In 2020, pizza really showed us what it is made of. As Long Island’s dining scene imploded, regrouped and now stands poised for whatever comes next, pizza just kept rolling along, a reliable and inexpensive source of delight and satisfaction that could be enjoyed in a restaurant, on a sidewalk, under a tent, at home or (and here, I speak from exper...

Bob Farina’s grandparents immigrated to the United States, leaving Sicily, Italy, by boat on June 14, 1913. They arrived in the country nearly one month later on July 1, 1913. Like millions of other immigrants at the time, they were greeted by the Statue of Liberty upon arriving in New York. Born into this hardworking family of New York Italian imm...

Billy Joel’s dedication to Long Island is no secret. The location seeps into his music regularly. After growing up mostly in Oyster Bay, Joel has owned property all over the island. Over the years, he had beachfront estates in Sagaponack, Sag Harbor, Oyster Bay, and Amagansett, to name a few. Since he’s so dedicated to staying on the island, it sho...

October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

Osteria Umbra, a new Italian restaurant, officially opened in Smithtown earlier in September. Co-owner and chef Marco Pellegrini is at the helm of the kitchen, and he's providing a taste of traditional and modern cuisine inspired by his home region of Umbria, Italy. Pellegrini, along with co-owners Daniel Bragoli; his brother Stephen Bragoli; and S...

Amid the pandemic, a popular Italian restaurant opened its third location in Bay Shore this month. Butera's, which has a locations in Sayville and Woodbury, opened its latest eatery on 8 Third Avenue on Sept. 1. Owner Martin Butera, who opened the new restaurant alongside his wife, Laurie Butera; his brother, Gary Butera; his partner, Nick Zografo...

“A New Approach to Deconstruct and Destroy the ACT” is a new and revolutionary test prep book written by Garden City locals Nicholas LaPoma and Brittany Verlezza. LaPoma describes his book as, “a clearer and more powerful alternative to the ACT Black Book.” This test prep book in particular was meant to be geared towards a student who wants to know...

The Fire Department of New York announced that it would be renaming its highest honor after Peter J. Ganci, Jr., the chief of the department from Massapequa who died in the Twin Towers on Sept. 11. The award — the James Gordon Bennett Medal — was established in 1869, and is awarded to New York City firefighters for extreme acts of valor. There have...

In 1992, a girlfriend at work wanted to set up Patricia Bonanza on a blind date. “She said, ‘I know somebody else that is going through a divorce, but I don’t know if you’d like what Phil does,’” she recalled. “I said, ‘Well, what does he do? Is it legal?’” He sold hot dogs for a living. “I said, ‘Is he happy selling hot dogs?’ She said yeah. I sai...

Aria spensierata e gioviale da bambina, l’abile e tenace bruna siculo-americana, Cav. Josephine Buscaglia Maietta, Presidente di AIAE- Association of Italian American Educators, ha centrato appieno l’obiettivo di unire l’Italia all’America. Josephine, insieme ad altri volontari creatori della cultura, è elemento fondante della medesima Associazione...