In the great tradition of the last 26 years, opera and Broadway favorites will once again come to the Hamptons through the annual favorite concert "Cristina Fontanelli and Her Fabulous Friends" taking place on Saturday, July 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the Duck Walk Vineyard North, 44535 Main Rd., Southold, NY on the North Fork of the Hamptons on Long...

For nearly two decades, Frank DeCarlo has run Peasant, the Elizabeth Street Italian restaurant with a wood-fired oven and a very devoted following. While DeCarlo has expanded, he’s hardly an empire builder. In fact, a new restaurant opening in a couple weeks will be only his third. That restaurant, Barba Bianca — “White Beard” — won’t even be in Ne...

Dr. Tom Ferraro, the marvelous commentator for Blank Slate Media, last week highlighted that there are 319,602 Italian-Americans in Nassau County. In the 2000 Census, there were 408,572 in Suffolk. Our two suburban counties ranked among the highest population percentage of Italian-Americans in the U.S.  (Suffolk was 2nd with 28.8), and Nassau was 7...

Meta Osteria & Barra is bringing a new spin on Italian cuisine to Oceanside. Meta opens in the former site of Sole, with a colorful menu that seasons traditional Italian and Italian-American fare with contemporary accents. It’s under the same management as Sole, which arrived in 2000. Dennis Durdaller is the managing partner; Robert Carmosino is ch...

Nel Long Island si è celebrato il ventesimo anniversario dell’AIAE (Associazione degli Educatori Italoamericani). L’appuntamento annuale, organizzato dalla dinamica presidente dell’associazione, la Prof.ssa Josephine A. Maietta, si è tenuto al Chateau Briand, dove erano presenti circa 150 ospiti.  Maietta, docente di italiano nel Long Island, organ...

May 7 (Sunday)   12:00 - 5:00 pm AIAE 20th Anniversary Gala, Annual Awards and Scholarship Celebration. Distinguished guests:  Min. Francesco Genuardi, Consul General of Italy in New York City; Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Former New York First Lady and Chair of the New York State Mentoring Program; Msgr. Hilary C. Franco, Adviser, Permanent Observer...

Umberto’s, a pizzeria chain with a presence on Long Island that goes back 52 years, opened a restaurant on Plandome Road on Sunday. The stretch of dining and retail places in the heart of Manhasset already plays host to Italian restaurants like Gino’s, Villa Milano and Randazzo’s. “Let the great Manhasset pizza war commence,” said the Twitter accou...

A taste of Italian lifestyle is coming to Nassau Coliseum in September, and tickets for the event go on sale Friday. Italia Vera: The Ultimate Italian Lifestyle Festival will land at the Coliseum for one day only on Sept. 9, but with two sessions: one at 12:30 p.m. and one at 5:30 p.m. The event will transform the Coliseum into a slice of Italy, fe...

Stony Brook Football was getting ready to fly up to Maine for a game that weekend. The team lugged several trunks filled with extra uniforms, helmets, cold weather gear, tape for trainers — the standard haul for a road game. But the team was to fly on a smaller plane than they are accustomed to and would therefore not take all the trunks that they...

Spring is here, and one Italian restaurant is celebrating the season with a new menu. Oro Restaurant & Lounge, located at 41-17 Crescent St., has made authentic Italian cuisine a highlight of its menu since opening its doors in Dutch Kills last August. This month, under the helm of executive chef Scott Andriani, the restaurant is introducing a slew...