They want Columbus out of America’s Downtown! A local civic group’s meeting over the fate of a Christopher Columbus statue in Downtown Brooklyn turned into a ruckus back-and-forth, with attendees on both sides slinging charges of racism and discrimination — before the panel ultimately decided to reaffirm their demands to remove the explorer’s effig...

Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada paints a portrait of Williamsburg tradition and devotion that predates $30 brunches. Lifeblood of the Parish is a detailed ethnographic account of Italian American Catholicism and masculinity at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, called OLMC. Maldonado-Estrada, focusing on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel a...

Thanks to the hard work of Italian Enclaves society member and major contributor, Michael Grillo, we now have a living document that can showcase the Italian American businesses in South Brooklyn that supports our popular hashtag: #SupportItalianAmericanBusinesses. As we begin to embark on the cold days of winter during these unprecedented times it...

The perfect pick-me-up for the coldest month of the year is almost here. Next week, over 100 Italian restaurants will participate in New York City's annual Restaurant Week. This year's lineup of Italian restaurants represents all five boroughs and an array of cuisines, from Milanese fine dining at Casa Lever to family-style Southern Italian spreads...

After a short hiatus, members of the Fratelli della Santa Fede (Brothers of the Holy Faith) got back into the swing of things and celebrated the Feast of San Felice di Nola and Sant’Ilario di Poitiers at Joe’s of Avenue U (287 Ave. U), an old-school Sicilian eatery in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Our first get-together in 2021 (outside of Mass, of course),...

"Brooklyn Mike" of TBMSRadio.com interviewing Singer & Entertainer  "Jimmy Alleva" is a gifted tenor with a style similar to the distinguished voices of Andrea Bocelli, Jimmy Roselli and Mario Lanza. Alleva is creating a buzz, particularly in the tri-state area where after every performance he leaves the audience standing on their feet and wanting...

Any resemblance between Campari and the ruby red Aperitivo in the chef Patrick Miller’s new line of Faccia Brutto Italian-style spirits stops at the color. Faccia Brutto’s Aperitivo flowers with citric and herbal complexity, while the popular global brand has almost no aroma and is too sweet. The Fernet Pianta, a bitter take on Fernet-Branca, is st...

Italy is the gift that keeps on giving to gastronomes worldwide. Along with the evergreen staples, there seems to be an endless parade of products or plates that are discovered in Italy and brought abroad not as fads but as additions to the existing cannon. A new present for American palates is a succulent cylinder of pork known as porchetta that i...

On Christmas Eve, while families were quietly celebrating the holiday, burglars broke into the storage room of newly opened Borsalia Café in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It wasn’t easy breaking through the space—they had to break the lock of the hatch on the sidewalk and drill a hole in the wall that prevented access to the kitchens.  When detectives an...

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and the sweetest! It’s a time to sip cioccolata calda, gather around the tree eating Christmas cookies, and bake all of the treats that you can think of! If you grew up in an Italian household, it also consists of baking struffoli with Nonna and getting visits from family and friends all throughout the Chris...