If everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, then everybody’s Italian on Columbus Day.
Here in Jersey, that’s easy, because Italian-Americans make up 17.8 of the state’s population, according to the U.S. Census. That’s more than any other ancestral group. No wonder Jersey’s so full of good Italian food and Italian pride.
The Columbus Day holiday falls on Monday, Oct. 8, this year (the official date is Oct. 12). It marks the discovery of the Americas by Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in 1492. OK, so maybe his journey brought a boat load — make that three boat loads — of trouble for the native peoples living on these lands, but Columbus set into motion a journey that all who now live here are destined to bear together in both good and ill winds.
Here’s a sampling of some Italian-American themed fun for you to do this weekend — abbondanza.
There’s more than a little Italian-American music history in Central Jersey, thanks to Jon Bon Jovi being a native of Sayreville. One spot you might want to check out is the former Enzo’s on Main Street in Sayreville, now called Angelo’s Pizza and Restaurant, where Bon Jovi asked local kids about songs that would wind up on the band’s breakthrough album, “Slippery When Wet.’’ The kids became known as members of the pizza parlor jury and “Slippery When Wet’’ went on to sell 12 million copies after it was released in 1986…
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