The American Italian Heritage Museum sits inside an old church building on Central Avenue in Colonie. Much like the people it represents, the building has blended into the scenery while still having a distinct identity of its own. The credit for this goes to Philip DiNovo. A retired professor from SUNY Morrisville, he felt the need to record and pr...

Founder and president Philip J. DiNovo began the mission in 1979 when the American Italian Heritage Association was founded “with the expressed purpose of recording and preserving Italian heritage.” In 1985, he established the first museum of Italian American history and culture in Utica, New York, selecting the city because of its large Italian Am...

My Italian restaurant is better than yours!  Those are fighting words! Everybody has a favorite place for pizza or pasta.  Whether it is a small hole-in-the-wall pizza joint down on the corner, or a fancy ristorante dripping with crystal glassware and chandeliers, we each have our favorites. I have been eating Italian food for over 60 years, and I...

The Rappoccio family said a tearful farewell to their family restaurant after celebrating their 50-year anniversary just three months ago. Sam’s Italian American Restaurant in Albany couldn’t find the staff or handle the rise in food prices the pandemic brought with it to make it another year. Today, the sounds of a full table laughing, and even ha...

Sam’s Italian American Restaurant opened April 6, 1971, and has been run by the same family since. It will observe its 50th anniversary from April 6 to 10 with three-course meals for $19.71. (The regular menu will also be available.) Entrees on the anniversary menu are spaghetti with red or white clam sauce, cheese tortellini with mushroom cream, b...

The gravitational pull of Cardona’s Market is strong on most of the men in the eponymous family. This spring, as the store celebrates its 75th anniversary, the third generation is officially taking over. Augusto Cardona founded the food market downtown in 1945, a few years after arriving from his native Italy to New York’s capital, where his brothe...

“Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Kitchen” in Colonie, just outside Albany, opened on Thursday, Feb. 25. Flavortown is uniquely fit for service during a pandemic. It will be take-out only and chefs will operate out of a “ghost kitchen.” A ghost kitchen is when a business operates out of an existing restaurant. The upstate location marks the host of “Diners,...

A non-profit organization comprised of current members of the State Senate and Assembly that aims to promote Italian culture and achievement just launched its new website, the group’s president, State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach), announced Monday. The new website for the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is www.ny...

October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

Without a doubt, the Coronavirus has changed our personal and professional lives. We are in compliance with present NYS guidelines by keeping closed the museum, gift shop, and thrift shop. In addition, all of our scheduled events have been cancelled or postponed until eventually life gets back to normal. Our tenant’s businesses are closed as well....