It’s time to celebrate the red, white and green! Pasta, opera, Sunday mass and a cannoli-eating contest are among the activities in the lineup for this weekend’s FESTA ITALIANA at Freedom Hill County Park. Food is a star of the annual festival presented by the Italian American Cultural Society, and local restaurants and vendors will be offering som...

Once again, the National Italian American Foundation returned to the elegant and historic Cipriani 42nd Street for its annual New York Gala on April 10, where guests mingled between sweeping archways and golden curtains in the heart of New York’s iconic Manhattan neighborhood. More than 700 Italian and Italian Americans from New York and around the...

Back by popular demand, "America’s Got Talent" golden buzzer winner Sal Valentinetti returns to the King Center on Saturday, March 10. The Italian-American crooner who came to be known as “Sal the Voice” after his successful run on the 11th season of the hit NBC show, is touring in support of his debut EP “The Voice.” I spoke with Valentinetti abou...

The scene appeared pulled from “The Sopranos.” The year was 2016, during season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.” Sal Valentinetti walked in slow motion along with two family members in the bright sun. His cousin, Big Tommy, ate a canoli while walking. “How you doin’?,” Valentinetti said when he sat down for a confessional video. The Italian-American...

Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti, Long Island native and celebrated crooner from season 11 of America's Got Talent, released an original Christmas single entitled When Christmas Comes to Town. Inspired by Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, and Dean Martin, Valentinetti's voice is ideally suited for the holiday season. "I'm excited to be sharing this new Chr...

Not so long ago, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti was a college student who delivered pizzas and sang along to the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin. Last summer, the 21-year-old Italian-American vocalist became a finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” and now he performs around the country. The Long Island native will be the featured p...