Whenever traveling, it is always best to consult with the locals before picking a restaurant. This is especially true in a city like New York where the world is quite literally your oyster. It’s even more true when you’re looking for a good place to eat Italian since NYC is home to third largest population of Italians outside of Italy. Manhattan ha...

When five young Italian American friends from the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn discovered that they each had talented voices, they started singing together as a group on street corners in 1957.  After being together for a short time, the singing group decided to call themselves the Overons. They started the group just for the love of singing and...

Ten years ago, Andres Rodas and Andres Whang set out to open an Italian restaurant in Park Slope with a twist. Having both grown up eating homemade bolognese in Argentina, Rodas and Whang imagined a piccola cucina (little kitchen in Italian) where they could serve up so-called "new Italian" fare — traditional dishes made with organic and locally-s...

Brooklyn College Archives and Special Collections seeks an archivist fluent in Italian for a part-time, temporary position to process manuscript collections. The collections are related to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in the 1930s. The collections to be processed include both documents and photographs. The processing includes the creation of fi...

Domenico “Dom” DeMarco, the owner of beloved Midwood institution Di Fara Pizza since its opening in 1965, has died. His daughter Maggie DeMarco-Mieles wrote in a Facebook post that it’s with a “broken heart” that she was announcing Dom had passed away Thursday. He was 85 years old. “He was the hardest working man I know and he was a leader and will...

Turn away from the tragic news in Ukraine for a few minutes and slide back in time to the early 1970s when life was filled with contentment, by little girl standards. In my mind, when the world seems upside down, I revisit my paternal grandparent’s yellow-tiled kitchen on Fort Hamilton Parkway in Bay Ridge. Come back with me to Marie and Bob Silves...

Longtime Carroll Gardens residents are mourning Celia Cacace, a well-known neighborhood civil leader and Community Board 6 member during the 1970s,‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s. Community Board 6, on Friday, confirmed her death, which was originally made public on the local “Pardon Me for Asking” blog. The blog received the news from her nephew, Micha...

Experience Italy without leaving Williamsburg at Bacàn (79 Grand St.), an Italian bistro and bar that opened a few months ago in the neighborhood. The restaurant aims for guests to feel transported to Venice through the food, design, and ambiance.  The restaurant’s interior is inviting with small decadent details that escalate the experience. There...

Executive chef Raffaele Spadavecchia specializes in pasta at Brooklyn’s Scottadito Osteria Toscana restaurant, but, like other chefs who competed on Food Network’s Chopped TV show, he was handed incongrous ingredients and told, figuratively, to make wine out of water. Spadavecchia made it to the show’s final round after creating an appetizer with u...

In the late 1930s, Pete Panto was a longshoreman on the Brooklyn waterfront. Working conditions on the Brooklyn docks were horrid, with endemic problems such as the “shape-up” hiring system (where men waited daily to be chosen to work), mandatory salary kickbacks, extortion, and high rates of work-related injuries. In addition, the local union, the...