This month in New Jersey, especially in Essex County, we celebrate our Italian heritage. Coming from an Italian family raised in Nutley and Belleville, with roots in southern Italy - including Calabria, Sicily, Avellino and Naples - just about everything we do is based on our culture in some way.
Traditions run deep and have been passed through the generations. If you walk into my house on any given night the scent of garlic or basil fills the air. Just the other evening my mom made sautéed broccoli rabe for dinner. Even after it was put away and everything cleaned up, you could smell it hours later.