The daughter of an Italian saint is set to visit Western New York this weekend. Dr. Gianna Emanuela Molla, the daughter of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, will be in town from Thursday until Sunday. She will make numerous visits to local churches during her stay. A mass in her honor will be held at Buffalo’s St. Joseph Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. St....

Step inside the new Dalfonso's Italian Imports in the heart of Buffalo's Five Points neighborhood and get swept away in a celebration of food, and family. "I want you to feel comfortable like you are walking into a place that has been here for 50 years," said Jeffrey Dalfonso, the owner and operator, "I guess the inspiration really was my family's...

When Robert Biondolillo was 3 months old, he emigrated from Montemaggiore, Italy, to the United States. "They brought him in a basket," said his wife, Michele. "I hear the story every day." When he was 13, he began working at the Biondolillo family restaurant Touch of Italy in the City of Tonawanda – an Italian eatery that has been a neighborhood...

The Five Points neighborhood continues to grow in ways that few people could have imagined. Following recent news of the reopening of Remedy House, there is now another exciting development underway. The Five Points neighborhood continues to grow in ways that few people could have imagined. Following recent news of the reopening of Remedy House, th...

As late as the 1940s, newspaper stories written about Buffalo’s Italian population were painted with wild strokes of exotic color. “Off in a section of the city where the rays of the sun, on a bright day, glisten down upon dilapidated housetops and seek their way into narrow streets and by-ways with which the place abounds, are colonized a people i...

He seemed invincible. And for a while he was. Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1916, John Basilone was the sixth of 10 children brought into the world by Salvatore Basilone, an Italian immigrant, and his first–generation Italian–American wife, Dora. A typical Catholic boy of his age, the future Marine was educated by nuns, good at boxing, and not inte...

On Rhode Island Street in Buffalo, you will find Dalfonso's Italian Imports, a shop specializing in Italian products. Owner and operator Jeffrey Dalfonso said he's excited to bring this to the Five Points neighborhood. Dalfonso said this is not necessarily a sit-down restaurant, but there will be tables inside and outside in the shop's garden space...

This week’s guest, John Vecchio, is Executive Director Emeritus of the Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo. He starts by telling us about this center and what it took to create it during Covid. In the show’s second half, Vecchio tells the origin story of Columbus Day and the irony of President Harrison’s attempt to use it to apologize to Italian-A...

Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo has received the single largest contribution in the organization’s history. Benefactor Francis S. Lestingi, professor emeritus of physics and the history of science at SUNY Buffalo State University, bestowed a gift of $600,000 that will be used to pay off the building’s mortgage, allowing the Italian Cultural Ce...

As long as there have been Italians in Buffalo, newspapers have been writing about Italian festivals. Each Italian Catholic parish or transplanted Italian community often held many religious-based celebrations and festivals that mirrored those celebrated back in Italy. In the neighborhood that stood in the area now known as Canalside – but then kno...