The Little Italy district of Hammonton is home to three long-standing social organizations with origins deeply rooted in the town’s Italian-American heritage. While the facades of these buildings may be familiar to residents, the interiors of said structures are often only seen by a select few. According to the society’s website, the meeting hall w...

Old Library Theatre (OLT), Fair Lawn Recreation Department’s resident theatre company is excited to present the Off Broadway hit, My Big Gay Italian Wedding, at the Fair Fawn Community Center. Written by Anthony J. Wilkinson, the play satirizes the controversies surrounding same-sex marriage as well as gay and lesbian stereotypes. Performances take...

Fulton Books author Nicholas Bozza, a family-oriented man with Italian descent, has completed his most recent book “Sunday Funday”:  an astonishing tale that presents the close-knit bond of a family as seen through the eyes of a young boy. The author grew up spending his Sundays with his family who never fails to spend quality time with each other....

The Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri returns this weekend, with two days of music on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 9 and 10, before the Feast begins on Saturday, Sept. 11, and continues into Sunday, Sept. 12. The Hoboken Italian Festival is a four day festival, but no day is greater than Saturday, the “Feast” day, when the 800 lb. statue of Madonna De...

During many treks to the Jersey Shore I take different routes, my favorite being Route 40 East because it passes through quaint small towns and farmland. My small red Fiat 500X zips past a handful of farmers’ produce stands promoting freshly picked strawberries, watermelons and peaches, festive garden stores, local wineries, various gift shops, a w...

St. Anthony’s annual Italian Heritage Festival will take place 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Glassboro’s town square. Celebrating the cultural roots and the history of Italians in America, the event will begin with procession from the St. Anthony’s Mutual Aid Society on Church Street to Rowan Boulevard, featuring the St. Anthony’s statue, deco...

To know Newark is to love Newark. That might be one way to sum up the heartfelt tribute Daniel P Quinn has made to his beloved city in his new insightful book, “Newark, Italy + Me.” Newark remains the largest city in New Jersey with a population of about 312,000. The city is most famous, today, perhaps, because of the large airport named after her....

Italian festivals are a long-held tradition in the Garden State. The celebrations, often fundraisers for the local church or other organizations, usually include rides, games of skill, entertainment and tons of freshly made food. While well-known Italian-American foods like spaghetti and meatballs and eggplant parm heroes are popular, more traditio...

If you’ve never heard of Jerry Longo, it’s time to learn a about him. Jerry Longo created a unique menu of authentic Italian cuisine and started his Longo‘s brand by opening an acclaimed restaurant renowned for its martinis and meatballs. Discerning patrons clambered to his first legendary restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, then Dover Downs al...

The annual St. Bartholomew/UNICO Italian Festival is back in Scotch Plains. The event was unable to run last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The St. Bart's Festival has been an annual tradition honoring San Nicola di Bari, the patron saint of the town of Montazzoli, Italy, since 1974. It features nightly live music, rides, games, and great food,...