Syracuse'se Festa Italiana will be held on September 13-15 (next Friday - Sunday). It'll include a meatball eating contest, bocce challenge, children's tent, heritage tent, wine making demonstrations, open air mass (on Sunday with Syracuse's new Bishop), bingo, photo booth, food vendors, live music and more. John Cerrone is in charge of the heritag...

The topic of the presence of women in the homes of Italian American communities throughout the United States has always been fascinating, fundamental for the survival of the families of our compatriots in America, and somewhat underestimated. The topic of food is similar, equally important and links many other aspects of the life of the Italian Ame...

We are very pleased to announce that the Samuel H. Kress Foundation has awarded a multi-year grant of $100,000 to the Syracuse Florence Graduate Program in Italian Renaissance Art. Together with another grant the Kress Foundation awarded the program in December, this money will provide five years of crucial financial support for our Kress-Florence...

Santangelo's has been around since 1986--a lifetime in the restaurant industry--yet when it comes to our five finalists, Santangelo's falls squarely in the middle. That's evidence not only of restaurants with great food and service, but of Italian cuisine's staying power in Central New York. Address: 673 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool.  Dinner start...

Bob Antonacci, the Republican candidate in the 50th Senate district race, wants to give victims of child sexual abuse more time to file lawsuits, a position that puts him at odds with one of his biggest supporters, retiring Sen. John DeFrancisco. Antonacci put out a statement today supporting the Child Victims Act, a state bill that would extend th...

A new family in town plays a starring role in Syracuse Opera's season opener. Artistic Director Christian Capocaccia; his wife, soprano Alexandra Deshorties, and their 6-year-old son, Hadrian, are all involved in the local company's Oct. 19 and 21 production of Verdi's "Macbeth." Having lived in various parts of the country while earning their degr...

On Oct. 12, 1934, an estimated 40,000 people filled the streets of downtown Syracuse for a Columbus Day parade, followed by the dedication of the city’s Columbus monument. The “abounding panorama of pageantry and joy” featured a mile-long line of marchers, a 500-voice children’s choir and speeches by community leaders, according to the Syracuse Her...

Much like the team whose action he describes, Syracuse Crunch broadcaster Lukas Favale hungers for success. And oh, what an appetite he has. Favale showed off a palate that's as impressive as his pipes last week by winning the meatball eating contest at the Italian Fest at Clinton Square. Favale chowed down 10 meatballs in one minute. "It's probabl...

Mayor Ben Walsh wants to talk about how we remember Christopher Columbus in Syracuse. Walsh partnered recently with the non-for-profit InterFaith Works to convene a series of "dialog circles" about Columbus remembrance. City Hall and Interfaith will issue a joint report detailing the recommendations of those discussions next year.  Nationwide, comm...

With the start of fall comes plenty of treats, good company and outdoor entertainment to help ring in the new season. And this weekend, Festa Italiana greets fall with plenty of reasons to celebrate. Ginnie Lostumbo and Linda DeFrancisco, the president and founders of Festa Italiana, are excited to kick off the 20th anniversary of the festival this...