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After statues of Christopher Columbus were defaced around the country this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that he supports keeping Manhattan’s statue of the Italian explorer, saying it represents “the Italian-American legacy” in America. Asked by a reporter at his daily coronavirus press briefing whether it is time for the 14-fo...

Following the destruction and damage to several prominent statues of Christopher Columbus nationwide, the Columbus Citizens Foundation released a statement condemning the destruction of these monuments to Italian-American history. President of the Columbus Citizens Foundation, Marian Pardo, had this to say: “Columbus Citizens Foundation stands for...

Joe and Bob Spaziani learned all about feeding lots of people from their Italian grandmother while growing up in Elmira. “She had nine kids,” Joe says. “She used to make polenta and the kids would get around the pasta board. She would put the board right on the table and put the polenta on it with the sauce over it and the meatballs and the sausage...

Food blogger Salvatore (The Grubfather) DiBenedetto is a Long Island native with humble roots, starting off as a dishwasher in Italian kitchens. Now, he’s a jet-setting entrepreneur. His passion for food, along with his creative eye, has allowed him to become a widely recognized name in the hospitality industry,fueled by Instagram. The popularity o...

Specialty grocer Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace plans to take over a North Babylon space that King Kullen left in September after 40 years there. The new store is set to open in spring or summer 2021 in Sunset Plaza, at 1170 Deer Park Ave., Uncle Giuseppe’s said in a statement Monday. The 39,241-square-foot store will be the Farmingdale-based chain’s...

My name is Bill McElveney. I am a FCA Empire State Region WNY Chapter founding member. My introduction into the world of Ferrari began in the mid 1980’s when my daughter Jennifer, (10) and son Joe, (8) asked to decorate their rooms with Ferrari posters and photos. This request was certainly much less expensive than the real thing, so I agreed sayin...

A “soft opening” for a new restaurant once meant easing into business with limited reservations for friends, family and staff. But, in today’s world, it means starting with takeout. Such is the case for Forsythia at 9 Stanton Street. “In the middle of construction everything went on pause,” said Jacob Siwak, formerly of Olmsted, who is the executiv...

A petition asking Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh to take down the Christopher Columbus statue in the city now has nearly 8,000 signatures. The mayor says he wants to ensure any discussion made about the statue is one that contributes to a healing process and does not do more harm to the Syracuse community. The debate surrounding this statue is of course...

Sono tornata ancora una volta sulla questione del consolato onorario di Rochester, vacante ormai da tre anni, e oggetto di mie precedenti iniziative, sottoscrivendo la richiesta inviata al Console generale di New York, Francesco Genuardi, di portare ad una sollecita conclusione la complessa procedura di nomina del nuovo responsabile. La sollecitazi...

Touch of Italy is known throughout Delaware’s Cape Region, Ocean City, Md. and Wilmington for authentic Italian ingredients imported from Arthur Avenue in the Bronx! But this landmark is even a lot more than that: Touch of Italy’s Italian Marketplace features hard-to-find imported items and one-stop-shopping where guests can purchase TOI-brand peel...

Rudolf Gatti, chef and owner of former Lido Restaurant in Tompkinsville, passed away on May 9 in North Carolina from renal disease. He was 82. The Lido restaurant was legendary on Staten Island even before Gatti’s family took the place over in 1946. In those days Victory Boulevard was called the Richmond Turnpike. Already 100 years old and arguably...

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we announce the appointment of Vita Scaturro, as our incoming Chairman of the Board commencing June 1, 2020. Vita Scaturro presently works at J.P. Morgan Chase as Vice President-Relationship Manager III, where her contributions in the areas of new business development, sales management, and staff deve...