Long before the first case of COVID-19 was reported, Little Italy was iconic for the sidewalk cafes and restaurants dotting Mulberry Street, the destination's central thoroughfare. But now that indoor dining in New York City has been indefinitely suspended, its outdoor dining scene has been taken to a whole new level, with in-street dining taking s...

In 1933, a poor Italian-American teenager led the dramatic New Haven garment workers strike that lifted thousands of women into the middle class. Jennie Aiello wasn’t the only leader of the New Haven garment workers strike of 1933. But she was certainly a key to its success. On a cold day in April, Jennie slid down the clothing chute from the secon...

The 94th Annual San Gennaro Feast was officially canceled on Thursday evening, as COVID-19 cases spike across the country. The 11-day feast, which draws hundreds of thousands of people to Mulberry Street every year, was founded in 1926 and has only been canceled twice—after 9/11, and now, amid a resurgent pandemic. However, the Solemn High Mass and...

The Whitaker St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, an annual presentation of the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, serves as the area’s primary venue for films made by local artists. The Showcase screens works that were shot in the St. Louis region or were written, directed, or produced by St. Louis-area residents or by filmmakers with strong local ties who are...

America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill will debut online July 10th through 19th aspart of the 20th annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase. This historical documentary traces the roots of the venerable St. Louis neighborhood known as “The Hill.”. Check out the trailer: America’s Last Little Italy: The Hill tells the story of this unique Italian-America...

A New York City staple is balancing new menu items without giving up on their traditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lombardi’s originally opened in 1897 as an Italian grocery store in Little Italy. The owner, Gennaro Lombardi, became known for the pizzas that he made that by 1905 the store shifted gears and became the first pizzeria in the United...

It’s Phase 2 of reopening in New York City, and dozens of restaurants on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx can’t wait to welcome back their customers with sanctioned outdoor allowed by the state beginning Monday. They are hoping to be the first business district this summer to close down streets for business. Advocates want to turn the famous street in th...

We've seen so many traditional summer events here at home canceled because of the pandemic. Now, one of the area's more popular ethnic heritage festivals is announcing some big changes for this year. The Saint Paul's Italian Festival typically brings huge crowds to Erie's Little Italy neighborhood. This year's edition is set for August 7 through 9....

This fund-raiser is organized as a birthday tribute for Ernesto & Margaret Rossi, owners of E.Rossi & Company. The volunteers will assist with responding to inquiries. Email can be sent to [email redacted]. Thank You, Grazie Mille, from Team Rossi www.erossico.com #erossiconyc. The Rossi company includes a small retail storefront, wholesale warehou...

The other night I was seated in an actual restaurant and the cute little server asked me for a cocktail order. I responded “red wine.” She asked “Merlot or Cabernet” and a column was borne. I answered “Red, some good vintage like April,” and I realized immediately that my pathetic attempt at humor was falling on ears 50 years too young to comprehen...