Stand-up comedian Maija DiGiorgio headlined Governor's Comedy Club at The Brokerage in Bellmore on Long Island for a good turnout.DiGiorgio shared the stage with emcee Michele Fox, Mario Bosco, and Olga Namer. "Keep it going for your comedians," DiGiorgio exclaimed, as she took the Brokerage stage, acknowledging her opening acts. She shared that sh...

The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce’s Saint Liberata committee selected Grace Rizzi-Gallipoli as this year’s Italian-American of the Year. According to chamber executive director David Kennedy, she was selected for her ties to the community dating back to the early years of the festival. Currently owner of G&M Dege Inc., pump and tank contrac...

The advice, “Save room for dessert,” holds very true at one venerable Italian restaurant. At Pasta e Pani, the antipasti is awesome. The linguine is luxurious. The pizza is perfect. But the desserts are divine. Known for an outstanding savory bill of fare, the sweet menu often gets overlooked. That’s a shame. Recently I stopped by just for dessert,...

Dominick Causarano was born on Dec. 9, 1883 in Monte Sant’Angelo, Italy. He immigrated to America in 1907 with the skills of a blacksmith. Although the then-new invention of the automobile would help drive the profession’s decline, Causarano did well. He opened up a shop on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. He married Madeline Renzalli and they...

Saturday June 1, 12:00 - 4:00 pm. The Pompei Restaurant, 401 Hempstead Avenue, West Hempstead, NY. Admission: $45. Contact: Angela Danzi 516-756-0627/516-485-8620. Sponsored by Italian American Studies Association, Long Island Regional Chapter. Guest Speaker: Stanislao G. Pugliese, Ph.D., Professor of History, Hofstra University, and co-editor, wit...

The Department of Education center in Hicksville was red, green and white on Saturday at a ceremony awarding 25 students from Long Island Catholic schools scholarships from the Tri-State Italian-American Congress. “The scholarships were designed to assist deserving families with the cost of their annual tuition to attend a Catholic elementary schoo...

Lindenhurst’s Italian ice and ice cream shop Uncle Louie G’s changed hands earlier this year. The new operators are Michael and Nora Dorso, a husband and wife team who’s lived in the neighborhood for 25-plus years. Michael, a former Toys ‘R Us employee, and Nora, a teacher at Brentwood High School, decided to purchase their first business together...

EJ Cumbo sprayed line drives all over the outfield’s green turf. Some one-hopped the outfield fence, others left scorched earth on their way to the gaps. The hottest hitter in the Northeast Region was putting on a show on the eve of the baseball program’s first postseason appearance in six years. Cumbo, a redshirt outfielder for the New York Instit...

It’s a meat-and-tomatoes issue. Not that spuds have entirely given way to pomodori, but restaurants combining Italian fare and steakhouse specialties are growing on Long Island, bringing together the two most popular cuisines of Nassau and Suffolk. “They’re two of my favorites,” said Frank Bono, owner of Primi Italian Steakhouse in West Islip. “Gro...

Long Island City bid farewell to its unofficial mayor on Tuesday as hundreds attended a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Vernon Boulevard Frank Carrado was a beloved link to the past of what is now the fastest-growing neighborhood in the country prior to his death last week following complications from a stroke. He wa...