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Casa Rina of Thornwood on Commerce Street is a throwback restaurant, to the days when the Italian-American kitchen reigned supreme. There are Sinatra photos on one wall while Marilyn Monroe pictures highlight another. When I stopped by one afternoon there was a room full of seniors networking and obviously enjoying the fare. It had been years since...

The menu at Convivium Osteria in Brooklyn, N.Y., has a lot of enticing choices. There’s braised artichokes in extra virgin olive oil with garlic and mint, and first courses include Sardinian pasta with housemate Berkshire port sausage in tomato sauce with pecorino as well as homemade tagliatelle with beef and veal ragu sauce. For the main dishes, t...

Ammazza Caffé, an Italian-inspired restaurant in Eastern Williamsburg just west of Graham Avenue, marries consistent quality with affordability. For that, it’s been included lately among the batch of local restaurants to get on the Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list. An under-the-radar spot, a visit there last week confirmed that it deserves those Michel...

With a bright orange sign and matching umbrellas on the sidewalk, Barbaro in Millbrook is hard to miss. If the jolly signage wasn’t enough, it’s also right in the heart of the small village, at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Church Street, appropriate placement for what has rapidly become the go-to gathering spot and date night destination for l...

When Gennaro Lombardi founded his pizzeria Lombardi’s in 1905, Little Italy was an area full of thieves, murderers, and eventually, pizza makers. Of the two million Italians who arrived in the United States from 1900 to 1910, thousands packed themselves into tenement buildings in the nearby Five Points neighborhood. Vendors sold their fruits and ve...

Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace recently opened a spectacular location in North Babylon, N.Y. – with help from DGC Capital Contracting Corp., a New York metro area retail and commercial general contractor that’s already working with the independent grocer on further projects. A former King Kullen supermarket was transformed into a 32,420-square-foot g...

The Langham, a luxury hotel in Midtown Manhattan, is home to Ai Fiori, a serene Italian restaurant on its second floor. Now, an underused terrace on the 11th floor is being turned into an outdoor dining area, protected by red umbrellas, warmed with heaters and featuring a close-up view of the Empire State Building. It will serve cocktails and offer...

Despite the fact that it’s probably the first thing you think of when you envision your dream Italian vacation, there’s almost nothing more American than pizza. A 2015 study from the Washington Post found that Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza every day, and the many variations of the dish are known to inspire fierce debates over regional supe...

Many businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic having to shut their doors temporarily and sometimes permanently. As businesses try to bounce back two local guys are taking a chance and opening up something new, an Italian kitchen and market. The name of the market is Mangia Bene which means “eat well” in Italian. Chris Maroney, one of the Mangi...

Hurleyville’s quaint main drag has undergone a quiet renaissance in recent years. Backed by the benevolent benefactor The Center for Discovery, with its altruistic mission and seemingly bottomless funding, the shabby, run-down buildings of my childhood town have been renovated, restored, and rented out through their Healthy Community Model. The Pic...

In less than a year, a familiar restaurant will fire up its brick ovens for a second round in Gainesville, this time on the square.  Little Italy Pizza is coming back to town. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of the square,” said Ben Cortese, owner of Little Italy Pizza. “I’m so happy with the growth coming here. I want to open up the Italian pizza...

The Grimaldi name, which has been associated with Italian restaurants in Syracuse, Utica, and Albany since 1943, will soon disappear from the Central New York culinary landscape. The family is selling Grimaldi’s Ristorante near Carrier Circle, the last remaining location for the business founded by Fred and Rita Grimaldi on Bleecker Street in Utica...