A new Italian restaurant opened its doors in Bayside’s 41st Avenue, hosting its soft launch this month as a string of new eateries open in the neighborhood. Valdari opened its doors at 41st Avenue between Bell Boulevard and 214th Place on Nov. 18 with the restaurant’s owner, David Arias, doubling as its chef. "Yes, We’re Open!" an Instagram announc...

A new restaurant that features neo-Neapolitan pizzas opened in Astoria Wednesday. Figlia, which is located at 23-02 31st Street, is owned by Astoria resident and restauranter Riccardo Dardha and offers a menu of neo-Neapolitan pizzas from a custom-built pizza oven, along with antipasti and housemade pastas. The restaurant is Dardha’s first in Astor...

Fed up with an increase in crime and pro-criminal policies, former top NYPD official and retired judge George Grasso plans to challenge incumbent Melinda Katz in next year’s Democratic primary for Queens district attorney. Grasso, 65, worked his way through the NYPD ranks, from street cop, then earned a law degree to become deputy commissioner of l...

October is Italian heritage month and Rocco’s of Roc Beach has launched a 4-course tasting menu, featuring a new region of Italy each week. Chef Bruno and Rocco’s Team created a wonderful selection with a taste of Calabria last week, and The Wave really enjoyed our meal. Calabria, a region of southwest Italy, occupies the “toe” of the country’s boo...

The annual Columbus Day Parade in Howard Beach at one time drew thousands. Throughout the pandemic, however, the festivities were on a hiatus until last year, when a last-minute celebration ended up drawing an unexpected 200 people. So this year, the Howard Beach Columbus Day Foundation teamed up with Councilwoman Joann Ariola (R-Ozone Park) to do...

Early in Rachele Rastelli’s career with St. John’s, the team traveled to Philadelphia to face Big East foe Villanova. Coach Joanne Persico decided it would be fun to take Rastelli and her other Italian player, Erica Di Maulo, to see one of the city’s most famous tourist attractions. No, not the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall. What else would an...

When: Sat, October 1, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT - Where: Italian Charities of America, 83-20 Queens Boulevard, Queens, NY 11373. Italian Charities of America and Arba Sicula have collaborated to bring you a wonderful evening filled with Sicilian culture and music. Join us on Saturday, October 1st from 6:00pm from 9:00pm at Italian Charities...

The owners of two successful Italian restaurants in Sunnyside opened a gelato shop in the neighborhood Sunday. Valerio Marchi, Gina Mastrovito and Manuel Gregorio, who own Sotto Le Stelle Pizzeria and SoleLuna on Queens Boulevard, opened Arcobaleno Gelateria on July 31 at 44-09 Queens Blvd. The addition represents their third business in Sunnyside,...

As proud Italian Americans, it is important to buy products from Italian American-owned businesses. Equally as important, it is enjoyable to pay visits to neighborhoods that are historically Italian, specifically communities that still have a significant amount of Italian American residents. The Empire State has Little Italy in Manhattan, Bensonhur...

Il Fornaio Bakery Café is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch, coffee and desserts, where all their fabulous cakes, pastries, and cookies are made on premises at this delightful corner Café. Il Fornaio means “The Bakery” in Italian and you can stop in any time for a slice of cake, cookies, or cannoli to pick you up on your way home from work. Con...