What makes a good Italian restaurant? For starters, the craftsmanship has to be both classic and creative. The service must be impeccable. But really, the Daily Meal says, it's the overall experience that leaves customers happy. The website ranked the 50 best Italian restaurants in the U.S., among them, Razza in Jersey City. The Grove Street restau...

Recent efforts have been launched to rescind Columbus Day. I, speaking on behalf of the Dante Alighieri Society, firmly believe that the voyages of Christopher Columbus represent a tremendous human achievement. Collectively, they symbolize a documented “first encounter.” That being said, the importance of Columbus’s voyages should not be – should n...

The first line of Kathy Curto’s book says it all: “When I was growing up in southern New Jersey in the 1970s and 80s, there were days my mother floated through the halls of our brick ranch house leaving behind waves and wafts of curious and enticing aromas: Charlie, Wind Song and, if she’d been cooking all day, garlic.” Curto is a Jersey Shore nati...

Battello, the nautically themed waterfront restaurant in downtown Jersey City abruptly closed last year after it was determined the pier on which it sits was structurally unsound and in need of immediate repairs. With those repairs done and the pier stabilized, the restaurant officially re-opened, welcoming guests last night with dinner service sta...

Joe Napoli considers himself the luckiest man in world. For almost half a century, he's dedicated his time to teaching the St. Dominic Academy choir and glee club. His efforts haven't gone unnoticed. The Jersey City school's glee club and the Dominoes will celebrate Napoli's 40th year with the school at the annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec....

Trumpets, bagpipes and smiles flooded several blocks this afternoon as the annual Christopher Columbus Day Parade made its way from Palisade and Newark avenues down to City Hall on Grove Street. The march put Italian heritage and pride on full display.  People gathered at various parade viewing areas -- including Healy's Tavern, Gia Gelato, The Har...

With today's issues concerning Christopher Columbus, please show your support by marching in in our Columbus Day Parades. In addition to the Morris County & the NYC Columbus Day Parade, (see below) We are also participating in the Jersey City Columbus Day Parade. The Grand Marshals for this year's Parades are both IAPSNJ Members. On behalf of the C...

Dark Chocolate Surprise sounds like the name of a racehorse but it’s actually the name of another champ. It’s the flavor that just won the first qualifying round of 2018 Gelato Festival America, held in Jersey City earlier this week. Pastry chef Giacomo D’Alessandro of Polosud Gelato, Coffee, Pastries on Mott Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy, cre...

La Festa Italiana in Downtown Jersey City is in full swing after Holy Rosary church celebrated St. Rocco's Feast Day with a Mass and procession on Thursday afternoon. The procession through the streets around the church on Sixth Street was the second in two days. On Wednesday there was a Mass and procession for the Feast of Our Lady of the Assumpti...

Everyone is family at Holy Rosary Church, and to celebrate our extended family, the Very Rev. Pastor Jerzy “Jurek” R. Zaslona invites everyone to La Festa Italiana, the annual Italian street festival held in August in Historic Downtown Jersey City. Starting, Wed, Aug. 15, from 5-11 pm, and running every day through Sunday, Aug. 19th, La Festa Itali...