The Galbani Italian Heritage Festival is relocating to Niagara Square for the first time in decades. The event organizers decided to make the switch to Niagara Square in order to reconnect Italian Americans to their roots. "What's really cool is it's like a natural piazza here just like in Italy where people would come and gather," organizer Chris...

One of Buffalo's greatest summer time traditions is returning to it's roots in Niagara Square.  This year's Italian Heritage Festival of Buffalo takes place July 20th & 21st and it makes a return to Downtown Buffalo where it all began.   The very first Buffalo Italian Festival, which was then called the Buffalo Italian Lawn Fete, took place at St....

Isabella Runfola's life took her from Pennsylvania to Buffalo to Italy and back to Buffalo by the time she was 18, and that was before she won Charleston dancing competitions and met her future husband. But throughout her life, which lasted more than a century, she was a champion for others. “She loved everyone, including those who did not love the...

This year, the Galbani Italian Heritage Festival is "going back to its roots." The annual festival is set to take place on July 20 and 21 this year, but at a different location. This year, it will be held at Niagara Square along Delaware Ave, all the way to Huron St. in downtown Buffalo. “We are very excited to announce that the 2019 Galbani Italia...

Rev. Joseph M. Gariolo, a Barnabite priest who taught Spanish and Italian at Canisius College for 30 years and helped save SS. Columba and Brigid Parish in Buffalo from closing, died Sunday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 95. Born Giuseppe Gariuolo in Stigliano in the Province of Matera in southern Italy, the only boy among eight children, he ent...

Buffalo News critic Jeff Simon once wrote: “Who is the most beloved person in the City of Buffalo, who is neither an athlete nor TV personality? As fast as the question came, so did the answer: Joey Giambra.” I have known Joey for nearly forty years and I agreed with Simon when he wrote: “Everyone who knows Joey tends to love the guy. At the very l...

As late as the 1940s, newspaper stories written about Buffalo’s Italian population were painted with wild strokes of exotic color. “Off in a section of the city where the rays of the sun, on a bright day, glisten down upon dilapidated housetops and seek their way into narrow streets and by-ways with which the place abounds, are colonized a people i...

Albert J. Duke took the reins of the Buffalo Fire Department in 1985 during a challenging era, with clashes with the union over training and equipment and with the courts over hiring female and minority firefighters. Five years later, when he stepped down, he was lauded by then-Mayor James Griffin  for his hard work and praised by the then-presiden...

Ciao paisani! Gear up for an all new episode of the Italian American Power Hour with a brand-new segment we’re calling Greetings from Italian America!  Let’s face it, even though everyone in the Power Hour Team calls New York and New Jersey home, we know that in every inch of this great country of ours, from sea to shining sea, we Italian Americans...

“Italian Christmas Concert in Buffalo,” a traditional Italian Christmas concert featuring award-winning Italian tenor Michéal Castaldo and friends, will take place on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 7:30p.m. at Alden Presbyterian Church, 13298 Broadway, Alden, NY 14004. Castaldo will perform classic Christmas carols from his chart-topping best-selli...