Andrea Ferrini estimates he’s seen 22 new businesses open on Harvard Street in Coolidge Corner in the last 25 years. His has been a constant in that time, doling out plates full of al dente pasta, sandwiches, and more dishes prepared in the style of his hometown, Florence, Italy. Today, Bottega Fiorentina remains a fixture of the Coolidge Corner ne...

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY announces Tobia Rossi’s play Hide and Seek (Nascondino) as the 2019 Mario Fratti Award winner. The award ceremony will take place on Monday, May 13 at 6pm at the Italian Cultural Institute (686 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021) where the reading of the translation of the play, made by the official translator of the...

When Raymond Guarini was growing up in Bay Ridge, one his favorite places to eat was Cono’s, an Italian restaurant on Fifth Avenue. “My family used to eat there all the time. We had wonderful memories of great meals we had there. But it closed a long time ago,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle. As his favorite restaurants and shops started to close, Guar...

The New York based Kairos Italy Theater and the Italy-based KIT Italia will present the seventh annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, a festival of Italian theater taking place in all five boroughs of NYC, April 29-May 13. Each year In Scena! presents a survey of the best Italian theater from Italy, in New York City. The festival features f...

As I mentioned in my last blog post about Bensonhurst, it is a very large area. It takes hours and hours to really traverse every street within its confines thoroughly enough to capture the fine details that give it its Italian character. There are so many photos for our readers and social media followers that I am releasing them in separate posts...

Dal cuore di Bari vecchia al cuore di New York, esportando la bontà del gelato barese.Da diversi anni la storica gelateria Gentile - con una tradizione di famiglia che parte nel 1880 - ha aperto una succursale americana nella 'Grande Mela'.Una storia che inizia a maggio del 2015, quando viene aperta la prima sede sulla 5th Avenue, nella zona di Wil...

Casting "Ciao Bambino," a family friendly musical about Italian-Americans set in the 1950s. Production states: "After winning 'Best Staged Reading' at the Midtown International Theatre Festival, and a sold out run at 13th Street Repertory Theatre, we will present a small in-concert of the musical for industry professionals at Opera America’s Placid...

È deceduta a Brooklyn Elizabeth Giovanna Messina. Elizabeth è stata una psicologa clinica praticante a New York per oltre 30 anni. Ha fondato il Italian-American Psychological Symposium, era assistente professoressa aggiunta di psicologia alla Fordham University e membro di facoltà in Psichiatria al Lenox Hill Hospital. È stata vicepresidente della...

I recently decided to take a walk around Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Bensonhurst is still the largest Italian Enclave in the United States. Although much has changed in the neighborhood due to the natural cyclicality of metropolises, there is still a lot that visually remains and quite a few Italian families still living there. If you aren’t familiar wi...

Olga Rudenko had a big smile on her face as she watched her toddler Caroline run toward the slide in Lt. Joseph Petrosino Park in Bensonhurst on Thursday morning. Little Caroline apparently couldn’t wait to go down the slide, even on this cold day when the temperature dipped below 32 degrees. “This looks beautiful!” Rudenko said as she looked aroun...