Matera’s on Park , an Italian market and catering company in Rutherford, has started a meal donation program with ERA Realty in honor of first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. The First Responders Meal Program helps to provide meals to doctors, nurses, EMS and all branches of law enforcement through local donors. One $10 donati...

Jazz guitarist John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, who was inducted to the New Jersey Hall of Fame, has died at the age of 94. The virtuoso who had played for presidents at the White House during his long and esteemed career died Wednesday at his home in Saddle River, New Jersey. His family tells The New York Times they believes the cause of death was the cor...

When New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy closed restaurants to dine-in customers on March 16, Cousin Mario’s Italian Restaurant and Bar decided they would need to take things back to the beginning. “Back to basics, that’s what it’s all about during this coronavirus for many small businesses,” said managing partner Joseph Giordano. “By the end of Decemb...

The Coccia-Inserra Award honors a teacher of Italian at the K-12 level, and is generously donated by Coccia Foundation in the name and memory of its founder, Cav. Joseph Coccia, Jr., and by Mr. Lawrence R. Inserra, Jr. Founded in 1994 by Joseph and Elda Coccia, and now under the leadership of President Elisa Coccia, Coccia Foundation aggressively p...

If you had to name New Jersey's most iconic sandwich, which one would be the one you you choose? We thought this conversation might give you some ideas for lunch during these times of quarantine, so we hope it helps. Men's Health decided to name the most iconic sandwich in each state, and their top sandwich in the Garden State is, in my opinion is...

During this unprecedented health care crisis, law enforcement officer members of the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey are on the front lines of danger on the street, behind bars, guarding transportation systems and in many other locations. The amazing heroes in this battle are the men and women working as nurses, doctors and medical pe...

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...