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On her first day working at the cafe she’d bought with her husband, Anna Agovino was nervous. “I’d never made espresso. I’d never made a cappuccino in my life,” she said. But that changed quickly. “In one day, I learned,” she said. Over two decades later, she remains both the barista and the fiery personality behind La Casa del Caffe in the Morris...

Matilde Fava, Undergraduate School of Education (UGE) ’69 and an adjunct professor of communication in the School of Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS) who served Fordham for more than 45 years, died peacefully at her home on March 1, 2021, the first day of her retirement. Fava was 78. The cause of her death was cancer.  Fava was born on Dec...

The gravitational pull of Cardona’s Market is strong on most of the men in the eponymous family. This spring, as the store celebrates its 75th anniversary, the third generation is officially taking over. Augusto Cardona founded the food market downtown in 1945, a few years after arriving from his native Italy to New York’s capital, where his brothe...

Coming to America with dreams of opening an authentic Italian cafe with The Sicilian Experience in the heart of the West Village last March, 2020, Vincenzo Virzi and Pietro Chirco could have never known that there would be a pandemic and shutdown. They had to close for a month and then bravely re-opened in April for take out and delivery only. Ther...

Tuesday, March 16, 2021. 2:30 p.m. ET. This is a virtual event. Advance registration is required. Registrants will be sent a link to attend prior to the event. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event. New York born artist, William Papaleo has spent the last 35 years living and painting the beauty of Naples and Southern Italy and given attention t...

Italy wants famous statues of horses sculpted by Sardinian artist Costantino Nivola and his American colleague Richard Stein back from New York after they were removed in the redevelopment of a playground under the Big Apple's Wise Towers. The statues have graced the playground since 1964. Nationalist League Senator Linetta Lunseu said she had cont...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“IAOVC”), America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, has selected Cav. Josephine Maietta for its “Festa Della Donna” Award for 2021. In the United States, the month of March is recognized as Women’s History Month. And, March 8 of each year is celebrated as International Day of Wo...

Ollie’s Pizza's August 2020 opening should have been a joyous, feel-good celebration. It involved a local boy coming home to the small Hudson Valley town of High Falls with his wife and their young daughter, for whom the restaurant is named. They and another friend renovated the 1850s barn on the site, located right in the middle of the hamlet, bri...

In the last year and a half, the pandemic dealt a severe blow to restaurants in New York City, many of them closing, possibly never opening again. For Regina Migliucci-Delfino, Covid-19 not only forced the closure of her restaurant, Mario’s, on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, but claimed the life of her father, Joseph, who died on April 6 at age 81, af...

A new generation is rising to take charge of Pizza Amore as the Grand Island pizzeria adds a new North Tonawanda location later this month. At 13, Devon Perri was there when her parents, Dave and Diana Perri, started Pizza Amore Wood Fire, a quick-service pizza trailer key to the rise of Buffalo-area food trucks in 2011. She was there, two years l...

Long before he began pursuing a career acting on the big screen, Frank Grillo was a Yankees fan growing up in the Bronx. Grillo, 55, recalled his family’s obsession with his hometown club, bonding with relatives at his Italian-American household while his favorite team played on his television set. “I remember the games were always on the televisio...

Red-shirt freshman Luke Napolitano went 4-5 with a triple and seven RBIs to help Hofstra win game two of a doubleheader, 14-5, over La Salle Monday afternoon at Hank DeVincent Field. The Pride lost game one, 6-5. Hofstra moved to 4-2 on the season with the split. La Salle dropped to 1-3.Napolitano, a transfer from the University of Kansas, ripped a...