It’s uncommon in South Jersey to find a restaurant where the owner is also the executive chef, unless of course, you’re at Allora. Based in Marlton, Mark Berenato’s 130-seat Italian eatery is a South Jersey Magazine Golden Fork winner and was dubbed a “real deal Italian restaurant” by nj.com. It must be in Berenato’s blood. His maternal grandmother...

The Italian Program (Department of World Languages & Cultures) and the Coccia Institute were thrilled to collaborate with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in welcoming Professor Amedeo Arena (from the University of Naples “Federico II”) to campus! Americans may know of Benjamin Franklin’s friendship with Filippo Mazzei and the impact...

The Mercer County Italian American Festival Association (MCIAFA) held its annual scholarship awards dinner on Monday, at Leonardi's II in Lawrenceville. This year's scholarship recipients were: Colleen Elizabeth Smith, Notre Dame, attending Monmouth University; Enea Meloni, Princeton High School, attending Fairfield University; and Joseph Anthony C...

The Board of Directors of the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee-NY, Inc. (IHCC-NY, Inc.), founded in 1976, proudly announces the selection of Prof. Laura Sanguineti White, PhD, as the recipient of its highest recognition, the 2023-24 Leonardo da Vinci Award.Presented annually to an individual with a record of sustained and exceptional achievem...

The Amerigo Vespucci Society (AVS) of Long Branch New Jersey held its annual memorial service at Holy Trinity Church of Christ the King Parish this past Sunday, May 5th 2024. The event, which has been held for decades, honors the deceased members of this historic organization. The Catholic mass, said in Italian, was followed by a memorial breakfast...

A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was unveiled Friday honoring the vocal quartet Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons for a career that began in 1962 and included such memorable songs as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Walk Like a Man.” On his 90th birthday, Valli accepted the star on behalf on keyboard player and tenor vocalist Bob Gaudio, who was un...

The Italian word “isola” means island. It’s a fitting name for Isola Italian Trattoria in Beach Haven. Proprietors Marysol Duffy and Rosa Luisi opened the restaurant out of a desire to bring an authentic Northern Italian dining experience to Long Beach Island. Isola’s interior offers a “modern vibe” according to General Manager and Executive Pizza...

It's not often that I can say something is the BEST. And certainly, we have some of the best restaurants in the country right here in the Garden State. As you know, I'm funny about pasta, I don't buy and try not to eat anything made with American hybridized wheat or enriched/bleached flour. It's not easy to avoid and it's certainly not the worst th...

I love finding new food spots in New Jersey that I've never been to or heard of before. It always feels like the second I walk I can tell I'm going to have a great experience. Partly because no matter where you go in New Jersey you're bound to find good food, but we also do Italian food better than every other state. So when I came across Gennaro's...

Sons of Italy -Lodge 2561 continues to expand its presence in Morris County, where it is well known for its charitable endeavors. At the organization’s April General Membership meeting on April 24th, they were proud to swear in an additional nine new members. This was in addition to the 11 new members who were sworn in at the previous month’s meeti...