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You don’t have to be a whiz at bocce, the Italian lawn game, to enjoy Bocce USQ, the new pizza-driven, indoor/outdoor cafe that’s taken over the Union Square Pavilion. While a few customers toss balls in a tiny gravel court, many more happily wolf down crowd-pleasing pizza ($16 to $20) and share plates ($12 to $21). The Pavilion has had its ups and...

Assemblyman Ed Ra (R-Franklin Square) is pleased to announce the recipient of this year’s Sen. John J. Marchi Memorial Athletic Scholarship as Marissa Nicoletti, a senior at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square. The $3,000 scholarship is offered yearly by the New York Conference of Italian American State Legislators to high school students...

Sul siciliano scritto e parlato c’è molto interesse da diversi studiosi nazionali ed internazionali, come dimostrano i numerosi libri e saggi che continuano ad essere scritti sia in Italia sia all’estero. Sappiamo che la “Poesia Siciliana”, scritta nel 1230 in siciliano presso la corte di Federico II di Svevia, è la prima documentazione in lingua n...

After 11 months in business and roughly 30,000 meatballs later at DeLuca's in Tottenville, Rob DeLuca announces the Italian restaurant's expansion. "I added about 60 seats with the outdoor dining with room to add more," said Rob. It debuts this weekend with the regular ala carte menu. And DeLuca built a bocce court, a springboard from which he will...

Gino Sorbillo è tornato. Ha negli occhi il guizzo di sempre, quello del genio di una Napoli che vuole farcela anche in America: la sua. Sorride di sogni. È carico, ma al tempo stesso gentile. Come è abituato ad essere, del resto. Come è lui.Manhattan lo ha accolto srotolando il tappeto rosso delle grandi occasioni. L’evento di inaugurazione del loc...

Rochester's Italian-American community is celebrating it's 150th anniversary this year.  On Saturday, the Little Italy Festival kicked off at the Marina Auto Stadium. It honors St. Anthony of Padua on his feast day weekend and features the International USL League professional soccer match, Italian tenor AAron Caruso and fantastic food.  Silvano Or...

Marty Pietanza brought a lot of light to this borough. This weekend, his community has a chance to shine some back on him. "Mr. Lights" was well-known throughout Staten Island for his dazzling Halloween and Christmas decorations at 580 Wolley Ave., which was often featured in the Advance as the location of one of "the most festive displays." Marty...

Albany's Italian American Heritage Museum offers several events this month to draw visitors indoors at 1227 Central Avenue. Father's Day Weekend, the museum waives its $5 admission for dads on Sunday to see the museum's "Gifts from Our Grandfather" exhibit.  The grandfather is Italian-born artist and GE worker Julius Pardi who as a child learned fr...

Last night Manhattan was full of amore. World-renowned Italian artist, Nello Petrucci, opened his breathtaking exhibit of his latest work “From Italy With Love” at the Agora Gallery. For Nello Petrucci, his passion and love of his native homeland shines through his expressive art. From infamous movie posters to the depths of history found in Pompei...

In summer 2017, Justin Batt, the director of the Harbor Defense Museum at Fort Hamilton, New York, met a member of the New York Army National Guard’s 13th Coastal Defense Corps. The meeting wasn’t face to face. Nor did the meeting take place by telephone. Rather, the meeting was happenstance, and it would lead the museum director on a journey throu...

Popular Midtown Italian trattoria Bice Cucina — started in Milan in 1926, brought to New York City in 1987, and now a global brand — makes its return to NYC on Wednesday. Co-owner Peter Guimaraes and his partners are relaunching the restaurant today at 62 West 55th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues, around the corner from where it originally was...

About 85 years ago, Irene DeBenedittis’s Italian grandparents opened Leo’s Latticini, an iconic deli in Corona, Queens. “Corona was, at that time, country, and it was farms. It was not like it is today,” Irene said. Today, Irene co-owns the shop with her sisters Marie and Carmela. They live upstairs, just above the deli and the recently added baker...