Get to know Father Giovanni! For those of you who attend St. Teresa’s’ Church or maybe through passing you might have met Father Giovanni. A gracious and delightful man Father Giovanni is the Pastor of Saint Theresa’s Church. Born in Catania in Sicily, Father Giovanni came to the US in 1993 and to Kenilworth in July 2017. Before coming to the US, F...

Jersey City’s longest-running Italian street festival, La Festa Italiana, is back after being canceled last year due to the COVID pandemic. The summer staple that draws in thousands from the surrounding areas will take place from August 11th – 15th in downtown Jersey City. Read on to learn more about the Italian Festival located at 344 Sixth Street...

Love some extra sauce? That’s a no-can-do at new Italian restaurant Basilico, which opened June 1 in Raritan Borough. But it’s for a good reason. “All of our sauces are made to order,” said Kari LaSpisa, who co-owns the homey, bright restaurant alongside boyfriend of eight years Giuseppe (Joey) Trani. “We don’t have sauces sitting in vats.” This ph...

Starting this fall, a section of Pine Street will likely be known as Aquilonia Way — in honor of the township’s continuing relationship with its sister city of Aquilonia, Italy. The Montclair Township Council unanimously approved a first reading of an ordinance that would give the honorary name to a stretch of Pine Street between Claremont Avenue a...

Many restaurants in New Jersey serve Italian dishes and handcrafted pizzas. But if you ask owner Mido Emad, he’ll tell you none look quite like Popolari in Bloomfield. The stylish, family-friendly Italian restaurant sports a retro chic vibe matching the lounges in Italy. In fact, the interior is made to match the authenticity of the menu. At Popola...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Orange kicked off its jubilant 125th anniversary celebration July 18 with a grand event honoring the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, involving floats, food and a visit from Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, archbishop of Newark. The festivities kicked off with a procession during which hundreds of parishioners — some r...

School officials have removed Columbus Day from the Paterson school district calendar. Instead, the district will celebrate “Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous People’s Day” on the second Monday of October. School board members unanimously approved the change last week. “The Board recognizes that Columbus’ arrival in the Americas caused harm to the te...

The 111th St. Ann’s Italian Street Festival in Hoboken drew in hundreds on its fourth day, a welcome surprise to organizers and vendors after last year’s cancellation. The COVID-19 pandemic had brought one of Hoboken’s most notable events to an abrupt halt last year. But now as the country begins to turn a new leaf, the organizers of the festival d...

Antonio “Tony” Di Luigi had rules he lived by in his 98 years:  Do everything 100 percent. Listen to people who know more than you do. Balance your checkbook. And with 77 years as a barber, the Gloucester County resident could tell a lot about a man by the hair on his head. “He judged people by their haircuts,” said Di Luigi’s son Kevin. “He would...

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents comedian Anthony Rodia on Friday, July 30 and Saturday, July 31, 2021 with shows both nights at 7:00pm and 9:30pm. Rodia is the “King of Off the Boat Comedy,” a first-generation Italian-American comedian born and raised in Westchester, New York. In addition to selling out comedy clubs across the co...