Carmine Bianco is determined to revive the city's flagging Italian Festival, even if he has to do it single-handedly. And that may actually be how it plays out. The Niagara Falls High School gym teacher, who put on a mini-festival last year that revived the 35-year tradition of a festival in the city's Italian district, is returning this year...

THE BASICS: Writer-Actor Frank Ingrasciotta's one man coming-of-age play about growing up in a Sicilian family is in the smaller Smith Theatre next door to Shea's. Total running time is 85 minutes without intermission. It runs through Sunday, October 26th.   THUMBNAIL SKETCH: Using minimal, but effective projections behind him, and only one...

The Italian-American Police Association is sponsoring the Erie County Deputy Sheriff Robert S. Insalaco Financial Scholarship Award and Buffalo Police Patrolman David J. Scime Financial Scholarship Award. The funds are meant to assist a motivated student in the furtherance of his or her college education in memory of two deceased members of the ass...

After his family's decades-old, Transit Road restaurant, Carmine's, burned to the ground last year, Michael Jacobbi took the opportunity to capitalize on Buffalo's continuing momentum to open a new operation within city limits. That restaurant, Giacobbi's Cucina Citta, served its first meal to downtown patrons in late May. Located on Allen Street...

Giovedì 10 gennaio nella sede della Provincia a Ca' Corner, l'assessore Paolo Dalla Vecchia ha incontrato l'artista Andrea Rusin coordinatore del primo "International Art festival in Buffalo" organizzato dal Consolato italiano di Buffalo, città degli Stati Uniti d'America capoluogo della contea di Erie nello Stato di New York, in occasione dell'Ann...

By Chuck D'Imperio October is Italian-American Heritage Month, but it shouldn't just be celebrated on Columbus Day. Upstate New York is home to a large population of Italian families. In fact, New York State has the largest population of Italian-Americans than any other state except New Jersey.   Even the small city of Rome, N.Y., has a pop...

by Tom Cullen   Fred Kuwornu, an Italian activist and director, screened and discussed his documentary "BlaxploItalian 100 Years of Blackness" in the Italian Cinema on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Harriman Hall. Born, raised and schooled in Italy, Kuwornu, who is also Ghanaian, wanted to show the history and mistreatment of black actors in his ho...

The Sorrento brand, which has been part of Buffalo's cheese-making for 66 years, is being eliminated by the French food giant that has owned the local business since the 1990s.   In its place, all of Sorrento's products -- from ricotta and mozzarella to snack cheese products -- will be rebranded under the Galbani brand, a worldwide brand als...

Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3875 South Park Ave., Blasdell, is marking 50 years of serving up Italian classics to its fans. The celebration kicked off with a commemorative Mass on Monday, and will continue with a slate of events during the year.   Those include: Jan 19: Employee/Alumni Night for all current and former employees who have help...

by Mark Sommer   Ristorante Lombardo is still there. So are Romeo & Juliet's and Johnny's Meats. Caruso's Italian Imports, under new ownership, sports a new red, green and white awning. But many Italian businesses are gone, among them Il Fiorentino Restaurant, Garangelo's Cafe and Lunetta's Restaurant.   In their place? ...