The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) supports the life and works of Saint and Sister Francesca Xavier Cabrini, also known as Mother Cabrini. America’s first ordained saint, Mother Cabrini was summoned by the Pope to help the flood of Italian immigrants pouring into America in 1889. While in New York City, she opened 67 social service age...

There’s a big new Italian restaurant, wine bar, and beer garden opening in a renovated Brooklyn warehouse this week — and it’s backed by chef John DeLucie, who once ran a thriving network of restaurants in New York City. Dubbed Ainslie, his newest project opens in a 10,000-square-foot location in Williamsburg on Thursday. It’ll be an Italian-leanin...

Sergio and Mario Riva with partner AJ Bontempo of South Village Hospitality, the team behind Carroll Place, Osteria Cotta and Follia in Manhattan, today announced that Ainslie Italian Wine Bar and Beer Garden will open today at 5:00 PM in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (76 Ainslie St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 347-725-3400). The kitchen will be helmed by NYC vet...

A play by iconic American playwright Arthur Miller is returning to Brooklyn. “A View from the Bridge,” a 1950s-era-set one-act play which revolves around an Italian-American family that lives near the bridge, premiered at New York’s Coronet Theatre (now the Eugene O’Neill Theatre) in Sept. 1955. Now it returns to Red Hook, the original setting of t...

In the few existing pictures of Pietro ‘Pete’ Panto he wears a dark fedora, black mustache, and an easy smile that sometimes showed a gap in his teeth. His face suggests a more lighthearted person than the battling saint remembered after he had led a revolt of Brooklyn dock workers. “Pete became a saint like they carry on St. Anthony’s Day,” a vete...

On the first night of the Santa Rosalia Feast in Bensonhurst, the festival committee held a dinner in honor of this year’s grand marshal, City Councilmember Justin Brannan. The kick-off dinner was Thursday, Aug. 22, at Il Colosseo restaurant at 77th Street and 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst. It was hosted by District Leader Joseph Bova, who welcomed gu...

A new neighborhood wine bar has debuted in the neighborhood. The fresh arrival to Prospect Heights, called LaLou, is located at 581 Vanderbilt Ave. Taking over for Korean cafe Tygershark, the new business preserves that spot's open-kitchen design and offers a wide selection of natural wines from Europe and California. The wine bar comes courtesy of...

Exhibition: September 17–December 20, 2019. Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6–8pm. 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–6pm, and by appointment. Sonia Leimer: Via San Gennaro is the first solo exhibition in New York by ISCP resident Sonia Leimer, and is co-curated by Kari Conte, Director of...

There’s a retail corridor where people know what the word latticini means, where the hot new store is an old movie theater and the most glamorous building you’ll see is a church from the 1820s. Welcome to 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, where the local shopping reflects residents’ Italian, Chinese and Polish heritages. The neighborhood’s annual Festa d...

This August will be twenty years since Angelo Viscoso gave up on a career in engineering and opened il Fornetto on Emmons Avenue  – continuing his family’s tradition of serving good food to good neighbors.   Vicoso, 45, grew up in the business – his parents owned and ran Vesuvio, the beloved Bay Ridge pizzeria. His roommates in college joked with h...