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Sauce or gravy? It’s a question that seems simple enough, but ask any Italian American and you’ll absolutely get an earful. No one really knows who coined the term gravy, or when the sauce-gravy controversy started; however, every Italian-American knows what side they’re on. Lorraine Ranalli, author of the book Gravy Wars, told Slate, “In my resear...

Festa Italiana is bringing back their spring ticket deal with tickets for only $7. The deal only lasts for seven days once a month in April, May and June. General admission is $13 at the gate and kids under 12-years-old get in for free. Online tickets before the event will cost $10. The ticket deal will run from April 16-22, May 14-20 and June 18-2...

Fresh off the back of their Alta Moda shows in Manhattan, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the Italian duo behind the luxury brand Dolce & Gabbana, have already moved on to their next venture: a very millennial-style concept store. Located at 155 Mercer Street in SoHo, the new space, which officially opened its doors Wednesday, is set within an...

IN THE KITCHEN Pasquale Celone takes a personal approach to cooking at the restaurant in Londonderry, N.H., that bears his name. His approach to food is simple: “If I don’t like it, you don’t like it.” Celone was born in Torre Annunziata just outside Naples, where his family grew San Marzano tomatoes and other veggies. He says his passion for cooki...

No place nurtures Romance and Amore like Italy and no current Pop-Opera ‘Crooner’ honors Italy more than Franco Corso. ‘The Voice of Romance’ and his stellar band of International musicians will take you on a ‘Musical Journey Through Italy.’ Featuring beloved songs of Bocelli, Caruso, Pavarotti and many Italian upbeat pop, such as ‘Italiano’, ‘Il M...

Every year in October, Americans of Italian ancestry gear up to do battle. It’s part of a decades-long war to ensure the recognition of and respect for the integral role Italian Americans have played in this country. As a proud Italian American, or IA, myself, I can bear witness to the atrocious and dehumanizing stereotyping of my people. We don’t...

Frank Magnasco, a California native, recently returned back to the Golden State after working as a bartender in New York for 13 years. Once in San Diego, he picked up at Little Italy’s Juniper & Ivy, just seven months ago. Throughout his years working behind the bar, he was always fascinated by the creativity and inventive nature of cocktail compet...

Carol Ann Caronia knows potential when she sees it. After a career teaching chess to young children in city schools and programs, she’s worked with kids who’ve won national championships before graduating high school. Talented children, knowledgeable about the rules and moves even soon after kindergarten. But then there was Fabiano Caruana. He came...

Sardinian artist Stefano Sanna presents his first-ever U.S. exhibitions at Agora Gallery through April 25, 2018 and ArtExpo from April 19 to 24, 2018. Inspired by his home on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, Sanna creates new abstractions and figurative works composed of recycled materials found on the island's beaches. As a pioneer of his uni...

As experts on Italian food goes, I'd rank people living and working in New York City right up there. So a recent list published on the New York Daily News website, purporting to contain the name of the best Italian restaurant in each of the 50 states, caught my attention. The list, which was posted earlier this year, is presented as a mouthwatering...

Opera Theater of Connecticut presents two performances of the powerful opera “I Pagliacci” by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Performances will be held April 20-21 at Andrews Memorial Town Hall in Clinton. A mainstay of the dynamic “verismo” repertoire, this commanding work contains pieces such as the memorable Bell Chorus, the melodic Intermezzo, and, of cou...

Albert Anthony Capellini, a former supervisor in the Town of Yorktown, a prominent real estate attorney and an active community volunteer, died April 12 from complications from cancer. He was 75. Flags at Yorktown Town Hall, the Yorktown Fire Department and Yorktown Police Department were flown at half-mast in Capellini’s honor, and thousands of pe...