The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders held its 2019 Italian Heritage Month celebration on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Hall of Records. The ceremony commemorated the heritage and culture of the Italian-American community. Freeholder President Brendan Gill began the program with welcoming remarks, recognizing the vast diversity that exists in E...

Sons of Italy held another successful sold out Beefsteak Dinner on Saturday, November 2. The event included all you can eat beefsteak, salad, pasta, beer, wine, soda, coffee, tea and dessert. Joining the Local Sons of Italy were Sons of Italy New Jersey State Officers who traveled a long way: Diane Santoro, 1st State V.P., Lou Santoro, N.J. Past St...

As Tom Schiano (of Mamas & Cafe Baci) was driving by the American Legion Post 164 on Willow Grove St. in Hackettstown, he noticed that the sign used for advertising the Post's Friday Night Dinners was a little worn. Thinking out loud, he suggested to himself, "What if they had a brand new sign out front?". From that thought grew a conversation with...

Villa Italian Kitchen, one of America’s favorite quick-service pizza brands, is giving back to veterans and active duty military this year on Veterans Day. For one day only, active or retired members of the armed forces nationwide can visit their local Villa Italian Kitchen to grab a free slice of cheese pizza, commemorating their service. Througho...

When most people think about Hoboken they think of Ol’ Blue Eyes — Frank Sinatra; the “kid from Hoboken who got the breaks,” as writer Bruce Bliven coined him. All over the Mile Square, tributes pay homage to this musical and historical legend, as Hoboken was his birthplace and where he found his fame. The city is decorated with all things Sinatra...

Tucked into an unassuming block of Ventnor lies a little bit of authentic European flavor. Pulia is a casual, rustic culinary trip to Southern Italy and the first state-side location for restaurateur and co-owner Gennaro Comella. “Tasting the flavors of a region means discovering its soul, its essence, its culture. Pulia aims to share the culinary...

An Italian meat processing company is making its move into the American market with a roughly 64,000-square-foot production and wholesale distribution facility in Vineland, a city with historic connections to “the old country.” Rovagnati USA intends to expand the facility to about 500,000 square feet over approximately the next five years, accordin...

It's Italian for "beautiful song" or "beautiful singing." Opera at Florham will present “La Bella Musica di Bel Canto” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, in the historic Lenfell Hall at Fairleigh Dickinson University's Campus at Florham at 285 Madison Ave. Baritone Samuel McDonald, soprano Brenna Markey and tenor Ian Matthew Castro will perform "Bel Canto"...

Scotch Plains resident Alphonse Fantini celebrated his 100th birthday at a gathering hosted at the Italian American Club in Scotch Plains on Friday, Oct. 18. The party featured pasta, veal and peppers, bake clams, and other Italian food, along with wine and a cake to celebrate the century mark. Mr. Fantini was born on October 8, 1919, and has been...

Andre' DiMino, Executive Board Member of IAOVC, has been chosen to receive the 2019 New Jersey Heritage Award for Outstanding Ethnic Leaders - recognizing those who have made a commitment to raising and enriching the awareness of their culture and heritage. The Award will be presented to Andre' as the Italian American selection, and awardees of oth...