Members and friends of the Comitati delle Due Sicilie USA met up at Panzerotti Bites (235 Smith St.) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn this week for an enjoyable evening of food and fellowship. Warmly welcomed by owners Vittoria and Pasquale, our hungry little troop settled in the cozy shop with open kitchen and patio seating, and perused the wide selec...

A few days out of the year, bands and megaphones drown out the noise of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway in a few small blocks of Williamsburg’s Streets, as 50,000+ people come together to celebrate a tradition dating back over 1000 years: The Feast of Mt. Carmel, (The Giglio Feast). While this New York City rendition is a mere 115 years old in compa...

He has more than 10,000 Instagram followers, hangs out with chefs, photographers and podcasters and gets his tab picked up by local restaurateurs. And he’s 11 years old. The kid in question is Luca Marconi, a fifth grader who, under his Instagram handle @LucaTwoTimes, is also a big-talking food reviewer. For the last year, the cuddly Williamsburg,...

There’s a very interesting book called “Flavor and Soul: Italian America at Its African American Edge”, which tells very well about an important aspect of the Italian American experience.  The relationship between the Italian Americans and the African Americans reveals more than one could think, about how the Italian Americans integrated into the A...

So much has changed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn over the years, but there is one thing that seems will never change: the rising of Giglio. Towering 7-stories over head, the Giglio is lifted by pure muscle in a symbolic dance commemorating the rescue of Italian children by boat from Nola, Italy outside of Naples. "The Italians are here, the Catholic c...

A neighborhood tradition that has taken place on an annual basis for the past 115 years will be returning to the streets of Williamsburg later this week. The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast, as the 12-day event is called, will kickoff on July 5, and is perhaps most known for the hoisting and parading of a 65-foot, 4-ton structure through neighborhoo...

July 8 (Sunday) 4:00 pm: Brooklyn Cyclones Italian Cultural Night. The Brooklyn Cyclones are hosting their annual Italian Cultural Night! This will be a night of celebrating our Italian heritage, with restaurants, bakeries, and other Italian businesses from all over Brooklyn to participate.There will be live Italian entertainment, as well as events...

Call it a slow-cooked Italian dish. The city’s first Italian-American community center, “Il Centro,” finally opened its Bensonhurst doors on June 21 — nearly a decade after the project was first announced. Construction of the center, at the corner of 18th and Benson avenues, was delayed for years because of hundreds of complaints neighbors filed wi...

Every summer, thousands of New Yorkers flock to Brooklyn and witness the lifting of the Giglio: a 4-ton, 72-foot statue that’s carried through the crowd by 150 men. There’s nothing quite like it, and this year marks the 115th anniversary of the larger-than-life tradition. The giglio — bearing the likeness of St. Paulinus — will be hoisted and lugge...

In summer 2017, Justin Batt, the director of the Harbor Defense Museum at Fort Hamilton, New York, met a member of the New York Army National Guard’s 13th Coastal Defense Corps. The meeting wasn’t face to face. Nor did the meeting take place by telephone. Rather, the meeting was happenstance, and it would lead the museum director on a journey throu...