Musica Sotto le Stelle. The final one of the season! Antonio Guarna & Francesca Cavaliere perform Italian-American favorites! Register here for Musica dinner at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY. Tuesday, Sept. 13 • 6:30 to 9:30 pm; doors open at 6 pm. $125 members, $135 non-members. Four-course dinner includes wine, Flagship Brew...

One night only open to the public: September 7, 6-10 PM. Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation | 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, NY. RSVP here, required by Sept 1st. For the last 25 years America’s Artist Scott LoBaido has respectfully painted thousands of renditions of Old Glory. On schools, homes, fire houses, police stations, cars, and...

The National Organization of Italian-American Women (NOIAW), the Greater New York Region Staten Island Network, will celebrate “Ferragosto” -- an Italian holiday with roots in Catholic traditions -- with a meet and greet, a gallery tour and a brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn, Sunday, Aug. 14 at 11:30 a.m.  The event, open to both NOIAW members and n...

It is not surprising that Staten Island, the most bucolic borough, became a haven for Italian immigrants who arrived from Contursi-Terme, Italy during the early 20th century, says Frances R. Curcio in speaking of those who came to America to make a better life — in the country where many believed the streets were paved with gold. Curcio, of Arrocha...

In late spring, word spread that Nunzio’s Pizzeria was up for sale. Now, with the transaction complete and a future owner committed to the property at 2155 Hylan Boulevard, owner Robert Whiteaker announced the historic parlor’s final day of business. “Our last day is Friday — or until we run out,” said Whiteaker on Sunday. He’s not replenishing the...

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...

When AJ Galli was just 2 years old, his dad handed him a baseball bat. But instead of swinging to hit home runs, AJ was using it as a golf club. “So then he got me some golf clubs and I kept hitting the balls,” said the now 7-year-old from Bulls Head. From there, it was history and AJ has been playing golf ever since. AJ went viral in early 2020 wh...

After immigrating from Palermo, Sicily, in 1971 at the age of eight, Giuseppe "Joe Mozz" Badalamenti and his family settled in what has the highest proportion of Italian Americans of any U.S. county, Staten Island. Since then, he’s made his mark across all five of NYC’s boroughs, building roots with what’s a veritable mozzarella kingdom, Joe Mozz,...

Tuesday, August 9 • 6:30 to 9:30 pm; doors open at 6 pm. Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation | 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301. Come and savor fine dining 'al fresco' style while Vanessa Racci serenades you with her unique brand of Italian Jazz. She will perform music from her first album Italiana Fresca, which reinvents Italian...

The late Larry (Lawrence) Ambrosino, a passionate educator who touched the lives of thousands of borough children in at-risk communities and mentored many of them through adulthood, will be honored at a street renaming ceremony next month. The longtime Staten Island educator died at the age of 72 at home in Annadale on Aug. 29, 2020, following a tw...