The Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York will host two screenings of Italian classic films. Ermanno Olmi's 1978 film, The Tree of the Wooden Clogs, will be shown as part of the Labor Film Series. The film reflects Olmi's deep understanding of the rhythms of life and labor of northern Italy’s peasants and his commitment to them. Winner of the Palme...

October is a busy month for organizers in the Italian American community in Monroe County. The leaders of 15 area civic organizations are preparing for their biggest event of the year; the 79th annual Columbus Day celebration.  Celebrating Italian heritage, exploration and the American dream will be the theme at the luncheon on Monday, Oct. 14 at t...

It's a bar. It's an Italian restaurant. It's the new Fatso's XL. The new extra large Fatso's opened recently at 2351 Buffalo Road, the site of the old Rookie's. It's just down the road from its original location at 1370 Buffalo Road. After three years in business, owner Mike Angora decided it was time to expand the popular restaurant, bar and neigh...

Gates is home to many great Italian eateries. And many great Italian organizations. One of the two best deals on a meal can be found at the Italian American Community Center at 150 Frank Dimino Way off Manitou Road. It serves lunch every other Wednesday at noon and is open to the public. For $15, you can eat like a king. Start with antipasto with a...

Zweigle’s is expanding it’s Plymouth Avenue location, and the Little Italy Association of Rochester is worried about what changes that will bring to the neighborhood. Zweigle’s is one of Rochester’s oldest family-owned businesses, famous for their hot dogs. The company wants to add 29,000 square feet to its location in the Little Italy Neighborhood...

As he walks up and down the streets and backyards of Rochester’s Historic Little Italy Neighborhood, Silvano Orsi walks past trash-littered lawns; big, and small. From something simple like a pizza box to more dangerous garbage like needles. Orsi, who serves as the President of the Little Italy Neighborhood Association says it's due to years of neg...

The Swan family already owns five popular restaurants in Rochester, but it's their newest spot, Vern's, that feels the most personal. Co-owned by siblings Jon, Ashley, and Paulina Swan and barman Casey O'Mara, the recently-opened restaurant and bar is named after the siblings' grandfather, Vern Swan, and inspired by childhood visits to their grandp...

There's not a bad seat in the house at Rella. That's because any seat you choose -- and there are only 15 -- is a seat at the chef's table. The new restaurant, which opened on Monroe Avenue in June, is an intimate dining bar where you can watch the kitchen's every move. There are no tables, and no waiters. Instead, the cooks do double duty, deftly...

Rochester’s Little Italy Historic District and Lyell Avenue Corridor received national attention in the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) “Ambassador Magazine”, distributed to over 25 million people across the country. The new article features Rochester’s popular Little Italy Festival, and Italian-owned businesses in the Lyell corridor,...

The Little Italy Association has obtained a copy of the Lovely Warren administration's $100,000 "Commercial Corridor Study" report, published a few days ago by the City Administration and its private consultant, Place Dynamics. The Little Italy Association participated in the study as an invited member of the study's focus group, as did Italian-Ame...