There has been a strong Italian presence in Rochester, New York for over 150 years, with Irish and German being the other two dominant immigrant cultures. The first Italian immigrant to Rochester arrived in 1860. As this ethnic population grew, it migrated to and settled in the neighborhood along the streets of what is now known as Lyell Avenue. Ro...

Now that Gruttadauria's Bakery has closed in Greece, and is heading for California, its loyal Rochester customers are bemoaning the loss of their favorite baked goods.  The Italian cookies. The rainbow cookies. The rum cake. The cannoli. These aren't just baked goods. They are the flavors of special memories — of weddings, celebrations and holidays...

Detroit è la principale città del Michigan. Affacciata sul fiume omonimo che la separa dal Canada, con Windsor che la fronteggia sulla sponda canadese, Detroit fu fondata nel 1701 da un ufficiale francese, Antoine Laumet de la Mothe, che la eresse come insediamento fortificato - Fort Detroit - in posizione strategica, nella regione dei grandi laghi...

The Italian-American community is celebrating 150 years in Rochester this year. On Tuesday, the Little Italy Association opened a new office downtown on Frankfort Street. The office will help with the plan to revitalize the Lyell Avenue neighborhood. In recent years, the association said the area has been troubled by crime, drugs and prostitution....

Celebrating Italian heritage, exploration and the American dream. More than 600 people gathered at the Diplomat Banquet Center in Gates for the 78th annual Columbus Day luncheon to hear from local Italian-American dignitaries about their ancestral roots. Meanwhile, Rochester's Native-American community celebrated its first Indigenous Peoples Day Mo...

In a milestone change, the city of Rochester announced this week that Monday, Oct. 8, will be the city's first annual Indigenous Peoples Day. But Monday already is the federally designated Columbus Day, setting up a convergence of societal concerns about who we are as a people and how we celebrate cultures, history and heritage.  The city says Colu...

The North American tour of A Bronx Tale, directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, has begun rehearsals ahead of performances set to begin in Rochester, New York, on October 14. The company features 10 alumni from the Broadway production. Heading the cast are Joe Barbara as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Joey Barreiro as Calogero, Michelle Ar...

Casting has been announced for the North American tour of A Bronx Tale, directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. The company will feature 10 alumni from the Broadway production. Heading the cast are Joe Barbara as Sonny, Richard H. Blake as Lorenzo, Joey Barreiro as Calogero, Michelle Aravena as Rosina, Brianna-Marie Bell as Jane, Antonio Beverly...

A jazz superstar and a boxing champion have been added to a mural in upstate New York. Grammy Award winner Chuck Mangione and ex-welterweight and middleweight world champion Carmen Basilio were added to Rochester's Little Italy Wall Mural on Sunday. The two city natives join other notable Italian Americans, including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, f...

To support House of Mercy and its mission of serving and advocating for Rochester’s homeless citizens, the Little Italy Neighborhood Association donated the remaining food from the 2018 Little Italy Festival.  “The only way we will be able to help the less fortunate people of Rochester is by working together to bring about positive change,” said Si...