Mark Cupolo has been contemplating a follow-up to his beloved restaurant, Rocco, for a more than a decade now. A major reason for the wait: he wanted it to be on the same block of Monroe Avenue near downtown.  Finally, all of the elements have aligned — a cool space, a talented chef and a unique concept. The end result is Rella, housed in a wedge-s...

It’s been more than a century and one community in Rochester has officially gotten the recognition it has been pushing for. On Sunday, the city of Rochester recognized the Little Italy Historic District. The Lyell Avenue area has been home to many Italian immigrants, families, and businesses. The Little Italy Association says it hopes this will hel...

It didn't take long for the word to spread that Calabresella New York Style Deli opened Wednesday on Park Avenue. With a Facebook post and the telltale sign of cars in the parking lot, the customers started trickling in. "I love the steak sandwiches here," Mike Valente remarked as he walked in the door for a cup of coffee with his son, Chris. The t...

A staple of the Rochester community will be closing its doors this Sunday. Roncone’s Italian Restaurant has been in business for 80 years. Chef Jimmy Paulino, who has run the kitchen for the past three years, will be opening a new venture, Paulino’s Restaurant, in the coming weeks on Lyell Avenue at Route 390.  Silvano Orsi of the Little Italy Asso...

The Little Italy neighborhood is gearing up for a big honor. This June, Rochester City Council will officially recognize the Little Italy Historic District on Lyell Avenue. In honor of the proclamation, Little Italy will hold a “Street Festa” on June 2 from noon to 8 p.m. “We’re just going to let the community enjoy themselves with some Italian mus...

There has been a strong Italian presence in Rochester, New York for over 150 years, with Irish and German being the other two dominant immigrant cultures. The first Italian immigrant to Rochester arrived in 1860. As this ethnic population grew, it migrated to and settled in the neighborhood along the streets of what is now known as Lyell Avenue. Ro...

Now that Gruttadauria's Bakery has closed in Greece, and is heading for California, its loyal Rochester customers are bemoaning the loss of their favorite baked goods.  The Italian cookies. The rainbow cookies. The rum cake. The cannoli. These aren't just baked goods. They are the flavors of special memories — of weddings, celebrations and holidays...

Detroit è la principale città del Michigan. Affacciata sul fiume omonimo che la separa dal Canada, con Windsor che la fronteggia sulla sponda canadese, Detroit fu fondata nel 1701 da un ufficiale francese, Antoine Laumet de la Mothe, che la eresse come insediamento fortificato - Fort Detroit - in posizione strategica, nella regione dei grandi laghi...

The Italian-American community is celebrating 150 years in Rochester this year. On Tuesday, the Little Italy Association opened a new office downtown on Frankfort Street. The office will help with the plan to revitalize the Lyell Avenue neighborhood. In recent years, the association said the area has been troubled by crime, drugs and prostitution....

Celebrating Italian heritage, exploration and the American dream. More than 600 people gathered at the Diplomat Banquet Center in Gates for the 78th annual Columbus Day luncheon to hear from local Italian-American dignitaries about their ancestral roots. Meanwhile, Rochester's Native-American community celebrated its first Indigenous Peoples Day Mo...