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When you're as fearless in the kitchen as the celebrated culinary daredevil Chef Chris Cosentino, it's no wonder you’ve been considered one of the most talented chefs in the country. The man cooks with GUTS. "Putting a face to what you eat sometimes opens your eyes a lot. There is more to just skeletal meats." But that wasn't always the case for Co...

Comic Mike Marino, a.k.a. “New Jersey’s Bad Boy,” is scheduled to perform in Surflight Theatre’s big top at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9 – provided the big top damaged by Tropical Storm Isaias is fixed. Marino has appeared at Surflight many times over the years. That makes sense considering he can skewer New Jersey and Italians without fear of the p...

Saint Paul’s Italian Festival will be happening in a different way this year, but the festival’s traditional foods will still be served. Yoselin Person had the chance to see what’s cooking and what will be different in this year’s festival. She was live from the kitchen at St. Paul’s with more. This year the festival will be a virtual and drive-thr...

Fans of Italian Food in Perth Amboy have a new spot to add to their list. Ciro’s Italian Restaurant, Pizzeria & Bar is now open and ready to serve. The family-friendly eatery seats about 60 outdoors under the shade of multiple umbrellas. Under normal circumstances, the colorful interior can seat about 300 guests at capacity as well. Chef and Owner...

When you think of Hoboken, a few things come to mind: the birthplace of baseball, the iconic On the Waterfront film, and most importantly, Frank Sinatra. Ol’ Blue Eyes was born and raised in the Mile Square, bought bread from Dom’s Bakery, and met his first wife at the Jersey Shore. The legend passed away in 1998, but Sinatra’s contribution to the...

As Christopher Columbus statues across the country are torn down and vandalized, an Italian heritage group is asking the town of Kearny to protect a Columbus monument there. UNICO, an organization that promotes Italian ancestry and culture, sent a letter dated July 2 to Kearny Mayor Al Santos and the Town Council asking the city to spray a “protect...

Joseph Camelia admits he didn’t know that the bust of Christopher Columbus stood in front of his hometown’s municipal building for nearly 20 years. But when he received a call at the end of June claiming protesters were going to topple it, he immediately thought of his father. "My father came from Italy, worked 16 hours a day, seven days a week, an...

If you have traveled around the City of Erie, you may have seen the signs already up for the upcoming virtual Italian Festival in Erie. The long-standing tradition at Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Erie's Little Italy section, is a days-long event featuring homemade Italian food and pastries, a big basket raffle, Italian music and more. Deac...

Five New Jersey students, including one from Lyndhurst, have won the 2020 Silvio Laccetti Foundation’s Garibaldi Award, given annually to graduating high school seniors of exceptional merit in Italian studies and school/community activities. Gabriella Bruno of Lyndhurst High School, who plans to study elementary education and history at the College...

Members of the Roma Sports Club gathered at Dowling Gardens on Wednesday evening to pay homage to Christopher Columbus, a controversial figure in American history and a long-standing embodiment of Italian American pride. To Italian Americans, the explorer is glorified for his ocean voyages. To others, he was a brutal viceroy responsible for spreadi...

After being closed for four and a half months, Felina in Ridgewood is set to open this weekend. The much-ballyhooed 120-seat contemporary Italian restaurant and bar headed by 4-star chef/partner Anthony Bucco will offer outdoor dining on its sidewalk Thursday and Friday (5 p.m. - 9 p.m.) and on Prospect Street Saturday (noon to 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. t...

He operates an Italian restaurant in a town that suffers no shortage of Italian food, so Roxbury Pizzeria owner Albert Lepore knows he must be on top of his game to keep customers happy and win new ones. Good thing the 51-year-old restaurateur, an athletic guy, thrives in competitive environments. “I’ve been playing sports since I was a kid,” said...