When Paige Lipari opened her bookstore Archestratus in Greenpoint in 2016, she did so with $40,000 of her own savings and loans from friends and family. (All of which have since been paid back.) At the time, she didn’t expect to run a shop that specializes in books and food, but Lipari’s laid-back approach to Italian-accented baking and cooking res...

Msgr. Thomas Machalski was so intrigued by the story of Blessed Carlo Acutis — the first millennial to be considered for sainthood — he wanted to find a tangible way to use the Italian teen’s life to inspire young people here in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Msgr. Machalski got his wish July 14 when he went to the diocese chancery and watched as Bishop...

Williamsburg’s mighty Giglio feast was feeling a sting of decline in 2019 as organizers faced a once-unthinkable problem — there was a serious lack of volunteer lifters who are needed each year to hoist up and carry the 4-ton, 72-foot statue through Brooklyn. What a difference two years can make as New Yorkers, once battered and now freed from the...

They couldn’t refuse! Hundreds of elated Italians flooded the streets of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn for a victorious celebration after their country’s monumental Euro Cup victory over England on Sunday night. Wild video of the celebration shows scores of fans cheering and waving Italian flags at the intersection of 18th Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway foll...

A staple of Italian villages is the alimentari, a hybrid gourmet emporium, often found around the piazza, where locals shop for select meats, cheeses, produce, wines, jarred items, prepared foods (to eat in or take out), and basic provisions such as milk and eggs. Configured to the American vernacular, an alimentari would be a hopped-up bodega or a...

An Italian bar in Brooklyn was the scene of celebrations on July 6, after Italy booked their place in the final of Euro 2020 with an epic penalty-shootout win over Spain at Wembley. The game finished 1-1 after extra time, after Alvaro Morata cancelled out Federico Chiesa’s opener for Italy. The Azzurri’s Brazilian-born midfielder Jorginho coolly sl...

Williamsburg’s storied Giglio Feast will make its return this week, after being cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 12-day feast, officially known as the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel after the eponymous neighborhood church, will begin on July 7 and run through July 18. “Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast, the best feast in Bro...

As Angelo’s rolls toward its 24th anniversary in August, the popular pizza and Italian eatery is offering an eclectic mix of Brooklyn cuisine peppered with the spice of hometown Pueblo chiles. For example, the “Brooklyn Bridge” pizza features Alfredo sauce, artichoke hearts, chicken and roasted Pueblo chile peppers locally grown at Musso Farms. Pue...

Giglio Season is underway at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, putting to rest any worries that this beloved Italian-American feast, now in its 134th year, might suffer a second pandemic-era setback. Last year, parish leaders were forced to cancel their Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel & San Paolino Di Nola to comply with health and s...

When I call Giovanni Lanzo to discuss the legacy of his father, Luigi Lanzo, founder of South Park Slope’s beloved Luigi’s Pizza and an exemplar of hard work and human decency, our conversation is interrupted at intervals by customers, all of whom Giovanni seems to know by name, and devastated well-wishers, who have spotted the memorial of roses an...