We’re kicking off Season 2 with a trip to the most Italian American Borough in New York City, the often-overlooked and overwhelmingly Italian land of Staten Island, NY! Join John, Rossella and Pat as they visit their friend Gina Biancardi, the founder of Casa Belvedere: The Italian Cultural Foundation for a day spent exploring an island so Italian...

When it comes to cooking creativity and culinary prowess, striving for excellence can be a challenge, especially in today’s world of fusion cuisines and the mixing of food cultures and disciplines. Although chefs all share a common bond when it comes to their deep-rooted passion for cooking, in the field of culinary arts these days, the competition...

It’s a full circle “homecoming” of sorts. Gary Perone, who previously served as assistant general manager for the New York Mets’ Minor League affiliated Brooklyn Cyclones, was born in Brooklyn -- but the Tottenville resident has called Staten Island his home for a quarter-century, and now it’ll be his base of operations as well. Staten Island’s Atl...

If you're looking for good old fashion Italian food with some new twists and updates, then a favorite spot on Long Island is a place to try. Opened in 1992, Suffolk County staple Caffe Amici in Selden is known for its homemade pasta nights, as well as for its traditional dishes, yummy pizzas, and specialty Italian cookies and desserts. It's also kn...

Staten Island comedian Eric D’Alessandro already delivered. He had his crowd of 1,900 people roaring with laughter at the sold-out St. George Theatre. But his final bit of entertainment was a punchline the audience never saw coming. At the conclusion of his homecoming performance at the North Shore venue, D’Alessandro summoned his longtime girlfrie...

Saturday, October 23 • Noon – 6pm, Sunday, October 24 • Noon – 5pm. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue - Staten Island, NY 10301. A fun-filled weekend for the entire family! ADMISSION $10 (Per Person At Gate) • CHILDREN UNDER 12 FREE. Also, enjoy a 2-day showcase of Italian luxury, classic & performance vehicles. T...

Cosimo's Italian Fine Cuisine hosted its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 1. The restaurant is located at 668 South Country Road East in Patchogue. Owner Cosimo Fragomeni said over the summer he was driving past the location after a catering event, and he had a gut feeling that he should check it out.  He spoke to the owner of the business, and just a...

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. - Where: The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere • 79 Howard Avenue • Staten Island, NY 10301  These unique luncheons are for true “Opera Lovers” who wish to share their passion as they spend an afternoon with others while watching a complete opera and enjoying a great meal togethe...

Savor the taste of sugar-powdered zeppole on a crisp fall afternoon. Along with live music and the scent of sausage-’n’-peppers, Columbus Day weekend will be a festive one at Mount Loretto. “We’re looking forward to inviting families back to our campus to enjoy themselves at our event,” said Vincent Ignizio, CEO of Catholic Charities of Staten Isla...

Everyone has heard many philosophical proverbs during their lifetime. Yet, some of the greatest philosophical dictates have come from the Italian masters – our grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers and fathers.  Italians can offer a wealth of information and life lessons in just a few words. Join Amelia Rose on October 19th for an informative and ent...