John Basilone was a hero in WWII and now the Navy has christened a second ship in his name and there is also a movement to recognize him here in his hometown. Basilone, born on the West Side of Buffalo, November 4, 1916, into an Italian-American family, the sixth of ten children. Basilone enlisted in the Army in 1934, then in the Marines in 1940. H...

How did one of Manhattan's most successful real estate family dynasties of the 1900s happen mostly by accident? And how could it be that almost all of their buildings still stand generations later? Fortunately, a great-granddaughter of the family has meticulously cataloged each of their projects and New York story like never before. From 35th Stree...

The Roman screenwriter and writer (La Mia New York, Un Giorno senza Kobe, Ultra edizioni) won the prestigious Big Apple Film Festival, which had more than 30,000 participants from all over the U.S. and Canada in 2022. After winning with his original screenplay, Forget New York, he signed with KMC, Hollywood Talent Agency that will represent Careri...

When Salvatore H. Alfiero was profiled in newspaper articles in the late 1980s, after his business, Mark IV Industries, had become Buffalo's first new Fortune 500 company in a decade, reporters remarked how different he was from other corporate executives.  Jerry Zremski described him in 1988 in The Buffalo News as "an affable, rumpled fellow,"...

On July 8th 1524, Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano returned to France after having roughly surveyed the entire east coast of North America from Florida to Newfoundland.  A few months earlier, he had entered New York Harbor – the first European to do so. Thanks to the late Italian American activist John LaCorte of Brooklyn, that arrival was m...

Frances Xavier Cabrini was born on this date (July 15) in 1850 in today’s Italian region of Lombardy. She entered the sisterhood at a young age, and by 1880 had formed her own order with seven other women — the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The good works performed by the order soon got the attention of Bishop Giovanni Scalabrini...

New York City is known for (arguably) hosting some of the best Italian cuisine in the country. We rounded up some of the best options for trying flavorful dishes with attention to quality ingredients. Doesn't hurt if you can sample some Italian wine or a negroni while you're at it. Our selections pull stand-outs from across the boroughs, even if al...

Many years ago, while interviewing my cousin Herby for family recollections, he had mentioned that our grandfather, Antimo (nicknamed “Tony”) operated a produce store, around the corner from Arthur Avenue (across from St.Barnabus Hospital.) *Note: The timeline for this story is around the mid to late 1950’s.* Herby clearly recalled the fact that, w...

Imagine Italy was only a drive away... well here in the Hudson Valley, a glimpse of it actually is! If you want to experience the artwork of Italy without the hassle of traveling, then join us on this Road Trip: Close to Home to Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring. “Magazzino means ‘warehouse’ in Italian and we opened in 2017. This is our fifth an...

On July 18, 2022, the American Foundation of Savoy Orders presented a record grant of $150,000 to The New York Foundling’s Summer Camp Program for inner-city foster care children from funds raised from the Foundation's 2021 Ballo di Savoia (Royal Savoy Ball) Winter Charity Gala. More than 200 patrons, benefactors and guests gathered to support the...