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Some business owners like to open well established neighborhoods. Others seek out the new frontier, and that's the idea behind this week's Neighborhood Eats. This Italian spot opened in October in what some developers are calling the piano district of the Bronx, because it's where pianos used to be built in the early 1900s.Now it's becoming more re...

I had the opportunity this past week to attend the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) annual New York City Gala.   NIAF has been a big supporter of The Italian American Podcast since the beginning, and Dolores and I are both proud members of NIAF. I am never sure what to expect at events like this.  Will they be crowded or rushed?  Will...

After attending the National Italian American Foundation gala in NYC at Cipriani.  We had the distinct pleasure of meeting Jenna Esposito an up and coming Italian American Singer.  After hearing her sing the Italian National Anthem in front of almost a 1,000 people we wanted to find out more. Who Is Jenna Esposito? According to her website bio: Sin...

Too often, the calzones at New York’s old-school pizzerias are indifferently made gut bombs. They overflow with enough bargain-bin ricotta to feed a small army of Olive Garden line cooks. But there’s nothing not to like about a good, thoughtfully made calzone, whether it’s the ostentatious, unabashedly cheesy Italian-American or the more restrained...

Spring is here, and one Italian restaurant is celebrating the season with a new menu. Oro Restaurant & Lounge, located at 41-17 Crescent St., has made authentic Italian cuisine a highlight of its menu since opening its doors in Dutch Kills last August. This month, under the helm of executive chef Scott Andriani, the restaurant is introducing a slew...

It’s peak time on Saturday night and a child is screaming. The rest of the crowd registers only a few decibels lower. And in a few minutes, the sound is mostly laughs. In Oceanside, Noble Kitchen & Cocktails is clearly the place to be. The weekend experience, of course, is different from the weekday, when your voice may just echo. Still, even quiet...

The American Italian Socio-historical Association (AISA) has rescheduled its 2nd St. Joseph’s Day Celebration Conference this year for April 4, 2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm to be held at the D'Angelo Center Room 128, St. John’s University. It is a goal of the AISA to hold a special conference every year dealing with the Italian American experience in...

At the National Italian American Foundation’s New York gala Wednesday night, comedian Joe Piscopo did his “Saturday Night Live”-minted impression of Frank Sinatra singing “New York, New York.” He also introduced Anthony Scaramucci, who was receiving an award for special achievement in business and financial services -- though Piscopo, who’s conside...

Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michael Consuelo is retiring at the end of September, after about seven years at the helm. “I’m nearing the age of 70, and having retired once before, I thought maybe another go-around is needed,” he said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “While I’ve enjoyed my tenure with the chamb...

Leave the sign, take the cannoli. Little Italy pastry shop owner John "Baby John" Delutro of Caffé Palermo asked Broadway's "A Bronx Tale" to remove a sign on its set that dubs another pastry joint "The Cannoli King," infringing on his trademark. The show — a coming-of-age story about an Italian kid growing up in the Bronx during the socially segre...

Who among us isn’t spellbound by the New York City skyline? Whether it’s architecture, design, construction or Instagram, one look at the rooftops and towers and you can’t help but be enchanted. The Chrysler Building has a pretty remarkable effect on Veronica Mainetti, the president of Sorgente Group of America. The night before her interview with...

Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the exhibition Spatial Fluidity, which opens April 1, 2017 and runs through April 21, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 6 from 6-8 pm. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend. Exhibition Dates: April 1, 2017  – April...