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A popular East Rochester restaurant is set to reopen next week, several weeks after a fire damaged the eatery's kitchen. The June 17 fire in the kitchen of Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar, 137 W. Commercial St., East Rochester, forced the temporarily closure of the spot. The eatery is set to reopen on Monday, July 6, said Massimo Albano, who ow...

It has been a challenging 2020 for New York City restaurants and high energy Chef Michele Casadei Massari’s Lucciola, located near Central Park at 90th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, is no exception. Fortunately, things are looking up with exciting news. Chef Casadei Massari, who has brought his culinary passion from his native Bologna, Italy to New...

A New York City staple is balancing new menu items without giving up on their traditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lombardi’s originally opened in 1897 as an Italian grocery store in Little Italy. The owner, Gennaro Lombardi, became known for the pizzas that he made that by 1905 the store shifted gears and became the first pizzeria in the United...

Mangiamo's fresh ravioli and pasta, popular at the Saratoga Farmer’s Market, is now available at its own shop. Rose Contadino, who learned the art of pasta making at the side of her Italian grandmother and mother, is offering her specialty cheese ravioli, as well as capellini, fettucine and pappardelle in a new store at 75 Woodlawn Ave. And while i...

The Bronx’s Little Italy might feel like an outdoor piazza from the homeland once New York City enters into Phase 2 in the upcoming days. Currently, the Belmont Business Improvement District is cooking up a plan to close portions of Arthur Avenue to make way for in-street, outdoor dining on weekend evenings, according to the BID’s treasurer, Frank...

Chef Missy Robins’ popular Italian restaurants Misi, at 329 Kent Ave., and Lilia, at 567 Union Ave., still have not reopened for takeout and delivery like other eateries. However, the restaurants will sell pasta kits along with specialty Italian provisions so that shoppers can cook similar-tasting meals at home. All profits from this initiative ear...

Opening a new restaurant in New York City is a major feat in its own right. For restaurateur Paul Shaked and chef Adam Leonti, opening their latest Mulberry Street project, Sofia’s, during and unforeseen pandemic meant utilizing their expertise and creativity to both survive and feed hungry New Yorkers in the safest and most comforting way possible...

The desecration of businesses last week was not only on Fordham Road and Burnside Avenue, but in Little Italy as well. Like many other small businesses during COVID-19, Joe’s Little Italy on East 187th St. has been working hard to stay afloat. However, after recently being looted last week, the Bronx community is rallying together to help the eater...

The other night I was seated in an actual restaurant and the cute little server asked me for a cocktail order. I responded “red wine.” She asked “Merlot or Cabernet” and a column was borne. I answered “Red, some good vintage like April,” and I realized immediately that my pathetic attempt at humor was falling on ears 50 years too young to comprehen...

There are a few genuine Italian speciality food stores left in New York City. One of them is D. Coluccio & Sons. In what used to be the centre of Little Italy in Brooklyn, D. Coluccio & Sons is sandwiched between Borough Park, Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge. Founded by Domenico Coluccio in 1962, D. Coluccio & Sons has the finest variety of imported Ital...

Italian spirits have undergone a renaissance in the US. Though many Italian distillers have sought a Denominazione di origine controllata (D.O.C.) for numerous amaro styles, which would restrict the official category to Italy (like Champagne in France), many spirits producers across the US try their hand at making bitter botanical spirits. There ar...

Joe and Bob Spaziani learned all about feeding lots of people from their Italian grandmother while growing up in Elmira. “She had nine kids,” Joe says. “She used to make polenta and the kids would get around the pasta board. She would put the board right on the table and put the polenta on it with the sauce over it and the meatballs and the sausage...