NEWS FROM : NEW YORK  

by Emily Frost   The West Village-based Italian restaurant and bakery Risotteria, which describes itself as a "gluten-free heaven," is opening a new outpost on Amsterdam Avenue this spring, the owner said.   The new restaurant is under construction on Amsterdam Avenue at West 78th Street, taking the space of Westway Food Market, the c...

by Christina Izzo   The adage "Rome wasn't built in a day" has soothed the worried brows of empire builders for centuries—but not the crew behind Major Food Group. Patience might've worked for those Romans, but in its breathless, rapid-fire expansion—eight restaurants in six years—the Italian-American food juggernaut has tapped more readily...

by Lauren Steussy   Local students will be recreating the 19th century inventions of Antonio Meucci, one of the creators of the telephone, using 21st century technology. The students, from Staten Island Technical High School, will use three-dimensional printers to reverse engineer some of the pieces used by Meucci to create his electrom...

By Giovanni di Napoli While waiting to meet a friend the other day I had the good fortune to stumble across an amazing work of art by the great Sicilian-American sculptor Anthony (Antonio) de Francisci. At the intersection of Broadway and Fourth Avenue lies Union Square Park, a cozy little oasis in the heart of bustling Manhattan.   A pop...

Gianvito Rossi has a brand new zip code.On Monday, the Italian luxury shoe brand opened the doors to its new Upper East Side boutique here, marking Rossi's first stand-alone store in the U.S.   "New York is the city where I spend most of my time in the States — I've been coming here since I was a kid," Rossi said. "It's an important step for...

Annuntio Vobis Guadium Magnum, We Announce to You a Great Joy! The Crowned Statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (Crowned by order of Popes Leo XIII and St. Pius X in 1904) has been fully artistically  estored, with a new garment.   Our Lady will return to the Pontifical Shrine on Saturday, October 17 at 1PM. The S...

By Lauren Steussy New Dorp Lane was a little more Italian on Monday during the second annual Columbus Day Festival. As singer Joe DiGennaro crooned Italian songs into a vintage microphone, an older couple slow danced on the sidewalk.   From his seat outside John's Deli on New Dorp Lane, Carmelo Ruggiero sang along, in Italian of course...

The Second Annual, La Primavera Vinni, a party of folk song and dance to celebrate the arrival of Spring! Join us again as we welcome Spring with a night of folk music and dance of Sicily and Southern Italy.   Once a year the theater below Our Lady of Pompeii Church turns into an Italian Piazza with a music and dance concert when we cel...

by Liam Flaherty Sean Marks has made his first move as GM, waiving Andrea Bargnani. It is a rather uneventful first move seeing as Bargnani and the Brooklyn Nets had long been in talks of a buyout for the Italian forward. It seems that Bargnani got what he wanted, and the Nets won't be too heartbroken either.   Bargnani's short stint with t...

Al via la XII Magna Grecia Week, premiati il Commissioner Fire Department di NY Daniel Nigro e lo scrittore Mario Fratti.Ha preso il via oggi, con un incontro presso l'Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York, la XII Settimana della Magna Grecia dal titolo "From America to rediscovery the Mezzogiorno". L'evento e' stato annunciato a tutti i Newyor...

Quante volte la vista di un oggetto ci riporta alla mente luoghi, situazioni, persone. E tante volte assegnamo proprio agli oggetti il valore del legame e del ricordo. Nelle comunità di immigrati questi legami si fanno ancora più significativi e hanno a che fare con la conservazione della cultura, della tradizione e dell'identità stessa.   P...

Returning to Brooklyn after celebrating the Traditional Votive Mass of San Gennaro at Most Precious Blood Church in Little Italy Saturday morning, I made my way to Villabate Alba Pasticceria in Bensonhurst to pick up a few Sicilian dessert specialties for a dinner engagement.   Disappointed I would not be able to attend the Annual Procession...