The first time Ciro Rocco came to the U.S., he was a prisoner of war. A truck driver in the Italian Army in North Africa during World War II, he was captured by the British during the Siege of Tobruk, Libya, in 1941. He was among the Italian soldiers who were turned over to American forces and brought to the U.S. for the duration of the war. “He sa...

The Italian-American Police Association will sponsor two scholarships for prospective college students. The Erie County Deputy Sheriff Robert S. Insalaco Financial Scholarship Award and the Buffalo Police Patrolman David J. Scime Financial Scholarship Award are given in memory of two deceased members of the association who were killed in the line o...

Sinatra's, the classic Italian-American restaurant on Kenmore Avenue, will move to its new building across the street following a charity auction on March 19. The new Sinatra's at 945 Kenmore Ave., Tonawanda, can hold twice as many people for dinner, said manager David Ortolano. New features will include gluten-free pasta, a broader selection of It...

This year's St. Joseph's Day Anthony M. Castiglia achievement award is going to three brothers. Paul, Michael and Anthony Billoni will receive the recognition from the Italian American Leadership Council at 6 p.m. Monday at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. All have been involved in many local causes for years. Paul Billoni...

The people behind Rachel's Mediterranean, relocated to 235 S. Elmwood Ave., are opening a quick-serve Italian spot in the former Rachel's spot at Chippewa and Delaware. The space, at 235 Delaware Ave., will be called Bruno Italian Grill. The restaurant's setup echoes Rachel's, with an Italian accent. Customers choose pasta, wrap or salad, then cust...

It didn’t take long for the Rachel’s Mediterranean location to fill up at the corner of Delaware and Chippewa. Bruno Italian Grill was apparently waiting in the wings, to swoop in and grab the vacant storefront. The Italian eatery will join numerous other restaurants on “The Chip Strip”, as the district continues to transition from night life party...

April 8, 1933 – Jan. 25, 2018. Frank Cozzarelli had parents who believed education was the key to success. He proved them right. The first in his family to attend college, he became a respected professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Retired since 1996, his presence is still felt. “The chair...

Beginning as a boy, Salvatore Pacella was a hard worker. Born in Pacentro, a medieval village in the mountains of central Italy, he was one of six children and left school in the fourth grade to help support his family by taking firewood to town on a donkey and selling it. “I went back with him this past August, and he showed me where he harnessed...

Former Buffalo Common Council member Michael LoCurto has died. LoCurto’s mother, Joan Feroleto LoCurto announced his death in a Facebook post early Friday morning. “I lost a part of my heart tonight. My precious Michael LoCurto has passed,” Feroleto LoCurto stated.  LoCurto was serving as the deputy commissioner in the Erie County Department of Env...

Salvatore A. Valvo was a career officer with the Buffalo Police Department whose work as McGruff the Crime Dog sent home an important message to hundreds of  schoolchildren throughout the city. "He was one of the first McGruffs," said Gina Rath, his daughter. "He'd go to the schools dressed up like McGruff telling kids how to stay safe. He genuinel...