The first time I met Riccardo Orfino, in the Summer of 2013, he told me that he dreamed of moving to America. At the time, the chef was at the helm of LadyBù’s kitchen – a bistro in Milan and a collaboration between two chefs from both a two-star restaurant and a DOP mozzarella producer. LadyBù’s cheese-centric menu was the answer to all my inner t...

A second New York City priest has died because of the coronavirus, church officials said. Father Gioacchino Basile, pastor of Saint Gabriel’s in East Elmhurst, Queens, died Saturday. He was 60, church officials said. Basile’s death is the second for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, coming a week after Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, 49, who served...

Data are so important to understand and fight coronavirus. The NYC based startup Cuebiq is helping thanks to its “COVID-19 Mobility Insights“: “We understand this is a tough time for businesses as well as consumers. As part of our commitment to sharing data for the greater good, Cuebiq is providing free access to mobility and store visitation patte...

Abruzzo native Luca Di Pietro opened the original Tarallucci e Vino restaurant in NYC’s East Village in 2001 and expanded to four other Manhattan locations in subsequent years. Earlier this month, he closed all but his Upper West Side eatery in response to efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the city. Now, in addition to providing take...

Samuel Amoia’s meteoric rise in the design world is one of those “only in New York” stories, one where raw talent, hard work, and sheer luck come together serendipitously. A decade ago, at a party at the Top of the Standard (a boîte then, and now, frequented by tout le monde), the former model met Stephen Sills and managed to parlay his way into an...

Chicago White Sox hitting coach Frank Menechino paid a visit to Team Italy and New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) coach Frank Catalanotto on January 29, 2020 to assist his players on baseball fundamentals. The former major leaguers played together on the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004 and 2005 as well as on Team Italy in the 2006 World Baseball Cla...

In the beginning of February over 200 producers from the Barolo DOCG and Barbaresco DOCG wine appellations in Piedmont, Italy, visited New York City to pour their incredible wines at a once in a lifetime tasting as well as to showcase single vineyard labels and the concept of MGA (a.k.a MeGA) zones that represent these single vineyard notations’ pa...

When restaurateur Paul Shaked and noted chef Adam Leonti teamed up to open Sofia’s Panificio e Vino in Little Italy, the world looked very different. At the time, the neighborhood was bustling with tourists, sidewalk diners, and to-go boxes from nearby Lombardi’s Pizza. It seemed like the perfect place to open Sofia’s, a revamped version of Sofia’s...

New Yorkers might be staying in, but they don’t have to sacrifice giving up dining in their favorite restaurants. Many of the city’s top Italian eateries have set up delivery services and food pick-up times for their loyal clientele. More good news? NY State just lifted a prohibition-era ban on bars and restaurants so they can provide alcohol for t...

On this 40th birthday, Ricky Tinelli (@rickytinellimusic) stood on the small stage of Greenwich’s The Bitter End. He hadn’t performed publicly in years, but as he crooned Sinatra’s “Someone to Watch Over Me,” something felt right. The buh-buh-buh of the deep acoustics made his voice sound especially good. “It’s something about that space,” he says...