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...

Tucked away in the heart of beautiful Long Island City is Levante, an Italian Restaurant & Bar with a trendy yet artisanal flair that proves to be perfect for any occasion. This “pizza-centric” spot, located just off the 7-train a few blocks away from the historic Court Square, is one of the many gems popping up in the ever-growing area. With beaut...

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...

There are key moments in life you remember vividly. One was a cold day in December 1972 when I was pulled out of a high school assembly with the sad news that my beloved Grandma Nicotera had died. I still ache while recalling this and mourn her loss some 50 years later. A traditional old-fashioned, several days’ wake and funeral Mass followed. They...

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...

I went to Maria Lisella’s apartment in Queens, a walk from the train, the elevated N. She thoughtfully had prepared a meal for me, soup, bread, cheese, grilled vegetables. Her cooking like her poetry takes what is everyday and elevates it to an exceptionally rare place, the extraordinary—my that’s good!—and it’s universal too, meant just for you. B...

The city will dedicate a section of Hill Street to the memory of Michael A. Esposito, beloved resident, historian and neighborhood leader in Troy’s Little Italy neighborhood who died last month, Mayor Patrick Madden said. Hill Street between Liberty and Washington Streets will be dedicated as “Esposito Way” in recognition of his life and contributi...

Tuesday, Jan. 25 • 7 pm EDT. Screening of "Our Hebrews". Followed by a discussion. Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301. Two options: In-person or via Zoom (Links to view the documentary and to join the Zoom discussion will be sent upon registration). Presented in partnership with Wagner College Holocaust Center. Proof of vaccina...