The Desiderio family has been in the restaurant industry since the late 1970s. They work with family and their extended family of staff at Bobby J's Italian American Grille in Cheektowaga. That's why brothers and co-owners Bob and Jay Desiderio sat down with their family to decide how they could help those on the front lines of this crisis. "When w...

Anthony Sciarratta, a Queens-based novelist, didn’t enjoy English until he attended college. But now he is set to release his second novel, “The Letter.” “The Letter,” set to be released April 28 through Post Hill Press, focuses on Victor Esposito, a writer who falls into a coma, and his love affair Eva Abram. After Abram hears the news over a tele...

Upset you can't do your usual Arthur Avenue run in light of the coronavirus? No worries. Many of the local shops in the Belmont Business Improvement District (BID) also known as the “Little Italy in the Bronx” are currently operating for curbside pick-up, takeout, delivery and mail-order shipping, with many featuring Easter specials. Here's where y...

If you’ve visited Casa Belvedere recently, you already know who Beatrice is. She’s the one who welcomes you with a hearty “Buonasera!”, inviting you to come in, get comfortable, and get ready to enjoy a culinary experience in one of our cooking classes, or a cultural presentation during our Tuesday evening cultural progam. If you’ve dropped off you...

Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen is rising to the occasion to be there for the communities it serves when it is needed most. As a community ally, Russo’s has always aligned itself with charities and local non-profit organizations, and now it is coming to the aid of hospital workers and first responders who are giving of themselves tirele...

As artists increasingly face lost income due to cancelled commissions and exhibitions due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Magazzino Italian Art Foundation in Cold Spring, New York, is asking eight Italian artists to create a work new work that will be unveiled at the end of May. The idea for the curatorial project was born from “the abs...

The first time I met Riccardo Orfino, in the Summer of 2013, he told me that he dreamed of moving to America. At the time, the chef was at the helm of LadyBù’s kitchen – a bistro in Milan and a collaboration between two chefs from both a two-star restaurant and a DOP mozzarella producer. LadyBù’s cheese-centric menu was the answer to all my inner t...

A second New York City priest has died because of the coronavirus, church officials said. Father Gioacchino Basile, pastor of Saint Gabriel’s in East Elmhurst, Queens, died Saturday. He was 60, church officials said. Basile’s death is the second for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, coming a week after Father Jorge Ortiz-Garay, 49, who served...

Data are so important to understand and fight coronavirus. The NYC based startup Cuebiq is helping thanks to its “COVID-19 Mobility Insights“: “We understand this is a tough time for businesses as well as consumers. As part of our commitment to sharing data for the greater good, Cuebiq is providing free access to mobility and store visitation patte...

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed one of the most ballyhooed community events of the year in Wilmington as organizers of St. Anthony’s Italian Festival have decided to cancel this year’s celebration. This year’s celebration of culture, food and fun was set for June 7-14. Organizers announced on the festival’s Facebook page that restrictions aime...