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The South Orange Performing Arts Center will welcome Roberta Gambarini to its stage in the latest SOPAC Session, a virtual series highlighting an eclectic roster of superb talent. The Grammy Award-nominated Ms. Gambarini delights all those who appreciate the beauty of the Jazz Standards and an accomplished and powerful singer. A dynamic performer w...

Indigenous Peoples’ Day would replace Columbus Day in Maryland if a bill in the General Assembly is passed this legislative session. At a hearing on Thursday, members of different advocacy groups testified for and against the bill, which would take effect on Oct. 1, 2021. Columbus Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October. The bill, SB0421...

Festa Italiana is a time in August each year where local area natives gather to enjoy great authentic Italian cuisine and culture, play games, listen to music and visit with family, friends and former and current classmates. While the 2020 festival was cancelled due to COVID-19, plans are still in the works to hold the event in 2021 as long as COVI...

As a third generation Italian American born in the baby boomer era, I remember growing up getting bits and pieces of my family roots from my parents about my paternal and maternal grandparents who emigrated from Southern Italy around 1910.  My Aunts and Uncles of the second generation also provided me insight into their early upbringing as children...

The slogan of Verizza in Hoboken is “Porta La Pizza” (which means “Delivers The Pizza”). This is because the owners strongly believe pizza should be just as good even when you order delivery. Likewise, the name itself combines “Vera” (real/authentic) and “pizza” to make Verizza. The nearly 1,000-square foot space seats 20 guests at full capacity, w...

WHEN: March 25, 2021 at 4:30 PM (ET) - WHERE: Zoom Webinar - EVENT LANGUAGE: English Our series of commemorative events to celebrate the 700th Anniversary of Dante Alighieri continues on a very special day: Dantedì. Established in 2020, Dantedì is the national day dedicated to Dante Alighieri. March 25th was chosen as it is recognized by scholars a...

It was an unlikely association, a young, aspiring athlete and an aging official and administrator. Except that they shared a first name and a strong love for Italian food. However, in the case of the old school referee, he loved all kinds of food. But they were inseparable, the young kid named Angelo Guglielmello and the referee named Angelo Franni...

Growing up in an Italian household, standard Italian fare, like pasta or baked dishes, has become my favorite comfort food. Unfortunately, Italian food from chain restaurants like Olive Garden or Carrabba’s doesn’t hold the same appeal. Luckily, there is a perfect small traditional Italian restaurant right in scenic Spotswood: Gennaro’s Restaurant....

Bartolo “Buddy” Valastro Jr. was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, and grew up there and in Little Ferry, New Jersey. His mother was born in Altamura, Italy, and is the daughter of Italian-American immigrants who moved to New Jersey when she was six years old. His father, Buddy Sr was born in Lipari, Italy. Valastro grew up with four sisters: Grace, Mar...

Thursday March 18, 2021 at 4:00 PM (ET). Streaming on Facebook Live. Organized by IIC Washington DC. Among the best Italian musicians of their generation, with a repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, Francesca Dego (violin) and Francesca Leonardi (piano) have been performing together worldwide for more than ten years. To continue o...

In the same year "Teen Mom" premiered, MTV embarked on another "more real" reality show tentatively titled "Bridge and Tunnel." Camille Dodero (2011), who profiled the never-aired series for the Village Voice, called "Bridge and Tunnel" "the anti-'Hills,' a blue-collar rebuttal to the grossly loaded California clan that begat plastic-surgery monste...

Guests can go from casual to fine dining in just a few steps at Basilico's Pizzeria and Bar 1019 in Dickson City. The location at 1019 Commerce Blvd., Dickson City, offers guests seats in one of three dining rooms with different atmospheres, explained owner Peter Montana. The menu includes an array of specialty cocktails, gourmet pizzas and Italian...