others. Here is a great opportunity to do all of that together. The Lamarca family of Monmouth County, NJ are hosting their 4th Annual Holiday Shopping Soirée and Fundraiser. Each year the event donates a portion of the sales to a charity. This year they are...

“Italian Christmas Concert in Manahawkin,” a traditional Italian Christmas concert featuring award-winning Italian tenor Michéal Castaldo and friends, will take place on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 3:00p.m. at The Stafford Township Arts Center, 1000 McKinley Ave., Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Castaldo will perform classic Christmas carols from his char...

In honor of all Veterans throughout Mercer County and beyond, members of the Mercer County Italian American Festival Association proudly pose in front of a World War II statue restored by their organization and displayed in front of the WWII memorial on West State Street in Trenton.  The statue is soon to find a permanent place within Veterans Park...

Monday November 18, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St NW, Washington, DC 20008. Register here. Join us on November 18th as we inaugurate the 4th Week of Italian Cuisine in the World with the opening of the exhibition “Queen: culture – traditions – taste”, a visual journey by World Press Award Winner photographer Anto...

The signs popped up in the windows today at the location of the former Pesce restaurant on Egg Harbor Road… Bistro Di Marino is moving in to the still new location, and according to their Facebook post they hope to be open by the end of November! Bistro di Marino has a location in Collingswood’s popular small town Haddon Ave retail and restaurant d...

A new Italian-American heritage group was formed Oct. 15 when a group of local residents filled a meeting room to capacity at the Lewes library. Named antipasti, the association’s mission is to learn about and celebrate Italian heritage, to work cooperatively with other groups to devise quality initiatives, and to build the association through coll...

The traditional purple painted stripe was vividly seen in the center of Franklin Avenue on Sunday, Oct. 13. Nutley and Belleville once again joined together to host the only Columbus Day Parade in Essex County. The 37th annual parade also celebrates Italian Heritage month. The 2-mile parade kicked off from Belleville High School on Passaic Avenue,...

The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders held its 2019 Italian Heritage Month celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Hall of Records. The ceremony commemorated the heritage and culture of the Italian-American community. Freeholder President Brendan Gill began the program with welcoming remarks, recognizing the vast diversity that exists in E...

It was all about Italian at a recent gala at the Paxon Hollow Golf Club. About 250 guests packed the ballroom for the 28th annual Associazione Regionale Abruzzese (ARA) Delco dinner dance to pay tribute to their Italian heritage and honor local people of Italian origin or descent who have made outstanding contributions to the community while foster...

Sons of Italy held another successful sold out Beefsteak Dinner on Saturday, November 2. The event included all you can eat beefsteak, salad, pasta, beer, wine, soda, coffee, tea and dessert. Joining the Local Sons of Italy were Sons of Italy New Jersey State Officers who traveled a long way: Diane Santoro, 1st State V.P., Lou Santoro, N.J. Past St...

As Tom Schiano (of Mamas & Cafe Baci) was driving by the American Legion Post 164 on Willow Grove St. in Hackettstown, he noticed that the sign used for advertising the Post's Friday Night Dinners was a little worn. Thinking out loud, he suggested to himself, "What if they had a brand new sign out front?". From that thought grew a conversation with...

Dinner at the Club: 100 Years of Stories and Recipes from South Philly’s Palizzi Social Club isn’t just a cookbook so much as it is an exhumation of the immigrant experience and a celebration of family legacy. Like one of his softball-sized arancini, the literary debut of chef Joey Baldino is warm and satisfying, stuffed with details that others mi...