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Williamsburg’s Giglio Feast takes starring role in new mob movie

Williamsburg’s Giglio Feast takes starring role in new mob movie

It is ready for its close-up! The Giglio festival will dance its way onto the silver screen in the new mob film "The Brooklyn Banker," opening Aug. 5. The flick, which follows a bank official from Williamsburg with ties to a local organized crime family, features scenes set during the 113-year-old Italian-American festival, and to get the right look, filmmakers went...

Premio New York: In palio 6 mesi nella grande mela

Premio New York: In palio 6 mesi nella grande mela

Parte la XIV edizione del Premio New York che per la prima volta, da quest'anno, oltre alla partecipazione della Farnesina, dell'Istituto Italiano di Cultura a New York e dell'Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, vede anche l'adesione del Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo – Direzione Generale Arte e Architettura Contemporanee e Periferie Urbane. Per i...

Sons of Italy in Binghamton celebrates 100 years

Sons of Italy in Binghamton celebrates 100 years

The Sons of Italy in Binghamton is celebrating 100 years of fraternity, liberty and equality. The Sons of Italy Lodge #487, located at 62 Carroll Street, is holding a centennial celebration this weekend. The organization showcases Italian heritage while supporting the community. On Friday, a gala dinner-dance will take place at Traditions at the Glen from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.   On Saturday, a...

A Look at the 5th Annual Traditional Pilgrimage at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chur…

A Look at the 5th Annual Traditional Pilgrimage at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Harlem

By Giovanni di Napoli Scores of pilgrims from around the tri-state area gathered at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in East Harlem, New York on Saturday, July 23rd for the 5th Annual Traditional Pilgrimage. In reverence and humility, many of the participants entered the church on their knees and discalced. Some presented altar flowers to the glory of God. Warmly welcomed...

Pasquale Jones Brings a Little Novelty to Little Italy

Pasquale Jones Brings a Little Novelty to Little Italy

As a New Yorker who wants each neighborhood to be different, each block to be like a pocket with a secret tucked inside it, I have strongly mixed feelings about gentrification. As a critic confronted with shiny new restaurants in changing neighborhoods, though, I have to admit that I often end up liking the shiny new places more than what...

Suffern natives create Italian American podcast

Suffern natives create Italian American podcast

About a year ago, two Italian-Americans from Suffern — or "paesans," as they would say — decided to try something new. Anthony Fasano had an idea to start a podcast that focused on Italian-American culture, and it didn't take much convincing to get family friend Dolores Alfieri on board. Then came what they figured would be the hard part: Lining up...

Eataly Expands in Manhattan to World Trade Center

Eataly Expands in Manhattan to World Trade Center

Eataly will open a second store in Manhattan in the next week or two, this one in the Westfield World Trade Center complex.   "We think there may be a different customer downtown," said Nicola Farinetti, the chief executive of Eataly in the United States, where his partner is the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group. "We have noted that people get going...

Tarantellas and Broken Hearts

Tarantellas and Broken Hearts

Lots of performances by local musicians, luscious and sensuous Italian music, some good old teary eyed country music, and much much more! This program will air on Sunday July 31st from 7 - 10 p.m.   This week's calendar announcements: The duo Red Tail Ring will be performing at the Huntington Town Library on Thursday August 4th at 7 p.m. On Saturday August 6th Vermont...

BWW Review: FINI DANCE FESTIVAL Parties La Via Italiana

BWW Review: FINI DANCE FESTIVAL Parties La Via Italiana

Though it was hot and muggy on the evening of July 24th, 2016, the jam-packed audience at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center was grinning agog like newly minted parents infatuated with their brood. The cause: a troupe of adorable bambine from Staten Island Ballet performing Ellen Tharp's "Tarantella".   Though only one of these girls was delivering the movement nel modo Italiano,...

How a funeral home in Italian Catholic Dyker Heights opened up to Chinese custom…

How a funeral home in Italian Catholic Dyker Heights opened up to Chinese customers

In 2001, Joe Aievoli put up a small sign in Chinese on the Aievoli Funeral Home in Dyker Heights, which had been serving the area's largely Italian Catholic population since 1900. "People thought he was insane. They said he was going to alienate his other customers," recalled Pat Marmo, owner of Daniel J. Schaefer Funeral Home, who considers Aievoli a...

Doveroso ricordo di Camillo Cianfarra Jr, grande giornalista di origini abruzzes…

Doveroso ricordo di Camillo Cianfarra Jr, grande giornalista di origini abruzzesi

Sono trascorsi esattamente 60 anni dal disastroso affondamento della nave italiana "Andrea Doria". Questo rende doveroso il ricordo di tutte le vittime di quel tragico evento. Pochissimi però sanno che su quella nave viaggiava e morì uno dei più grandi giornalisti abruzzesi: Camillo Massimiliano Cianfarra J. Questi era nato a Long Island nel 1907 ma il padre Camillo, giornalista come...

Italian Festival celebrates a way of life in Niagara Falls

Italian Festival celebrates a way of life in Niagara Falls

It was just five years ago when organizer Carmine Bianco, an elementary school physical education teacher in Niagara Falls, found himself in the unenviable role of Italian Festival rescuer.   He jokingly called the 2012 festival on the front lawn of a friend's Pine Avenue restaurant, "The World's Smallest Italian Festival." Fast forward to 2016 and Bianco, who still works as a gym...

Drawings for proposed 'Little Italy' unveiled

Drawings for proposed 'Little Italy' unveiled

Gates is one step closer to getting a" Little Italy." We got a look at the drawings of the proposed new Little Italy neighborhood, which would go near Lyell Avenue and Spencerport Road.   Silavno Orsi, the CEO of the Little Italy Neighborhood Association, has sent a funding application to the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council in an effort to improve the...

It took incredible chain of events to bring Mike Piazza to Mets

It took incredible chain of events to bring Mike Piazza to Mets

We start with improbability. Mike Piazza simply being a major leaguer falls into unassisted-triple-play terrain for likelihood. That he was elected to the Hall of Fame is winning Powerball stuff. No one drafted as late — 62nd round and 1,390th pick — had ever previously gained Cooperstown induction.   Which makes his trade from the Dodgers to the Marlins to the Mets —...

Italian Eatery Gersi Opens in Carroll Gardens; La Casita Shutters

Italian Eatery Gersi Opens in Carroll Gardens; La Casita Shutters

An Italian eatery specializing in cuisine from the northern region of the country opened its doors in Carroll Gardens earlier this month. Gersi, located at 316 Court St., took over the former location of Dosa Royale, which shuttered this past April.   The restaurant officially opened in July 7, said co-owner Gersi Mamega, who had spent more than a decade managing East Village...

Galbani Little Italy Festival to celebrate Little Italy Neighborhood

Galbani Little Italy Festival to celebrate Little Italy Neighborhood

The Galbani Little Italy Festival, a celebration of the Little Italy Neighborhood in Gates, will be held Aug. 12-14 at Gates Memorial Park, 160 Spencerport Road, Rochester. The festival will feature live entertainment will be provided by La Muralla, Mambo Kings, Fever: The Wrath of Polyester, Joey and Maria's First Ever Comedy Wedding, Ignite! and The Scintas. Guests can participate in...

Rome Through Richmond Town announces 2016 headliner, Italian restaurants

Rome Through Richmond Town announces 2016 headliner, Italian restaurants

Louis Prima Jr. and his bombastic big band The Witnesses will headline this year's Rome Through Richmond Town, the now-annual celebration of Columbus Day that has replaced the borough's holiday parade.   Borough President James Oddo made the announcement on Friday evening before a raucous performance of "Angelina" by Prima and his band on the Lorenzo's Cabaret stage. This year's Italian-themed festival...

Lady Gaga is a godmother

Lady Gaga is a godmother

Lady Gaga has become a godmother. The 'Applause' hitmaker was named as one of the three godparents - an individual chosen to take an interest in the spiritual welfare of a child - of her friends' Brian and Angie's little daughter Sistilia.   Taking to her Instagram account on Monday (07.25..16), she uploaded a photograph of her holding the little one at the...

Review: Scratch Cooking at Agostino’s in New Rochelle

Review: Scratch Cooking at Agostino’s in New Rochelle

Tucked away in a corner of New Rochelle, Agostino's, an unpretentious neighborhood restaurant, has been serving fine Italian food for more than a decade. Its simple hospitality and scratch regional cooking have attracted not only locals but also boaters and golfers from the marinas and country clubs nearby. They don't make many Italian restaurants of this quality anymore, and more's...

THAT'S LUNCH: Daniele's charms with delicious Italian fare

THAT'S LUNCH: Daniele's charms with delicious Italian fare

By Cheyenne Dorsagno This week's review is about Daniele Imports, 1556 Mohawk St., Utica. Intern Cheyenne Dorsagno and her parents, Harry and Dawn, went there recently and had this to say:   About the restaurant: Growing up, even as a broke teenager, it was easy to scrape up six quarters and walk around the corner from my home to Daniele's for a piece...

Ischia Comes to Brooklyn

Ischia Comes to Brooklyn

By Becky Cooper Ischia: Capri's forgotten sibling, the Cinderella of the islands off the coast of Naples, long lay quiet in the Tyrrhenian Sea, home to therapeutic thermal springs and sunbathing Italians. But now, thanks to Elena Ferrante, the author and patron saint of many a contemporary bibliophile, Ischia conjures mythic promises of rejuvenation. "I felt better and better, I couldn't...

An Italian Architect's Wild American Dream

An Italian Architect's Wild American Dream

Renzo Picasso shared his last name with legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and his first name with another, more well-known Italian architect: Renzo Piano.   But Renzo Giovanni Battista Picasso, born in 1880 in Genoa, Italy, was clearly his own man. An inventor, engineer, and designer with a taste for the fantastical, his whimsical and weird ideas reflect what urbanists of a...

‘Iris’ weaves mythic tale of innocence, venality

‘Iris’ weaves mythic tale of innocence, venality

What: Pietro Mascagni's "Iris," conducted by Leon Botstein with the American Symphony Orchestra When: 7:30 p.m., July 22, July 29; 2 p.m., July 24, July 27, July 31 Where: Sosnoff Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale Tickets: Start at $25   Information: Visit http://fishercenter.bard.edu/calendar/event.php?eid=130401  Also: "Opera Talk," noon, July 24, free; SummerScape Night-Out Packages available: include tickets to evening opera,...

Maestro D’Arte Francesco Santoro’s Renaissance art classes and lectures are in f…

Maestro D’Arte Francesco Santoro’s Renaissance art classes and lectures are in full swing!

NOIAW member and Maestro D'Arte Francesco Santoro's Renaissance art classes and lectures are in full swing for the third Summer in New York City! This year's art class in Greenwich Village has an excellent group of students – some returning and some new. The returning students have shown their dedication and enthusiasm for this master-apprentice style studio art class, while the...

Exclusive Interview To Michael Bacarella, Author Of “Lincoln’s Foreign Legion: T…

Exclusive Interview To Michael Bacarella, Author Of “Lincoln’s Foreign Legion: The 39th New York Infantry, The Garibaldi Guard”

By: Tiziano Thomas Dossena Your book "Lincoln's Foreign Legion: The 39th New York Infantry, the Garibaldi Guard" is now available on Kindle. What brought you to investigate this type of topic?From my earliest memories to quite recently is that to be an Italian American can mean being commended with honor in one extreme or face deplorable rejection at the other extreme....

NYCFC’s Andrea Pirlo has top-selling jersey in MLS, David Villa and Frank Lampar…

NYCFC’s Andrea Pirlo has top-selling jersey in MLS, David Villa and Frank Lampard also in top 10

Things are finally going well for NYCFC (if you don't count the stagnant stadium search): the second year club is first in the Eastern Conference and have three of the top-10 best-selling jerseys in MLS.   NYCFC midfielder Andrea Pirlo has the No. 1 selling jersey on MLSSoccer.com, according to the midseason data, overtaking Seattle's Clint Dempsey (second overall). NYCFC striker David...

Foreign Direct Investment Lead Generation Professional Expert

Foreign Direct Investment Lead Generation Professional Expert

The Italian Trade Promotion Agency (ITA) currently seeks a Foreign Direct Investment LeadGeneration Professional Expert for the New York office. LEAD GENERATION PROFESSIONAL EXPERTThe purpose of the role will be to support local direct investment in Italy, as well as to strengthen awareness of Italian business and regulatory environment. The ideal candidate will have a background in finance as well as a deep...

World’s best chef to open a restaurant in the Bronx

World’s best chef to open a restaurant in the Bronx

Massimo Bottura, the man behind Osteria Francescana—the world's best restaurant, according to last month's announcement of the San Pellegrino 2016 World's 50 Best Restaurants list—plans to bring is considerable culinary clout to New York next year—specifically, the Bronx.   Bottura's not only renowned for his Modena, Italy, restaurant, but also for his charitable efforts to combat hunger and food waste around the...

Coffee & Doughnuts with Little Italy's 'Star Trek' priest

Coffee & Doughnuts with Little Italy's 'Star Trek' priest

By Paul McMullen   The Catholic Review recently spoke with Pallottine Father Bernard P. Carman, pastor of St. Leo the Great in Little Italy and Star Trek fan.   CR: What and where are your Catholic roots? FATHER CARMAN: Dad's family (Italian and Irish) always was Catholic. Mom's (English, Finnish, German, Blackfoot Native American) was Baptist, but then Grandmom Berglund, the "matriarch," had a fight...

Review: Modern on the Rails Brings Italian to a 19th-Century Station

Review: Modern on the Rails Brings Italian to a 19th-Century Station

Westchester County has some evocative old train stations, and the 19th-century brick beauty in Mamaroneck is among the loveliest. Unused for travel for years, it opened last October as the setting for Modern on the Rails, a new outpost of the beloved Modern restaurant in New Rochelle.   Enter the restaurant and you will immediately feel a sense of possibility. It is...

Italian Heritage Fest at Kensico Dam “Piazza”

Italian Heritage Fest at Kensico Dam “Piazza”

by Kathy Welsh   Enjoy the culture, music and food of Italy at the Italian Heritage Celebration, Sunday, July 24, from noon to 7 p.m., at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. The event is part of a series of cultural heritage festivals held in the parks on weekends during the summer. Astorino - Cultural Days in Westchester"I always appreciate seeing the beautiful...

There’s a Pokémon in my restaurant, and business is booming

There’s a Pokémon in my restaurant, and business is booming

By Abigail Gepner, Jazmin Rosa and Sophia Rosenbaum   Pokémania is running wild throughout New York, as players of the world's hottest video-game app go on scavenger hunts that include trespassing, office feuds and walking head-on into poles. The Pokémon Go game is even helping some city pizzerias roll in the dough as owners figure out ways to rig the game to draw...

Ribalta Brings Naples to NYC Via Mamaroneck

Ribalta Brings Naples to NYC Via Mamaroneck

Pizza and pasta are easy to come by in the restaurant world, but few are making waves like Ribalta in Greenwich Village. The popular Italian eatery that's only a five-minute walk off the Union Square subway stop became buzzworthy after Grubstreet named their spaghetti Pomodoro one of NYC's 10 best pasta dishes, and their Neapolitan-style pizza has earned praise in...

2016 Advanced Placement Italian Exam Registers Highest Total of Students to Date…

2016 Advanced Placement Italian Exam Registers Highest Total of Students to Date, Making AP Italian the Fastest Growing of All AP Foreign Language Courses

Margaret I. Cuomo, M.D., president of the Italian Language Foundation, announced today that The College Board's Advanced Placement Italian Language and Culture exam (AP Italian) in 2016 saw its highest level of participation ever.   "We are delighted that nearly 2,800 students took the AP Italian exam in 2016," Dr. Cuomo said. "With each passing year, since AP Italian was reinstated in...

Could an Underwater Aquarium Be Coming to New York City?

Could an Underwater Aquarium Be Coming to New York City?

Earlier this month, Italian architect Piero Lissoni took home the top prize in a competition to design an aquarium positioned on the waterfront in Queens, New York. Lissoni took the commission one step further: planning to install the aquarium not on the waterfront, but in the water itself. He conceived Aquatrium, as the project is called, as an elongated basin...

Alessandra Bonito Oliva: quando la ricerca trova casa a New York

Alessandra Bonito Oliva: quando la ricerca trova casa a New York

di Liliana Rosano  È stata un "cervello in fuga" costretta a lasciare l'Italia per la Svezia ma non esclude di tornare, un giorno, nel suo paese. Alessandra Bonito Oliva, napoletana, laurea in psicologia sperimentale e dottorato a Roma e Chicago, ha continuato la sua carriera a Stoccolma dove ha vissuto per cinque anni.   L'amore l'ha portata a New York, dove oggi lavora...

Debbie Harry and Martin Scorsese Support Landmarking 239 Elizabeth Street in Lit…

Debbie Harry and Martin Scorsese Support Landmarking 239 Elizabeth Street in Little Italy and so Should You

What follows is a selection from a "Request for Evaluation" sent to the Landmarks Preservation Commission last week to calendar 239 Elizabeth Street for landmarking. Author of the pitch, building resident Beth Joy Knutsen-Papaleo, even received letters of endorsement from Debbie Harry and Martin Scorsese.   "I am dead sick of tasteless developers who never wanted to live in NYC deciding what's...

“My mother's Italian, my father's jewish & I'm in therapy” to open August 10…

“My mother's Italian, my father's jewish & I'm in therapy” to open August 10 on L.I.

The international hit comedy MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH & I'M IN THERAPY!, starring Peter J. Fogel, comes to the Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington, NY for four weeks only, August 10 - September 4. MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH & I'M IN THERAPY! is Steve Solomon's 90-minute comedy smash, inspired by his wacky family and all...

What it's like to be a food judge at Buffalo's Italian Festival

What it's like to be a food judge at Buffalo's Italian Festival

Fresh off my stint as a food judge at the Taste of Buffalo, my husband and I spent Thursday afternoon sampling the best food the Galbani Italian Heritage Festival has to offer.   My husband, a tough critic, was wowed by the cartocci from Gino's Italian Bakery. It was like a cronut with cannoli filling. We both loved the margherita pizza from...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel procession kicks off annual feast

Our Lady of Mount Carmel procession kicks off annual feast

An annual procession in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was held Saturday morning throughout the streets of Rosebank. Members of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society and St. Joseph's R.C. Church gathered at 9 a.m. at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grotto at 36 Amity St.   The procession is part of the Society's celebration of the Feast of...

On the Origin of Specie: 'Lady Liberty' and Anthony de Francisci By Giovanni di …

On the Origin of Specie: 'Lady Liberty' and Anthony de Francisci By Giovanni di Napoli

While waiting to meet a friend the other day I had the good fortune to stumble across an amazing work of art by the great Sicilian-American sculptor Anthony (Antonio) de Francisci. At the intersection of Broadway and Fourth Avenue lies Union Square Park, a cozy little oasis in the heart of bustling Manhattan.   A popular meeting place for Manhattanites and home...

Mood Market: CNA Federmoda promuove il portale alla Première Vision di New York

Mood Market: CNA Federmoda promuove il portale alla Première Vision di New York

CNA Federmoda continua il proprio programma di promozione dell'intera filiera moda italiana attraverso partecipazioni fieristiche e azioni di comunicazione tese a dare visibilità al portale MOOD Market. Il 19 e 20 luglio prossimi, grazie al contributo del Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico e la collaborazione dell'Agenzia ICE il portale sarà presentato negli USA in occasione di Première Vision New York. Il portale...

Thousands celebrating tradition and heritage at Italian Fest

Thousands celebrating tradition and heritage at Italian Fest

By Ali Ingersoll   For thousands of people, the annual Italian festival is a time to reconnect with family and friends while wandering down Hertel Ave., enjoying traditional Italian food and learning about the culture. "Just coming back and seeing people – friends and family you haven't seen in a year," said Marco Sciotino, the spokesman for the festival. "Everyone comes back this...

Bayside woman soon to celebrate 107th birthday

Bayside woman soon to celebrate 107th birthday

By Mark Hallum Ida Albert came to the United States at the age of 3 and, like many immigrants today, settled with her family in Astoria. The Astoria of Albert's time, however, was mostly agricultural land. This illustrates how much the borough has changed during the life of the soon-to-be 107-year-old Italian American and Bayside resident.   Ida, originally born "Aida" in Italy on...

Donor Tree Campaign

Donor Tree Campaign

by The American Italian Heritage Association   Your tax deductible donation to the American Italian Heritage Museum and Cultural Center will help promote record and preserve our Italian Heritage. Our stunning Donor Recognition Tree, prominently displayed in the main lobby of the museum. It depicts the journey of Italian immigrants coming to America. The leaves, made of brass, nickel, and bronze, designate those...

Moda uomo: l’ICE a New York per la prima tappa del Mrket Trade Show

Moda uomo: l’ICE a New York per la prima tappa del Mrket Trade Show

Nuovo appuntamento per le imprese della moda maschile italiana che, con all'Agenzia ICE, si spostano a New York per la prima tappa statunitense del MRket Trade Show, dove verranno presentate le collezioni primavera/estate 2017 del segmento classico di alto livello e degli accessori uomo. Dal 17 al 19 Luglio prossimi il Javits Convention Center di New York ospiterà infatti la collettiva...

Reasons why Our Lady of Loreto is a landmark

Reasons why Our Lady of Loreto is a landmark

by Mario Toglia   PLEASE WRITE TO THE NYC LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION - 1 CENTRE STREET, 9th Floor - NEW YORK, NY 10007 AND URGE THEM TO DECLARE OUR LADY OF LORETO CHURCH A CITY LANDMARK TO ENSURE ITS PROTECTION FROM DEMOLITION   1. Our Lady of Loreto church is a Brooklyn landmark distinctive for its associations with Italian American immigration history, and especially...

Newstalk: East Utica Annual Italian Festival features food, rides, pizza fritta

Newstalk: East Utica Annual Italian Festival features food, rides, pizza fritta

The annual Italian Festival in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel takes place Friday though Sunday, July 15-17, on the parish grounds at the corner of Jay, Mohawk and Catherine streets in East Utica. There will food, rides, games, flea market, Buona Fortuna raffle for a $10,000 grand prize and, of course, our famous pizza fritta.   Al Forte, a festival representative,...

Italian specialty shop Casa di Palma now open in Bellport Village

Italian specialty shop Casa di Palma now open in Bellport Village

It was vacation. A mother-and-daughter trip, to be precise, to her families' roots in Italy is where Lisa Ihne of East Patchogue became inspired to open an Italian specialty food store in Bellport Village. She just didn't know it yet.   It was only after arriving home that she started to think about recreating that charm of the Old Country here on eastern...

Here’s where Vince Giordano goes for good jazz

Here’s where Vince Giordano goes for good jazz

By Barbara Hoffman I'm an avid reader, and there's this place in Midtown called Chartwell Booksellers. It's small — I like to keep the small businesses going, because I'm a small business myself! — and it doesn't have everything under the sun, not the self-help books, not the "something for dummies" books.   The fellow who runs it is a jazz fan. He...

Little Italy gets a direct link to the homeland in Niagara Falls

Little Italy gets a direct link to the homeland in Niagara Falls

In Niagara Falls there is one place every local can steer you to – Little Italy, which proudly displays its heritage on signage that spans across Pine Avenue. That pride in community and heritage was recently expanded when the honorary Italian vice consulate moved its office from Delaware Avenue in Buffalo to Pine Avenue in the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center.   But...

L’eccellenza gastronomica pugliese trionfa negli USA. C’è anche San Giovanni Rot…

L’eccellenza gastronomica pugliese trionfa negli USA. C’è anche San Giovanni Rotondo

Si è conclusa con successo "La Puglia colora New York", la missione imprenditoriale delle oltre venti imprese pugliesi che hanno partecipato alla 62ma edizione del Fancy Food Show di New York, il più grande evento di food & beverage del Nord America svoltosi presso il Jacob Javits Center della Grande Mela.   La missione ha consentito a PMI e artigiani pugliesi specializzati...

Hertel Avenue gearing up for 29th annual Italian festival

Hertel Avenue gearing up for 29th annual Italian festival

Starting Thursday, a strip of Hertel Avenue will be transformed into a 4-day celebration of Italian food, music and culture. The Galbani Cheese Italian Heritage and Food Festival of Buffalo is kicking off its 29th year along the "Little Italy" section of North Buffalo.   This year's festival will be packed with local food vendors, the annual Galbani cheese stacking contest and various...

Santa Croce and the Statue of Liberty to become partners

Santa Croce and the Statue of Liberty to become partners

A partnership is being planned to celebrate the sculptural and symbolic connections between Manhattan's Statue of Liberty and Santa Croce's The Liberty of Poetry funerary monument. The striking similarity has long been noted between New York's iconic Statue of Liberty and Pio Fedi's lesser-known The Liberty of Poetry, designed at the same time for the Basilica of Santa Croce. Both depict...

Festa Italiana gets shake-up in 34th year

Festa Italiana gets shake-up in 34th year

The former Festa Italiana is undergoing a makeover in its 34th year, but committee co-chairman Tom Palumbo wants to reassure festival-goers they can still expect the same features they've grown to love."We're going to have the same great food we've always had; we're going to have the same great music we've always had," he said. The upcoming festival has been renamed...

High School College Italian hosts Hofstra professor

High School College Italian hosts Hofstra professor

The students from Garden City High School's Italian 4 Honors and the Italian College classes recently had the pleasure of welcoming Hofstra University Professor Stanislao Pugliese - author, editor, and organizer of conferences (many of which focus on Fascist Italy, the Resistance Movement, and Italian Americans), to their classroom. Professor Pugliese discussed an array of topics many students found fascinating,...

Mario Batali & Federica Marchionni Named Honorees of New York City's 2016 Co…

Mario Batali & Federica Marchionni Named Honorees of New York City's 2016 Columbus Day Parade

The Columbus Citizens Foundation announced today that it has named culinary trailblazer Mario Batali and visionary business leader Federica Marchionni as honorees of the 2016 Columbus Day Parade. They will join top executive Robert LaPenta, who was previously announced as 2016 Grand Marshal.   Angelo Vivolo, President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, said of the announcement: "Mario and Federica are not only...

Strength in numbers! Williamsburgers old and new celebrate Giglio Feast

Strength in numbers! Williamsburgers old and new celebrate Giglio Feast

It is the one high-rise in Williamsburg that doesn't divide newcomers and old-timers. Thousands of Brooklynites gathered outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on N. Eighth Street on Sunday to watch 125 burly men carry a 80-foot tall, 4-ton tower on their shoulders as part of the annual Giglio Italian Feast.   It is a 113-year-old tradition for Italian-American families in the...

Del Posto Is ​America's​ High Church of Pasta

Del Posto Is ​America's​ High Church of Pasta

The linguine alla scampi at Del Posto, Manhattan's grand theatre of Italian dining, looks like a version you'd get at one of those New York institutions straight out of The Godfather: ribbons of flat noodles snaring crustaceans in a buttery gloss.   From the first twirled forkful, though, it's clear that Mark Ladner, Del Posto's executive chef, has transformed the classic dish...

Domenico Vacca: Committing to the Life of Leisure

Domenico Vacca: Committing to the Life of Leisure

I was in the dressing room at Domenico Vacca, wearing linen. White linen. A white linen shirt with blood-red trim ($550). It fit beautifully, with just the right amount of stiffness, which is to say halfway, and just the right amount of translucence, which is to say halfway. It was tucked into a pair of sleek floral pants, with elegantly...

Italian luxury kitchen brand opens first U.S. flagship store in New York

Italian luxury kitchen brand opens first U.S. flagship store in New York

Cesar Arredamenti, an Italian luxury, modern kitchen manufacturer, opened its first North American flagship store in Manhattan. Cesar's list of flagship cities includes Milan, Genoa, Paris and Cannes. "We felt that there was great potential for Cesar in New York, and that the company deserved a flagship store in Manhattan," said Gil Kovalsky Cesar Arredamenti general manager.   "Cesar design meets the American...

The Honorable Nissoli Welcomes a Group of American Students at Montecitorio

The Honorable Nissoli Welcomes a Group of American Students at Montecitorio

by Fucsia Nissoli   "This morning, I hosted, in the Sala della Lupa in Montecitorio, a group of American university students led by Professor Mario Mignone of Stony Brook University, Professor Franco Maddalena of Westchester Community College, and Professor Matilde Fava of Farmingdale State College. Professor Mignone carries on a study abroad program in Italy for American students that started in 1980, and...

Con IACE si studia a Narni

Con IACE si studia a Narni

di Anna Cugini Federico Fellini diceva "una lingua diversa è una diversa visione della vita". E deve essere questo lo spirito con cui l'Italian American Committee on Education (IACE) promuove con passione e professionalità la diffusione e la conoscenza della lingua e cultura italiana qui a New York. E lo IACE Summer Program, quest'anno al suo quinto anno, è una delle...

Giacobbi’s Cucina Citta

Giacobbi’s Cucina Citta

After his family's decades-old, Transit Road restaurant, Carmine's, burned to the ground last year, Michael Jacobbi took the opportunity to capitalize on Buffalo's continuing momentum to open a new operation within city limits. That restaurant, Giacobbi's Cucina Citta, served its first meal to downtown patrons in late May. Located on Allen Street near Franklin, in a no-frills space formerly occupied by...

Tra i tavoli di Soho la “bagna caoda” conquista i newyorkesi

Tra i tavoli di Soho la “bagna caoda” conquista i newyorkesi

I ristoranti di cucina italiana non mancano a New York. Più difficile invece trovare l'autentica cucina piemontese. Questo fino a quando sei amici, cinque torinesi e un nativo di Tortona, hanno deciso di farsi ambasciatori delle specialità della loro terra nella grande mela.   Un'idea nata in una serata in compagnia di fronte a un buon bicchiere di vino, che poi si...

Under New Management, Bella Napoli Becomes Frank’s Bella Napoli

Under New Management, Bella Napoli Becomes Frank’s Bella Napoli

A little more than a year after it opened, Bella Napoli, Neapolitan-style brick-oven pizzeria on Bay Parkway, has changed hands, and its new owner is adding a Sicilian flair to the menu.   Palermo-born Frank Giambanco, who runs the joint with his wife Lucy and children Anthony and Jennifer, purchased the store from his friend Vincenzio Auriuso this summer, and reopened the...

JEMS' 'A Day in Italy' to be 'spettacolare'

JEMS' 'A Day in Italy' to be 'spettacolare'

Live Italian accordion music. Wine tasting. An operatic performance. Puppets. Marionettes. Family-style picnic. Italian pottery demonstrations. Now that is a line up for a perfect celebration of the culture of Italy. July 16 is when Jeffersonville JEMS will be bringing its second international day, "A Day in Italy," to the Backyard Park at 876 Swiss Hill Road North in Jeffersonville. The...

San Silverio Shrine Annual Membership Day Celebration

San Silverio Shrine Annual Membership Day Celebration

Join us on Sunday, July 17, 2016 for our Annual Members Appreciation Day and enjoy a fun filled day of delicious food, music, family, friends and being appreciated for your support of the San Silverio Shrine! Shrine Schedule & Activities 9:00 AM – Shrine opens10:30 AM - Rosary Service in Chapel11:00 AM - Holy Mass at Shrine Chapel   · A sumptuous Italian dinner...

Where to Find Italy in America – New York (Part 1)

Where to Find Italy in America – New York (Part 1)

New Series: Where to Find Italy in America. This is the first article in what we hope will become a series, part of our Italian-American section, devoted to Italian-American communities in the United States: where they live, where they gather, where to find a little bit of Italy in different U.S. cities and states.   Almost 16 million people living in the...

Saving Our Lady of Loreto Church

Saving Our Lady of Loreto Church

The Committee to Save Our Lady of Loreto church is seeking your support! The Committee consists of former parishioners, concerned individuals, and cultural organizations including Nia Production, Brownsville Heritage House, and Preserving East New York. The committee is petitioning New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate Lady of Loreto Church at 124 Sackman Street Brooklyn, NY as a historical landmark. Please...

Vito Acconci Invites You to Watch Him as He Watches Us

Vito Acconci Invites You to Watch Him as He Watches Us

Vito Acconci, who bushwhacked the path to video art in New York in the 1960s and early 1970s, makes many of today's young artists look tame. The nearly 60 short videos in "Vito Acconci: Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?), 1976," the excellent early-career survey at MoMA PS1, manage to be unnervingly funny, pathetically gross and politically razor-sharp....

A Badge of Honor

A Badge of Honor

Over Independence Day weekend, Il Regno's very own Cav. John Napoli was kind enough to show us his brevet and medals from the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George (Sacro Militare Ordine Constantiniano di San Giorgio), an ancient Roman Catholic dynastic order of Knighthood, which according to tradition traces its origins back to Emperor Constantine. Invested into the Order on...

Trattoria Procaccini in Princeton Serves Up Tradition

Trattoria Procaccini in Princeton Serves Up Tradition

My wife and I have been fans of the Gretalia Group's food ever since one of its restaurants, Osteria Procaccini in Kingston, started serving exquisite Neopolitan-style pizza in 2011. But something wasn't quite right about Gretalia's comfort-food-driven menu at Northend Bistro, which opened in 2013.   A reviewer for The New York Times felt the same way, as did a lot of...

Aquazzura Opens Pop-up Store in East Hampton

Aquazzura Opens Pop-up Store in East Hampton

Aquazzura, the luxury footwear brand, has opened a pop-up store in East Hampton selling spring and pre-fall merchandise. The shop, at 20 Main Street, carries beach and urban styles, including espadrilles, wedges and flats, as well as "Wild Thing," "Christy Flat" and "Spin Me Around," the brand's signature styles. The store will stay open until September. Aquazzura was founded in 2011 by...

Andella's Restaurant: Brick-oven pizza from Naples with linen-cloth service

Andella's Restaurant: Brick-oven pizza from Naples with linen-cloth service

After 12-month build-out, Andella's Restaurant finally opened in Woodrow: The first day in business was Mother's Day. And while Staten Islanders are away on vacation, these inaugural weeks of business are described as a "soft opening."   "We're planning to have a grand opening in the middle of July," said co-owner Mike Akmad. Andella's takes the moniker of co-owner Jennifer Nazir's grandmother's maiden...

2016-advanced-placement-italian-exam-registers-highest-total-of-students-to-date-making-ap-italian-the-fastest-growing-of-all-ap-foreign-language-coursesMargaret I. Cuomo, M.D., president of the Italian Language Foundation, announced today that The College Board's Advanced Placement Italian Language and Culture exam (AP Italian) in 2016 saw its highest...
bww-review-fini-dance-festival-parties-la-via-italianaThough it was hot and muggy on the evening of July 24th, 2016, the jam-packed audience at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center was grinning agog like newly minted parents infatuated with their brood. The...
lady-gaga-is-a-godmotherLady Gaga has become a godmother. The 'Applause' hitmaker was named as one of the three godparents - an individual chosen to take an interest in the spiritual welfare of a child - of her friends'...
pasquale-jones-brings-a-little-novelty-to-little-italyAs a New Yorker who wants each neighborhood to be different, each block to be like a pocket with a secret tucked inside it, I have strongly mixed feelings about gentrification. As a critic confronted with...
williamsburg-s-giglio-feast-takes-starring-role-in-new-mob-movieIt is ready for its close-up! The Giglio festival will dance its way onto the silver screen in the new mob film "The Brooklyn Banker," opening Aug. 5. The flick, which follows a bank official from...

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