My Italian restaurant is better than yours!  Those are fighting words! Everybody has a favorite place for pizza or pasta.  Whether it is a small hole-in-the-wall pizza joint down on the corner, or a fancy ristorante dripping with crystal glassware and chandeliers, we each have our favorites. I have been eating Italian food for over 60 years, and I...

Days after Roman’s opened its doors in Batavia in March 2020, every restaurant dining room in New York State was closed by government order. Unlike many fledgling operations launched that fateful month, Roman’s has not just survived, but even thrived, succeeding in bringing a little Italy to Batavia’s Main Street. The spot that was last Ken’s Char...

Tony Masiello, l’ex-sindaco di Buffalo, NY, è stato recentemente onorato nel “Mayoral Hall of Fame” per il suo servizio alla città per trentacinque anni. Inoltre, è conosciuto per la sua carriera nel basket quando era all’università Canisius College. Per il lavoro da sindaco e il suo atletismo, lui è stato eletto dagli altri “Hall of Fame”, un onor...

I must admit that as much as I’ve been covering the arrival of the Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo (CCI) until a recent visit I was not fully aware of the impact that this complex would have on the city. And I say “complex” because it is a lot more complex than I imagined. This multifaceted cultural center is a testament to the vibrancy, dedic...

Si rende noto che il Consolato Generale di New York intende procedere alla nomina del Console onorario da porre a capo del Consolato onorario con competenza per Buffalo, Stato di New York. Il Console onorario, che opererà sulla base delle istruzioni fornite dal Consolato Generale di I classe di New York, sarà chiamato a svolgere funzioni di assiste...

Mike Molinaro and his family will be hosting their first-ever golf tournament to benefit Team Cure at Roswell Park on Saturday, Aug. 7, but golf foursomes need to register by Saturday. Many Lockport residents might remember Italian Fest – which was canceled due to COVID-19 last year – and the bocce tournaments held at Walnut and Pine streets. Still...

When the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame presented Richie Merlo with a lifetime achievement award last December, it capped a career that spanned more than six decades and stretched from coast to coast. A crooner and jazz trumpeter, Mr. Merlo was featured in the Buffalo area’s leading nightclubs, past and present. At the fabled Town Casino in the early 1...

A new mural by Nicole Cherry has popped up at the corner of Hertel and Delaware, directly next to the soon-to-open Centro Culturale Italiano di Buffalo (more on that front soon).This mural proudly waves the North Buffalo flag. There is also a nice shout out to Hertel’s role as “Little Italy” – the street was once home to the Italian Festival and is...

Never in 100 years did Paul Catalano ever think he'd get to see his favorite baseball team play in Buffalo. But the 99-year-old World War II veteran got the surprise of a lifetime on Tuesday night. Catalano will celebrate his 100th birthday in September. He's a lifelong Yankees fan, and his grandsons took it upon themselves to make sure he got to s...

The life of an Italian immigrant who later founded one of the largest charitable organizations in the world will be captured in a film that includes scenes to be shot in Buffalo beginning next month. Hundreds of people are sought to be hired as paid extras. The film, Cabrini, will be a biopic of Francesca Saviero Cabrini, who was later known as Fra...