Il gemellaggio tra Caltanissetta e Rochester, firmato nel 1965 dagli allora sindaci Calogero Traina e Frank Lamb, ha festeggiato lo scorso anno il 50° anniversario.   I legami tra le due città sono stati rafforzati negli anni soprattutto dallo scambio accademico annuale di studenti. Sin dal 1967, infatti, più di 100 studenti hanno avuto l'op...

Sunday was the last day of the Festa Italiana in Rochester. For 11 years now the Italian American Center has represented Italian culture with everything from traditional folk music, to mouth-watering food.   Organizers say about 6,000 to 10,000 people attend the Festa Italiana every year. Vendors at the festival each represented a diff...

By Susan Clark Porter As generations age and memories fade, the experiences of our forefathers can also recede. The Sons of Italy, however, is doing its part to promote the legacy of this area's Italian ancestors. In a collaborative effort earlier this year, the Vincent Lombardi Lodge 2270 of Rochester, the Geneva Lodge 2397 (men) and th...

Two members of the original Rochester Lancers have passed away -- former coach Sal DeRosa and ex-defender Omero Paris.   DeRosa, a native of Italy, coached the Lancers to their only North American Soccer League championship in 1970, taking over the team midway through the season after Alex Perolli left the club. He was 82. Paris, who died o...

by Mary Chao   I just discovered Fiamma Pizza e Vino at 1308 Buffalo Road in Gates and found out that a second location will open in the Neighborhood of the Arts at Russell Street. It will be in the old factory building where Fashion Week hosted a runway show two years ago.   Owner Giuseppe Paciullo confirmed that the second location...

Nothing says Italian food quite like cannolis, and some say, no one makes them quite like Etna's Bakery in Gates. Etna's is in the heart of more than a handful of Italian restaurants on Lyell Avenue and Spencerport Road. But, it's not quite a 'Little Italy.'   "140,000 Italians in the greater Rochester area, and we're second only to Staten I...

The Italian Civic League is hosting its annual banquet in honor of Cristoforo Colombo Oct. 12 at Diplomat Banquet Center,1956 Lyell Ave. in Gates. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. with the flag raising at noon. The keynote speaker will be State Assembly majority leader Joseph Morelle.   The host club is Sons of Italy and there are 15 Ital...

2014 kicks off on a North American note for Gigi D'Alessio. The Italian superstar will release his 18th studio set Ora via Sony Music on February 4th, followed by the kick off of his world tour with a seven city concert run of the continent on February 7th.   One of Italy's most popular recording artists, the Naples-born D'Alessio has sold 1...

The 16th annual St. Joseph's Table will be held Sunday at the Italian American Community Center. Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m. in the St. Padre Pio Chapel on Frank DiMino Way, followed by a potluck meal at the center, 150 Frank DiMino Way, Gates. People are asked to drop off meatless dishes or donations at the center after noon Sunday. There...

By Chuck D'Imperio October is Italian-American Heritage Month, but it shouldn't just be celebrated on Columbus Day. Upstate New York is home to a large population of Italian families. In fact, New York State has the largest population of Italian-Americans than any other state except New Jersey.   Even the small city of Rome, N.Y., has a pop...