Growing up in an Italian area, family and food were a big part of life.  Having dinner at a friend's house might mean a big plate of meatballs covered in sauce or perhaps a piping hot tomato pie. Of course, all meals ended with something sweet.  In most cases, that was a cannoli.  Who didn't like that fried pastry dough tube, stuffed with a mixture...

When you're looking for donuts, cakes, pastries, pies, or cookies, fresh is the only way to go. A high-end bakery just launched yet another Jersey location, and it's got people buzzing. I'm assuming it's a sugar high. When it comes to sweets, I'm all about them. The occasional Entenmann's is acceptable from time to time, but when you're looking to...

The Italian Cultural Foundation is asking the community to submit nominations for its 2023 Spirit of Achievement Award. The award recognizes local individuals who are of Italian heritage and are known for their service to the community. An award presentation will take place at the Italian Cultural Foundation Gala Ball in November. To be considered,...

You no longer have to choose between Italian or ramen. pastaRAMEN, a pop-up dining experience at secret locations in Montclair, New York, Miami and Los Angeles,  is now making its permanent home in Montclair. This first-ever Italian ramen shop brings Japanese and Italian cuisine under one roof in a style called “Wafu-Italian,” which directly transl...

Villanova freshman Marco Langon (Raritan, N.J.) recorded the most significant milestone to date of his young collegiate career and did so on a big stage during competition at the USATF Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon. Langon raced in the U20 Men's division and recorded a third place finish which earned him the opportunity to test...

While Hoboken is constantly changing, there are few spots that have stayed exactly the same from when they first opened — and Dom’s Bakery was one of them. Dom’s is an old-Hoboken favorite, and it has been serving bread to town since the early 1900s and a favorite of Frank Sinatra’s, tucked away at 506 Grand Street in the Mile Square. On Saturday,...

Cooking Channel chef and restaurateur Sal Basile has opened Sally Boy's in Red Bank, New Jersey. The Italian chef, a co-founder of Artichoke Basille's Pizza, is the star of the Cooking Channel's "Pizza Cuz" and "Pizza Masters" shows. The pizzeria is named after his son and pays homage to Sal's Childhood nickname. "We set out to create something tru...

Does a Parsippany restaurant have New Jersey's best meatballs? Ferraro's Italian Food Specialties will await its fate when it competes in the final rounds of "Pizza Bowl III." The Pizza Bowl represents a statewide competition of pizza and meatballs. Facebook group Jersey Pizza Joints runs the competition, which begins with statewide polling and...

Nutley UNICO, a Chapter of UNICO National, held its monthly meeting Thursday, January 5th welcoming several new members: Sharon Balsamo, William Cutillo, Daniel Ervolino and Joseph Trentacost. The Mille Grazie Award was given to Maurice Ferraro for his service to Nutley UNICO and the highlight of the evening, besides the outstanding menu, was Phil ...

Notice is hereby given to compatriots registered with AIRE and residing in the State of New Jersey (Counties of Bergen, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union, Warren, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Hunterdon, Mercer, Somerset) that on Friday, March 3, 2023 starting at 9:00 a.m., it will be possible to apply for passport issuance by appointment at the...