A fire broke out inside a beloved Brooklyn bakery Tuesday, injuring four firefighters. According to the FDNY, at around 5 p.m. on March 26, a two-alarm fire occurred inside Savarese Italian Pastry Shoppe at the corner of 60th Street and New Utrecht Avenue. More than 100 firefighters were on the scene to put out flames at the three-story building. T...

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY announces the readings of Italian plays in translation to be presented as part of In Scena! 2019. In Scena! will partner for the third year with the Italian Playwright Project (IPP) curated by Valeria Orani (Umanism NYC) together with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at CUNY, to present a reading of My Hero b...

The Grimaldi’s Pizza headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona has never managed the original, foot-of-the-Brooklyn-Bridge location, which operated as an independent pizza shop until recently. However, Grimaldi’s has announced that its iconic 1 Front St. pizza shop will now be managed in Arizona as well, and will reopen on March 29 after renovations are...

Giampietro “Lillo” Remia left his job as a pastry chef in Rome “for love.” He moved with his family to Brooklyn, where he opened Lillo Cucina Italiana, a humble neighborhood trattoria. “I was living here for a few years, and really, I [kept] looking for the same place—an Italian place where you can [talk] soccer, politics. And it was not easy [to f...

On March 2nd, our friends at Il Centro in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn threw an unforgettably amazing event. Guests attended from all parts of the tri-state area to revel in treasures of Italian culture. Vanessa Racci and her swingin’ jazz trio wowed all who attended with a mix of reinvented Italian songs from her album “Italiana Fresca And American Jazz...

When most people think of food critics, they think of people like Ruth Reichl and Pete Wells, who have authority granted them by years spent covering restaurants around the world. What they don’t conjure is the image of an 11-year-old boy from Brooklyn who delivers his opinion via Instagram videos recorded on his mom’s phone. Well, maybe they shoul...

Let us now invite you to run a gauntlet of Brooklyn Italianates, that mid-to-late 19th century style of slightly cramped domesticity that brought ornate Italian palazzo-influenced details into residential design and construction somewhat tightened by greed and high demand. By the late 1860s, developers increasingly tended to acquire 100-foot lots a...

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...