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There’s a retail corridor where people know what the word latticini means, where the hot new store is an old movie theater and the most glamorous building you’ll see is a church from the 1820s. Welcome to 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, where the local shopping reflects residents’ Italian, Chinese and Polish heritages. The neighborhood’s annual Festa d...

Get ready, amici: tomato season is in full swing! From juicy heirlooms to sweet and tangy cherry tomatoes, it's that time of year to enjoy the glorious bounty of the season. Meaning "golden apple" in Italian, a perfect pomodoro is one of life's simple pleasures. And, even though the tomato is not originally native to Italy (hard to believe, we know...

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday in a radio interview addressed at length the heated exchange his brother Chris had with a man who called him “Fredo” — a reference to the film "The Godfather" he said was demeaning to people with Italian heritage. In the video, the CNN anchor says the label is an “aspersion” to Italians, a reference to a character fr...

A new Italian restaurant has opened on the waterfront in Port Jefferson. Due Baci Italian Restaurant opened last month in the space that housed The Graceful Rose at 154 West Broadway. The owners, Maria and Patrick Aubry also own Amarone, an Italian restaurant that opened in Connecticut in 2018.  Due Baci's menu includes traditional Italian pasta di...

The 52nd annual Patchogue Italian Feast Of Saint Liberata will kick off on Saturday, Sept. 7 on Main Street. The event, which will begin at noon with the traditional procession starting in front of the Suffolk District Court, will include various festivities for all ages. The official ceremony will be held at 12:45 p.m. on the Four Corners. Guests...

We’re only a month away from the 93rd Annual Feast of San Gennaro, held every year in NYC’s historic Little Italy–the Lower Manhattan neighborhood that served as the first home for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants. The 11-day, 10-block Feast will step off on Sept. 12 along Mulberry Street, and more than 1 million people will descend on t...

Every year since 2015, a procession down Commerce Street has signaled the start of the Yorktown Feast of San Gennaro, a now five-day Italian heritage festival with food, carnival rides, live music and a festive atmosphere. Hundreds participate in this yearly tradition, during which the statue of Saint Gennaro, on loan from New York City’s Most Prec...

Joseph Migliucci and his family, personable proprietors of Mario’s Restaurant on Arthur Ave. in the Bronx, are marking ‘Cent’ Anni’, a remarkable 100 years of serving their robust Neapolitan Italian-American cuisine.   Joseph’s great grandparents left Naples in the early 1900s and actually opened one of the first Italian restaurants ever in Cairo,...

A mayor’s wife has rejected Saint Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini as a New York woman worthy of a public statue, choosing two men instead. Chirlane McCray, wife of New York’s Democrat mayor, Bill de Blasio, originally planned to honor women in her “She Built NYC” project, an endeavor meant to balance the male-to-female ratio of the city’s public stat...

The Canastota Italian Heritage Committee invites the public to the Italian-American Festival this Saturday to celebrate and honor Italian American culture. The celebration of Italian American culture will feature live local entertainment, Italian and American cuisine, historical displays and demonstrations, produce sales, local artisan booths offer...

Italian American New Yorkers weighed in Tuesday on Chris Cuomo’s claim that “Fredo” is an ethnic slur — and while they said it’s insulting, the agreement was that anyone who likens it to the N-word is stunad. “If anything, when we call somebody ‘Fredo’ it’s like [to say they’re] stupid,” said a worker at Bensonhurst bakery Villabate Alba, who gave...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Presents: Mario del Monaco ~ Il Leone Dell'Opera. Tuesday, August 20th • 7:00 PM. 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Presented by Bill Ronayne. This lecture and video presentation will cover the legendary Italian tenor. Clips include great moments from many of his celebrated performances fea...