Alias Coffee in Troy has more than biscotti on the menu these days. Recently congressman Paul Tonko dropped by to announce a half million-dollar federal grant to assist in the redevelopment of Troy’s Little Italy Historic Market Place project.  Add that to the $375,000 awarded back in August, and that is nearly a million bucks. DeFazio owner Rocco...

The Little Italy Merchants Association hosted a Street Light and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony entitled, “Sogno Americano” (American Dream): A “Talking” Street Light Installation on the corner of Broome and Mulberry Streets in Little Italy, New York City. Presented to Little Italy from our compatriots in Naples, Italy. “Sogno Americano” (American Dream)...

There are projects in the Italian American world that are not connected to one local community, but rather contain them all, telling a particularly important theme that has characterized throughout the United States the stories of our compatriots. The protagonist of this interview is Raymond Guarini, a fantastic and very proud Italian American wh...

Back at home, the kitchen is the heart of my house. While most families spend their time in living rooms, my family tends to gather in the kitchen, usually because my grandma is cooking up something for dinner that night. Coming from a family of Italian immigrants, I have very high expectations for Italian restaurants. Last Friday, a couple of my f...

Un ponte di musica. Itinerari dell’Opera italiana in America is a beautiful book edited by Claudio Orazi, now Superintendent of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa after having led some of Italy's most important opera houses: the Sferisterio in Macerata, the Arena in Verona, the Teatro Verdi in Trieste and the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari. The book is in...

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood after a much-anticipated Piazza project got the green light to break ground in San Pedro, L.A.’s coastal Little Italy neighborhood, which is brimming with new business. Dubbed “Piazza Miramare,” the development will feature a new stage, trellis structures, terrace seating and plenty of shade for waterfront t...

Milan-based fashion and homeware brand, La DoubleJ, is doing a total takeover of Little Italy’s oldest bakery, Caffe Roma for the holiday season. La DoubleJ is known for its maximalist fashion and haute homeware and staying true to its Italian roots, this partnership is a match made in heaven. Caffe Roma is a family-run institution that has been ma...

In a residential area west of downtown Keene, there are still signs of what was once the city’s Italian neighborhood. Drive up Island Street and you’ll pass Carbone’s Window and Awning, founded decades ago by a son of immigrants. A few blocks away, members gather at the William Marconi Italian Club. Now, the Keene Heritage Commission is turning to...

The team behind San Diego's Ambrogio15 restaurants has opened Ambrogio15 Enoteca, a wine room and grocery now open in the former Ciao Ciao Piadina space in La Jolla. Milan-turned-San Diego residents Giacomo Pizzigoni, Andrea Burrone and Luca Salvi opened the flagship Ambrogio15 on Turquoise Street in San Diego's North Pacific Beach community in Aug...

Just at the edge of Manhattan's Little Italy sits a butcher shop virtually frozen in time since it opened in 1923. "I joke many times, I say it's half-museum, half-butcher shop," said Jennifer Prezioso, the butcher, owner, and fourth-ever employee of Albanese Meats & Poultry. "I should charge admission because so many people come in and they're jus...