By Katie Libby If you're opening a restaurant that focuses on fresh and local ingredients, is there a better location than the epicenter for fresh and local in town, the Rochester Public Market? Gino and Allison Ruggiero didn't think so when they opened Fiorella (5 Rochester Public Market), a new, casual, Italian eatery.   Gino worked throu...

by Krista Pilla The Italian Women's Civic Club (IWCC) has been giving scholarships to students at local colleges for the past 90 years. This year was no different, as three St. John Fisher College students are the recipients of the Dante Scholarship. The three recipients are: Dina Berardi, Juliane Barbato (Didas) and Patti VanAuker. The scholarsh...

by David Riley   She had to make a choice. If she had stayed in Italy with my father and me, then she would have lost the right to come to America because she would have been 21 the next year, and no longer a minor.   So she made the choice of leaving my father and me in Italy and coming here to join her family and find work, pretty m...

The Italian American Coalition for Kids is partnering with over a dozen area food and beverage establishments for a holiday fundraiser.   Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit families in need of financial assistance during their child's long term inpatient/outpatient hospitalization. IACK Co-Founder John Butera discussed the fundra...

Downtown Rochester will be holding its first Italian Festival in over 30 years. This information comes to us from The Little Italy Association, Inc. They say that the "Galbani® Little Italy Festival" will take place at the Downtown Festival Site, which is located on Exchange Boulevard, on August 12 and 13 of this year. They say that...

It was a night of Italian food as Hope Hall School hosted a fundraiser to benefit its School Scholarship Program.   The second annual Taste of Italy dinner benefit was held at the Italian-American Sports Club.Participants paid $40to enjoy Italian cuisine like eggplant parmesan and chicken marsala. A chinese raffle, 50/50 drawing and Italian...

by Kerry Feltner   A new restaurant has opened at the Rochester Public Market. Fiorella is a casual Italian eatery that focuses on sustainable cuisine, with Gino Ruggiero as its chef. He worked as the head chef at Restaurant 2Vine for more than a decade, has co-authored a cook book and won awards from Best Chefs America in both 2013 and...

by Sean Dobbin   Bishop Salvatore Matano will approach the door of Sacred Heart Cathedral on Jan. 2 and knock three times on the door. Bishop Robert Cunningham will open it.   The symbolic gesture will mark the beginning of two days of worship to install Matano as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Rochester. The Jan. 2 solemn vespers...

Si informano i connazionali che il 10 e l'11 maggio 2013 è prevista una missione consolare a Rochester per la raccolta delle impronte digitali per il rilascio dei nuovi passaporti biometrici con l'obiettivo di agevolare l'ottenimento del passaporto da parte dei connazionali residenti nelle aree più distanti da Manhattan. Tutti i connazionali inter...

The Italian American Community Center, 150 Frank DiMino Way, Rochester, will hold an Elvis birthday show at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 and a Rat Pack impersonation performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door for the Elvis Birthday Show with Patrick Johnson and $25 in advance or $30 at the door for the Rat Pack, which features F...