After a short hiatus, members of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith) got back into the swing of things and celebrated the Feast of San Felice di Nola and Sant’Ilario di Poitiers at Joe’s of Avenue U (287 Ave. U), an old-school Sicilian eatery in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Our first get-together in 2021 (outside of Mass, of course),...

"Brooklyn Mike" of TBMSRadio.com interviewing Singer & Entertainer  "Jimmy Alleva" is a gifted tenor with a style similar to the distinguished voices of Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Roselli and Mario Lanza. Alleva is creating a buzz, particularly in the tri-state area where after every performance he leaves the audience standing on their feet and wanting...

Any resemblance between Campari and the ruby red Aperitivo in the chef Patrick Miller’s new line of Faccia Brutto Italian-style spirits stops at the color. Faccia Brutto’s Aperitivo flowers with citric and herbal complexity, while the popular global brand has almost no aroma and is too sweet. The Fernet Pianta, a bitter take on Fernet-Branca, is st...

On Christmas Eve, while families were quietly celebrating the holiday, burglars broke into the storage room of newly opened Borsalia Café in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It wasn’t easy breaking through the space—they had to break the lock of the hatch on the sidewalk and drill a hole in the wall that prevented access to the kitchens.  When detectives an...

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and the sweetest! It’s a time to sip cioccolata calda, gather around the tree eating Christmas cookies, and bake all of the treats that you can think of! If you grew up in an Italian household, it also consists of baking struffoli with Nonna and getting visits from family and friends all throughout the Chris...

Today, we unveiled the new Sorrentino Square sign on 67th Street & 4th Avenue named after local postmodernist Bay Ridge author Gilbert Sorrentino! I highly recommend two of his critically-acclaimed novels, "Steelwork" and "The Sky Changes".Thanks to the NYC Parks Department and local author and historian Henry Stewart for helping make this happen. ...

Community leaders and others will preside over a Zoom conference on Tuesday to change the name of the Dyker Heights Post Office, 8320 13th Ave., to the Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini Post Office building. The renaming is being done to honor St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, also known as Mother Cabrini, an Italian-American nun who was the first American c...

In a New York where traditional holiday performances are cancelled, Rockefeller Center tree viewings are timed and travel is ill-advised, it's beginning to feel a lot like the Covid Grinch stole Christmas. But in Brooklyn's illuminated Dyker Heights neighborhood, not even a pandemic can keep the festive spirit down. The quasi-suburban residential d...

I grew up in New Jersey, which is to say when I would go to restaurants you were greeted with a basket of bread as quickly as you were a Buongiorno. Moving to New York, I was saddened to learn that most restaurants, even some Italian ones, did not uphold this tradition of my youth. I get it: running a restaurant in this city is an extremely fickle...

“Brooklyn style pizza” is a term that was devised in 2006 by Domino’s Pizza Company chain of America. They introduced a pizza that they called “Brooklyn style.” It is a pizza that has a crust that is thinner than other pizzas. Cornmeal is cooked into the crust to make it crunchier. The Brooklyn style pizza is topped with pepperoni and usually cut i...