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...

Petition by Silvano D. Orsi -- Little Italy Neighborhood Association. To be delivered to Mark Assini, Gates Town Supervisor, Lovely Warren, Mayor of Rochester, NY, The New York State House, The New York State Senate, and Governor Andrew Cuomo.   Let's collaborate as a community and take bi-partisan action together in 2016, to officially...

The Italian American Community Center will celebrate its 23rd annual Christmas Gala on Dec. 6 in its Grand Ballroom, 150 Frank DiMino Way. The event is open to the public and proceeds from the event will be donated to SIS (Sustain. Inspire. Survive.), an organization committed to improving the quality of life of those battling breast cancer....

Nazareth College's Casa Italiana is teaming up with Italian Cultural Institute in New York City and the University of Rochester's Modern Languages and Cultures to bring film director Fred Kuwornu to Rochester for screenings of his films Inside Buffalo and 18 IUS Soli on January 29 and January 30.   Both screenings are free and open to the pu...

by Greg Livadas Giovanna Taviani, a celebrated Italian film director, will be an artist-in-residence at Rochester Institute of Technology, which sponsored her visit to Rochester to show her film, "Ritorni (Homecomings)," at the High Falls Film Festival.   "Other than being a director, she has created a documentary film festival in Sicily an...

by Jim Mandelaro   Four local women will be honored by the Italian American Community Center this month for their exemplary work in business and the community. The 18th annual Women of the Year dinner will be held on Friday, May 22, in the IACC grand ballroom, at 150 Frank DiMino Way in Gates.   Former radio personality Dee Alexa...