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If you are lucky enough to have tasted one of the more than 700,000 pizzas Chef Anthony Mangieri has made in his lifetime, you’ll see why the New York Times called the pizzas he produces at Una Pizza Napoletana the best pizza from a sit-down restaurant in all of New York City. Just think about that for a moment. The best. Pizza. New York City. You...

Athena Visits the Marina is the first children’s book written by Gino Cafarelli, a multitalented Italian-American actor and filmmaker from Queens. He was inspired to write the book by his daughter Athena, who was born with a hearing loss and now shares her name with the book’s title character and protagonist. The book tells the story of Athena, a l...

Sam’s Italian American Restaurant opened April 6, 1971, and has been run by the same family since. It will observe its 50th anniversary from April 6 to 10 with three-course meals for $19.71. (The regular menu will also be available.) Entrees on the anniversary menu are spaghetti with red or white clam sauce, cheese tortellini with mushroom cream, b...

Cold Spring è una cittadina immersa nel verde a novanta chilometri da Manhattan (NY). Ed è il luogo scelto dai due coniugi Nancy Olnick e Giorgio Spanu – appassionati di arte italiana, soprattutto di arte povera – per realizzare la sede della loro Fondazione, il Magazzino Italian Art, un edificio interamente dedicato a esposizioni, ricerca, studio...

On Palm Sunday during Lent, after one of the most difficult years for the world since World War 2, I decided to write a blog post about a long forgotten miraculous event that occurred on October 29th of 1945. The world was still in turmoil from World War 2 just ending a couple of months earlier. A nine year old boy, one of eighteen children born to...

Dr. Joseph Scelsa is one of the most respected and recognized figures in the Italian American community who has written essays and publications, sits on the boards of some of the major Italian American organizations, and is the recipient of multiple recognitions, and accolades. In 1999 he organized the exhibition “The Italians of New York: Five Cen...

The New York State Order Sons of Italy Grand Lodge Foundation Inc. made their third installment of $20,000 on their $100,000 grant to the Italian American Museum for their new permanent exhibition, 'The Italian American Experience' which is scheduled to open Spring 2022 and will highlight the role of NYSOSIA in the community. Pictured (left to righ...

When: Mon, 04/26/2021 - 6:30pm - What: What Makes It Italian? Studies in Contrast is a music listening and discussion group that meets online on the Zoom platform and is open to everyone. A time of Nationalism in art and music, with Italians refreshing traditions and American artists destabilizing them. Italian pairing: Ildebrando Pizzetti’s Requie...

The Italian American Civic Association’s annual Bravo Italiano Festival is returning for its 36th year. The group made the announcement on its Facebook page on Wednesday. The association says now that vaccines are being distributed and a sense of normalcy is hopefully on the horizon, they have begun planning this year’s festival. Organizers say the...

A special two-part virtual series on Thursdays, April 8 and 22. Presented by Carla Gambescia. 04/08 • Thursday 7 pm, Part 1: Humanizing Art – Giotto di Bondone; 04/22 • Thursday 7 pm, Part 2: Art as Propaganda in Baroque Rome. Organized by Casa Belvedere Carla Gambescia is the author of La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian C...

For the past 5 years, Frank’s Italian Restaurant in Maine has been importing chocolate Easter eggs from Italy to sell to its customers. Every year it’s such a hit that the owner of the restaurant, Frank LoPiccolo, decided to bring in a 22 pound Easter egg to raffle off. The 22 pound egg is made entirely of milk chocolate and a raffle ticket costs o...

Before 2020, each December in which I was fortunate enough to serve as your restaurant critic brought a “year in review.” After the annus horribilis fading in our rear-view mirrors, it seemed wrong to issue a casualties list while so many places could only be hibernating. Instead, I’ll focus on presenting places that I’ve been pleasantly surprised...