St. Anthony’s annual Italian Heritage Festival will take place 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Glassboro’s town square. Celebrating the cultural roots and the history of Italians in America, the event will begin with procession from the St. Anthony’s Mutual Aid Society on Church Street to Rowan Boulevard, featuring the St. Anthony’s statue, deco...

To know Newark is to love Newark. That might be one way to sum up the heartfelt tribute Daniel P Quinn has made to his beloved city in his new insightful book, “Newark, Italy + Me.” Newark remains the largest city in New Jersey with a population of about 312,000. The city is most famous, today, perhaps, because of the large airport named after her....

Italian festivals are a long-held tradition in the Garden State. The celebrations, often fundraisers for the local church or other organizations, usually include rides, games of skill, entertainment and tons of freshly made food. While well-known Italian-American foods like spaghetti and meatballs and eggplant parm heroes are popular, more traditio...

If you’ve never heard of Jerry Longo, it’s time to learn a about him. Jerry Longo created a unique menu of authentic Italian cuisine and started his Longo‘s brand by opening an acclaimed restaurant renowned for its martinis and meatballs. Discerning patrons clambered to his first legendary restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, then Dover Downs al...

The annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival is back in Scotch Plains. The event was unable to run last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The St. Bart's Festival has been an annual tradition honoring San Nicola di Bari, the patron saint of the town of Montazzoli, Italy, since 1974. It features nightly live music, rides, games, and great food,...

The Society of St. Sebastian’s feast and carnival returned to Montclair last week, continuing a tradition that’s been going on for nearly a century. The society celebrated its “95th Anniversary Feast,” after last year’s carnival was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic (but the procession continued). Visitors came to the festival, near Kaveny F...

There are certain places you can't have enough of at the Shore. Wawas, Dunkins, and Italian Markets. You know all about Plaza 35 in Eatontown getting a redo with new stores set to open and a fresh coat of paint going on. There's also a nearby offshoot called Plaza 35 Village. We've learned that a nail salon is opening up in this space. C'mon, what...

After decades breathing life into patients and into local history, Dr. Frank J. DeMaio Jr. now is ready for his own chapter to be written into the ongoing story of Vineland. DeMaio, who practiced medicine here for more than half a century, died Wednesday night at the age of 90 after what the family said was a short illness. He was being treated at...

Fiorentini, a new restaurant offering “Italian cuisine with a global and modern flare”, is coming soon to Rutherford. Husband and wife duo Antonio and Brenda are both hail from Florence — they are Fiorentini, the Italian word for ‘citizens of Florence’. Antonio attended the International Culinary School and has worked at a number of NYC restaurants...

For Carmine Testa, co-owner of Carmine’s Pizza Factory, pizza making is a family trade. Since his father opened a pizzeria when he was 13 years old, Carmine has been working in the kitchen. “I learned to cook the entire menu,” he said of his teenage years at his father’s restaurant. “I enjoyed doing it.” In 2000, he opened Carmine’s Pizza Factory w...