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...

John Toto beamed as patrons walked up the stairs of his Ocean Breeze restaurant for the last time. They heard the news: After 34 years, Joe & John Toto's declared last call as Sunday, Feb. 24. It will soon be Juicy Lucy, a barbecue restaurant by one of the borough's Lickety Split route owners, Richie Holmes.  "Emily!" said John to a tearful guest w...

Lucy Ferreri, the matriarch of a large and loving Staten Island family, the epitome of elegance, style and refinement, and a "First Lady of the Greatest Generation," died Tuesday night surrounded by those she held most dear. She was 96. Born Lucia DiSerafino, on Sept 1, 1922 on Nugent Street in Egbertville, Lucy was the fourth child and third daugh...

If all goes well with construction, Campania will fire up its coal-and-gas oven in Dongan Hills come fall. This will be New York City’s fourth such Italian restaurant known for its pleasantly charred pizza roasted with house-made mozzarella, freshly grated cheese and toppings sliced to order. The new eatery will be located at 1801 Hylan Blvd., a 10...

At 102 years young, Minnie Cucchia continues to amaze family members and friends. Minnie was born Jan. 21, 1917, to Charles and Grace Sciascia, who emigrated from Sicily to Lower Manhattan's Cherry Street. In 1932, the Sciascias relocated to Sunnyside, where Minnie and her seven siblings grew up. Minnie met Salvatore (Sam) Cucchia and the couple ma...

It’s tempting to underestimate Staten Island, a borough whose main attractions include a public park built on a landfill called Fresh Kills. The other night at Barca, a new Italian seafood restaurant in Stapleton, a neighborhood on the island’s northeastern coast, a server couldn’t resist delivering a self-deprecating, faux-pretentious riff on the...

Seven Catholic schools in New York will close after the school year ends, due in part to declining enrollment, the Archdiocese of New York said. St. Rose of Lima Elementary School and St. Brigid School in Manhattan; Our Lady Help of Christians Elementary School on Staten Island; St. Nicholas of Tolentine Elementary School and St. Joseph Elementary...

We opted to stay close to home this weekend -- on Staten Island's East Shore that is -- and didn't have to travel too far to land at Bruno's Bakery & Restaurant, the divine Dongan Hills dining spot formerly referred to as Pasticceria Bruno -- where we were in for a pleasant surprise. There's been a change in the scenery at Bruno's with the sprawlin...

After the success of Angelina’s Kitchen in New Springville, the mother-son team of Angelina and Vincent Malerba will continue to expand their brand, with plans to open a 5,500-square-foot eatery in The Boulevard, a new shopping center being built in New Dorp. “Angelina’s Kitchen has been incredibly successful since we opened two years ago. People l...

Andre’ DiMino, Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition Communications Director, will be on The Gene Valicenti Show, Tuesday 1/22 at about 8:20 AM East discussing Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame President’s decision to remove venerable Columbus art murals from the University. “What a complete disgrace,” stated DiMino.  “And it is unbelievable that he wou...