by Giada Valenti   Thursday, March 19 - 8 PMMadison Theatre, Rockville Centre, NY Come and join me for the filming of my show From Venice With Love as a television special to air on PBS this summer. I will be performing with a 26 piece orchestra conducted by the incredible Chris Walden composer-arranger. Music producer is Grammy Award winne...

Frank Coletta anchors NBC 10 News Sunrise and NBC 10 News at Noon. Frank joined NBC 10 in 1978 as an assignment editor. He became a general assignment reporter in 1981 and began anchoring the "Today" show local newsbreaks in 1982. He began anchoring the Saturday newscasts in 1983 and was named Sunrise anchor in 1985.   Frank has receive...

Actress Doris Roberts, who died at age 90 on April 17, was probably best known for playing the meddling Marie Barone on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.   As the matriarch of an Italian-American family, Marie was both a doting mother and overbearing mother-in-law. She checks up on her son Raymond (Ray Romano) who lives right across th...

by Sherry Wight   Chef Fabio Viviani made his national TV debut as a contestant on the fifth season of Bravo's "Top Chef," where he impressed viewers enough to be voted the cycle's fan favorite, but the straight-talking Italian chef isn't just a television star: he's also a restaurateur and a best-selling cookbook author who holds the ultima...

Long before Valerie Bertinelli was known the world over for her modeling and acting career — to say nothing of being the former spouse of guitar god Eddie Van Halen — she learned how to cook under the tutelage of her Italian "Noni," or grandmother.   "I would watch her roll out cappelletti and gnocchi. She [and my aunt] would make fresh brea...

by Jim Bessman   There are tables, and then there's what New Jersey restaurateur/raconteur Vic Rallo calls "the Italian table." "The 'Italian table' is the place where family and friends gather not only to eat and drink but to catch up, cry, sing, love and laugh," says Rallo. "This is lost in America as most dads and moms work to get ah...

Matty, an Italian American police lieutenant, and Victoria Ferrigno welcomed their son Louis on November 9, 1951. The family lived in Brooklyn, New York. As a toddler Lou suffered from a series of ear infections and lost an estimated 75% of his hearing. Though some might have seen this loss as a disadvantage, Lou didn't.   Even when he was t...

Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents – Patricia (née Bianchi) and Gary Tomei – were both Italian and had family that came to America from Tuscany and Sicily. While she was growing up, Marisa became enthralled with Broadway musicals and plays.   Her parents encouraged her to take up acting, and she sta...

Like Enrico Caruso before him, Luciano Pavarotti extended his presence far beyond the limits of Italian opera. Quickly establishing his trademark rich sound as the great male operatic voice of the 20th century, he expanded his reach to stadium concerts and pop collaborations which brought him fame beyond measure.   The 50th anniversary of th...

"Ordering a quail!" shouts Rocco DiSpirito, the boyish but exacting executive chef and co-owner of Union Pacific restaurant. It's 7:48 on a Monday evening, and the first seating is polishing off its pineapple-and-salmon amuse-bouche.   A wall of frosted glass separates the Zen-like civility of the dining room, with its percolating waterfall...