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Four decades after celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich opened Felidia, her esteemed Midtown restaurant has quietly shuttered. In September, Bastianich sold the brownstone that’s been home to the Italian restaurant since 1981 as part of a $4.7 million deal, according to PincusCo. The building is now owned by Tony Park, the chief executive of real estate...

Like the old joke about the three most important things in real estate being location, location and location, it is always worth repeating that when it comes to cooking, the essentials are ingredients, ingredients and ingredients. Without good ones a good cook cannot produce a good meal; without the finest a great chef will never show his mettle. O...

Craving tortellini, piadina or gnocco fritto? There is no need to take a trip to Emilia Romagna in Italy, the Emilian tradition is served at Via Emilia 9 in Miami and Nonna Beppa in New York City. Two different names but one message in common: bring authenticity to the United States, and no modifications are allowed. Indeed, because if you want to...

A few months ago I wrote in this column that Il Gattopardo, across from the Museum of Modern Art, was currently the finest Italian restaurant in New York. Now, I want to fudge on that claim, not because it has been superseded by another restaurant but because it has its equal at The Leopard at Des Artistes near Lincoln Center. My sophisticated read...

Saturday, October 23 • Noon – 6pm, Sunday, October 24 • Noon – 5pm. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue - Staten Island, NY 10301. A fun-filled weekend for the entire family! ADMISSION $10 (Per Person At Gate) • CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE. Also, enjoy a 2-day showcase of Italian luxury, classic & performance vehicles. T...

The San Gennaro festival may be over, but The Center For Italian Modern Art will continue to embrace Italian culture with “Schifano and Jazz,” a concert dedicated to Mario Schifano’s passion for American Jazz, on Wednesday, October 20th at 6:30 pm ET. Since 2013, CIMA has dedicated themselves to showcasing contemporary Italian art to a global audie...

Cari Amici, Celebrate Italian Heritage Month at the Townhouse throughout October. Join us on October 17th for a throwback to a Golden Musical Era with Charlie Romo & Vanessa Racci performing the songs of Bobby Darin and Connie Francis. Columbus Citizens Foundation | 8 East 69th Street, New York, NY 10021 The event starts with cocktails at 3PM and c...

PBS is set to premiere “The Oratorio” and “Da Ponte’s Oratorio: A Concert for New York” on Nov. 5, 2021. First up will be the documentary, which starts at 9 p.m., and will be headlined by famed film director Martín Scorsese as he reveals the story of the arrival of Italian opera to the New World during a performance in the Old Cathedral of Saint Pa...

Italian food is once again being cooked up in DiTondo’s storied Seneca Street kitchen. But as the restaurant reopens after a three-year hiatus, it has a new name, new owners and a new vision. Rita DiTondo, a great-granddaughter of original owner Sebastiano DiTondo, and her father, John, bought the restaurant from John’s cousins in 2019. She and her...

Mamma Rosa Ristorante is located at 252 Route 100 in Somers. Owner and Executive Chef Fortunato Multari opened the eatery in October of 2011. Guests can choose from a variety of pasta dishes, such as gnocchi bolognese and lobster ravioli.  The restaurant also offers Chicken Francese, Chicken Piccata, Shrimp Scampi and more. Check out the full menu...

Little Guy Soccer founder Edward Merante has been inducted into the New York State West Youth Soccer Association’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his more than five decades of service to young people and youth soccer programs.   Based in Corning, NYSWYSA is affiliated with U.S. Youth Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation. The announcement...

In the years that Alessandro Acquista spent inside his family's Queens trattoria, there was barely a task he didn't do. As a teenager, he'd work alongside his father on the weekends. Later, after studying at the French Culinary Institute and working in other New York City restaurants, he returned to Acquista Trattoria and worked every station and p...