In the month of January, Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre will host a celebration of Italian Cinema. The three day series will feature new restorations of several of Italian cinema’s most enduring classics: Giuseppe Tornatore’s Academy Award winning Cinema Paradiso, Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, and Bernardo Bertolucci‘s The Conformist. As well...

Americans are getting ready to celebrate “his Majesty” Barolo: two gala events dedicated to the great Piedmontese wine, on January 28, in Los Angeles, and, from February 1 to 4, in New York, organized by Vinous by Antonio Galloni, world-renowned wine critic and one of the leading overseas experts of the prestigious Italian denomination. The “Festa...

By all means, go to L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele and try the margherita ($20). Located at the corner of Greenwich Avenue at 2 Bank Street in the West Village, da Michele is an offshoot of a venerable Naples pizza parlor founded in 1870 (the same destination featured in Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love). The pizza that sat before me in our newly op...

The DiFara and Juicy Lucia collaboration concept came to a halt in late 2022. While signs are down on the red sauce-on-barbecue endeavor, pizza still will come from the corner building at 100-102 Lincoln Ave., Grant City. “We’re going to call it D’Lucia,” said its owner, Richie Holmes. A former co-owner of the place, he’ll remain a tenant of the ad...

Big Pussy is coming to the Patchogue Theatre — and he’s bringing his friends. Early in 2023, actor Vincent Pastore, who infamously played mobster-turned snitch Big Pussy on HBO’s crime drama “The Sopranos,” will take the stage for a 90-minute show that will include fellow cast members Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti and Steve S...

Authenticity Makes the Most Sense - Joe Isidori is unapologetically "New York Italian". However, it wasn't always that way. While building his brand, he found his voice after "shedding the armor" of what he thought he should be, and did what made the most sense: be himself. Gaining Balance by Leveraging Social Media - Joe Isidori's father Arthur wa...

“Americans are pragmatic, they box everything in, but I think there is room to get out of these boxes, to break them, sowing doubt.” Laura Mattioli is full of doubts, and of certainties. The first and foremost of these are that modern Italian art is misunderstood in America; that there is a need to work on awareness to restore it to its proper plac...

Exclusive restaurants can be a status symbol among the rich and famous. If you're a big shot, getting that coveted reservation shows the world that you can get into, and afford to eat at, whatever the hottest restaurant in town is. But hot restaurants can come and go. For a restaurant to stay in demand after decades in business can be quite a feat....

Back in the 1970s a slew of Italian restaurants opened on Manhattan’s east side that elevated the cuisine and décor well above the Italian-American model of the past. Two of those were Il Monello (1974) and Nido (1979), stylish ristoranti opened by Tuscan-born Adi Giovanetti, who introduced a sophisticated service, many dishes never served in New Y...

The Oval, the interactive chef's tasting table at La Devozione has been named one of the Top 50 Italian Restaurants Abroad by 50 Top Italy and is the first New York restaurant to be awarded three forks by Gambero Rosso, Italy's top food guidebook. The Oval was conceptualized by Giuseppe Di Martino, third generation Owner of renowned Pastificio Di M...