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There are many words to describe New York’s Little Italy; “Italian” is increasingly not one of them. Rising rents and rapid gentrification have pushed this once 30-block neighbourhood into a tiny square of the city. At last count, none of its residents was born in Italy. There is, however, at least one surprising survivor: Albanese Meats & Poultry,...

If you’ve been to a Christmas party in New York (or anywhere with a big Italian population), you've probably seen a big platter of Italian cookies of all types. There are pignoli cookies, cuccidati, spritz cookies, and so many more. But my (and many people’s) favorite is the rainbow cookie. Also known as tri colore after the Italian flag, the layer...

If the red sauce-splattered walls could talk in this small two-story building in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, they’d have stories for days. Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, owned and run by the personable Scognamillo family, is a cultural touchstone in New York, a local icon akin to an Italian Empire State Building. Salvatore Scognamillo, or Sal to e...

The 3rd annual New York Panettone Festival is coming back to Long Island City, taking place December 15-17, while supplies last. The festival, sponsored by TF Cornerstone and Bauli, will be held at TFC Piazza’s; part of TFC’s two-tower luxury development complex in Long Island City’s Hunters Point South.  For those unfamiliar with this Italian holi...

Nestled in the scenic embrace of the Hudson Valley lies Il Figlio Enoteca, a culinary gem that I had the pleasure of discovering on a mission to find the finest dining experiences in the region. This Italian restaurant in Fishkill, NY, is a haven for epicureans, a place where the art of culinary creation meets an ambiance akin to a warm embrace. As...

A cookbook author wlll combine a signing of her work with a shopping benefit for Toys for Tots next week in Huntington, NY. Dena Fenza will be signing copies of her new interactive cookbook, My Italian American Table, at Towne Boutique at 255 Main St., Huntington, on Thursday. The event will include time to shop in the boutique, with 10 percent of...

Gianluca Rottura, the proprietor of “In Vino Veritas,” New York City’s landmark wine store, returns to the Italian American Podcast to bring us his take on the famed Italian Amari… But, we go completely off the rails and end up getting some of his best recommendations for the drinks and delicacies you’re going to want to try this Holiday Season!  F...

Although Christmas Eve is when children ’round the world wait for the big guy in red to freefall down the chimney, back in the days of old in Southern Italy, December 24 was a time of commemorative waiting for the birth of Jesus Christ. This more holy vigil, or La Vigilia, was observed by abstaining from meat and indulging in what was plentiful in...

Giants’ Tommy DeVito has gone from being an undrafted practice squad quarterback to a New York — or rather, New Jersey — sensation in a flash. On Thursday, the Giants paired the Don Bosco product with social media sensation Cugine, who has 3.8 million followers combined on Instagram and TikTok, to rank their favorite Italian dishes — bet you can’t...

There are so many Italian restaurants, pizza places and take-out options in our area that I failed to distinguish between restaurants that provide weeknight delivery of chicken parm with gourmet Italian cooking that’s also nearby. It turns out there is a real difference. That’s what I learned at a recent dinner at Zero Otto Nove in Tuckahoe, brough...

The highly anticipated Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York City has thrown the doors open to Café Carmellini, a classic Manhattan brasserie helmed by the much-loved chef Andrew Carmellini. Installed within a contemporary Gilded Age interior designed by Martin Brudnizki, the restaurant faithfully upholds the historic grandeur of the hotel, itself a landm...

If you or your parents grew up in Saratoga Springs, you know Grasso's Italian Ice - or at least recognize it's iconic white truck. Just as iconic, was the man selling the ice to generations of Saratogians, Ralph Grasso. As he turns 90 years old this week, in a show of appreciation, his fans have been sending him birthday cards and sharing their mem...