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...

Dyker Heights says goodbye to a beloved local merchant. On Saturday, May 16, Paolo Pesce, owner of La Bella Marketplace, 7907 13th Ave., died at age 75 from colon cancer complications. He is survived by his wife Maria, his children Antonella, Janet and Nick, his three grandchildren and brothers Larry and Frank Pesce was born Aug.12,1944 in a fisher...

"Brooklyn Roses", a novel by Catherine Gigante-Brown. Brooklyn Roses follows the travails and triumphs of that loud, loving Italian-American family from Borough Park. The riveting story picks up more than a dozen years after The Bells of Brooklyn, in the turbulent late 1950s/early 1960s. It weaves an unforgettable tale that encompasses forbidden lo...

A local tradition like no other, the Feast of Our Lady Mount Carmel and San Paolino di Nola has officially been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual Italian-American celebration has taken place for the past 117 years in Williamsburg, and on Sunday, the pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel announced the cancellation in a letter...

Golden Gate Fancy Fruits has long been one of our favorite hidden gems in New York City, featured in our book Secret Brooklyn. It was a gorgeous summer day when we first met the proprietor of the Marine Park shop, John Cortese, who was 92 years old at the time and clearly a New York City treasure. Cortese is a World War II veteran who served in the...

I grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn with my father telling me tales of his childhood in nearby Borough Park. Only a few miles away from each other, the neighborhoods—and our stories—were worlds apart. Yet in many ways, they were very similar. My father grew up in a brick house surrounded by family during the Depression. I grew up in a brick house surr...

Yesterday the IABF along with Italian Enclaves donated and delivered thousands of surgical mask and gloves to several Brooklyn hospitals, police precincts, Fire Houses, EMT’s and nursing homes. Proceeds for this donation came from our recent GoFundMe campaign. Thanks to our good friend Ray Guarini for his help in initiating this campaign and delive...