Food and friendship. That's the connection at the annual Pasta Fundraiser hosted by the Italian American Sports Club. The Italian American organization met its fundraising goal of $10,000 with more than 400 people attending the event Sunday. The money is used to help local charities, including Hope Hall School, said club secretary Joe Larizza. Foun...

The Gates Chili School District has the potential to fund its Italian language programs through funding from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Silvano Orsi, chairman of the Little Italy Association, announced Monday he has secured a potential $13,000 in funding, pending approval by the Gates Chili School Board. The Italian Ministry of Foreig...

The Little Italy Festival will celebrate 150 years of Italian-American history in the city of Rochester from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on June 16 at Capelli Sport Stadium, 460 Oak St., Rochester. The lineup includes Aaron Caruso, The James Brown Experience, Orquesta Antonetti, Franco Cliffa & The Andy Calabrese Orchestra and The Strolling Gondoliers. Othe...

There’s a new Italian restaurant on the scene in downtown Rochester. Restaurateurs Mark Mendola and Michael Thomas Jr. hosted a grand opening of their new restaurant, D’Marcos Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar. D’Marcos is at 401 S. Main St., Rochester, in the former Rojo Mexican Bistro location. Mendola is a business executive, who graduated from Oakl...

Comical and despairing, mesmerizing and grotesque. Italian artist Federico Solmi uses satirical video installations to present a dystopian vision of our present-day society. "The Good Samaritans," Solmi’s exhibition at Rochester Contemporary Art Center, opens Friday, April 6. “I consider myself a storyteller,” says the 44-year-old self-educated art...

The Little Italy Neighborhood Association says the city is threatening to sue the organization. The LINA released a copy of the City’s letter written by a municipal attorney. It states, “I write to demand payment from the Little Italy Neighborhood Association for the outstanding $5,483.10 invoice for police security services provided during the 201...

Frank Caricchio, a starter on the Italian-American Sport Club team that captured the 1963 U.S. Amateur Cup championship that led to the formation of the original Rochester Lancers, died Saturday. He was 78. Caricchio, who was inducted into the Lancers Wall of Fame in 2017, passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. A long-time member o...

There is no shortage of hugs to go around at the recently reimagined Roncone’s Italian Restaurant on Lyell Avenue in Rochester. Jimmy Paulino, Roncone's owner and chef, is now carrying on an 80-year tradition of serving soul warming Italian American comfort food and maintaining a popular gathering spot for patrons, from paesanos to politicians to p...

In what could be called Mr. Porcelli’s Opus, compositions of an Italian immigrant who lived in the Rochester area will be performed for the first time at Rochester Institute of Technology. The RIT Concert Band, conducted by Dean Davis, will present “From Italy to America, The Italian Diaspora,” at 7 p.m. on March 1 at Ingle Auditorium on the RIT ca...

There are still many Little Italys in the United States. Some of them are just a few blocks now, other are what's left of the urbanization that brought large roads in the middle of many American cities after the war, several times crashing an Italian community. Every one of them is a place where a big Italian heart has been, is and hopefully always...