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Between the 1880s and the 1920s, over four million Italians left the shores of their native country to migrate to the U.S. in search of better opportunities. Most of them came from poor rural villages in southern Italy and formed their own communities in East Coast cities like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston, bringing their cultural trad...

You could say that Don Antinore took his job seriously Saturday on School Street in Batavia. He was one of three volunteer judges for the first-ever Italian Fest sauce contest. Antinore, Jay Steinbrenner and Paul Figlow carefully tasted, observed, and dripped each sauce off the spoon during their deliberations of the top three winners. After they r...

One night only open to the public: September 7, 6-10 PM. Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation | 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, NY. RSVP here, required by Sept 1st. For the last 25 years America’s Artist Scott LoBaido has respectfully painted thousands of renditions of Old Glory. On schools, homes, fire houses, police stations, cars, and...

More than a million people every year make their way to the historic streets of Little Italy to experience the Feast of San Gennaro, NYC’s largest and longest-running Italian festival. Now celebrating its 96th anniversary, religious processions, parades, live music, and authentic Italian eats highlight the festivities. The 2022 Feast of San Gennaro...

“Viva San Rocco!” It’s the last weeks of summer in Italian America, and in neighborhoods across the country, paesani are celebrating the Feast of Saint Rocco, one of the most venerated saint days in the Italian American year. For our part, we’re sitting down with Stephen La Rocca, president of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza, to discover more abou...

This month, Bensonhurst will once again host one of Brooklyn’s most storied traditions. The annual Feast of Santa Rosalia begins Thursday, Aug. 18 on 18th Avenue – aka Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard – from 68th to 75th streets. It will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 28. As usual, the 10-day event, sponsored by the Federation of Italian American Organizatio...

The National Organization of Italian-American Women (NOIAW), the Greater New York Region Staten Island Network, will celebrate “Ferragosto” -- an Italian holiday with roots in Catholic traditions -- with a meet and greet, a gallery tour and a brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sunday, Aug. 14 at 11:30 a.m.  The event, open to both NOIAW members and n...

Columbus Citizens Foundation today announced William (Bill) Amelio as an Honoree of the 2022 Columbus Celebration. Amelio, Executive Chairman & Co-CEO of financial start-up DoubleCheck Solutions, will join Tom Golisano, who was previously announced as the 2022 Grand Marshal. The annual Columbus Day Parade, the largest celebration of Italian America...

It is not surprising that Staten Island, the most bucolic borough, became a haven for Italian immigrants who arrived from Contursi-Terme, Italy during the early 20th century, says Frances R. Curcio in speaking of those who came to America to make a better life — in the country where many believed the streets were paved with gold. Curcio, of Arrocha...

The 2nd Annual Bella Notte Italiana / Italian Festival will be in Orange Square Park in Port Jervis on August 20. The entertainment lineup will include the return of Sal Valentinetti, Golden Buzzer winner from America’s Got Talent. Also performing will be award winning singer and PBS television host Cristina Fontanelli and the Uncle Louie Variety S...

Fabrizio Di Michele, the Consul General of Italy in New York, hosted a grand reception on Saturday, July 23 to honor and celebrate the emerging bond between the Italian government and The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations (COPOMIAO). Held at the Italian Consulate headquarters in NYC, the gathering reflects an ongoing...

Buffalo’s Italian Cultural Center cut the ribbon yesterday on a brand new courtyard. It’s called the Russel J. Salvatore courtyard. The restauranteur helped fund the project. It’s located at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Hertel. The courtyard has new statues, lights, tables along with a bocce court and community garden. There’s a fountain that...