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Former State Sen. C. Robert Sarcone (R-Newark), the former Minority Leader of the New Jersey State Assembly and a candidate for the GOP nomination for Governor in 1977, died on January 12.  He was 94. A talented trial lawyer and charismatic speaker, Sarcone began his political career in Newark’s North Ward and served as an assistant prosecutor in E...

Friday January 17, at 7PM. Georgetown University – Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building West Road, Washington DC 20007. The Italian Cultural Society, in collaboration with US-Italy Global Affairs Forum and The Department of Italian of Georgetown University,  presents the duo Heartstrings performing words and music from Auschwitz “Ci hanno divisi” (...

Billing itself as the only pizzeria in Scotch Plains and surrounding areas that specializes in artisanal Roman Square Pizza, Massa Pizza (Park Ave., Scotch Plains) offers “a curated selection of imported Italian specialties in a small but casual atmosphere,” according to its website. Since its opening, the eatery has received many rave reviews, but...

Tasty discovery: Italia white pizza Destination: Vinny’s Pizza and Pasta, 748 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. in Newport News (also locations at 332 Oyster Point Road in Newport News, and at 4350 George Washington Memorial Highway in York County) Cost: $11-$21.50 depending on size and style Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday Inf...

The American Film Industry was born in New Jersey and presently the Garden State hosts Film Festivals that attract visitors from all over the country and abroad.  Many locals look forward to attending the film festivals every year and many films feature the best of local talent.   Howell Township resident Christopher Boncimino’s short film “Leo” wi...

In what seems to be a trend in New Jersey, another iconic restaurant in the Garden State is closing. Spirito's Italian Restaurant in Elizabeth has been a neighborhood icon ever since it opened in 1932. Most New Jerseyans know a place like Spirito’s – a neighborhood eatery that has the best local food. But would anyone want to buy one? That’s the qu...

One of my life’s goals is to find the perfect sandwich. Thankfully, New Jersey is home to thousands of delis to choose from. And with this new monthly column, I’ll be exploring as many as I can. First, let’s lay down the law. What is a sandwich? What is not a sandwich? Here’s how I see it: A sandwich consists of at least two slices of bread with me...

A new Italian restaurant specializing in pasta dishes has made its debut in the neighborhood. The fresh addition to Adams Morgan, called Reveler’s Hour, is located at 1775 Columbia Road NW. Featured pasta dishes include Genovese-style beef ragu and grilled carrots on capunti, Huntley's pork sausage on garganelli and beans and greens with red peas a...

It’s out with the old and in with the new at a longtime eatery in Harmar. Garlic Grille opened in June in the former Emilia’s Garden, serving Italian American home-style cuisine. “We just wanted to break away from Emilia’s Garden and start something new and fresh,” says co-owner and executive chef Doug Brannock. Roberta Taylor opened Emilia’s Garde...

Lacey has plenty of pizzerias, but one of them is about to change. Fusaro Pizza and Pasta, which operates in Manahawkin, acquired the location of Vesuvio Pizza in Forked River. Andy Costagliola, who owns Fusaro, bought the 725 S Main St. location and is running the restaurant. Once he receives permit approval, he will change the name of the locatio...

Three local restaurants were recognized when Big Seven Travel recently released their rankings for the 25 best pizzas in Pennsylvania. According to their website, rankings were based on critical and editorial opinions, presentation, dollar value, atmosphere, and online customer reviews. Coming in at number thirteen was Williamsport’s Bart’s Pizzeri...

It’s like the members of the “Where Staten Island Eats and Drinks” Facebook group manifested an event like this. Mutzfest, a festival solely featuring mozzarella cheese in it’s many forms is coming to New Jersey later this month. Organizers say the event will be held at the Hoboken Elks Club, 1005 Washington St., on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2 p.m. to...