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Though the pandemic has prevented live participation in Casa Belvedere’s classes and program offerings over the last several months, it didn’t stop the cultural foundation from sharing Italian arts and culture with the community on a virtual basis. In late summer when the foundation was able to resume outdoor programs, protocol related to proper so...

Columbus Day is just over three weeks away, and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh says this may be the year the city decides on concrete action to take with the controversial Christopher Columbus statue downtown. "I've indicated the status quo at Columbus Circle is not acceptable so change is going to come," said Walsh. In June, the city announced the forma...

The wait is over. According to Andy and Jeanette Favilla, Favilla's New York Pizza will reopen at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at 5 Regent Park Blvd., Suite 107. Andy Favilla said this will be his and his wife's sole restaurant, after they sold their Hendersonville location. "And the last," Jeannette Favilla added.   Favilla's opened on Patton Avenue in 2011,...

Wednesday, September 30, 5pm EDT. Gianfranco Angelucci: “Federico Fellini: maestro di cinema e di verità” (subtitles in English). Host, Uff. Mico Delianova Licastro. Please click here to register for webinar.  Gianfranco Angelucci is a writer, director, Academy teacher, who collaborated with Fellini on the film Interview (1987); it won a Special Ju...

When considering the history of pasta, scialatielli could easily be coined as a “new kid on the block,” a shape that was created by a chef in Amalfi in the late 1960s. Derived from the Neapolitan word sciglià meaning, “to ruffle,” these thick, rectangular, unevenly cut strands are essentially tagliatelle’s shorter cugini with a twist. True southern...

Negli ultimi mesi, in Italia e negli Stati Uniti si studiano nuove misure di supporto ai mercati coinvolti nelle relazioni commerciali tra i due paesi come conseguenza degli avvenimenti accaduti nel corso del 2020 per proteggere e rilanciare entrambe le economie. “L’export di prodotti italiani negli USA continua ad essere buono”, racconta Antonino...

The Metropolitan Opera has closed its doors until 2021, but the company is still delighting opera fans around the world by streaming free archival productions each night of the week. The slate from September 21 through September 27 is devoted entirely to works by the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. All seven of the operas were originally recorded...

Oct 1 at 7pm EDT. Presented by Mark Hehl. FREE. Click here for more info & to register. Like many Italian Americans, Mark Hehl grew up with a foot in two worlds. At home, his mother maintained many rich southern Italian traditions. In school, and on the streets of Brooklyn, he was American. After writing his second book An Immigrant’s Dilemma, Lega...

The story goes that Joe Jerge checked out a couple hundred restaurants before he decided to open his own place in Lackawanna and call it Mulberry Italian Ristorante. He says he sampled restaurants "Mainly in New York" adding "there were days when I would do fifteen or sixteen places, that's how I got this tank." as smiles as he pats his stomach. Wh...

Even for the layman, names like Jake LaMotta, Muhammed Ali, and Mike Tyson ring a bell when it comes to boxing. All three pugilists spent time training and fighting at Gleason’s Gym at 434 Westchester Avenue in the Bronx. I myself had never heard of the facility until conducting research for this article, and certainly had no idea of its deep link...

Melanie Murillo created many memories throughout the years at Riccardo’s by the Bridge — a beloved restaurant and event venue in Astoria — but her fondest was her wedding day. “You guys treated us just like family,” Murillo wrote in a comment under the restaurant’s Facebook post announcing it will be closing permanently. “You put us at ease and too...

The converted 1830s Aquebogue house that houses Il Giardino is 4,000 miles or so from the Palermo farm where chef/owner John Gambino grew up, but that hasn’t stopped him from making it feel like home. When the warm afternoon light streams in, the wraparound dining porch imparts a timeless, southern Italian vibe. Watching Gambino buzz around his Mai...