In a milestone change, the city of Rochester announced this week that Monday, Oct. 8, will be the city's first annual Indigenous Peoples Day. But Monday already is the federally designated Columbus Day, setting up a convergence of societal concerns about who we are as a people and how we celebrate cultures, history and heritage.  The city says Colu...

The North American tour of A Bronx Tale, directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, has begun rehearsals ahead of performances set to begin in Rochester, New York, on October 14. The company features 10 alumni from the Broadway production. Heading the cast are Joe Barbara as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Joey Barreiro as Calogero, Michelle Ar...

Casting has been announced for the North American tour of A Bronx Tale, directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. The company will feature 10 alumni from the Broadway production. Heading the cast are Joe Barbara as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Joey Barreiro as Calogero, Michelle Aravena as Rosina, Brianna-Marie Bell as Jane, Antonio Beverly...

A jazz superstar and a boxing champion have been added to a mural in upstate New York. Grammy Award winner Chuck Mangione and ex-welterweight and middleweight world champion Carmen Basilio were added to Rochester's Little Italy Wall Mural on Sunday. The two city natives join other notable Italian Americans, including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, f...

To support House of Mercy and its mission of serving and advocating for Rochester’s homeless citizens, the Little Italy Neighborhood Association donated the remaining food from the 2018 Little Italy Festival.  “The only way we will be able to help the less fortunate people of Rochester is by working together to bring about positive change,” said Si...

The City of Rochester has withdrawn a lawsuit after reaching a settlement over owed funds for the Little Italy Festival. In April, the city filed the lawsuit, claiming the Little Italy Association hadn't paid $5,483 it owed for police services during the 2017 festival. Along with the $5,483, the city's lawsuit also demanded the festival re-pay an a...

Rochester's Italian-American community is celebrating it's 150th anniversary this year.  On Saturday, the Little Italy Festival kicked off at the Marina Auto Stadium. It honors St. Anthony of Padua on his feast day weekend and features the International USL League professional soccer match, Italian tenor AAron Caruso and fantastic food.  Silvano Or...

A new mural in Rochester now welcomes people to the Little Italy Historic District in the city. The mural was unveiled Tuesday at the Flat Iron Cafe on State Street. It features the likenesses of former Governor Mario Cuomo and stars including Frank Sinatra and Madonna. "Today is about the business owners and community stepping up and putting their...

Mario's restaurant will officially open Tuesday night at its newest location on Irondequoit Bay in Penfield at the site of the old Bazil's restaurant. A temporary sign with its new branding as Mario's Homemade Pasta Kitchen now hangs over the old Bazil's sign. In addition, there's Mario's Ice Cream on the Bay on the side of the restaurant at 1384 E...

The Little Italy Festival will be hosted at Marina Auto Stadium on Saturday, June 16, starting at 11 AM, as a prelude to the regular season USL match between Toronto FC II and Indy Eleven. Frankie Scinta will be flying in from Vegas to perform live at 9 PM during the festival, as a special guest with the James Brown Experience, and will sing a hear...