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Many restaurants in New Jersey serve Italian dishes and handcrafted pizzas. But if you ask owner Mido Emad, he’ll tell you none look quite like Popolari in Bloomfield. The stylish, family-friendly Italian restaurant sports a retro chic vibe matching the lounges in Italy. In fact, the interior is made to match the authenticity of the menu. At Popola...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Orange kicked off its jubilant 125th anniversary celebration July 18 with a grand event honoring the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, involving floats, food and a visit from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, archbishop of Newark. The festivities kicked off with a procession during which hundreds of parishioners — some r...

School officials have removed Columbus Day from the Paterson school district calendar. Instead, the district will celebrate “Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous People’s Day” on the second Monday of October. School board members unanimously approved the change last week. “The Board recognizes that Columbus’ arrival in the Americas caused harm to the te...

The 111th St. Ann’s Italian Street Festival in Hoboken drew in hundreds on its fourth day, a welcome surprise to organizers and vendors after last year’s cancellation. The COVID-19 pandemic had brought one of Hoboken’s most notable events to an abrupt halt last year. But now as the country begins to turn a new leaf, the organizers of the festival d...

Sunday was the final day for The Italian Fest, a staple in Wheeling. "Everything has gone great, we've had a great weekend, we have had crowds bigger than we have seen in recent times," said Frankie DiCarlantonio, a board member for the festival. "It was nice to see a lot of familiar faces," said Joe Rimedio of Rimedio's Bakery. Familiar faces were...

The Scaramuzza's are fourth-generation local legend pasta-makers. They create handmade pasta and pasta dishes for their wholesale and retail business. It all started in West Philadelphia with family recipes that trace back to the region of Abruzzi in Italy. Then, the family moved to Clifton Heights and opened a store. They've upgraded to machinery...

Antonio “Tony” Di Luigi had rules he lived by in his 98 years:  Do everything 100 percent. Listen to people who know more than you do. Balance your checkbook. And with 77 years as a barber, the Gloucester County resident could tell a lot about a man by the hair on his head. “He judged people by their haircuts,” said Di Luigi’s son Kevin. “He would...

The Undo's Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival is celebrating 38 years. The pandemic put the fest on hiatus in 2020, but kicked off, unofficially, Wednesday evening with its traditional scholarship and awards dinner. Nearly 100 people from the Italian American Club came together to drink and feast before the long-standing festival begins ag...

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents comedian Anthony Rodia on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, 2021 with shows both nights at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. Rodia is the “King of Off the Boat Comedy,” a first-generation Italian-American comedian born and raised in Westchester, New York. In addition to selling out comedy clubs across the co...

The shadow of Archbishop Celestine J. Damiano looms large in South Jersey. During his seven years as the third Bishop of Camden, the prolific prelate expanded ministry to Hispanics and established three high schools, the House of Charity appeal, the Brazilian mission, and social ministries and initiatives to aid the those in need. Now, his legacy h...

Great news. Brio Italian Grille will be re-opening in Quaker Bridge Mall soon, according to the restaurant's official website. I have to be honest, I heard the rumor that it was opening again, but I didn't believe it. How many restaurants close and then open back up again as the same thing? Not many. But, in this case, that's exactly what's happeni...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, since its inception, built by Italian immigrants from southern Italy and Sicily, has been the bedrock of Montclair’s Fourth Ward, a predominantly Italian American and African American neighborhood. It’s been a community of Black and white families who shared the same struggles, dreams and goals. The feasts of St. Se...