It is not an idle question to ask if a non-Italian chef can truly cook Italian food, because when it comes to other national cuisines—Indian, Chinese, Turkish, Russian, Thai —few who are not from those regions ever attempt to make them. But the assumption that Italian food is easy to learn and master is a slippery slope indeed, with far too many ch...

Draped in a flowing regal red dress, a rosy-cheeked Madonna tilts her pelvis to the viewer’s right, dangling a rosary from her left hand and barely grasping her child with her right hand. Her heavy eyelids evoke a dreamlike state, the dramatic gestures amplified by chiaroscuro lighting.   Giovanni Battista (Giambattista) Tiepolo’s Madonna of The Ro...

There’s a new pasta sheriff in town and his name is Michael White. At Roosevelt Field’s Osteria Morini, the acclaimed chef is putting out tagliatelle, cappelletti and spaghetti that are worthy of the four Michelin stars his 18 restaurants have earned worldwide. White, whose Manhattan restaurants include Marea and Ai Fiori, may be the face of the em...

A Bronx couple is bringing a taste of true Italian cuisine to the neighborhood. Aurora Cerrato and her husband Estevan Vargas decided it would be great to share their love for food with others, opening MangiPasta in the heart of Little Italy."So, as it says the name itself, it's where you can come and eat pasta. You pick the pasta with the sauce. S...

For neighborhoods within the five boroughs, Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights have long been beautiful neighborhoods with rich colonial history and many gorgeous homes on larger plots of land . Dyker, having been a hidden gem for decades, is now world-renowned for the cluster of mansions with the most tantalizing Christmas decorations and lights each yea...

Even in these confused times, there are a few truths no one can dispute. Seltzer is the only true embodiment of the current human condition. The New York Knicks will always find a way to be terrible. And, when it is made correctly, tiramisu is a perfect dessert. Tiramisu is not everything, but it is the correct number of things. The flavors — coffe...

Park Avenue Armory will embark on the eighth year of its Recital Series, a series of intimate chamber music performances in the austerely elegant Board of Officers, intended to continue the salon tradition of chamber music performances. The 2020 Recital Series will open with two performances by young Italian soprano Rosa Feola, Monday evening, Janu...

Lucky children got to see Santa Claus in person at a recent holiday party hosted by the Federation of Italian American Organizations at the organization’s community center, Il Centro. It was an afternoon filled with fun and laughter as Santa Claus happily posed for pictures with smiling children in the spacious community room at Il Centro, 8711 18t...

Located in the heart of Bay Shore, ITA, short for Italian American, provides a fine Italian dining experience with a more casual environment. The 2,300 square-foot eatery serves classic Italian specialties with a new age twist. On the menu, you’ll find lunch and dinner options like calamari, pesto risotto balls, veal chops, quinoa bowls and more. P...

Nicole Romano is a designer, businesswoman and fearless. Stack up the accomplishments. She is everywhere. From fashion week in NYC to appearing on GoLocal LIVE to developing new designs, Romano is a whirlwind of creative energy. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Romano forged ahead by launching her own multidimensional brand with the enc...