Bertoldo di Giovanni lived in the mansion of Lorenzo the Magnificent. Upon his master Donatello’s death, Bertoldo finished the bronze pulpit reliefs from the life of Christ commissioned to grace the church that serves as the burial place of generations of the Medici family. Bertoldo may have led Michelangelo to fame. The self-promoting Michelangelo...

Periods of heavy rain passing through Mount Morris on Saturday sent patrons of the Mount Morris Rotary Italian Festival scurrying for cover in Bellamy Park, but despite the rain many who attended were unwavered by the weather. Vendors found ways to cope and protect their wares. The entertainment – under the cover of a large tent – kept playing. And...

Five hundred years ago, wooden crates full of round, golden, Aztec berries creaked and slid around the cluttered hull of a massive Spanish carrack, swaying in harmony with the momentum of the Atlantic Ocean, as compasses, quadrants and astrolabes directed the ship and its crew back to the shores of the Old World. This New World nightshade was the 1...

Sabìr - 'Visionary Bridge’ - Featured at the prestigious Gallery ‘One Art Space' in TriBeCa, New York – 23 Warren Street - 10007. Opening to Public and Panel Talk: September 13, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm - Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served after the panel. General Public Admission: from the 13 through the 18 of September 2019 – Gallery Hours...

Considering the number of Staten Islanders who work at and attend the San Gennaro Feast, the 93rd annual event is very much a borough-fueled event. The festival starts on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. and runs through the evening of Sunday, Sept. 22. WCBS-FM radio personality and Staten Island resident Joe Causi recently summed up the spirit of the...

On Saturday, August 17, 2019, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island, Queens) received the prestigious Guglielmo Marconi Award, the Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America’s (OSDIA) highest honor. The award is named for Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel prize-winning Italian physicist who invented wireless telegraphy. It is presented biennially to an...

There’s a retail corridor where people know what the word latticini means, where the hot new store is an old movie theater and the most glamorous building you’ll see is a church from the 1820s. Welcome to 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, where the local shopping reflects residents’ Italian, Chinese and Polish heritages. The neighborhood’s annual Festa d...

Get ready, amici: tomato season is in full swing! From juicy heirlooms to sweet and tangy cherry tomatoes, it's that time of year to enjoy the glorious bounty of the season. Meaning "golden apple" in Italian, a perfect pomodoro is one of life's simple pleasures. And, even though the tomato is not originally native to Italy (hard to believe, we know...

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday in a radio interview addressed at length the heated exchange his brother Chris had with a man who called him “Fredo” — a reference to the film "The Godfather" he said was demeaning to people with Italian heritage. In the video, the CNN anchor says the label is an “aspersion” to Italians, a reference to a character fr...

A new Italian restaurant has opened on the waterfront in Port Jefferson. Due Baci Italian Restaurant opened last month in the space that housed The Graceful Rose at 154 West Broadway. The owners, Maria and Patrick Aubry also own Amarone, an Italian restaurant that opened in Connecticut in 2018.  Due Baci's menu includes traditional Italian pasta di...