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Bella Vita Deli & Catering has Rockland's best sandwich.  So say lohud readers who gave the Congers eatery 44.45% of the popular vote in our latest poll. The deli is owned by Tom Martucci, who bought it from former owners Mike and Vita Giordano in March. Martucci, who's been working in the business for 15-plus years, starting as a pizza delivery gu...

When it comes to Italian restaurants on Long Island, we've got cuisines from Sicily to Tuscany and beyond. Now taking on modern Italian from the Campagnia region (Naples is the capital) is Nunzi’s in Farmingdale, inspired by owner Michael Napolitano’s late grandfather. "He was cut from a different cloth. He was old school — one of those guys who wo...

All'Antico Vinaio was opened by the Mazzanti family in the city center of Florence, Italy, in 1989. It started as a wine bar with a small sandwich counter, but over time it occupied four storefronts in the vicinity and one in Milan, most with sandwiches as the main focus, becoming a tourist attraction unto itself almost as much as the nearby Uffizi...

For more than a century, a restaurant known as DiTondo’s has sat on Seneca Street in Buffalo, at a literal crossroads between downtown and Larkinville. After changing ownership in 2018, undergoing renovations and making it through a global pandemic, the restaurant is now at a figurative crossroads. New owners Rita DiTondo and her husband Fabio Cons...

Before considering the appeal of the two-year-old trattoria L’Artista, it is pleasant to consider its location on the west side of Harlem in what is known as Sugar Hill, which gets its unofficial name from its offering of the “sweet life” to affluent Black residents who were part of what was called in the 1920s the Harlem Renaissance. These include...

Dining along the Newburgh waterfront is an experience. While the city as a whole has a reputation for top-tier cuisine and drinks, there’s something extra-special about scoring a table that offers views of the Hudson River alongside a mouthwatering meal. And that’s precisely why Jesse Camac knew he wanted to open a restaurant there. If his name sou...

Known for its fluffy Boston Cream pies, Italian butter cookies and layered cakes, Conti’s Pastry Shoppe has been a staple in Morris Park for a century. On Oct. 23, the bakery celebrated its centennial. Founded in 1921 by Augustino Conti, the bakery quickly grew to a popular place in the neighborhood. Located at 786 Morris Park Ave., people would fl...

There are hundreds of thousands of Italian-Americans living in Upstate New York. Huge percentages of the populations of Utica, Syracuse, Buffalo, Binghamton, and the Hudson Valley can trace their heritage back to "the old country.' The Italian bakeries and pastry shops of Upstate have served this population well over the last century or so. And for...

A new specialty coffee roastery and coffee bar called Dell’Aria has opened in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood, offering a mix of modern American and classic Italian coffee concoctions. The new shop spreads out over 4,000 square feet of space on East 111th St. between Second and Third Avenues, squarely within the area designated in 2019 as...

Saverio's Authentic Pizza Napoletana, located in Massapequa, has seen praise from online reviewers thanks to its Neapolitan pies. The restaurant owner and pizzaiolo, Saverio, said all of its pizzas are made based on the Neapolitan tradition. The restaurant also advertises its use of high-quality ingredients, including tomatoes imported from Naples,...

Who doesn't want to live like Giada De Laurentiis? While most people will never enjoy the Food Network star/author/entrepreneur's fortune or fame, we can do the holidays like Giada. The Giada De Laurentiis holiday lifestyle is within reach of Bloomingdale's shoppers, for whom De Laurentiis has curated not only some great food finds, but plenty of o...

Located directly next to the Jones Beach Hotel in Wantagh, Toto's Restaurant – an Italian steakhouse – first opened their doors for business 5 months ago. When it comes to the packed culinary landscape of Long island's South shore, it takes something special to stand out from the pack, but that's just what the owner of Toto's Restaurant – a brand-n...