Catholic that I am, I must begin by confessing: I was more than a little bit starstruck. As a child growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania, about 100 miles from New York City, sitting on the floor of my family’s living room and listening to the records my older brothers and sisters would play on the big Magnavox stereo—records like “The Wanderer,”...

I was fortunate to grow up in the Bronx alongside my Italian grandmother, Millie—formerly known as Emilia—a petite, spirited woman steeped in old-world tradition and a romantic view of the world. She had a jubilant aura shaped by teenage summers spent in Italy eating pasta, riding her bike, and lounging on the beaches of Torre Annunziata. Millie wo...

The Italian American Baseball Foundation will honor Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred at its annual gala in December. On December 5, at Marina Del Rey in the Bronx (NY), Manfred will receive the IABF Excellence Award for his service to the game in recognition of his heritage.  Commissioner Manfred is of Italian descent. On his mother’s side, bot...

We’re headed to New York to visit Little Italy in the Bronx, known for their mouth-watering bakeries, pastry shops, meat and cheese markets, and restaurants. Bronx Little Italy is accessible in under a three-hour drive from anywhere in NEPA. The popular Facebook page Bronx Little Italy serves as a great guide in building itineraries for newcomers....

The New York City-based Kairos Italy Theater along with the Italy-based KIT Italia and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU will present the 11th anniversary season of the In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, New York City’s premiere festival of Italian theater taking place in all five boroughs of NYC, April 29-May 13. Admission to all shows and e...

On a grey, rainy January day, the Fordham Road section of New York’s Bronx district isn’t exactly inviting, but the smile on Father Fredy Patino’s face is warm as he welcomes me to Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish. Since a diocesan reorganisation, the parish is now combined with the nearby St Martin of Tours one. The fact is, the process of combinin...

From meats to sweets to spirits, the neighborhood provides a one-stop-shop for everyone’s Easter needs. Below are some of the holiday offerings from various family-owned businesses and local shops that are sure to make any Easter celebration “egg-stra” special. Easter Egg Bread from Addeo & Sons Bakery, Madonia Bakery & Terranova Bakery – The baker...

On behalf of Bronx Little Italy, let's spotlight some of the local pastry shops celebrating St. Joseph’s Day with sweet offerings this year. The Feast of St. Joseph, or La Festa di San Giuseppe, is celebrated annually on March 19th (Tuesday this year) to honor the husband of the Virgin Mary and earthly father to Jesus. It is also the day in which I...

Around the corner from Arthur Ave. on Crescent Ave., Roberto’s restaurant can be found inside a broad yet unassuming storefront under a simple green awning. If you see a light blue ’57 Fiat 500 parked outside, it means that chef Roberto Paciullo himself is in the kitchen, or outside of it, going from table to table to talk with patrons. Paciullo is...

Bronx, 1999. Beatrice Ughi is changing her life but perhaps doesn’t know it yet. At the end of the 90s, the “Guerrigliera del Gusto e del Giusto” or Good Food Warrior (as she describes herself on her Instagram page) was an account manager working for a financial statement auditing firm. Almost by accident, but perhaps by coincidence, she leaped int...