In hopes of helping local restaurants survive during this pandemic, as a part of a new TAPinto East Orange/Orange series, we will be featuring local restaurants open for takeout during the COVID-19 pandemic. First up is Bella Italia Ristorante in Orange, NJ.   Affectionately called “Bella” by customers, this delicious restaurant is a long time stap...

There’s fine dining, and then there’s fine Italian dining. BiancoBlu, now open in the lobby of the Metropolitan Building on River Road in Edgewater, aims to provide the latter. The built-from-scratch eatery seats 200 indoors, with room for 100 more thanks to seasonal outdoor seating as well; Valet service and a private event room for 12 round out t...

In the early years of the Italian migratory movement to the United States, our compatriots faced enormous levels of racial discrimination, of solitude and of social isolation. It would take decades and decades of hard work to finally be accepted, to finally become true citizens of their new fatherland. It was the fall of 1890 when New Orleans Polic...

People around the world are stepping up to do their part to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, including celebrities. On Thursday, rock star Jon Bon Jovi appeared in an Instagram photo washing dishes in the back of his restaurant, JBJ Soul Kitchen, in Red Bank, New Jersey. "If you can’t do what you do... do what you can!" read the caption, alongsi...

The spread of coronavirus across the U.S. has taken a particularly hard toll on one New Jersey family. According to the New York Times and NJ Advance Media, a New Jersey mother and two of her children died within days of each other after becoming infected with COVID-19. Grace Fusco, 73, died Wednesday night just hours after her son, Carmine Fusco,...

Hillsborough Unico Italian American Club is excited to announce their Annual Charity Golf Outing Friday, May 8, 2020 At Hillsborough Golf and Country Club. This year Hillsborough Unico is partnering with The Zippy Fund started after Zippy Cimino recovered from cancer and realized he wanted to help others like him. The Zippy Fund helps pediatric pat...

Marcello De Feo grew up in a South Philly Italian household. His mother, Santa Bianca, came to America from Abruzzo when she was a teenager. “I’m first-generation Italian,” De Feo says. “My Nonna lived with us from when I was born.” Looking back, she looms large in his food memories. Each day, Nonna Paola would pack his school lunches. “I didn’t re...

In 1920, The Pork Roll Store started in Chambersburg, New Jersey. An entire century later, the business is still making the state’s most iconic breakfast meat. Robbie Battisti-Goldstein has fond memories, saying, "My father and grandfather Gabriel Battisti, along with his brother-in-law, opened their own Italian import business." So, how does the s...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“IAOVC”), America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, debuts its latest edition of “The ONE VOICE Minute” video series highlighting interesting facts about the Italian American experience. This latest edition is on St. Patrick’s Day, not normally associated with Italian Americans....

On March 3, 2020, Kenilworth lost another connection to the Greatest Generation. Raymond Colandrea was a one-hundred year old World War II Battle of the Bulge veteran. Raymond was born on December 6, 1919, in Springfield, NJ. He was one of fifteen children born to Italian immigrants. He dropped out of high school at the age of sixteen in 1937 to he...