Last December’s holiday season for many people was socially distanced, outdoors maybe with a fire pit or virtual over computer screens. However, seven months later, Nutley UNICO made up for this abnormality, on Wednesday, July 21. The Italian-American organization held their annual Christmas Eve in July dinner hosted by Dan and Cathy Marucci at Mam...

If there's one thing New Jersey knows, it's great Italian food. Are you ready for a culinary road trip? Because these spots are a must. My top 15 spans north to south and features a wide variety of eateries. Some have been around for many years and specialize in the classics. Others are newer and put a unique spin on an old-world style that goes ba...

The Kenilworth Chapter of UNICO and chapter president Laura Morano recently collaborated with the Epiphany Community Church of Orange and Services4Humanity to collect and distribute canned food and supplies to 150 families. UNICO National, the largest Italian-American service organization in the USA was founded in 1922. Its sole purpose was to unit...

No Italian American dish may be more beloved than chicken parmesan, and understandably so. What’s not to love about a chicken cutlet drenched in marinara sauce and topped with melty mozzarella? If that sentence made you crave a chicken parm (how could it not?), you need to head to North Jersey for the Garden State’s best take on this dish, accordin...

UNICO National, the largest Italian American Service Organization in America, held their 98th Annual Convention July 26-28 at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany, NJ. Over 300 Members attended the convention where UNICO wraps up its year with meetings, reports, and social events. Some of the highlights include...

His pace is frenetic. He holds no hostages. He says what you are thinking but are afraid to say out loud. The bottom line is this: Wear adult diapers if you are going to see Vic DiBitetto perform live. The popular comedian returns to The Newton Theatre for shows on Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th - both nights at 8:00pm. Vic has cre...

The word teglia means “roasting pan” in Italian. That’s the meaning behind the name of Teglia Pizza Bar, a new spot in Montclair serving rectangle-shaped pizza. They promise you’ll enjoy fresh, scratch Italian cooking and a crust that’s crisp and chewy, yet light in texture. The 500-square-foot Teglia Pizza Bar comes with a strong pedigree. Co-owne...

Fiona Lenzo, a graduate of Hillsborough High School now attending the College of New Jersey has been selected as Miss UNICO Hillsborough for 2020-21. She is pursuing a degree in Education at TCNJ and has studied the Italian language for seven years, receiving the Seal of Bi-literacy. She is an active member of the Hillsborough community, having bee...

A new restaurant in Montclair is getting praise for its "simple, authentic" Italian cuisine. On Friday, the Montclair Center BID gave a social media shoutout to Palato Caffe & Cucina at 377 Bloomfield Avenue. Learn more about this local business here. According to the Montclair Center BID, co-owners Massimo Apicella Owner (originally from Puglia, n...

Although it’s been a tough year, Holy Rosary Church in Jersey City is thrilled to announce the return of La Festa Italiana for its 117th year. A community tradition like no other, La Festa will rock Jersey City’s Historic Downtown with five nights of live bands, yummy eats, and rides and games for the whole family.  Starting Wednesday, Aug. 11, and...