In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY announces Tobia Rossi’s play Hide and Seek (Nascondino) as the 2019 Mario Fratti Award winner. The award ceremony will take place on Monday, May 13 at 6pm at the Italian Cultural Institute (686 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021) where the reading of the translation of the play, made by the official translator of the...

While Vincent Tartamella bags breakfast sandwiches and shuttles egg platters to guests in his small dining room at Vincent’s Deli, the calls start rolling in for pizza. “Hello Vincent’s!” Tartamella says in a sing-song greeting into the phone. Along with an order for a bagel with jelly comes a request for a rice ball parmigiana and a personal pan p...

The murder of Frank Cali is the first assassination of a Gambino crime boss since “Big Paul” Castellano was gunned down outside Sparks Steakhouse in 1985. The pair of sensational shootings highlight a storied history between the mob and New York City. The American mafia has long been glorified in movies and pop culture, but in the Big Apple the mob...

With a nearly 20-year presence on Staten Island, the owners of Top Tomato -- known for deli-fresh Italian specialty dishes -- are expanding to open a fifth store. This one is in Port Richmond. The new store, at 1579 Forest Ave., is in a 7,500-square-foot building formerly occupied by a Walgreens. It’s expected to open by April, said Anthony Sciandr...

Bruna Djonbalaj wakes at 3:30 a.m. each day to bake the green apple tartlets and mini lemon meringues for Dolce Fantasia. She handles the sweet side of the tiny West Brighton restaurant while husband John tackles the savory -- house-made strand pastas and hearty dishes like roasted lamb shanks.  The couple established the restaurant in late Novembe...

On a recent afternoon before the lunch rush at Marianna's, John Sancimino rolled his cutter through crunchy crusts of a salad pie and a saucy-striped Sicilian. The proprietor and his crew pulled pizzas hot from the oven and slid them onto metal trays with a "whoosh" of yeasty air. Despite all the deliciousness on display, it might be John's vodka p...

St. Joseph’s Day is just one sign of spring that captures our attention with the universal language of food. Special pastries, a delightful pasta and very specific foods to the day -- this year celebrated on Tuesday, March 19 -- make it unique Italian tradition. This fantastical version of Pasta Con Sarde, pasta cooked with sardines, raisins, fenne...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 – 12:00 Noon-4:00 PM. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Three-Course Lunch includes wine and soft drinks. $60 per person (plus gratuities). Reservations with pre-payment required. Call us at 718-273-7660. CLICK HERE TO RSVP ONLINE. Come enjoy great food & company w...

Another pizza place? In a borough full of them, it's somewhat understandable if that's a Staten Islander's reaction when they hear the news. But Seppe Pizza Bar in Stapleton, a new eatery in the URBY apartment complex, wants residents to give its homemade recipes of Neapolitan-style dishes a shot.  Seppe opened its doors in early December and is in...

The New York based Kairos Italy Theater and the Italy-based KIT Italia will present the seventh annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, a festival of Italian theater taking place in all five boroughs of NYC, April 29-May 13. Each year In Scena! presents a survey of the best Italian theater from Italy, in New York City. The festival features f...