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No Italian American dish may be more beloved than chicken parmesan, and understandably so. What’s not to love about a chicken cutlet drenched in marinara sauce and topped with melty mozzarella? If that sentence made you crave a chicken parm (how could it not?), you need to head to North Jersey for the Garden State’s best take on this dish, accordin...

UNICO National, the largest Italian American Service Organization in America, held their 98th Annual Convention July 26-28 at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany, NJ. Over 300 Members attended the convention where UNICO wraps up its year with meetings, reports, and social events. Some of the highlights include...

The Farrell Italian Home hosted the Mike Erme/IC Light Bocce Classic from Friday to Sunday. Tournament co-director Matt Killa relayed that the event included 30-plus teams from Pa., Ohio, Kentucky, and Rome, N.Y. One bracket started Friday night at 6 p.m. and two on Saturday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. "I need to praise Mike Erme, the Pittsburgh Brewing...

His pace is frenetic. He holds no hostages. He says what you are thinking but are afraid to say out loud. The bottom line is this: Wear adult diapers if you are going to see Vic DiBitetto perform live. The popular comedian returns to The Newton Theatre for shows on Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th - both nights at 8:00pm. Vic has cre...

Members of the Rehoboth Area Chapter of UNICO National met midsummer to discuss the past year’s events and lay plans for the coming year. The first fund-raiser will be a Bocce Tournament held in September at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown, which will provide funds for the annual Brian Piccolo Award Ceremony in November. That event grants gifts to...

The word teglia means “roasting pan” in Italian. That’s the meaning behind the name of Teglia Pizza Bar, a new spot in Montclair serving rectangle-shaped pizza. They promise you’ll enjoy fresh, scratch Italian cooking and a crust that’s crisp and chewy, yet light in texture. The 500-square-foot Teglia Pizza Bar comes with a strong pedigree. Co-owne...

Fiona Lenzo, a graduate of Hillsborough High School now attending the College of New Jersey has been selected as Miss UNICO Hillsborough for 2020-21. She is pursuing a degree in Education at TCNJ and has studied the Italian language for seven years, receiving the Seal of Bi-literacy. She is an active member of the Hillsborough community, having bee...

A new restaurant in Montclair is getting praise for its "simple, authentic" Italian cuisine. On Friday, the Montclair Center BID gave a social media shoutout to Palato Caffe & Cucina at 377 Bloomfield Avenue. Learn more about this local business here. According to the Montclair Center BID, co-owners Massimo Apicella Owner (originally from Puglia, n...

Although it’s been a tough year, Holy Rosary Church in Jersey City is thrilled to announce the return of La Festa Italiana for its 117th year. A community tradition like no other, La Festa will rock Jersey City’s Historic Downtown with five nights of live bands, yummy eats, and rides and games for the whole family.  Starting Wednesday, Aug. 11, and...

Scuola Marco Polo, an Italian language school for children in the Main Line area of Philadelphia, is accepting enrollment for the next school year, which begins in October. Since its founding in 2002, Scuola Marco Polo’s mission has been to teach the Italian language to children ages 3 to 11, following a philosophy that children learn best when the...

The UNICO National President, Executive Officers and convention attendees attended a wreath laying ceremony to honor Christopher Columbus in Parsippany. That same day, UNICO National, the largest Italian American service organization in the USA, held its 98th Annual national convention at the Sheraton Parsippany.  The wreath laying ceremony was hel...

Laura Vitale dishes it out as the host of “Laura in the Kitchen” — the YouTube cooking channel boasting more than 3.8 million subscribers. Born and raised in Naples, Italy, this New Jersey chef is all about sharing recipes inspired by her culture for the masses to enjoy. “People really know me for pasta and I think they know I’ve never shied away f...