Stop & Shop will celebrate the 98th birthday of one of its long-time baggers and WWII veteran, Bartholomeo 'Benny' Ficeto, with a surprise party at 12 noon on Tuesday, August 20th at the Stop & Shop located at 1049 US Highway 1 South, Edison, NJ. Stop & Shop will surprise Benny with a cake and performances by the USO Show Troupe. His niece who work...

The Inserra Chair in Italian and Italian American Studies and the Italian Program are profoundly grateful to the New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission, in particular to Mr. Robert DiBiase, for the generous donation of $10,000 which funded scholarships for the 2019 Summer Italian Intensive Course for College Credit. The summer course, now in its th...

Throughout its 100-year history, Glen Rock, New Jersey-based Opici Group has been involved in every facet of the wine business. Today the company is an importer, a producer, and a distributor. Its supplier arm, Opici Wines, has a portfolio of 35 wine brands and eight spirits labels, which total roughly 700,000 cases and $40 million in annual revenu...

For two decades Nicholas Grillo has been the impresario of La Festa Italiana at Holy Rosary Church in Downtown Jersey City, where neighborhood newcomers are joining what’s left of the old school Italians at the annual five-day festival. Grillo was in eighth grade at Holy Rosary grammar school when he began volunteering at the now 116-year-old feast...

Joey Montello — aka Joey M — will tell you: “I’ve been in the restaurant business 45 years, and I’ve been in the entertainment business for 45 years.” In other words, when it comes to Joey M running a restaurant — the legendary La Piazza Cucina Italiana — entertainment and dining go hand in hand. One doesn’t exist without the other. “And it’s been...

Ace character actor Michael Imperioli’s resume includes stints—regular and one-offs in such television series as Californication, Blue Bloods, and even The Office, in which he memorably appeared in an episode as Dwight Schrute’s karate sensei. But he will likely forever be best-known for his role on The Sopranos as Christopher Moltisanti, mob boss...

If the name Romeo DiBona sounds familiar, it should. The talented chef helmed Old Homestead Steak House at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa since Day 1 in 2013, helping it become THE most successful fine dining restaurant in Atlantic City. That gig came after years of him showing off his talents for Caesars Atlantic City, particularly at Nero’s Italian S...

Ice cream shops are fairly easy to find around New Jersey. However, it can be tough to find an authentic gelato spot. But thanks to Gio’s Gelato & Espresso Bar in Franklin Lakes, North Jersey has a new homemade gelato spot. For those who might not know, gelato is an Italian dessert staple. Though it may seem the same, it’s actually quite different...

When an abrupt cut-to-black concluded one of the most eminent series in the history of television, turmoil erupted among millions of viewers.  In the moment, bewildered fans might have blamed the blackout on faulty TVs, cable boxes or HBO subscriptions. But, every last bit of silence and blank screen was deliberate.  More than a decade later, the e...

Anthony J. Parenti, a longtime former police chief of Fanwood, N.J., and former president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey, died Aug. 1, 2019, at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J., surrounded by family. He was 87. A career police official for 60 years, Parenti became involved in harness racing as a horse owner...