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Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lewis Iuliucci, the grandson of Italian immigrants that were processed through Ellis Island in the early 1900s, was taught that with hard work he could achieve the American dream — the prosperous life his family braved dangerous seas to seek.  “We were very, very poor and living in a melting-pot Brooklyn neighborhood w...

St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Utica is holding the annual Italian festival this weekend. The Italian food is made right at the church. Options include pasta, pizza, mushroom stew, sausage and peppers, and rice balls. Well festival Co-Chairman Joe Briggs believes the festival has the best food in Utica, the purpose has a lot more importance to...

Italian restaurant Grano officially opens its doors in downtown Schenectady today in the former home of Aperitivo Bistro, which closed suddenly in March. The restaurant is owned by Armondo Cioccke and Danny Petrosino, who are also chef-owners of Osteria Danny in Saratoga Springs and Armondo's Villa Tuscan Grill in Rotterdam. Grano will specialize i...

Her bags are packed and she’s ready to go. Long Island City-based artist and fine arts educator, Clare Stokolosa, is returning to her favorite Tuscan hilltop town in Italy, which overlooks a picture-worthy valley with breath-taking vistas of rolling hills and mountains.  She says the color and light are inspirational for painting. “I was introduced...

Arrivederci, ramen and bibimbap — it’s celebrazione season for Italian food lovers. A half-dozen marvelous new and new-ish restaurants are re-energizing New Yorkers’ favorite cuisine. This fresh crop isn’t obsessed with red sauce or overworked Tuscan recipes. Instead, it reflects influences from up and down the Boot between Italy’s Alpine and near-...

From Florence, Italy to the Bronx’s Little Italy. Italian Professional Football Club ACF Fiorentina to be Welcomed on Arthur Avenue With a Celebratory “Pep Rally” Sunday Afternoon, July 21. In Advance of Their Final USA International Champions Cup (ICC) Game, ACF Fiorentina Will Be Greeted By Fans, Local Officials & Business Owners, including Mario...

In the late ’60s and early ’70s, while Hollywood was in the throes of the Easy Rider movie-brat revolution, six thousand miles away, the Italian film industry was too busy ripping off Hitchcock and splashing the screen red with blood to take much notice. Dismissed by American critics at the time as low-rent imports barely deserving of the bottom ha...

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is celebrating 100 years as a museum. This small home on Tompkins Ave. has been a beacon of light for history, learning and the Italian culture. To commemorate this monumental  achievement, a series of exhibits will be highlighted. They will include  all of the regions of Italy with a colorful display of their regional d...

What’s the best restaurant on the Island? Steve’s Piccola Bussola in Syosset, at least according to my own recent, completely unscientific survey of Uber drivers who’ve picked me up over the past few days. I myself had never heard of the place, further proof, if any is needed, that I’ve lived on Long Island for exactly five minutes. As anyone who’s...

Lower retail rents and the pedestrian energy along Billionaires’ Row have brought the Italian fashion company Moschino back to Madison Avenue for the first time in over 15 years. Sources say the upcoming 1,200-square-foot boutique is in 635 Madison Ave. on the northeast corner of East 59th Street. The fun fashion firm leased the former Camper store...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci with a painting by the artist that will draw crowds but also pay solemn tribute to the larger-than-life Italian Renaissance painter, architect and inventor. “Saint Jerome Praying in the Wilderness” - an unfinished painting on wood on loan f...

A Williamsburg tradition since 1903, the Giglio Feast is going on now through Sunday, July 21st on the streets around Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on Havemeyer Street. All the familiar Italian street fair sights and smells are here: zeppoles, cigars, bracciole, beer, sausage & peppers, sucker games, clams, creaky rides, Manhattan Coffee Soda, fa...