In the last 200 years, millions of people immigrated to the United States from Italy, the majority of which came from Southern Italy. With Ellis Island nestled between the beautiful state of New Jersey and New York, it’s no surprise that many Italian immigrants chose to dig their roots in cities nearby the Hudson River. Given this history, it’s als...

After seeing several online petitions circulating calling for the removal of the Jersey City Christopher Columbus Statue and calls to rename Christopher Columbus Drive,  Jersey City Columbus Day Parade President, Nicholas J. Grillo and a dozen other local Italian American Leaders sent a letter to the Mayor and Council Members of Jersey City explain...

Zeppole {noun} — deep-fried dough balls sent from the heavens above, typically topped with some sort of sugar, but can also be dipped in sweet sauces; served hot.  These little puffs of perfection are a classic Italian pastry, which many often be described as doughnut-like. But for those who know, these light and fluffy treats are anything but.

A new Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace is coming to Briarcliff Commons in Morris Plains. This is the market's second location in New Jersey and its first in Morris County. Founded in 1988, Uncle Giuseppe's has eight stores in New York and one in Ramsey. Urban Edge Properties, the real estate trust that owns Briarcliff Commons, announced that Uncle Gius...

La Festa Italiana, Jersey City’s oldest Italian festival, has been canceled for the first time in its more than 117-year history. “Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the current pandemic and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our volunteers, visitors, vendors, entertainers, etc… we have, with deep regret, made the diffi...

Cantucci, the famous almond biscotti from Prato, Tuscany, are traditionally dipped in Vin Santo, an Italian dessert wine – usually imported to the United States from Italy. That is, until Prato Bakery opened in Jersey City. Prato Bakery opened in 2015 after just four years’ experience in New York City’s West Village.The goal has always been the sam...

Carnevale culminated Tuesday evening at the Annual Dante Alighieri Society’s famous Martedì Grasso, or Fat Tuesday, celebration in Jersey City, New Jersey (562 Summit Ave.). A New Orleans’ themed party replete with shiny beads, colorful masks, and swinging jazz music, revelers stuffed themselves one final time before the penitential season of Lent...

New Jersey has some of the largest Italian-American communities in the country. And New Jersey residents are V proud of their top-notch Italian American delis. There are not only Italian specialties, such as imported prosciutto, mortadella, or pear-shaped knobs of provolone, but also plenty of American favorites — like huge hunks of roast beef and...

A ceremony to welcome a new class of firefighters became a star-studded affair with “The Boss” Bruce Springsteen in the audience. Just like his father, the younger Springsteen is also making New Jersey Proud, reports CBS2’s Christina Fan. Sam Springsteen was officially sworn into the Jersey City Fire Department at City Hall on Tuesday, joining 14 o...

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...