In one episode of HBO’s series The Sopranos, mob boss Tony Soprano takes his teenage son Anthony Jr. (“AJ”) to what is apparently inner-city Newark, New Jersey to show him that when the Italians came to New Jersey, one of the first things they did was build a beautiful church with their own hands, and very limited resources. While Tony walks and ta...

Louis Prima Jr. loves it when people leave one of his band's shows in a daze. They'd probably arrived, he said, expecting a low-key lounge act. Instead, when they depart, "they describe it as getting hit by a freight train." "It's non-stop, beginning to end. High energy is an understatement," Prima said in an interview with NJ Advance Media. "We wa...

As United celebrates 20 years of service to Italy, the airline today announced it will be offering customers year-round nonstop service between New York/Newark and Rome. Expanding its current summer seasonal daily schedule, United will now also offer the service from November 2017 through to March 2018 – operating between three times a week and dai...

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents two opportunities to have an evening with Vic DiBitetto in the Victoria Theater - first on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 8:00pm and again on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 8:00pm. A grand prize winner on America's Funniest People, frenetically fantastic comedian Vic DiBitetto – aka “The Italian Hurric...

They're standing in line next to the silhouette of a large boat that symbolizes their journey. There are 12 adults and two children. The men, carrying suitcases, are wearing suits and hats. The women are clad in long dresses with scarves over their heads. All of them are immigrants who have settled in Newark's Ironbound section with hopes of pursin...

Thanks to a huge public demand, international recording artist Patrizio Buanne returns to New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00pm in the Victoria Theater. Tickets range from $49.50 to $99.50. Known for his expressive big voice and engaging performances, the young Neapolitan pop crooner has sung for the Pope,...

As first reported by Essex County Place, Newark’s growing downtown will soon be home to another market. Lonnie Soury, who represents the Newark-based RBH Group, LLC, tells Jersey Digs that a “‘first-of-its-kind’ Italian-inspired fresh food marketplace” is set to open within the new Teachers Village development along Halsey Street. Soury says the bu...

According to Lonnie Soury, who represents the RBH Group, the company is finalizing a transaction with Aldo Sartore of ITA Concepts, who is "the co-founder of the Eataly vision", "to locate a 10,000 square foot 'first-of-its-kind' Italian-inspired fresh food marketplace in Teachers Village".However, although the Newark Community Economic Development...

When we think of Italians, certain things come to mind: food, wine, romance, coffee, conversation, etc. Seldom do we think of professional athletes as part of everyday Italian culture, but things are a bit different for Chicago Bears tight end and Delaware native Justin Perillo. Justin’s parents grew up in Wilmington, but his family’s roots can be...

THE PLUMP, tender meatballs and the generous panini sandwiches from Caffe Margherita have become the talk of Gateway Center.   The lawyers stop for lunch, the laborers stop for lunch, and, at certain times of day, folks jam up the hallway like so many airplanes on the runway. "I'm no restaurateur by any means," says Frank Ambrosio, who opene...