Congratulations to Bob "Rizzo" Koshinski, vice president and general manager of WBBZ-TV, and host of "All Sports WNY," who was honored as the Buffalo Bisons "Italian American Man Of The Year" Thursday in pre-game ceremonies at Coca-Cola field.   Even though the hometown team took a loss on the field, 4-2 to the Toledo Mud Hens, it was a winn...

Thinking about Italian for lunch? The Galbani Italian Heritage Festival opens at 11 a.m. Thursday on Hertel Avenue, between Delaware and Colvin avenues. Food is only one part of the four-day festival.   Live music, heritage events such as grape-stomping, an "Italian Idol" contest and cooking demonstrations, Sicilian puppet shows also ar...

by Lisa Johnson   It's difficult to find a restaurant upon which the whole family can agree. Usually, when I give my sons a choice, they list off the big chains. In an effort to broaden their horizons, I took them to "work" as I checked out Casa-Di-Pizza.   A.J., Billy and I entered the restaurant with a bit of confusion. While I had...

By Mike Billoni   I was a 22-year-old rookie sportswriter at the Buffalo Courier-Express in August of 1977 when at precisely 7 p.m. my idol, legendary columnist Phil Ranallo, walked into the sports department. A Lucky Strike cigarette dangling from his lips, Ranallo presented his column to copy editor Joe Alli.   As I sat at my d...

Some Western New York celebrities took part in the Galbani Cheese Stacking competition Sunday at Buffalo's Italian Heritage Festival on Hertel Avenue.   Local media and sports personalities participated in heats, including Time Warner Cable News anchor Katie Morse. Contestants had one minute to stack packaged string cheese as high as th...

The Federation of Italian-American Societies of Western New York is proud to announce that Buffalo native Tom Fontana, the award-winning writer/producer of such television series as St. Elsewhere, Oz, Homicide, Copper and Borgia, will be Grand Marshal of the 8th Annual Columbus Day Parade on October 12 beginning at 1 p.m. along Hertel Avenue in the...

The Galbani Italian Heritage and Food Festival of Buffalo will take place July 14-15-16-17 on a six-block stretch of Hertel Avenue between Delaware and Colvin avenues in North Buffalo's Little Italy. It will be open between 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, rain or shine.   What to expect: This amounts to the second largest Italian street festival...

A new location for the Italian Vice Consulate in the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center on Pine Street will serve Italian citizens.    Honorary Italian Vice Consulate Lucia Caracci Ederer and assistant Elisa Ridolfi Wareham are available for translation services and legal referrals as well as to answer inquiries regarding visa regulatio...