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Ah, remember the days when a tomato collaboration meant Heinz' EZ Squirt ketchup for the movie premiere of Shrek? Green was for the ogre and purple was for Donkey, and true '90s kids can still recite the difference in flavor notes. For National Ice Cream Month, one of our favorite spots in the city for gelato, the Lower East Side's il laboratorio d...

An iconic Bensonhurst sandwich shop is getting a second-coming this week. Residents of Sunset Park are set to become part of the Lioni Italian Heroes family as the Italian-American shop officially expects to open there on Thursday or Friday, the Brooklyn Eagle has learned. “We had been looking at Industry City and the area for about a year. The are...

Maybe you have opera jokes. We did. When the Pop Culture Happy Hour team planned a trip to the Metropolitan Opera in New York, we grudgingly served up to each other our dusty old gags about Bugs Bunny and helmets with horns and Pretty Woman and ... have we left anything out? We chose to see Rigoletto, precisely because it's a classic. It's real, ha...

One of Brooklyn’s most beloved bakeries has had quite a year. Savarese Italian Pastry Shoppe at the corner of 60th Street and New Utrecht Avenue celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018. But on March 26, a fire at Savarese caused minor damage to the upstairs apartment. Thankfully, the fire was contained, the bakery was not affected and no one was s...

Finally, one of the biggest debates in the history of Staten Island can be put to rest: How do you say mozzarella? The borough has a proud Italian-American population that loves to share its food and culture with us. And while no one complains about the food, some question how these delicious eats are actually pronounced. The correction pronunciati...

Yesterday I witnessed a genuine feel good story. You know the story by now. Boy leaves Calabria at the age of four and immigrates with his family to the Bronx. This article skips what happened between the Bronx decades ago when he grew up on Arthur Avenue until now, when he triumphantly returned with his pride and joy, ACF Fiorentina. It focuses on...

Rochester’s Little Italy Historic District and Lyell Avenue Corridor received national attention in the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) “Ambassador Magazine”, distributed to over 25 million people across the country. The new article features Rochester’s popular Little Italy Festival, and Italian-owned businesses in the Lyell corridor,...

The corner store at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Langdon Street in Franklin Square has housed a series of workaday businesses, among them, a flooring distributor, a heating-and-plumbing service and a photo studio. But the ramshackle site got a glamorous makeover when Vito and Danny Altesi decided to turn it into a cafe featuring homemade...

The neighborhood was out in force outside Our Lady of Grace Church on Saturday, July 13 to celebrate actor Vincent Pastore birthday a little early at an old-fashioned Brooklyn block party. Hosted by Gravesend-born actor and filmmaker William DeMeo and Michelle Frantzeskos’s Entertainment and Consultant Inc., there was food, music and dancing aplent...

Salvatore Sorrentino has been searching Bay Shore high and low for the last five years for the perfect spot for his Italian restaurant. It wasn’t until he was scrolling through Craiglist with his wife, Christina, that he found the best fit: the old Gino’s Pizzeria at 45 West Main Street. “It was really random,” said Christina. “We were on Craigslis...

Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lewis Iuliucci, the grandson of Italian immigrants that were processed through Ellis Island in the early 1900s, was taught that with hard work he could achieve the American dream — the prosperous life his family braved dangerous seas to seek.  “We were very, very poor and living in a melting-pot Brooklyn neighborhood w...

St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Utica is holding the annual Italian festival this weekend. The Italian food is made right at the church. Options include pasta, pizza, mushroom stew, sausage and peppers, and rice balls. Well festival Co-Chairman Joe Briggs believes the festival has the best food in Utica, the purpose has a lot more importance to...