In the Neapolitan Quartet, Elena Ferrante sketches a genealogical cycle that extends from the 1950s to the first decade of the new millennium and challenges notions of nationhood, progress, revolution, and even feminism. This conversation between Laura Benedetti (Georgetown University) and Tiziana de Rogatis (Università per Stranieri di Siena) tack...

Even for the layman, names like Jake LaMotta, Muhammed Ali, and Mike Tyson ring a bell when it comes to boxing. All three pugilists spent time training and fighting at Gleason’s Gym at 434 Westchester Avenue in the Bronx. I myself had never heard of the facility until conducting research for this article, and certainly had no idea of its deep link...

  The National Columbus Education Foundation has condemned the alleged theft of a Christopher Columbus statue belonging to an elderly Upper West Side, New York City, resident. According to a recent New York Post article, the purported incident took place in late June at a co-op on Riverside Drive owned by 91-year-old John Cartafalsa, who had placed...

A Mt. Sinai doctor, Sean Morrison, has been charged with petit larceny after he allegedly destroyed his elderly’s neighbor’s Christopher Columbus statue, the New York Post reports. As John Cartafalsa, 91, walked into his New York City apartment building lobby in late June, after spending months hunkered down in Florida due to the pandemic, he happe...

Synthesis and simplicity for Cooking, the greatest refinement consists in synthesis and simplicity. This phrase by H. De Toulouse Lautrec represents the thought of the father of all Italian Chefs Gualtiero Marchesi then and of Michele Casadei Massari now, becase we have to watch back to the tradition, then forget it and aim to the new tradition of...

At Eataly, we are always looking for ways to support our local community, so we have invited some our fellow chefs across the city to join us at Il Patio di Eataly - La Costa to cook up a special dish for us. Available for just a limited time and representative of each chefs' unique style and expertise, a portion of the proceeds from each guest che...

The New York Yankees Adam Robert Ottavino was born on November 22, 1985. The 34-year-old was born to Eve and John Ottavino in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn, New York. He attended elementary school at PS 39 where his mother was a teacher. Adam grew up playing baseball and being a Yankee fan. He played on childhood teams that his father coached. Ad...

Some NYC traditions aren't going anywhere. Come September, Mulberry Street is usually filled with the aroma of fried dough and grilled sausage, as a million visitors stroll through the streets of Little Italy for the Feast of San Gennaro. This year, even though parades, festivals and fairs are all still on pause, an event inspired by the Feast of S...

The beating hearts of two of the world’s grandest cities — the animated neighborhoods of Trastevere and Brooklyn — have something (appetizing) in common: the Panella brothers’ Roman-style cooking. Heirs of Antica Pesa, the historic Roman restaurant established in 1922, Francesco, Simone, and Lorenzo took their culinary passion across the ocean via...

These are difficult times for Italian Americans, but maybe they always have been. Ever since they arrived, Italians who emigrated to America have very often been treated with contempt, and have worked very hard to earn the respect that is due to them, sacrificing their lives, giving hard work and talent and beauty and excellence to the United State...