I went to Maria Lisella’s apartment in Queens, a walk from the train, the elevated N. She thoughtfully had prepared a meal for me, soup, bread, cheese, grilled vegetables. Her cooking like her poetry takes what is everyday and elevates it to an exceptionally rare place, the extraordinary—my that’s good!—and it’s universal too, meant just for you. B...

Howard Beach is one of the only Italian American neighborhoods left in New York City. Located in the southern portion of Queens, half of the population is Italian or of Italian descent. In fact, hundreds of locals showed off their Italian pride in response to Italy’s win in the European soccer championship in 2021. After Italy pulled off the victor...

Trattoria Ora and Wine Bar is a gem of a restaurant, tucked away on a quiet, picturesque corner of Astoria Blvd. and 18th Street, where the warm glow from inside and outside this cozy restaurant can be seen from a distance. The rustic, romantic dining room resembles a farmhouse with exposed brick, soft lighting, an inviting bar, and a long, communa...

Donato’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria is your fam- ily-run, corner landmark of fine Italian cuisine and pizza on 39th Avenue in Woodside. The Calle brothers, Pablo, Luis and Oswaldo, opened Donato’s in 1999 and the tradition continues, even after the sad passing of Pablo and a temporary closure during the lockdown. Brothers Oswaldo and Luis are...

A new restaurant that specializes in Neapolitan-style pizzas and Italian pasta dishes has opened on 31st Street in Astoria. Sotto La Luna, which means “under the moon” in Italian, opened today at a new food and beverage hall at 34-39 31st St. The restaurant has taken a 2,500 square foot space at the recently-constructed development known as The Wor...

On October 24, 2021, Italian Charities of America held their 85th Annual Dinner Dance at the Roma View in Howard Beach, Queens. Italian Charities of America is a nonprofit organization located in Elmhurst, Queens that promotes Italian American culture, heritage, history, and language as well as events for the local community since 1936. As in the p...

A musical about the life of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the Italian-born Roman Catholic nun known as Mother Cabrini to the many immigrants in New York she served in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, tells Cabrini’s story through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl with multiple sclerosis (MS) who sees the trailblazing nun as an inspiration for her...

Italian Restaurant Sac's Place will host its 23rd annual Abruzzo Pastoral Night and Pig Roast to honor its Italian roots on Thursday, November 4th and Thursday, November 11th at Sac's Place, 35-11 35th Avenue Astoria, NY. Abruzzo is a little-known region in Italy that the Sacramone family used to call home. Its location between the mountains and se...

In honor of Italian Heritage Month, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, fourth from left, last Thursday celebrated the contributions of Italian Americans. The event at the Helen Marshall Cultural Center honored George Russo, right, a longtime Queens attorney and small business owner, as well as a member of Community Board 10 and member of th...

October 9 (Saturday) 12:00pm. Parade route commences on Steinway Street and Astoria Boulevard, and Cav. Vincent Iannece Street, named in honor of the co-founder and motivating force in reinstating this parade. Sponsored by Federation of American Organizations of Queens, Inc. Assemble at Kaufman Studios, 34-12 36th Street, Astoria, NY. Admission: fr...