"Ordering a quail!" shouts Rocco DiSpirito, the boyish but exacting executive chef and co-owner of Union Pacific restaurant. It's 7:48 on a Monday evening, and the first seating is polishing off its pineapple-and-salmon amuse-bouche.   A wall of frosted glass separates the Zen-like civility of the dining room, with its percolating waterfall...

For Italian immigrants and their descendants, moving from "the city" out to Long Island was more than a change of address. It signaled that the family had achieved the American dream, and in turn, elements of Italian values and culture are visible all over the island. Italians helped to build Long Island, whether as laborers or as contractors, such...

August 14 (Thursday) 6:30 pmPetrosino Dinner Lt. Petrosino Association is honoring the following from the NYPD:Thomas P Galati, Chief of Intelligence Division;Mark Torre, Lieutenant Detective Commander NYPD Bomb Squad;Cav. Mitchell R Weiss, NYPD, Chief Clergy/Community Liaison.Sponsored by Lt. Petrosino Association.Russo on the Bay62-45 Cross Bay...

New York is not just Manhattan, and one who understood very well this is Laura Caparrotti, Roman by birth and New Yorker by adoption, who last year created "In scena! Italian Theater festival NY" that brings the Italian theater in all 5 boroughs of New York City: Manhattan as well as also the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. The 2014 edi...

Dr. Rosemary Serra, a leading research sociologist from the University of Trieste in Italy, has come to New York as a visiting research scholar at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College, City University of New York, to investigate the status of Italian American identity within the greater New York area. The tool used to...

By Gaetano Cipolla   2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Meli, Sicily's most celebrated poet, who died of pneumonia on December 20, 1815. Prof. Giovanni Ruffino, director of the Centro di Studi Filologici e Linguistici Siciliani, in collaboration with Sicily's three major universities organized a four-day conference in...

Parade route commences at Kaufman Studios located at 34-12 36th Street, Astoria, NY and ends on Astoria Blvd. and Cav. Vincent Iannece Street, named in honor of the co-founder and motivating force in reinstating this parade. Sponsored by Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens, Inc. Grand Marshal Commissioner Cav. Daniel Nigro of th...

Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper was born on June 22, 1953. Her mother, Catrine Gallo, is an Italian American whose family is from Sicily. Cyndi was raised in Queens, NY, as a Roman Catholic. She dropped out of high school and moved out on her own when she was 17.   She began singing in local cover bands and working odd jobs to make ends meet. I...

By Riccardo Chioni Silenzio, oggi si gira in casa Ciuffo a Whitestone. La troupe è al completo: Francesco è alla videocamera, il coach Giovanni è al via e Angela, la regista è pronta per la scena, al suo ciack entra la protagonista, Alessandra che con innata naturalezza va ai forrnelli e prepara con maestria una ricetta, raccontando all'audience d...

As part of the Nassau County Parks' International Music Nights Concert Series, which provides residents an opportunity to experience the broad range of cultures that Nassau County has to offer free of charge, Italian-American night will be presented on June 22, 2015. The concert is presented at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, an outdoor theatre...