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It may not be entirely true that every Irishmen wants to own a bar but a great number of Italian entertainers have wanted to get into the restaurant business, as have Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Robert DeNiro, Lou Costello, Francis Ford Coppola, Madonna, Paul Sorvino, Liberace, Sonny Bono and Lady Gaga to name a few. So, when approached by veteran...

The love that Americans have for Italy is evergreen and indisputable. The evidence is in our collective celebration of cosi italiano across America’s regions and ethnic backgrounds, and the fact that Italy is year-after-year the #1 destination abroad for American travelers. And, of course, there’s the stories we love to follow of Americans who imme...

 In late April 1968, Gino and Anna Dagri of Queens were honeymooning in their native Italy when she insisted they visit Padre Pio, the future saint known for bearing stigmata — wounds corresponding to the wounds of the crucifixion of Christ. At first, Gino wasn’t interested, but he soon agreed to accompany his bride to Padre Pio’s church in the tow...

The Ulster County Italian American Foundation’s 14th annual Italian Festival will return to T.R. Gallo Park on Sunday, Oct. 10. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the park at the foot of Broadway. It will mark the return of the festival to the park after last year’s event was scaled back and moved to the town of Ulster due to COVID-19...

When first-generation Italian immigrant Vito Carrieri started considering stepping away from the restaurant he had run in Mesa for two decades, he had no natural successor. His children were in California and were not interested in returning to take over for their retiring father. But he did have friends in the restaurant business, namely Ryan and...

Serving the bustling business scene in Midtown since 1993, the family-owned and operated eatery suddenly faced mounting bills and permanent closure amidst the pandemic. With a business hovering on the brink of bankruptcy, sisters and co-owners Elaina and Rosanna Scotto launched a major reimagine. Inspired by the Italian island of Capri known for it...

The clams, sausage and peppers, fold-over pizza slices, rainbow cookie chocolate donuts (a must-try!), and enough pasta to feed an army will soon be dished out to thousands of San Gennaro Feast-goers in Lower Manhattan’s Little Italy. “The Feast of All Feasts” will run from Sept. 16 – 26, and 2021 will mark the 94th celebration of this historic and...

It has been 20 years now and I still can’t forget the look of sadness my teammates and I saw on the faces of the first responders at Ground Zero days after the attacks. They all looked so tired, and mentally and physically drained. They stayed there for days on end and were on a mission to find someone alive. Sadly, that never happened. It was such...

Columbus Citizens Foundation today announced New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro as the recipient of 2021’s Humanitarian of the Year Award. Nigro joins the previously announced guests of honor for this year’s Columbus Celebration, including 2021 Grand Marshal Michael Pascucci, and Columbus Citizens Foundation’s 2021 Honorees Joe Gurrera an...

Mike Piazza, una leggenda per i Mets e per tutto il baseball statunitense. Un atleta che ha lavorato tanto ed è entrato nella Hall of Fame. Non solo quella dei giocatori dello sport che ha rappresentato nei suoi anni di carriera, ma anche dei tantissimi tifosi che il 21 settembre 2001 hanno assistito alla partita contro i Braves. Quando tutto andav...

It was forecasted that “hot vax summer” in New York — when newly vaccinated young people emerged from more than a year of isolation — would herald a moment of aesthetic excess and opulence in fashion. And while some shoppers — particularly those college-aged and younger — did spring for that kind of frosted-pink-and-sequined Y2K revival, there was...

Chazz Palminteri is perhaps best known as an actor, but he is also a gifted screenwriter, producer, and playwright. He was born in the Belmont neighborhood in the NYC borough of the Bronx on May 15, 1952. Belmont was once a big Italian neighborhood. Italian American rocker Dion DiMucci and Italian American actress Anne Bancroft were also from the n...