Amid the pandemic, a popular Italian restaurant opened its third location in Bay Shore this month. Butera's, which has a locations in Sayville and Woodbury, opened its latest eatery on 8 Third Avenue on Sept. 1. Owner Martin Butera, who opened the new restaurant alongside his wife, Laurie Butera; his brother, Gary Butera; his partner, Nick Zografo...

“A New Approach to Deconstruct and Destroy the ACT” is a new and revolutionary test prep book written by Garden City locals Nicholas LaPoma and Brittany Verlezza. LaPoma describes his book as, “a clearer and more powerful alternative to the ACT Black Book.” This test prep book in particular was meant to be geared towards a student who wants to know...

The Fire Department of New York announced that it would be renaming its highest honor after Peter J. Ganci, Jr., the chief of the department from Massapequa who died in the Twin Towers on Sept. 11. The award — the James Gordon Bennett Medal — was established in 1869, and is awarded to New York City firefighters for extreme acts of valor. There have...

In 1992, a girlfriend at work wanted to set up Patricia Bonanza on a blind date. “She said, ‘I know somebody else that is going through a divorce, but I don’t know if you’d like what Phil does,’” she recalled. “I said, ‘Well, what does he do? Is it legal?’” He sold hot dogs for a living. “I said, ‘Is he happy selling hot dogs?’ She said yeah. I sai...

Aria spensierata e gioviale da bambina, l’abile e tenace bruna siculo-americana, Cav. Josephine Buscaglia Maietta, Presidente di AIAE- Association of Italian American Educators, ha centrato appieno l’obiettivo di unire l’Italia all’America. Josephine, insieme ad altri volontari creatori della cultura, è elemento fondante della medesima Associazione...

In a city flooded with Italian restaurants, Rezdôra managed to stand out when it opened in New York last year. Stefano Secchi’s traditional handmade pastas turned the tiny restaurant in Flatiron one of the most coveted tables in the city before Covid-19 hit.  The last few months the restaurant has offered takeout and, recently, outdoor dining. Peop...

An eastbound escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City to the beaches of Long Island always comes with rewards. Among them is an ever-expanding roster of seasonal Italian dining options –especially this year. Whether eating at home to enjoy a fresh plate of pasta prepared by Manhattan Chef Stefano Secchi who trained under Massimo Bottura o...

Con immensa tristezza annunciamo la scomparsa del Professor Salvatore Rotella, avvenuta a New York la notte tra l’11 e il 12 agosto. Nato a Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (Messina) nel 1934 e cresciuto ad Asmara, Eritrea, Rotella arrivò dall’Italia negli USA nel dicembre del 1951. Dopo la laurea alla CUNY, il PhD all’Università di Chicago e il ritorno...

The matriarch of a unique Italian-American family was crowned 100-years-old Friday. Irina Zaretti, 100, told CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan that her life is nothing but splendid. Longevity runs in the family – Irina’s mother lived to be 107-years-old. So, one century was nothing to her. “I have a beautiful family, and friends,” Irina said. Irina’s husband...

Frank Castagna, philanthropist and influential Long Island real estate developer, died Tuesday from a year-long fight with cancer. He was 91. Born in 1928 and raised in Sheepshead Bay, Castagna earned a degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania Military Academy before applying those skills at his father’s construction firm, which was soon renam...