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Gloria Foundation

A Taste of Italy with The Gloria Foundation

“1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.”

“Every 9 seconds a woman is beaten or abused.”

“35% of all emergency room calls are the result of domestic abuse.”

If you’ve never heard of The Gloria Foundation, a visit to their website reveals these lines beneath two simple and sobering words: “The Facts”

These are facts indeed, and Karen Arakelian founded The Gloria Foundation for the sole purpose of helping “provide resources to local safe houses and domestic violence organizations” in order to make a difference and help victims of domestic violence.

Karen Arakelian, founder of the Gloria Foundation

In an elegant show of support and solidarity, The Gloria Foundation hosted their 4th Annual Taste of Italy event on the 27th at Design Consign in Fairfield, NJ. The event had delicious catering, a live band, drinks, beautiful upscale furniture, and most importantly: all proceeds went directly to Partners for Women and Justice, who provide pro bono legal services for domestic violence victims.


Student volunteers at the event from Montville HS


Some of the beautiful furniture sold at Design Consign for the event


Caviar donated by Calvisius was given out in free samples with all sales going towards Partners for Women and Justice

Many gathered together dressed to nines in support of The Gloria Foundation and Partners for Women and Justice, making donations, mingling, and enjoying all that the evening and venue had to offer. It’s thanks to wonderful organizations like these aand strong women like Ms. Arakelian that we can look to the future in earnest for a society where victims of domestic violence can easily find the safety and support they deserve.

For more information, visit TheGloriaFoundation.org.

Olivella Italian Restaurant’s Opening Party

#HipNJ has details on Olivella, a new Italian cuisine restaurant in North Bergen, and on its opening party on Friday, March 10th. The event was a huge hit, with many influential NJ residents in attendance. North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco and Executive Chef/Partner Salvatore Olivella kicked off the event with a ribbon cutting to unveil the new spot. Some special guests, including Cliffside and Edgewater Mayors, and Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, Robyn Levy and Christina Flores, were also in attendance.

The party started off with DJ Pacheco of New Line Entertainment setting the scene while Chef/Partner Salvatore Olivella, one of the country’s top pizza makers, passed out his specialty brick oven pizzas and many of the menu’s antipasti, pasta, and entrees.

Salvatore Olivella, a native of Naples, Italy, has established a resume for himself that is truly impressive. He co-owns Olivella’s Neo Pizza Napoletana, a group of four restaurants located in Dallas, Texas. He also has consulted for many top pizza spots in New York, including Marta, the Serafina Group, L’asso, Numero 28, and more. The 50-seat restaurant was built with a wood-burning pizza oven as the centerpiece, and the rear dining room is flooded with natural light through a glass roof.

His menu includes many different Italian dishes, such as…
Sushi di Parma, housemade fior di latte cheese wrapped in prosciutto di San Daniele
Gnocchi Alla Romagnola with porcini, fresh truffle in a Pinot Grigio sauce
Farfalle di Olivella, bowtie pasta sautéed with smoked Norwegian salmon, shallots, vodka and salmon caviar
Pollo alla Valdostana, chicken breast sautéed with wild mushrooms, prosciutto and fontina sauce
Filet Mignon al Barolo with porcini mushrooms
Costoletta di Vitello Milanese, thinly pounded veal that’s breaded and served on the bone, topped with salad and parmigiano

The wood fired pizzas are Neapolitan traditional pies made with the highest quality house-made fresh mozzarella, imported San Marzano tomatoes from Italy, ‘nduja (spicy spreadable pork sausage from Calabria), spicy soppressata (dry salami) and spicy honey. The tomatoes are imported San Marzano DOP certified tomatoes from Italy. The Don Maradona Snow White is made with fresh ricotta, housemade fior di latte cheese, garlic, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. Olivella also gets creative with his Frank Sinatra pizza, which is topped with burrata, bresaola, arugula, and lemon dressing. Another creation of his is the Agrodolce Olivella, a sweet and sour marriage of housemade fior di latte, gorgonzola, pear, parmigiano, walnuts and honey. The menu also offers calzones, such as their Classico or La Vesuviana. The Classico is made with mozzarella, ricotta and San Marzano tomatoes. The La Vesuviana is half calzone and half customer’s choice of pizza.

Next time you’re in North Bergen or neighboring towns, make sure to check out Olivella’s new Italian dining experience! Check out www.olivellanj.com and follow @olivellarestaurant on Instagram for more details.

Here are some more photos of #HipNJ’s finest at Olivella’s Opening Party:

National Make a Friend Day

National Make a Friend Day

Happy National Make a Friend Day! On National Make a Friend Day we are given the opportunity to meet someone knew and expand our friend circle. Friends serve as a support system so it is necessary to have a solid group of friends and adding a new friend is always a plus. So try to make a new friend on National Make a Friend Day!

Who wants a friendship like theirs? Happy #NationalMakeAFriendDay

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Happy National Make a Friend Day!