New York City excels at many things, but one of its finest is Italian food. The area is known as the birthplace of red-sauce, Italian-American fare, and within the five boroughs lie perfect evocations of the form. But all of Italy is represented here, too, from doughy Neapolitan pizza to rustic Tuscan dishes to saucy Sicilian specialties. This list...

When we think of a fantastic Italian restaurant, what comes to mind? The heat of a wood-fired pizza oven, the aroma of garlic and basil on top of freshly prepared pasta, the pervasive smell of fresh clams and octopus. But what about matzah ball soup or grape leaves? What about chefs speaking Arabic, Japanese, and Sinhalese? What about grandmas from...

It’s not every day you’re asked to perform at Carnegie Hall along with a world-renowned vocalist. Just ask Melissa Ottaviano and her students at the Dream Studio for the Performing Arts in Tottenville — and they’ll tell you exactly how it happened. Award-winning singer, Cristina Fontanelli — who’s the PBS/WNET and NY affiliates host for Andrea Boce...

Over the years he’s hosted guests from the worlds of music and entertainment — and now after a two-year hiatus he’s back once again thrilling the masses as talk show host aboard Staten Island Community Television’s (CTV) new variety show he calls “Up Late with Johnny Potenza.” He’s one of the borough’s reality-TV pioneers — better known as Johnny P...

On Thursday, the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn hosted its 52nd annual Judges Night at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island where it highlighted the good work the local judges do for the community and celebrated the collegiality between the bench and the bar. There are no speeches or awards given out during the event. Instead, it’s an o...

“Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!” declared Lauren Lombardo, wishing the crew of Life-Wire News Service a merry Christmas and happy New Year. After graduating from the College of Staten Island, Lombardo moved to Naples to paint and ended up living there for the next eight years. While there, she taught painting, wrote two children’s books and becam...

Come to the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum (420 Tompkins Ave, Staten Island, NY 10305) and view our presepio until January 6th! Free with admission to the museum: $10 non-members, $5 for members. The nativity scene or crèche, called in Italian the presepe or presepio, brings to life the story of the Nativity as told in the canonical as well as apocryphal...

Tuesday December 17th • 7:00 pm. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Come hungry & thirsty! Concession available with homemade food from our Cucina Colavita plus beer, wine & soft drinks. Cash & credit accepted. REGISTER ONLINE OR CALL 718-273-7660. Members: FREE. Non-Members: $10pp. Additio...

Casa Belvedere will unveil its annual display of “Il Presepio Della Solidarietà” — The FDNY 9/11/01 Solidarity Crèche — on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Center on Grymes Hill. The Il Presepio is gift of friendship and solidarity from the Naples, Italy Chamber of Commerce to the New York City Fire Department in honor of the v...

Joe DiMartino is not in the business of waiting. The Charleston resident started inviting Staten Islanders to tour his impressive Christmas village of a home on Thanksgiving evening. DiMartino created the display in memory of his wife, Debra Ann, who fell victim to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. Each year, he raises...