Antoinette Balzano is the granddaughter of Totonno's founder, Anthony Pero. At Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitana on Neptune Avenue in Coney Island, pizzas have been made in the same way in the same spot since 1924. Anthony (Totonno) Pero, emigrated from Naples in 1905 and began making pizzas for Lombardi’s grocery store on Spring Street in Manhattan. B...

The IABF is proud to partner with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Sunday, August 18th for Italian Heritage Night. Brooklyn Cyclones vs Tri-City Valley Cats. August 18, 2019 - 4:00 PM. MCU Park - Coney Island, NY. As part of the night's festivities, the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Rocky Balboa bobble-head. But that's not all, a limited ed...

A new exhibit opening Saturday in Coney Island brings to light a bygone era when the seaside neighborhood was instrumental in saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants. From the 1870s to the 1920s, immigrant women and children would come to live in nonprofit summer homes to escape the disease-filled tenement houses of the Lower East S...

America has always appreciated the creativity, ingenuity and manual skills of the Italians. These are qualities that have allowed many Italians to emigrate to the US, work hard, prove their skills, find their way, be successful. It has happened in every field, and the person we host today on We the Italians is a living example of this. Alberto Zamp...

Imparare l’italiano sulle montagne russe o volando sull’”astrotower”, e ancora tra le correnti artificiali del “wild river” o in sella alla bicicletta magica. Tutto questo e molto di più ha potuto sperimentare la prima avanguardia di liceali americani dediti allo studio della lingua e della cultura italiane protagonisti dell’esordio di una nuova in...

Ciao Tutti, It's been an amazing summer for the IABF. We held our first Youth Baseball clinic at MCU Park. We purchased and shipped over 100 bats and other baseball equipment for youth tournaments in Italy, and we returned from a 10 day trip to Italy where we conducted baseball clinics for over 300 kids in Rome & Nettuno. And, we are just getting s...

Brooklyn’s infamous Gargiulo's Restaurant at 2911 West 15th Street, Coney Island, celebrated a milestone on Sunday, April 23, as generations of family members — children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins —  traveled from all across the country to return to Coney Island for the gathering. Gargiulo’s, one of New York’s oldest restaurants, w...

The Coney Island amusement park opened Sunday for another season — with a 1920s wooden roller-coaster and a new, steel one ready to roll at breakneck speeds.   In Luna Park, Italian amusement tycoon Alberto Zamperla joined Eric Adams as the Brooklyn borough president christened the Cyclone roller-coaster with a local tradition: cracking a bo...

di Francesca Berardi   "L'Italia ha salvato Coney Island", ricorda con un tono di voce forte e deciso il presidente del quartiere di Brooklyn, Marty Markowitz. In una fredda e piovosa mattina di fine primavera, parlando a pochi metri dalla questa spiaggia che negli anni Venti era simbolo dell'eleganza e del divertimento dell'estate newyorkes...

In 1969, my father Angelo and mother Onorina bought a house in Coney Island. My parents had come over to the United States just ten years before, but then we'd returned to spend four of those years in Italy.   I still had the traces of an accent from my first language, the dialect spoken in Vallemaio, a village of 600 people in the mountains...