The wildly popular HBO mob series “The Sopranos” celebrated the 20th anniversary of its debut in January, and while the fade to black finale, played out with Shakespearean flair to the strains of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” left the fate of Tony, Carmella, Meadow and A.J. Soprano in limbo, there is no doubt that the new prequel has begun film...

Should you find yourself near Williamsburg’s waterfront on a given afternoon, you might discover an act of theater unfolding on Kent Avenue. Looking through the ground-level windows of the restaurant Misi, chef Missy Robbins’s eatery that opened last fall, you’ll find cooks preparing for the evening’s guests. Specifically, they are making pasta—kne...

I’m in a dessert lover’s dreamland. Zeppole and sfingi surround me. A baker brushes glaze on tarts topped with fresh fruit. Three perfect lemon pies with sky-high swirls of meringue are coming out of the oven in a minute. I’m in the kitchen at Pasticceria Monteleone, a traditional Sicilian bakery in Carroll Gardens. I have a lifelong obsession with...

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...