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It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. For sure if you’re dining without a reservation, but even if you’ve booked a table, an international superstar’s party could suddenly occupy half the space or a more typical visitor’s companion could arrive so inordinately late that it has a butterfly effect on the rest of the evening’s shift and even...

At the heart of Midtown, the brand new par excellence of Ramerino Italian Prime Restaurant takes you into a Tuscan escape through a great selection of Italian haute cuisine. The newly debuted restaurant opened its doors earlier this month by industry veteran and owner of San Marino SoHo and Antica Ristorante Sammy V. Gashi. The Tuscan-styled restau...

Armonk’s Amore Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen has opened a second location in Katonah. The new eatery at 22 Edgemont Road offers indoor and porch dining while continuing Amore’s tradition of Bronx-style brick oven pizza – and its menus also includes salads, pasta, wraps and paninis, and gelato. The business is owned by the brothers Joseph and Mark Mazz...

Describing La Devozione as an establishment where the little things matter is both very true but not nearly praise enough for how every detail—from the décor to the packaging, from the quality of the pasta and the icy coldness of the cocktails—has been carefully looked after, calibrated, tested and made part of a whole concept that begins up front...

La gioia means “joy” in Italian. Laura Marino is filled with it after preparing to reopen the Italian deli and import business that her family has owned and operated in Schenectady for the past three decades. Marino will relaunch La Giola this fall after a brief closure. Homemade pasta, meatballs, sauce and bracciole are in her blood, both literal...

Most Italian community events have a broad scope. But, the American Italian Heritage Association Museum in Albany, NY (1227 Central Ave.) is getting very specific with an upcoming event. A "Porchetta Festival" -- celebrating the iconic Italian preparation of a slow-cooked pork roast -- is scheduled for the following Saturday, September 17.  The fun...

A well-loved Italian restaurant has migrated east from Massapequa. Pulcinella Neapolitan Restaurant recently opened a second location, Pulcinella on the Green, at The Rock Golf Club in Wading River. The restaurant is the brainchild of co-owner and chef Ciro Tursi, a Naples-born hospitality veteran with decades of experience. “It’s a passion,” Tursi...

Fans of Sebastian Maniscalco have been waiting for the stand-up comedian to return to the New York area and in September, they're finally getting their wish. The comic has been doing stand-up for almost 24 years, starting his career with open mic nights in 1998. The Chicago-born Maniscalco, the son of Italian immigrants, has released a total of fiv...

For the last few months, I’ve been wondering if the era of squadron service in glitzy surroundings had gone the way of the buggy whip. Watching the crack team at Giancarlo’s Sicilian Steakhouse perform their ballet des tables smoothly while delivering plates of well-crafted cuisine convinced me that I feared too soon. Anthony Ragusa and sister G...

Serafina has been serving Italian cuisine in New York for decades and is now debuting a fast casual brand, Serafina Express, to meet the needs of busy New Yorkers. Using a self-service model with a strong emphasis on speed and easy-to-use mobile technology, Serafina Express offers a charming setting designed for convenience in a casual and smaller...

Who has the best Italian food in the Capital Region? Mamma Mia, the choices are endless! Is it Troy, Albany, Glens Falls, or someplace up in Saratoga County? If you said Schenectady, you'd be in the majority, as it's pretty much been ingrained in our heads that the Electric City is the place to go for authentic Italian food, made with love in some...

Parisi Bakery, an institution in Little Italy dating back to the turn of the last century, appears to be on shaky ground. The landlord (May Leun Realty) last week taped an official Notice of Termination to the shuttered roll-down gate at 198 Mott Street. Seemingly signaling the end an era. The letter noted a cancelation of the tenancy that is effec...