Melanie Murillo created many memories throughout the years at Riccardo’s by the Bridge — a beloved restaurant and event venue in Astoria — but her fondest was her wedding day. “You guys treated us just like family,” Murillo wrote in a comment under the restaurant’s Facebook post announcing it will be closing permanently. “You put us at ease and too...

There will be no formal Columbus Day program in Westfield this year, organizers of the annual event said. The Westfield Italian American Club and Greater Westfield UNICO in a statement said the event’s organizers consulted with town officials and agreed to cancel the program in case there is a resurgence of COVID-19. In June, Westfield health offic...

Rome's Fiumicino airport has become the first airport in the world to obtain the "COVID-19 5-Star Airport Rating" from Skytrax, the principal rating and assessment company in the international airport sector. Though known primarily for its annual rankings of the world's best airports, Skytrax was prompted to come up with a recognition of airport hy...

Outdoor lessons on the Palatine Hill solves covid-19 distancing problems as Italy's schools reopen after coronavirus lockdown. School children in Rome could soon swap the classroom for open-air lessons in the Roman Forum and on the Palatine Hill, as Italy's schools reopen following a six-month lockdown due to covid-19. The unique outdoor education...

The 14th annual San Diego Italian Film Festival, known as feStivale, will be hosted virtually this year from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4. Executive Director Diana Agostini said the annual event will be a “blend of creativity, resilience, and passion toward the arts and our audience.” The theme for this year’s film festival is activism and will feature a num...

Like many businesses, Café Italia in Pittston struggled during the height of COVID-19. Restaurants were disappointingly shut down for weeks, offering just take-out and curbside service. Thankfully, that’s changed as guidelines have been altered since the start of summer. Now, it’s getting “better by the day,” according to Alicia Marranca, who recen...

I saw an Italian curator friend for lunch on Friday. He told me that most Italian museums outside Lombardy, hit hard by COVID-19, opened in the beginning of June after a shutdown of about ten weeks. No one rushed to reopen to minimize losses in revenue from tourists. The Chinese coronavirus had already killed tourism for the year. Rather, they open...

The Venice Film Festival is wrapping up the first in-person COVID-era international cinema showcase, with critics, filmmakers and actors cheering organizers for having dared to hold the festival amid a pandemic and for demonstrating how to go to the movies again safely. The festival's coveted Golden Lion awards were being handed out Saturday night...

At the height of Italy’s lockdown in April factories were shuttered across the country. But in Piombino Dese, a small town about 20 miles outside of Venice, the hulking glass-cutting machines at the Stevanato Group kept whirring along, spitting out millions of ampoules and syringes. Hundreds of employees donned face masks to work around the clock i...

Italian authorities are trialling a new super-fast saliva test for Covid-19 which can give results in just three minutes. The new test, called the "Daily Tampon", is being trialled by the Italian health ministry and is expected to be approved for production soon, Italian media reported on Wednesday. Tampone is the Italian word for a swab test - tho...