Lillo Brancato Jr leans over the table at a beloved pizza joint in Yonkers and bows his shaved head slightly, pointing out a nasty scar behind his left ear on the back of his scalp. It’s about an inch and a half long and jagged; he got it when he jumped from a moving car almost 15 years ago, irrationally convinced his friends were out to get him as...

When it comes to cooking competitions, Westchester has some top-notch chefs and bakers. In August, Christian Petroni, the charismatic chef behind Westchester's Fortina restaurants tied with Pleasantville native (and food novelist) Jess Tom to become the "Next Food Network Star."  And now, Eastchester resident Tina Zaccardi has bested 10 other baker...

Looking at the menu of Maria, one of the latest Italian spots to open in Southern Westchester, I paused. The usual suspects didn’t make up most of the New Rochelle restaurant’s menu. My eyes were drawn to the cauliflower-kale fritters, acorn squash risotto served in a honey-glazed squash bowl, and salmon with jasmine rice. I’d never even heard of c...

Friday November 30, 7:00 pm EDT. Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, NY. Admission: Members $20; Non-Members $25; open to the public. Contact: Lindsay Brewster 914-771-8700 lbrewster@wiccny.org Roman culture existed for thousands of years before the founding of the Christian religion. Artisans began creating new...

Decisions, decisions. If you had to go to one pizzeria in each of New York's 62 counties, which would be the ones? That's a "Pie in the Sky" question for most, who likely wouldn't be able to name more than a handful of counties. But a website has come out with its answers. In presenting them, newyorkupstate.com says its choices may not be the best...

Wednesday October 24, 7:00 pm. Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, NY. Admission: Members $20; Non-Members $25; open to the public. Contact: Lindsay Brewster 914-771-8700 lbrewster@wiccny.org The ancient Romans were innovative architects and engineers who invented building methods still in use today. Roman monume...

Wednesday October 10, 7:00 pm EDT. Westchester Italian Cultural Center. One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, NY. Admission: Members $20; Non-Members $25; open to the public. Contact: Lindsay Brewster 914-771-8700 lbrewster@wiccny.org On a sweltering summer night over 2,000 years ago, Roma, home to over two million inhabitants, erupted in a nine-day f...

Sunday October 7. 3:00 pm EDT. Classroom Building Theatre 200 (Parking Lot 4) - Westchester Community College - 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY. Admission: free; open to the public. Contact: Prof. Frank Maddalena 914-606-6794 frank.maddalena@sunywcc.edu The talented singer Teo Ricciardella will perform highlights from popular Italian melodies. Car...

Friday October 5, 7:00 pm EDT. Westchester Italian Cultural Center. One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, NY. Admission: Members $20; Non-Members $25; open to the public. Contact: Lindsay Brewster 914-771-8700 lbrewster@wiccny.org The frescoes of Giotto and followers in the Upper Church of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi are world famous depicti...

Trivia Night: Italian Edition! September 7 (Friday) 7:00 pm - Westchester Italian Cultural Center. One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, NY. Admission: Members $30; Non-Members $35. Contact: Lindsay Brewster 914-771-8700 lbrewster@wiccny.org Test your knowledge and discover surprising new facts and insights about "The Boot." An edu-taining evening for...