Giuseppe Varotta, 5, disappeared on May 24, 1921. Six days later, a woman with a pleasant face and two suitcases arrived at his family’s tenement home on E. 13th St. in Little Italy. Antoinette Varotta, the missing boy’s mother, told neighbors that the woman was a cousin who had come all the way from Detroit to help with cooking, cleaning and carin...

1989. The Berlin Wall fell. Brazil had its first election in nearly three decades. Ana Oxa sang Ti lascerò at Sanremo. And, in the center of Florence, the Mazzanti family opened a small wine bar with snacks. Unknown to them, they would leave a legacy that would travel far. The family’s primary idea was to serve square sandwiches with fresh, seasona...

Tiramisu is as ubiquitous on Italian menus as pasta. And just like pasta, not all tiramisu are equal. The key to success is in its name: “Tira mi su” translates literally to “lift me up”— wherein lies the secret. The lighter the lift, the better the dessert. And this is what makes tiramisu so coveted; it’s not an easy lift, so to speak. A great tir...

The buzzy heart of Midtown Manhattan may seem like the last place you'd look for some slowed-down, European-style repose, but that's exactly what you'll find at Lodi, the new-ish all-day café, bar, bakery, and restaurant from Estela and Altro Paradiso's beloved chef Ignacio Mattos. Inspired by Italian "caffè" and "aperitivo" culture, the hybrid des...

Let’s take a moment to set the record straight here. If any of you happen to show up at a restaurant and see Padma Lakshmi sitting at a table, it is your duty as a citizen to let us know. Hit us up on Twitter, send an email, or put up the Bat-signal. But please do something. Just as I was about to write this review of Il Posto Accanto, a close frie...

On January 27th, between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, the Consulate General of Italy in New York will host the ceremony of the reading of the names of the Jews deported from Italy and the Italian territories. The event is held in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day or Giorno della Memoria. The public is invited to take part in the reading...

In the fall of 1959, Ciro Scala, who had just finished high school, commuted to an office job in Times Square from Staten Island daily and also attended City College, up Convent Avenue, in the evenings. The trip home, which relied on the IRT to Lower Manhattan, the Staten Island Ferry, and then a bus to New Brighton, took about two and a half hours...

On a late summer night in August, I met Debra Ente for the first time. She was adorned with pink glitter, I was adorned with splotches of red wine and marinara. We met at the Little Italy mainstay, Puglia, where Debra can be found most nights singing to throngs of recently graduated Big Ten alumni, mid-tier JPMorgan execs, New York first-timers, an...

Italian luxury brand Brunello Cucinelli has expanded its Madison Avenue flagship to more than double the original store footprint. The Brunello Cucinelli store, which carries men’s, women’s, children’s and lifestyle collections, features new VIP fitting rooms comfortably outfitted with lounge chairs and racks which can be curated with merchandise t...

Kairos Italy Theater, the main Italian theater company in New York, has announced the finalists for the 2021 KIT International 10 minute plays series on Political Theater. The theme was chosen as KIT celebrated the famous Italian writer Leonardo Sciascia, on the occasion of Sciascia's 100th birthday. Leonardo Sciascia (8 January 1921 - 20 November...