A few weeks ago, I went shopping at Caputo’s Bakery Shop, and Court Street Pastry in my old Carroll Gardens neighbourhood. During these hard times, there is nothing like ciabatta bread and sweet delicious pastries to bite back on that locked-in feeling. Thankfully, bakeries are considered essential businesses. Stopping in at Caputo’s first, I recog...

Pietro Mosconi, the so-called “Chef of Greenwich Village” who owns Villa Mosconi and Monte’s Trattoria, will open a new eatery in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, with the owner of two Queens restaurants, Commercial Observer has learned. Mosconi and Chef Raffaele Solinas signed a 10-year lease for 1,800 square feet at 458-460 Myrtle Avenue to open a yet-unn...

Determined to carry on with tradition even during the coronavirus pandemic, leaders at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel are moving ahead with plans to mark the church’s feast day with scaled-down celebrations. While there will be no procession of the Giglio along the streets of Williamsburg, the church will livestream a virtual Giglio...

The nationwide movement by protesters to tear down statues of Christopher Columbus is misguided and flat-out wrong, according to Italian-American leaders, who said demonstrators should not lump in the explorer with other targets of their wrath in the wake of George Floyd’s death. “We will fight this tooth and nail,” said Carlo Scissura, chairman of...

Chef Missy Robins’ popular Italian restaurants Misi, at 329 Kent Ave., and Lilia, at 567 Union Ave., still have not reopened for takeout and delivery like other eateries. However, the restaurants will sell pasta kits along with specialty Italian provisions so that shoppers can cook similar-tasting meals at home. All profits from this initiative ear...

An anonymous online group has launched a small petition to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus from outside the State Supreme Court Building in Downtown Brooklyn, and to rename the adjacent Columbus Park.  The petition, which was started on June 10 by a group that calls itself simply “The People,” demands that the city turn to Native American...

Italian spirits have undergone a renaissance in the US. Though many Italian distillers have sought a Denominazione di origine controllata (D.O.C.) for numerous amaro styles, which would restrict the official category to Italy (like Champagne in France), many spirits producers across the US try their hand at making bitter botanical spirits. There ar...

We’re a tad late with this great news, but River Deli is now open for take out and delivery. The full Sardinian-Italian menu of antipasti, pasta, and main courses is available. Cocktails to go too. How about a whole grilled orata and a river julep for a perfect summery meal? Or a papardelle and a negroni to give yourself a break from all that home...

Old-school Brooklyn red sauce joint Michael’s of Brooklyn just leveled up its new takeout menu. The 56-year-old institution in Midwood announced the creation of a casual new parm-to-go counter, with cheesy chicken, eggplant, meatball, and veal sandwiches on deck. The parm rolls, which range in price from $8.99 to $10.99, are topped with melty parme...

The photographs of people on the street Francesca Magnani takes every day document how New Yorkers have been coping with the virus. Originally from Padua, Italy, the writer and photographer has been living in Brooklyn for more than 15 years, and her work has been featured in a solo show at Photoville and many publications, including Brownstoner. Ma...