It's been just about one year since Hillsborough couple Joe Trani and Kari LaSpisa brought their authentic and delicious Italian cuisine to Raritan with their restaurant Basilico. "Honestly it has been better than we could've ever imagined," said LaSpisa of their first year in business. LaSpisa will celebrate its one-year anniversary on June 1 at 4...

Like every American tourist destination, Atlantic City, New Jersey was hit hard by COVID-19. While the nine major casinos are mostly the reason that people flock to AC, the chorus lyrics from the Bruce Springsteen acoustic song of 40 years past still ring true today: People from nearby Philly, North Jersey, and even NYC are still putting on their m...

Al Ponte, which means "to the bridge" in Italian, opens its doors in the old Simko's Grill location at 1311 RT 35 in Neptune, New Jersey. The menu features wood fired brick oven pizza that cooks at 900 degrees, homemade pastas as well as simply prepared Italian classics! Al Ponte highlights creative cocktails along with an extensive spirits program...

The Amerigo Vespucci Society (AVS) of Long Branch New Jersey held its annual memorial service at Holy Trinity Church of Christ the King Parish this past Sunday. The event, which has been held for decades, honors the deceased members of this historic organization. The Catholic mass is followed by a memorial breakfast held at the AVS building on Will...

On April 28, Joe Italiano's Maplewood, located in the Moorestown Mall, participated in The Night of 300,000 Meals, a fundraiser for the Community Foodbank of New Jersey's Egg Harbor Township Branch. Designed to raise funding for 300,000 meals to more than 60,000 residents of South Jersey who are food insecure, this event brought together many of th...

Growing up in an Italian neighborhood in Union City, we had five Italian delicatessens or stores around our house. They would compete with each other for the neighborhood. When we moved to Marlboro in the 1970s, I really missed all those great Italian delicacies. Now Marlboro has Tuscany Italian Market and so does Manalapan and Freehold. Tuscany ha...

If you’ve spent any time shopping for meat and cheese on South 9th Street in Philadelphia, you’ve heard the word. It entered the national consciousness a couple of decades ago, as Tony Soprano and family ate their way through the popular TV show. Others remember it from “The Office,” in an infamous episode where Michael tries to order it for a clie...

NJMEP (New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program) has been expanding recently. The Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of ADM Tronics President and CEO Andre’ DiMino as the newest addition. DiMino becomes the 17th board member. His work and knowledge which made ADM Tronics a life sciences leader is invaluable to NJMEP and its Board. Di...

Now that we've been on the trail for the past few weeks spreading the news about our new group and the Parental Bill of Rights, we're hitting more restaurants around the state. Since we have no choice as we're getting home after 8 or 9 p.m. on most days lately, in order to get a meal in before a reasonable bedtime at 10:30/11 p.m., we're stopping b...

 If you moved to New Jersey from Staten Island or Brooklyn, you might have found yourself crossing the Arthur Kill or Hudson to get your favorite ravioli and Italian specialties. Now, you can get them in Eatontown as Pastosa, known for its own brand of ravioli opened its newest Jersey location last week. According to the company, “Pastosa Ravioli i...