Today it's hard to imagine the United States without pizza. It's the ultimate comfort food, the first takeaway choice, the party starter, and overall a delicious treat. Along with hot dogs and hamburgers, pizza is among the most beloved eats in America. We have Italian immigrants from sunny Naples to thank for bringing this dish to the US. One of t...

Piccola Cucina opened its first location in Manhattan in 2007. It was soon joined by two more spots in Manhattan, then a pop-up in Montana, and another in Ibiza. Finally, owner Philip Guardione has made it to Brooklyn: Piccola Cucina Casa opened in Boerum Hill at the end of April. Guardione said he is excited about the expansion, and is focused on...

It looked more like a museum exhibition of Italian art than a crime scene, but in the Central Institute for Restoration’s offices, located inside a former women’s prison in central Rome, some 600 works of art were put on display Tuesday morning. Ranging from life-sized bronze statues to tiny Roman coins, from oil paintings to mosaic flooring, the p...

Sempre Oggi – “always today” – opened in mid-March on the Upper West Side, at 164 W. 75th Street, near Amsterdam Avenue. The Italian restaurant amps up simple dishes like Castelfranco served with pasta filata sliced from the teardrop-shaped caciocavallo; or a fava puree with Swiss chard, accented by sofrito. The restaurant comes from Robert Guarino...

He is forgotten no more. An NYPD detective who was killed during a cigar store hold-up a century ago will finally receive the recognition he deserves Monday – when a headstone inscribed with his name and acknowledging his service is placed on the unmarked grave where he was buried. The honor is thanks to a retired NYPD lieutenant who learned of the...

May 31, 2024–6 PM, IIC New York. In collaboration with the Italian National Tourist Board (ENIT), Com.It.Es, and DisterraUS (Sardinian Community in the US), the panel features scholars, architects, journalists, and tourism industry officials, who will gather to discuss the resources of Sardinia, focusing also on its villages, like Rebeccu and Bonor...

Suffern’s restaurant scene took a hit when longtime favorites Marcello’s Ristorante and Java Love Coffee Roasting Co. shuttered their doors between 2022 and 2023. Now, in 2024, locals can pay homage to both spots while celebrating an entirely new concept in the form of Lavagna. Taking up the former Java Love space, which was a bank building prior t...

It’s going to be a Verdi extravaganza at the Italian Institute of Culture in New York. The FESTIVAL VERDI DAY on Wednesday, May 29, will kick off at 5pm with a lecture-recital by renowned scholar Francesco Izzo, Director of the Accademia Verdiana. At 6 pm, the Festival Verdi and Verdi Off 2024 presentation will start, followed by a 7:30 pm Cocktail...

New York City Opera kicks off Celebrating 100 Years of Giacomo Puccini, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passing of Giacomo Puccini, one of the greatest opera composers in history, and kicks off with Puccini Celebration as part of the Bryant Park Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America on May 31 & June 1, 2024 at 7pm at Bryant Park...

In the Italian folk tradition, le nonne kept garlic in their kitchen to ward off bad luck. And, of course, to add it to practically every Italian dish. This essential ingredient is the protagonist of the second chapter of the series “Ingredients. The secrets of Italian cuisine,” hosted by the Italian Institute of Culture-New York on May 28 at 6 PM....