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Anthony Mancinelli started working as a barber in 1922 at the age of 11. Back then, Babe Ruth was swatting homers for the Yankees, Jack Dempsey was the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Prohibition was just getting under way. Ninety-six years later, Mancinelli still drives and works full time at a Windsor, N.Y. barber shop. The centenarian is i...

Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 PM. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Program Donation: MEMBERS $15 per person, NON-MEMBERS $20 per person (cash, check or credit cards accepted). Refreshments and a light reception will follow. Kindly RSVP in advance so that we can plan accordingly. Call 718-...

There will now be one group overseeing all of Fredonia’s festival events. Festivals Fredonia Chairman Larry Fiorella announced Wednesday the committees that run the Italian Festival and the Farm Festival voted to merge into his organization recently. The announcement came at Festivals Fredonia’s year-end meeting Wednesday at Barker Library. “I’ve...

Thursday, January 17, 2019. From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm. Entrance: Free. Location: Italian Cultural Institute of New York - 686 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065. Book now! The two Amelia Rosselli whose lives and work will be discussed and celebrated were, respectively, the mother and the daughter of the anti-Fascist leader Carlo Rosselli, founder of one...

Portofino celebrates 44 years of hospitality and pride in Forest Hills where you are always welcome as family. The menu says, “Welcome to Forest Hills, Italy,” and at Portofino you’ll be tended to in comfort while enjoying traditional Italian cuisine, wines and great cocktails. Whether you are celebrating one of life’s special occasions or your ave...

You don't have to look far for Italian in Saratoga Springs, so you have to hand it to the two sommelier-restaurateurs who sold their family Italian restaurant in New Haven, Conn., and opened Solevo Kitchen + Social on Phila Street within the year. After starting careers in wine distribution, one went into fashion and one cooked in Italy before buyi...

On Saturday evening, December 8, 2018, friends of the American Foundation of Savoy Orders gathered to celebrate the Foundation’s twenty-fifth anniversary at its annual white-tie charity event, the Ballo di Savoia (Savoy Ball). The Savoy Foundation was delighted to welcome back His Royal Highness Prince Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy, Prince of Venice...

With roots dating back to 1933 in Trieste, Italy, Illy Caffe is a new kiosk in the Staten Island Mall’s new food district. Founded by Francesco Illy -- who also invented the illetta, an espresso machine -- the cafe serves up a bevy of coffees, lattes, iced flavored coffee drinks, cappuccinos and espressos, as well as a menu filled with Italian sand...

When Larry Sidoti’s grandparents came to America from Italy after weeks at sea in the early 1900s, they were first greeted by the Statue of Liberty. “The joy that they felt – they were ecstatic and very cautious, because this was a totally new life for them,” Sidoti told the Guardian. “My grandfather had said to me, a number of times, that she stoo...

Photographer Larry Racioppo loves his native Brooklyn and has made it his life’s work for nearly 50 years to document the borough’s transforming neighborhoods as well as his family and friends who have called it home. His latest book, Brooklyn Before, Photographs 1971—1983, was released earlier this year and illustrates a very different, pre-gentri...

Many Italian-Americans on the Staten Island spent Sunday "fish" shopping. In keeping with the tradition of celebrating the Feast of Seven Fishes, fish markets across the borough saw their share of customers on Sunday as people prepared for their Christmas Eve feast. Not eating meat on Christmas Eve was a Roman catholic tradition as it was part of a...

About two decades ago, members of Endicott's Sons of Italy began gathering every Friday for lunch. At first, the lunches were simple. "It just started out as a group of guys getting together for lunch," said group member Steve Rogers. "And then it turned into this."  Every week, the chapter's location at 126 Odell Ave. in Endicott fills with hundre...