After sitting vacant for almost a decade, plans are moving forward for the new Italian American Cultural Center in the former home of the North Park Branch Library located at the corner of Delaware and Hertel avenues. State Sen. Chris Jacobs and Assemblyman Sean Ryan each secured $150,000 state grants to remove lead and asbestos from the landmark b...

An online petition calls for the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue from Columbus Park in Buffalo -- and for the park's name to be changed, as well. As of mid-day Thursday, more than 800 people had signed the Change.org petition -- which was approaching its goal of 1,000 signatures. The petition references efforts to remove Confederate monu...

The South Buffalo Italian Festival will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday on South Park Avenue in front of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Started in 2005, the festival this year will honor co-founders Rich Angrisano and Carmella Bongiovanni Schroeder, who both passed away this past year. A tree will be planted in their memory. Childre...

When Mark Sciortino was 9 years old, he sat at the Galbani Italian Heritage Festival in its original Connecticut Street location, peeling onions and chopping peppers for Mineo & Sapio. Today, he is the face of the 50-year-old fest, as well as Galbani-sponsored Italian festivals in nine markets across the country. The Buffalo Italian Festival began...

The once vibrant brick building at the corner of Delaware and Hertel avenues, once the home of the North Park Branch Library, has been vacant for almost 10 years. But now, the Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo plans to give it new life by transforming it into an Italian American Cultural Center. “This is a monumental moment in the history of the...

After years of hosting The Galbani® Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival in North Buffalo, the event is moving to a new location at the Buffalo Outer Harbor. This is a real game changer for the festival, which originated on the city’s West Side (on Connecticut Street).  The “Italian Festival”, considered the nation’s second largest street festival, wi...

Ilio DiPaolo's is a family restaurant in the fullest sense of the term. Run by a family to feed families, its menu goes past the usual catalog of Italian-American appetizers, pastas and seafood to consider the needs of your entire extended clan. Here, the kids menu is not a perfunctory exercise in chicken fingers and fries, but an array of classic...

Galbani, "Italy's favorite cheese brand," has partnered with Pizza Amore, the first wood-fired pizza truck, and The Cheesy Chick, Buffalo's specialty grilled cheese truck, for a two-week program highlighting new, limited-time only signature dishes as they prepare to wow guests with more delicious bites at the upcoming Galbani Buffalo Italian Herita...

Peter J. Arnone, a singer and instrumentalist who entertained in nightclubs and at special events for more than 70 years, died Monday in his Buffalo home. He was 98. Born in Rochester, he grew up in Pittston, Pa., where he tap-danced and played harmonica for nickels and dimes as a boy. When he was 10, he was a Pennsylvania harmonica champion. After...

The Manzella's sign will change to Fanara's in a few weeks, but don’t expect a dramatic shift inside the Tonawanda Italian restaurant. The restaurant at 3347 Delaware Ave. is updating its name after owner Joseph Fanara bought out a partner, Michelle Fanara said. "It's changing into Fanara's in the next couple weeks," she said. Chef Richard Balsano...