Village Trattoria, a highly favored New Jersey spot for Italian American food and pizza, has been around since 1992. The family run shop is fueled by a simple love of quality food and an immense love of community. During the restaurant’s 28 years of business, the community members of Maplewood, NJ have become loyal customers to the Trattoria. Simil...

A Bridgeton-based Italian foods manufacturer will open its second processing and storage facility on a 44-acre section of the city’s James R. Hurley Industrial Park near the airport, giving the park its first occupant since it opened almost a decade ago. Agriterra LLC is owned by Vineland resident Paul L. Infranco, who also is president of family o...

Let’s get something straight. Here in New Jersey, no one should ever have to rely on any kind of deli sandwich chain. We are blessed to have a seemingly unlimited number of old world delis with fresh, homemade ingredients. But sometimes, desperate times call for desperate measures. So if you’re ever in dire straits, need a quick sub fix, and have t...

Nutleyite Vincent LoCurcio III, 64, owner of Nutley Park ShopRite and the Belleville ShopRite died on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. LoCurcio was a past recipient of the John V. Kelly Humanitarian Award, the Nutley Jaycees Businessman of the Year Award in 2001 and the Dr. Virginius D. Mattia Award for Distinguished Community Service along with his partner...

With all of the exotic dining options available in and around Atlantic County, one thing that seems to please just about every fat boy is Italian food from a simple pizzeria. Sure, it might not come with the foodie cred of some spots, but taking that first bite of a great slice is unmatched. So when we were perusing our lunch options and Scott ment...

Prato Bakery is taking its Italian bakery talents and expanding its business yet again — by opening its third location — back in Jersey City. You probably have already been acquainted with this delicious local eatery in Hoboken {201 Washington Street} and Jersey City {371 4th Street}. But now, Prato will be opening another location in Downtown Jers...

Rosemarie Gusciora, a civically and politically engaged former court administrator with a towering presence as surrogate mother to her children's friends, once carved out her own spot in the annals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Beholden to her Italian heritage, Gusciora improvised delectable meals and goodies in overindulgent q...

John M. Alati, a popular former Essex County freeholder who was one of the most influential people in county politics in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, died on January 15.  He was 73. He was elected freeholder in 1984, representing the East Orange/Irvington District 3 seat.   He defeated incumbent Corrina Kay, who had lost party support for re-electio...

Anthony Rodia is a very funny man who's coming to the Mansion in Mountain Lakes this Saturday, Jan. 16 along with special guest Goumba Johnny. Click here for tickets. Not only can Rodia, a first-generation Italian American from Westchester, New York who exploded onto the comedy scene, make you laugh, but his whole family can crack you up as well, w...

Italy is the gift that keeps on giving to gastronomes worldwide. Along with the evergreen staples, there seems to be an endless parade of products or plates that are discovered in Italy and brought abroad not as fads but as additions to the existing cannon. A new present for American palates is a succulent cylinder of pork known as porchetta that i...