Remember when brick-oven pizza was unusual in area restaurants? Now even wood-fired pizza, once rare and wondrous as an albino buck, has become common as cows in today's pizza marketplace. Not coal-fired pizza, though. Made in an oven heated to 1,000 degrees or more by blazing anthracite, it has been a fixture in New York City and East Coast coal c...

There's more to the eye than the many pizza pies at Tony's Cafe Italian Eatery in Buffalo Township. Tony's offers the New York style, mouth-watering display on the front counter of finished pizzas, such as crab meat pizza, chicken-broccoli-alfredo-sauce pizza and taco pizza. They are like baubles in a jewelry store case, but these goodies don't han...

The City of Buffalo has so much to offer. To name a few: the Art of Jazz by the Albright-Knox, Shakespeare in the Park, Allentown Art Festival, Larkinville, Taste of Buffalo and, of course, the Elmwood Strip. I would add the Italian Festival to that list, but a change in venue was made recently by dignitaries and various organizers. I don’t know wh...

Some other area schools have changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Day, and now it is Williamsville's turn to tackle the topic. The school board has put the name change on the agenda for a vote next month, but at least four of the nine board members have signaled their opposition to the proposal. No matter how the vote goes, some board members are  tr...

Moving the Italian Festival is a mistake! Some wish to move the festival to the waterfront because it is now chic, and it has a beautiful open space, though restricted. The quality of the festival on Hertel Avenue over the past few years has improved. It has made the businesses in Little Italy more visible to the community, it is open to everybody...

"What do you think of the Italian Festival leaving your Council district for the Outer Harbor," I asked Delaware Councilman Joel Feroleto, who, by the way, lives close enough to Hertel Avenue that he could walk to the festival all these years. "It's bittersweet," Feroleto responded, echoing comments made earlier Tuesday by members of the Hertel Bus...

Buffalo's annual summertime salute to Italian heritage will have a new home this year, on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. The festival, which draws tens of thousands of people to Hertel Avenue - the Queen City's version of Little Italy - celebrated its 29th year in North Buffalo last year.  The Italian Heritage Festival originally started on Connecticut St...

by Eileen Buckley   Stories of Buffalo's Italian-Americans will be revealed this weekend when a brand new film premiers. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley met with one of the writer and producers of the film, Joey Giambra of Buffalo, to discuss the creation of "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow". The film opens in 1939. It was the Great Depression -- a tim...

There are a few people who have claimed to be the original creator of what is known today at the Buffalo Wing, however the story that is most widely accepted is the story of Teressa Bellissimo at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo NY. The historic creation date for Buffalo Wings was October 30, 1964, when owner Teressa Bellissimo was faced with feeding her...

All high school seniors in Erie and Niagara counties are invited to apply for the two annual college scholarships offered by the Italian-American Police Association of Western New York, the group announced Wednesday.   Applications for the Erie County Deputy Sheriff Robert S. Insalaco and the Buffalo Police Officer David J. Scime scholarship...