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Posta Fibreno is a karstic lake in the foothills of Italy’s Lazio region, and though it may seem more like an engrossed river, it is a small, serene lake home to a very unusual natural phenomenon known since Roman times. Described by Pliny the Elder in his 1st-century Naturalis Historia, the lake is the setting for the subtle dances and movements o...

The East Hanover Italian American Club has chosen local resident Chris Coccia as the 2019 Grand Marshal of their 15th Annual Columbus Day Parade. Chris,  owner of Coccia Real Estate, is a longtime sponsor of the parade. The Parade Awards Gala will take place Friday, October 11 at the Hanover Manor, East Hanover. This years parade will be held on Su...

Every major film festival eventually faces the challenges associated with leadership change. In some cases that transition can be handled sloppily or unethically, compromising the event’s vision while permanently damaging staff morale and community support.  There are no such concerns regarding Diana Agostini’s recent appointment as the new executi...

Pizza Domenica opened its second location (3200 Banks Street; 504-459-2072; www.pizzadomenica.com) Sept. 13, taking over the former Echo’s Pizza site at the corner of Banks and South Lopez streets in Mid-City. The new location shares the same food menu as the original Magazine Street restaurant, including garlic knots, wood-roasted cauliflower and...

Of all things you may imagine to find in Naples , a dolls’ hospital – or an ospedale delle bambole, to say it in Italian – is probably one  of the strangest.  But let me introduce you to it with a little anecdote. A few  years ago, I was in Chicago with one of my best friends. Sometime before, she had introduced me to the American Girl dolls: she h...

Zweigle’s is expanding it’s Plymouth Avenue location, and the Little Italy Association of Rochester is worried about what changes that will bring to the neighborhood. Zweigle’s is one of Rochester’s oldest family-owned businesses, famous for their hot dogs. The company wants to add 29,000 square feet to its location in the Little Italy Neighborhood...

È stata firmata nei giorni scorsi, precisamente giovedì 12 settembre, una Dichiarazione d’Intenti fra la Farnesina e la Fondazione Reggio Children – Centro Loris Malaguzzi, nata nel 2011 a Reggio Emilia con l’obiettivo di promuovere progetti di solidarietà attraverso la ricerca nel settore dell’educazione. Il "Reggio Emilia Approach" è una filosofi...

The Columbus Day Parade has been on the upswing in recent years thanks to a series of dynamic parade chairmen who have taken the venerable event to new heights. This year’s chairman is no exception. With Greco & Sons VP Lino Greco at the helm, 2019 festivities will feature additional busing locations, a new parade start time, dignitaries from the U...

Union-Endicott graduate Sonny Spera is one of five who will be honored at the 55th annual Syracuse University LetterWinner of Distinction event Nov. 1 at the OnCenter. Joining Spera will be Rob Edson, Gordon Gronkowski, Brad Kotz and Kerri Potts. Those to be honored succeeded athletically and after graduation from SU. On the court, Spera averaged 2...

Much of what the rest of the world considers Italian food hails from the central regions of Italy. Velvety smooth olive oils, world-famous cheeses, savory cured meats and rich tomato sauces grace the tables of the central area of the country.  Beef dishes can be found more often here, and the hills of Tuscany and Umbria are known for their wild boa...

Less than a 30-minute ride on the high-speed train from Venice, Padua is too often disregarded from the majority of visitors. Yet, it makes for a great day trip from Venice, offering a glimpse into the rich history of a city that once was a powerful Comune. Home to Italy’s second oldest university, founded in 1222, Padua has retained the vivacious...

The Greater Middletown Concert Association will open its 2019-2020 concert season at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 28 with a performance by New York’s acclaimed singer Anna Maria Villa and her Anna Maria Villa Quintet, presenting “The Italian-American Songbook”. All four concerts will be held in Middletown’s newly-named Santo Fragilio Performing Arts Center, 20...