Frank Castagna, philanthropist and influential Long Island real estate developer, died Tuesday from a year-long fight with cancer. He was 91. Born in 1928 and raised in Sheepshead Bay, Castagna earned a degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania Military Academy before applying those skills at his father’s construction firm, which was soon renam...

Food blogger Salvatore (The Grubfather) DiBenedetto is a Long Island native with humble roots, starting off as a dishwasher in Italian kitchens. Now, he’s a jet-setting entrepreneur. His passion for food, along with his creative eye, has allowed him to become a widely recognized name in the hospitality industry,fueled by Instagram. The popularity o...

Specialty grocer Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace plans to take over a North Babylon space that King Kullen left in September after 40 years there. The new store is set to open in spring or summer 2021 in Sunset Plaza, at 1170 Deer Park Ave., Uncle Giuseppe’s said in a statement Monday. The 39,241-square-foot store will be the Farmingdale-based chain’s...

It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we announce the appointment of Vita Scaturro, as our incoming Chairman of the Board commencing June 1, 2020. Vita Scaturro presently works at J.P. Morgan Chase as Vice President-Relationship Manager III, where her contributions in the areas of new business development, sales management, and staff deve...

Josephine Buscaglia Maietta , Presidente di AIAE- Association of Italian American Educators è colei che con grande passione si dedica alla comunità italoamericana di New York, facendo rivivere la cultura e la storia italiana. Con il carisma e la vivacità che la contraddistinguono, Josephine riporta alla luce le tradizioni del Bel Paese, attraverso...

Anna Fortunato, a 90-year-old survivor of COVID-19, has a message for the rest of us: Do not be afraid. Do not despair. “Keep on fighting, have that positive attitude, and pray,” she says. “And get out of bed. Don’t stay in bed all the time. ... And I want to say to them, ‘If I did it, you can do it.’” That she is here to advise others is something...

For more than 125 years, Vincent’s Clam Bar has brought a vintage Italian-American dining experience to Westbury. In the last seven years, it has been voted Long Island’s Best Italian Restaurant and Best Overall Restaurant, winning Best Calamari 10 years in a row. The story of Vincent’s begins in 1894, when Giuseppe and Carmela Siano sold mussels,...

In support of his latest album, “COMMON MAN,” Long Island-based singer/songwriter Joe Iadanza will embark on his first tour of the southeastern United States in over ten years. Beginning on March 19, 2020, in Baltimore, Maryland, stops on this tour also include: Richmond, Virginia; Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Greensboro, N....

A sister restaurant to the popular and well-reviewed Vespa Italian Kitchen & Bar in Farmingdale will open this week on Route 25A. Vespa Italian Chop House takes over the location of the former Nocello's, 843 Fort Salonga Road. Owners Ben and Cynthia LoManto tells Patch that they hope to open their doors to the public during the middle of next week....

There’s a new pasta sheriff in town and his name is Michael White. At Roosevelt Field’s Osteria Morini, the acclaimed chef is putting out tagliatelle, cappelletti and spaghetti that are worthy of the four Michelin stars his 18 restaurants have earned worldwide. White, whose Manhattan restaurants include Marea and Ai Fiori, may be the face of the em...