For two decades Nicholas Grillo has been the impresario of La Festa Italiana at Holy Rosary Church in Downtown Jersey City, where neighborhood newcomers are joining what’s left of the old school Italians at the annual five-day festival. Grillo was in eighth grade at Holy Rosary grammar school when he began volunteering at the now 116-year-old feast...

With its renowned  propensity for multi-genre series, Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) kicks off New Jersey’s first annual, international theater festival with Jazz Italiano, an intimate, black-box theater  concert by IDR_Italian Doc Remix, the internationally acclaimed ensemble known for its vibrant combination of cutting-edge jazz improvisations...

Yummy eats & dancing in the streets – that’s what everyone can look forward to as Holy Rosary Church prepares for its 116th annual La Festa Italiana, a street festival like no other to be held five delicious nights on 6th & Brunswick Streets in Historic Downtown Jersey City.  Starting Wednesday, Aug. 14, and running through Sunday, Aug. 18, from 5...

For some people the La Festa Italiana in Jersey City is like a trip back in time. For Frank Colasurdo, it was part of his childhood. “I must have been 5 or 6 and this tall,” he said, holding his hand about three feet off the ground. The festival runs from Aug. 14 to 18, on Sixth Street between Brunswick and Monmouth streets, from 5 to 11 p. m. It s...

What makes a good Italian restaurant? For starters, the craftsmanship has to be both classic and creative. The service must be impeccable. But really, the Daily Meal says, it's the overall experience that leaves customers happy. The website ranked the 50 best Italian restaurants in the U.S., among them, Razza in Jersey City. The Grove Street restau...

Recent efforts have been launched to rescind Columbus Day. I, speaking on behalf of the Dante Alighieri Society, firmly believe that the voyages of Christopher Columbus represent a tremendous human achievement. Collectively, they symbolize a documented “first encounter.” That being said, the importance of Columbus’s voyages should not be – should n...

The first line of Kathy Curto’s book says it all: “When I was growing up in southern New Jersey in the 1970s and 80s, there were days my mother floated through the halls of our brick ranch house leaving behind waves and wafts of curious and enticing aromas: Charlie, Wind Song and, if she’d been cooking all day, garlic.” Curto is a Jersey Shore nati...

Battello, the nautically themed waterfront restaurant in downtown Jersey City abruptly closed last year after it was determined the pier on which it sits was structurally unsound and in need of immediate repairs. With those repairs done and the pier stabilized, the restaurant officially re-opened, welcoming guests last night with dinner service sta...

Joe Napoli considers himself the luckiest man in world. For almost half a century, he's dedicated his time to teaching the St. Dominic Academy choir and glee club. His efforts haven't gone unnoticed. The Jersey City school's glee club and the Dominoes will celebrate Napoli's 40th year with the school at the annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec....

Trumpets, bagpipes and smiles flooded several blocks this afternoon as the annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade made its way from Palisade and Newark avenues down to City Hall on Grove Street. The march put Italian heritage and pride on full display.  People gathered at various parade viewing areas -- including Healy's Tavern, Gia Gelato, The Har...