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The Desiderio family has been in the restaurant industry since the late 1970s. They work with family and their extended family of staff at Bobby J's Italian American Grille in Cheektowaga. That's why brothers and co-owners Bob and Jay Desiderio sat down with their family to decide how they could help those on the front lines of this crisis. "When w...

When Neil Thomas Proto started delving into the life of Yale University president A. Bartlett Giamatti, he expected to tell a story of tremendous personal and professional accomplishment — a tale of a life well-lived. What he found was something quite a bit more complex. Proto’s book, “Fearless: A. Bartlett Giamatti and the Battle for Fairness in A...

The package that Italian skier Federica Brignone anxiously awaited while in isolation wasn’t from Amazon or the local supermarket. Amid a worldwide suspension of sports events because of the coronavirus pandemic, the heavy trunk held something every bit as precious: trophies honoring a season full of racing and emotions. The special delivery late l...

As local hospitals respond to the coronavirus pandemic, a Jeffersonville restaurant is showing its support by giving out free meals to healthcare workers. Parnelli’s Chicago Eatery, a restaurant that opened three months ago on 10th Street, is providing lunches and dinners to staff at Clark Memorial Health through its “Feed A Floor” campaign, and it...

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became an adult, I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11 They say there are no atheists in foxholes, and, though I am by no stretch of the imagination a religious person, this Bible verse has come back to me many times over the past month of...

Anthony Sciarratta, a Queens-based novelist, didn’t enjoy English until he attended college. But now he is set to release his second novel, “The Letter.” “The Letter,” set to be released April 28 through Post Hill Press, focuses on Victor Esposito, a writer who falls into a coma, and his love affair Eva Abram. After Abram hears the news over a tele...

THE CITY OF SIRMIONE IS located on a narrow strip of land extending more than two miles into the southernmost part of Lake Garda. At the end of the Middle Ages, during a period growing communes in Italy, Sirmione was governed by the powerful Della Scala family of Verona whose members were known as Scaligeri. During the second half of the 14th centu...

Upset you can't do your usual Arthur Avenue run in light of the coronavirus? No worries. Many of the local shops in the Belmont Business Improvement District (BID) also known as the “Little Italy in the Bronx” are currently operating for curbside pick-up, takeout, delivery and mail-order shipping, with many featuring Easter specials. Here's where y...

While the coronavirus pandemic has devastated all corners of the world, it has hit Italy particularly hard. On March 31, the country announced it had nearly 106,000 confirmed cases of the virus and 12,428 deaths—the highest in the world. Despite the grim statistics, Italians have managed to keep a bit of la dolce vita through it all. We've seen cou...

Long before my mother passed, I would visit her and Dad in their suburban New Jersey home, and we would watch Mary Ann Esposito’s show, Ciao Italia, on their local PBS station. While I learned Mary Ann’s dishes and techniques on TV, my mother passed on her own recipes and hands-on lessons in her humble New Jersey kitchen, in the same way her mother...

Our vibrant community of Little Italy stands strong with the entire globe amid these challenging times. Our quiet streets are a beautiful demonstration of our solidarity and the love our community shares for one another and each other’s safety. Our rich history and resiliency since Italian tuna fisherman established Little Italy in the 1920s has st...

A tour guide at the back of the boat was pointing to some of the sites as the craft raced toward Bellagio (the real village not the hotel in Vegas). Italy’s lake region is one of the most picturesque spots in a country already stunning with beauty both designed by nature and by ancient architects. Lake Como’s shore is rich with stories of kings, sa...