There was something oddly familiar about Macosa Trattoria when I wandered in with a couple of friends on a recent evening. We headed straight for the backyard, which was rustic, with a slatted wooden fence rising on three sides, the tables slightly rickety and pleasantly scattered. Lights in surrounding apartment windows twinkled on as the evening...

The true measure of a team isn’t just whether it wins championships – although there is nothing wrong with that – it is how the coach and players handle adversity, disappointment and defeat. It is how do they deal with it and bounce back after an excruciating loss or a stunning red card in a match. During the early years 1990s, the Brooklyn Italian...

This past year has certainly been one that has revolved around St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. Following the unveilings of two larger-than-life statues of Mother Cabrini in Manhattan and Brooklyn (in October 2020 and June 2021 respectively), the St. Frances Cabrini Shrine decided to commemorate two other significant moments in the saint’s life. On July...

Diretto da Tara Elliott e scritto da Ben Gassman, Botte di Ferro è una fresca storia d’amore, amicizia e sogni ambientata fra gli Stati Uniti e l’Italia. Lui e Lei, i protagonisti dell’opera, sono due giovani new yorkesi che si sono conosciuti da piccoli ad un campo estivo. Gli anni passano, i corpi cambiano e di conseguenza sbocciano nuovi sentime...

When Paige Lipari opened her bookstore Archestratus in Greenpoint in 2016, she did so with $40,000 of her own savings and loans from friends and family. (All of which have since been paid back.) At the time, she didn’t expect to run a shop that specializes in books and food, but Lipari’s laid-back approach to Italian-accented baking and cooking res...

Msgr. Thomas Machalski was so intrigued by the story of Blessed Carlo Acutis — the first millennial to be considered for sainthood — he wanted to find a tangible way to use the Italian teen’s life to inspire young people here in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Msgr. Machalski got his wish July 14 when he went to the diocese chancery and watched as Bishop...

Williamsburg’s mighty Giglio feast was feeling a sting of decline in 2019 as organizers faced a once-unthinkable problem — there was a serious lack of volunteer lifters who are needed each year to hoist up and carry the 4-ton, 72-foot statue through Brooklyn. What a difference two years can make as New Yorkers, once battered and now freed from the...

They couldn’t refuse! Hundreds of elated Italians flooded the streets of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn for a victorious celebration after their country’s monumental Euro Cup victory over England on Sunday night. Wild video of the celebration shows scores of fans cheering and waving Italian flags at the intersection of 18th Avenue and Bay Ridge Parkway foll...

A staple of Italian villages is the alimentari, a hybrid gourmet emporium, often found around the piazza, where locals shop for select meats, cheeses, produce, wines, jarred items, prepared foods (to eat in or take out), and basic provisions such as milk and eggs. Configured to the American vernacular, an alimentari would be a hopped-up bodega or a...

An Italian bar in Brooklyn was the scene of celebrations on July 6, after Italy booked their place in the final of Euro 2020 with an epic penalty-shootout win over Spain at Wembley. The game finished 1-1 after extra time, after Alvaro Morata cancelled out Federico Chiesa’s opener for Italy. The Azzurri’s Brazilian-born midfielder Jorginho coolly sl...