NEWS FROM : NEW YORK  

Sal Valentinetti, famed as Heidi Klum's unforgettable 2016 "Golden Buzzer" recipient and a finalist from "America's Got Talent," returns at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, to The Stanley Theatre in Utica. Valentinetti is an Italian-American crooner from Bethpage known best for flawless vocals, a larger than life personality and his heart of gold.  In 2016...

Suriano's Deli & Italian Specialties is being developed for an early summer opening at 140 Clinton St., about half a block off State Street downtown and former home to Deanna's Cafe and Taj Mahal Authentic Indian Cuisine. The owner is Ron Suriano, who owns the nearby Moisture Salon and since buying the Clinton Street building two years ago has reno...

Just about anyone raised in or around New York City – and who loves eating – can tell you about Italian sandwiches. Not long ago, when we raised the subject with some of our dining buddies, in person and online, we were overwhelmed with recommendations. Our list of a few favorite sandwich shops quickly grew to more than two dozen that, we were told...

Wrapped in a cascading veil of artificial flowers and green vines, Viva Cucina, a new Italian vegan-pescatarian restaurant, held its grand opening in the East Village at the end of last month. Restaurant owner Tony Iracani wanted to bring his tradition of innovative Italian food to the East Village. His first restaurant, Cafe Viva Gourmet Pizza, is...

When: Thu, May 19, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT - Where: Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Boulevard, Queens, NY 11373 Join us on Thursday, May 19th at our non-profit building for a free event featuring live Neapolitan music along with a discussion on the Neapolitan language with our guest speaker and performer Robin Grasso. It is goin...

On May 7, acclaimed comedian Anthony Rodia headlined The Paramount in Huntington on Long Island for a great turnout of fans. He played two back-to-back sold-out stand-up comedy performances. “It’s amazing,” he exclaimed about The Paramount. “It feels really good, I’m a bit shellshocked.”  Goumba Johnny served as his exceptional opening act, who was...

On Thursday, May 5th  the National Organization of Italian American Women’s Annual Luncheon was held at the Tribeca Rooftop + 360° in Manhattan. The theme this year was “Intermission is over, welcome to the next act”, which perfectly coined the inspiring and joyful celebration, following the cancellation of its usual in-person gathering due to the...

As a major Lady Gaga fan and a lover of Italian food, I decided to see what it was like to dine at Joanne Trattoria at peak hours on a Friday night. I was interested to see whether the restaurant, which is named after Lady Gaga's aunt Joanne, would pay homage to Lady Gaga or simply offer a nice meal out.  After leaving my apartment in Bushwick, Bro...

The Richmond County Orchestra will celebrate its 24th anniversary season in spectacular style on Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s University’s Staten Island Campus Center Gymnasium, 300 Howard Avenue. ‘Concerto di Primavera’ will feature Italian-American music with Ervin Dede, violin soloist, Soprano Holly Flack, and Tenor Arthur Lai and gue...

Join us on May 11th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Zoom for a virtual discussion of Italian Faith & Culture: Crafting a Pathway Forward For Younger Generations. It is no secret that Italian-Americans are largely assimilated into American society. However, second and third generation Italian-Americans are now starting to realize that their religious and...

The Galbani Italian Heritage Festival is returning to Hertel Avenue this year. It's back for the first time in two years due to the pandemic. The three-day festival starts July 15 and will stretch from Delaware to Virgil avenues. This year, the festival will feature the fan-favorite grape stomping contest. And new this year, there will be genealogy...

Emerging from the pandemic’s shutdowns, Vaknin wanted to pivot his attention away from the fast-casual format to more “destination” restaurants, the kind people would seek out, sit in, and stay awhile. He had a plethora of ideas for different culinary concepts, but vegan Italian quickly rose to the top. Before Coletta finally opened on Valentine’s...