As part of the PBS American Portrait Series, WNED PBS is taking some of the stories from our Making Buffalo Home project and both preparing them for a national audience while featuring them on WBFO. You can hear the segments every Monday morning for the next several weeks. As a first-generation Italian American, Joe Di Leo shares the story of his f...

The old building at the corner of Hertel and Delaware avenues is full of history. It's been closed since the early 2000's, but one group has been working to bring culture back to this corner. “This is for Buffalo. Buffalo has been generous to welcome me and to welcome many many immigrants and this is our gift to Buffalo and our community," said Dr....

When one of Buffalo’s prominent restaurant families opens a new spot across the street from the original fine-dining destination, it’s reasonable to wonder how far the apple has fallen from the tree. The Little Club, brought to life in 2018 by the Ristorante Lombardo clan, is literally a next-generation Italian restaurant. Its sensibilities are sha...

Good news for lovers of Italian food in the Buffalo area! Bravo Italian Kitchen will reopen at the Walden Galleria Mall in Cheektowaga later this spring. The favorite Italian chain will be the latest restaurant to return to the mall’s “Restaurants Row” after Dave and Buster’s reopening in March. “BRAVO! will continue to serve classic favorite entré...

Cristiana Dell’Anna, star of the HBO Max crime series Gomorrah, has landed the lead role of U.S. Catholic nun Frances Xavier Cabrini in Alejandro Monteverde’s true story feature retelling Cabrini. Production starts June 28 in Buffalo, NY and NYC. Mother Cabrini was an Italian-American Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sac...

The extraordinary life of Mother Cabrini is going to become a major motion picture and you could be in it! The casting director is looking for native Italian speakers who also speak English, ages 6 to 70 years old—no acting experience necessary. Filming will take place in NYC and Buffalo from June to August 2021.Email CabriniTheMovie@gmail.com if y...

For 60 years, Carmen Iacono had a particular routine for Valentine’s Day. He would bring an early morning card to his wife, Maria, as she rose from sleep, then return 12 hours later, after a long day of cutting hair, to hand her flowers and a heart-shaped box of candy. If the day fell on a rare evening off from work, the couple might go for dinner...

Ted DiNoto not only officially declares his candidacy for Erie County sheriff on Thursday, he also injects an entirely new dimension into the contest by running on an independent line. A 30-year Amherst Police Department veteran and detective lieutenant commanding the Narcotics Squad, DiNoto told The Buffalo News on Wednesday that he will no longer...

When I was  a teenager dreaming to travel to the US,  I admit Buffalo wasn’t on my list: admittedly, my knowledge of America was limited to what I saw on TV — Texas, California, New York City — and to the Pacific North-West, as you would expect from any Gen-X  kid who grew up on a diet of bread-and-grunge. Things changed once I left Italy, moved to...

Rick “Rico” Cassata was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 for his quarterback play with the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (CFL), winning the MVP award in the Grey Cup Championship in 1973 and highlighting a nine-year CFL career. However, in 1964 after graduating from Tonawanda High School, Cassata h...