Around here, a conversation about who makes the best Italian bread is the type of debate that can turn into an all-out carbo clash. We all have our favorite, and there’s no changing our minds. Usually it’s what we grew up with, the bakery our parents dragged us to when we were kids. “At the end of the day, people have their customs,” said Mary Kier...

John “Vig” Vigliotti is a winner in the world of calzones. Vigliotti, owner of Peppino’s Restaurant and Catering in Syracuse, took home the top prize last weekend in what was billed as the “World Calzone Championship.” That was one of several contests held at the Pizza & Pasta Northeast Competition in Atlantic City, N.J., sponsored by Pizza Today m...

There were two very different events in downtown Syracuse Monday, as central New Yorkers observed both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Monday morning, music echoed through Columbus Circle as more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the local Italian American community.  Local dignitaries placed a wreath at the foot of the Christopher Co...

Downtown Syracuse will be filled with food, music, and fun to celebrate Italian heritage in Central New York this weekend. Festa Italiana will take place Friday through Sunday in Columbus Circle downtown. Of course you can find 20 vendors offering up mouth watering food options like the meatballs, pizze fritte, along with various pasta selections a...

As proud Italian Americans, it is important to buy products from Italian American-owned businesses. Equally as important, it is enjoyable to pay visits to neighborhoods that are historically Italian, specifically communities that still have a significant amount of Italian American residents. The Empire State has Little Italy in Manhattan, Bensonhur...

In Syracuse, the Columbus monument still stands, inside Columbus circle there; yet Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh is moving on with his appeal after a stunning legal defeat, back in March, when Supreme Court Justice Gerard Neri blocked Walsh’s order to remove the navigator’s statue. The lawsuit to save the statue was raised by the Columbus Monument Corpo...

One of the Salt City’s most popular Italian restaurants is dishing up an expansion! Francesca’s Cucina on North Salina Street purchased the historic building right next door to the restaurant and will open Francesca’s Bake House, a homemade pasta and pastry shop. Standing in the heart of Syracuse’s Little Italy, the charming storefront has always b...

In support of academic excellence and the University’s expansion as a global institution, Life Trustee Daniel D’Aniello ’68, H’20 and his wife, Gayle, are gifting $10 million toward significantly enhancing the Syracuse Abroad Florence program. The transformational nature of this gift will expand opportunities for students, attract exceptional facul...

The lawsuit between Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) and the city of Pittsburgh regarding the fate of the Schenley Park Columbus statue is in the discovery process, and a rally was recently held at the historical site where protestors demanded that the tarps be removed from the monument. Judge John McVay, who is presiding over the suit,...

The National Columbus Education Foundation (NCEF) is pleased with the New York Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the Syracuse Columbus statue remaining in downtown Syracuse. On Friday, March 11, Judge Gerard Neri of the New York Supreme Court handed down a ruling declaring the city of Syracuse entered a covenant in 1990 to maintain the monument wh...