Bartolino’s Italian restaurant is celebrating 33 years on Broadway in Astoria serving top notch, sophisticated Italian cuisine at affordable prices. This is the real deal where all dishes are made from scratch by an Italian chef and the service is extraordinary, even while you dine outside on the temporary patio. Owner Bobby Puccio is a pillar of A...

The surge of online petitions and marches to remove Columbus monuments across New York City has come to Astoria Boulevard. Over a hundred people, including state Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria), marched from Astoria Park to the neighborhood’s Columbus monument on June 17 to demand that it be removed as a way of reckoning with his legacy of murder...

More than a hundred people marched toward Astoria Boulevard on June 17 to denounce the Christopher Columbus statue as a “symbol of genocide” and demand for it to be removed. The protest, organized by Queens-based group Justice for George Queens, began at Astoria Park’s War Memorial. The organizers hoped to show solidarity with Black and Indigenous...

A Queens councilman recognized a longtime Astoria resident for his significant contributions to the Italian-American community. On Oct. 10, City Hall played host to “A Celebration of Italian Heritage” in observance of National Italian American Heritage Month, sponsored by Councilman Paul Vallone.  The councilman issued a New York City Council procl...

Columbus Day will be observed this Monday, October 14, and Christopher Columbus, at the helm of the three ships that crossed the entire Atlantic Ocean in the 15th century, will be honored. Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens, Inc. (FIAO) is holding its 42nd Annual Queens Columbus Day Parade on Saturday, October 12 in Astoria and...

The US World Herald’s chief economist Gina Friedman looks at the most recent census data to reveal where most Italian-Americans live today. This is the first part of the report and it will focus on New York City. Astoria, a neighborhood in Queens, is home to the largest Italian-American population in New York City — 15,418 to be specific. Italians...

The stars didn’t quite align for Astoria pizzeria VIA VAI, but it got pretty darn close. On Monday, premier restaurant guide Michelin — which dispenses its iconic stars to top bistros around the world — announced VIA VAI as a “recommended dining destination” in its 2019 guide. “From their wine list to the menu, it’s all about Italy here,” Michelin...

The Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens held its 41st annual Columbus Day Parade in Astoria last Saturday, marching from Kaufman-Astoria Studios to Columbus Triangle at Astoria Boulevard and 31st Street, at the foot of the statue of the Great Navigator. Scenes from the event, starting at the top left: Dignitaries and invited gues...

As he stacks four one-pound packs of bucatini on Cassinelli’s compact counter, Giovanni Cali all but apologizes for his pasta purchase.“I can make it at home,” he said. “But I don’t want to.” It’s as difficult to find a store that sells bucatini, which looks like spaghetti with a hole in the center, as it is to make it. And this is why Mr. Cali has...

Holy Donnoli! Just when you thought cannoli couldn't get any better, a Queens bakery is giving the classic confection the hybrid dessert treatment. At Astoria's Vaccaro's Bakery, chef Vinny takes the Italian classic and turns it up to 11 by switching out the flaky fried pasty shell for a fluffy donut exterior. But the the self-professed Cake King o...