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When he was ten years old, Joe Di Prisco was walking toward his grandparents’ East Islip farm with his father and brother when they saw that the house was surrounded by police. Joe’s dad turned and said: “Go back to the house and don’t take sh*t from nobody” and then he jetted off into the woods. Joe’s dad was a con man, bookmaker and informer, now...

The beating hearts of two of the world’s grandest cities — the animated neighborhoods of Trastevere and Brooklyn — have something (appetizing) in common: the Panella brothers’ Roman-style cooking. Heirs of Antica Pesa, the historic Roman restaurant established in 1922, Francesco, Simone, and Lorenzo took their culinary passion across the ocean via...

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced Boston’s St. John’s Seminary to send students home in early March, James Muscatella had to say an early goodbye to the place he’d called home for almost two years. “There was a bit of sadness, even before the coronavirus came to head, of the notion that I would be leaving my classmates, the men that I’d spent a yea...

Allison Arevalo is 3rd generation Italian-American. She grew up in New York cooking with her grandmother and great grandmother, eating with her whole family.  She worked in restaurants throughout high school and college. After years in marketing, she decided to pursue the dream of owning her own eatery. The troubled economy of New York City in the...

In Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the street names flow like the alphabet, starting with Ash, Box, then Clay and carrying on until Oak. On Huron Street, I came across Archestratus Books & Food, one of New York City’s coziest spots for daydreaming about food. I find large bookstores with general cookbook sections overwhelming. Vintage cookbook stores can fee...

This is the story of Michele Casadei Massari, the man who brought pure Italian experience to New York in the form of food. Every individual in this world has a passion and a dream to turn it into a career. Many people believe that nothing in life is better than working in a field that they love; it is an ideal situation. While everyone dreams, not...

We are excited to announce the following upcoming events! Sept 12 - Bravo to Go. The tradition lives on but in a “to go” fashion. Come get your Bravo Festival fix! Sept 19 & 20 - Bocce tournament, top prize $1,000. Sept 26 - Chicken BBQ. $10 gets you a half chicken, baked beans, salt potatoes and a roll and butter. Please come support our Club! **...

Andy Warhol. Robert Rauschenberg. Jasper Johns. William S. Burroughs. John Giorno, the poet and performance artist, slept with them all. These romantic connections were sometimes ‘transcendent’ (Giorno’s words), of a piece with his lifelong commitment to Buddhism; sometimes, he found himself awed by the personality of the great artist. But it was a...

Located in the heart of the South Village and the South Village Historic District is the oldest continuing South Village Italian organization, Tiro a Segno, today located at 77 MacDougal Street. It has been at this location since 1924 and has served the Italian American community since its founding on August 14, 1888. Tiro a Segno calls itself “the...

“Yes, They’re Open” is a web series highlighting local bars and restaurants that are still open for takeout, delivery or pickup during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Live streams from the featured restaurants are broadcast on the Advance Facebook page every weekday around 3 p.m. On Friday, the Advance highlighted Nucci’s South Italian Restaur...

Parishioners at St. Pancras Church are getting a new pastor following the arrest of the parish’s former rector who is accused of sharing explicit texts with a minor. Msgr. Steven Aguggia, chancellor of the diocese, will also serve as the church’s new pastor, Adriana Rodriguez, press secretary for the diocese confirmed on Aug. 17. “I’m ready to serv...

Rich, poor or middle class, if you live in Manhattan, you depend on public parks for recreation. One sign that Gotham is failing at yet another task of keeping people with resources in the city: Columbus Circle Park has been barricaded to visitors for three hot months, and city officials can’t agree on who’s to blame. For New Yorkers who stuck it o...