What an incredible honor it was to receive the Mario M. Cuomo Government Integrity Award this year from the Capital Region’s American Italian Heritage Association, Museum and Cultural Center. I’m so very proud to be a first generation Italian-American, part of more than 26 million Americans of Italian heritage, and have always deeply admired the co...

On Sunday, October 27th from 4 pm at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center (00 S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY 12242), The American Italian Heritage Association, Museum and Cultural Center will be holding its Gala Awards Dinner. We will be handing out 10 awards in 10 distinctive categories to 10 prominent Italians in the Capital District. The awards...

Italian Americans may not set off Guinness-fueled celebrations every St. Paddy's Day like Irish Americans, or serve as an excuse for margarita madness on Cinco de Mayo like Mexican Americans. But with their heaping plates of spaghetti and meatballs, mobster flicks, and the unfortunate reality TV show "Jersey Shore," Italian Americans are a critical...

After thirty years of following the Arena Football League Giancarlo Rancati from Monza, Italy attended his first AFL game in Albany New York at ArenaBowl 32. Rancati witnessed the Capital Region's first championship in twenty years, standing on the field under the confetti after the Empire’s victory. “I believed that it would be great, but it was m...

Dear members and friends of the American Italian Heritage Association and Museum,  As you know, on Thursday, September 12th, our gala dinner will be taking place at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. The event is a mere three months away. We are putting together a dinner committee to help pull together the details to make this a spectacular...

New York State Senate Deputy Minority Leader Joseph Griffo, R-47, was recently recognized by the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators as the conference’s Distinguished Legislator of the Year. “It is an honor to be recognized by my peers,” said Griffo. “From literature to the arts to politics and beyond, Italian-Americans have m...

Our April Monthly Business Meeting and Cultural Presentation will take place on Thursday, April 11th at 7:00pm. The Presenter is Carla Gambescia, author of La Do/ce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z. She recently received the "best of the best" Silver Prize Winner from the North American Travel Journalists Asso...

The Albany Museum of Art, with the help of Chef Laura Piovesana, rang in the New Year a little early with its Supper Series event “Felice Anno Nuovo” on Dec. 29. The name of the event means “Happy New Year” in Italian, and Piovesana, the featured chef at the AMA’s latest event in its Supper Series, is originally from Italy. The event was held at th...

Bid farewell to 2018 a little early at “Felice Anno Nuovo,” at which you will enjoy an authentic Italian dinner planned and prepared by Chef Laura Bernardi Piovesana, owner of the Italian Wooden Spoon. The dinner, set for 6 p.m. on Dec. 29 at the Albany Museum of Art, is the second of the fourth season of the AMA’s “Fine Art of Dining” culinary ser...

The interior looks ready to host a restaurant scene from a movie set in the 1930s or ’40s. Small white tiles line the floor of the dining room, a decorative trim in black tracing the edges. Tin ceilings are overhead, wooden booths along the sides. On the walls of Lombardo's Restaurant are scenes, painted in 1933 by an artist who is said to have tra...