Millions of Italians emigrated to America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and hundreds of them arrived toting a pizza recipe. In 1905, Gennaro Lombardi opened America’s first pizzeria on the corner of Spring and Mott Streets in New York, leading other pizzaioli to follow suit and set up shop in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. In 1964...

Peter Salvatore was always ready to throw a party at his elegant Shore Acres home, with its panoramic view of the Narrows and endless rooms filled with antiques and artwork collected by his wife, Gail. In winter, it was a lavish New Year’s Eve black-tie bash with a seven-course meal. In summer, it was a Fourth of July extravaganza with a patriotic...

To mark the most romantic day of the year, Osteria Bocelli celebrated Valentine’s Day with a unique evening of dinner and dancing to the sounds of the Alex Leonard Trio, where swing and jazz music from the great American songbook reverberated from every corner of the room. Guests indulged in a divine four course dinner a la executive chef, Stefano...

On Sunday afternoon Pastavino’s dining room sprang to life. Its light-filled space and open kitchen at 44 Navy Pier Way has been quiet for about two weeks when its former iteration, a seafood-centric, two-year old Barca, suddenly closed its doors. Yet rather than shut permanently, the operation’s owners, Vic Rallo and Dave Pasternack, decided to re...

New York City is blessed with countless Italian restaurants. They are just about everywhere. Around every corner is a pizza shop, or pasta and wine bar that will give you the carbs you are craving. But if you’re up for something a little more involved, here’s a list of some of the best Italian spots to check out around New York City, one for each b...

Tuesday, February 25th. 7:00pm - 9:00pm. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. REGISTER NOW. Venezia is Queen of the Adriatic, La Serenissima, mercantile and maritime Republic of 1,000 years, a vast museum, a triumph of human will over Nature, once a beehive of espionage, the luxury & pleasur...

The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island was named in honor of Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. However, its name was spelled incorrectly for more than half a century. Now change is on the way, as on Wednesday crews from MTA Bridges and Tunnels replaced the sign at 92nd Street near Fort Hamilton Parkway in Bay Rid...

If this relationship were a cake, what would it look like? How would it taste? I have never much dreamed of being a bride, for reasons both personal and anatomical, but have long been fascinated by the odd, uniquely impossible questions asked of them. The ones above, for instance. Is it not ludicrous to think that the special and sometimes eternal...

“Oh what a night!” The big Italian party continues to live on — bigger than ever — at Villa Paradiso in Great Kills. The dining spot is nestled behind the former Pathmark Plaza of Great Kills — where there’s a celebration going on week after week. And last night was no exception. Situated off Greaves Avenue and Amboy Road, the casual, 150-seat Ital...

Tuesday February 11th 7:00pm - 9:00pm. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Register Now. A unique perspective of the famed revelry and rituals of Carnevale. Presented by: Anita Sanseverino. With her vibrant and beautiful photographs of Venetian costumes and masks, Anita Sanseverino will illu...