October marks Italian Heritage Month in New York State, home to the largest population of Italian Americans in the country. Festivities in Buffalo kicked off Tuesday with a ceremony at City Hall, where speakers including Mayor Byron Brown were flanked by Hutch Tech High School Italian club members holding up the 20 regional flags of Italy. “We are...

Everyone has a favorite pizza place, but if you love the doughy, cheesy, sweet-sauced, charred-pepperoni pie that’s typical in the 716, one way or another, you can trace the pizza you love back to the Bocce Club on Hickory Street near Eagle in the 1940s. While pizza was already a popular dish in the Italian sections of Buffalo, especially on the We...

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn has been appointed by the Vatican to conduct an investigation of the troubled Buffalo diocese in New York, where Bishop Richard Malone faces accusations of covering up sexual abuse by priests. The announcement was made late October 3 by the Brooklyn Diocese, following a request from the papal embassy in the U.S....

Even with the abundant lineup of Italian American restaurants on the Buffalo landscape, the places keep coming. Consider it a testament to the deep and profound love we have of Italianate cuisine across the spectrum, from spaghetti and meatballs to elaborate housemade pasta and shaved truffles. When Daniela opened on Forest Avenue, and I got my fir...

The first profile of Rose D. LaMendola published in The Buffalo Evening News, on Oct. 14, 1955, had the headline "New Woman Lawyer Tried Teaching for One Year First." The "25-year-old brunette" had graduated from the University at Buffalo Law School and was one of two women statewide to pass the bar exam, along with 98 men. From the UB Law School f...

The Galbani Italian Heritage Festival is relocating to Niagara Square for the first time in decades. The event organizers decided to make the switch to Niagara Square in order to reconnect Italian Americans to their roots. "What's really cool is it's like a natural piazza here just like in Italy where people would come and gather," organizer Chris...

One of Buffalo's greatest summer time traditions is returning to it's roots in Niagara Square.  This year's Italian Heritage Festival of Buffalo takes place July 20th & 21st and it makes a return to Downtown Buffalo where it all began.   The very first Buffalo Italian Festival, which was then called the Buffalo Italian Lawn Fete, took place at St....

Isabella Runfola's life took her from Pennsylvania to Buffalo to Italy and back to Buffalo by the time she was 18, and that was before she won Charleston dancing competitions and met her future husband. But throughout her life, which lasted more than a century, she was a champion for others. “She loved everyone, including those who did not love the...

This year, the Galbani Italian Heritage Festival is "going back to its roots." The annual festival is set to take place on July 20 and 21 this year, but at a different location. This year, it will be held at Niagara Square along Delaware Ave, all the way to Huron St. in downtown Buffalo. “We are very excited to announce that the 2019 Galbani Italia...

Rev. Joseph M. Gariolo, a Barnabite priest who taught Spanish and Italian at Canisius College for 30 years and helped save SS. Columba and Brigid Parish in Buffalo from closing, died Sunday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He was 95. Born Giuseppe Gariuolo in Stigliano in the Province of Matera in southern Italy, the only boy among eight children, he ent...