Pamela Orlando was a hero.  She was a hero to her sons, 23 and 16, whom she raised after their father left their lives when they were young. She was a hero to her sisters, a friend and guide who always made them laugh. She was a hero to her mother, always looking out for family. She was a hero to hundreds of people whose lives she saved during her...

John Joseph Corsano, loving son, brother, uncle, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away April 8, 2020, of COVID-19-related complications. Corsano was born Nov. 5, 1926, in Bridgeport. A lifelong resident of Fairfield, he is the son of Carmella and Nicholas Corsano, both Italian immigrants. He is the brother to Mary Corsano...

Craving Italian food? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Italian restaurants around Newark, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to meet your needs. 1. Caffe Espresso Italia Topping the list is Caffe Espresso Italia, serving up home-style Italian American favorites like eggp...

To Our Frontline Heroes, I send this letter on behalf of the officers and members of the Columbian Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1941. The Foundation is an Italian-American philanthropic organization dedicated to serving the needs of our community for nearly 80 years. The Columbian Foundation is comprised of...

Cantucci, the famous almond biscotti from Prato, Tuscany, are traditionally dipped in Vin Santo, an Italian dessert wine – usually imported to the United States from Italy. That is, until Prato Bakery opened in Jersey City. Prato Bakery opened in 2015 after just four years’ experience in New York City’s West Village.The goal has always been the sam...

Charles “Chad” Vilotti and James Liscio, partners at the 400-worker Liscio’s Italian Bakery Inc. in Glassboro, are among the first Philadelphia-area firms to collect cash from a “forgivable” coronavirus economic relief loan through the Small Business Administration. “We like to say that ‘banks are these places that give you umbrellas when it...

On the best days, operating a small business incurs risks and rewards. Staff can become like family, but like the most tight-knit of crews, tensions can also run high. Job satisfaction may soar, but there could still be funding challenges. The early years are tenuous, but on the other side, owners are generally better off financially than employees...

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...