Not much changes in the Sicilian town of Noto -- just ask Great Kills resident Mario Belluomo.After emigrating from the Italian city as a child, the 61-year-old professional photographer and court officer decided it was finally time for a return to his roots. He visited Noto, located in the southeastern corner of Sicily, and several other parts of...

If you're running in Staten Island, you've got to play politics Italian-style. A Staten Island district attorney candidate's decision to run on her Italian maiden name instead of her hyphenated married name has prompted accusations of ethnic pandering.   Republican District Attorney candidate Joan Illuzzi — who for years was known as Joan I...

There's surely not a doubt that women have contributed significantly to the advancement of our society, to changes in the economic and social growth of the United States, and have made substantial progress in their struggle for equality.   So then as a way to commemorate Women's History Month, a time that highlights the contributions of wome...

Spring 2013 Session begins April 17th Casa Belvedere offers Italian Culinary Classes! Casa Belvedere's "In Cucina" Culinary Program is a recreational cooking series designed to be both an educational and a fun experience. Our new team of instructors has a wide range of classes to offer for adults and children ages 8+. Daytime and evening classes a...

I's been a tough week for two classic bakeries. East Village classic De Robertis just gave word that they will shut down after 110 years in business. Today, the Settepani family of Pasticceria Bruno Bakery, who have served cannoli and cakes on LaGuardia Place since 1973, tell Jeremiah Moss that they will close on Sunday. A note on the door reads:...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere presents: "A Measure of this World - Galileo's Dialogue with the Universe" with David Vincenti. A book presentation, reading and signing on Tuesday, August 25th @ 7:00 PM. Worth Noting: It is believed that on this date in 1609, Galileo first presented his improved telescope to th...

On Saturday, September 13 at 2 pm, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum will present a very special guest speaker. Nancy Petralia, along with her husband John, is author of "Not in a Tuscan Villa," which is currently a bestseller in the travel book section on Amazon.com.   The book tells the real-life story of this middle-aged American couple who wen...

By Virginia N. Sherry In an emotional ceremony, Corrado "Joe" Manfredi, the Manfredi Auto Group owner who died in March, was remembered on Ebbitts Street in New Dorp Beach, with friends delivering tributes in both Italian and English. Speakers included long-time friends like Mike Pesce, who recalled the days when he and Manfredi, who was born...

By Tom Wrobleski Some stereotypes aren't so bad after all. If you need proof, just take a look at the interest generated by Advance coverage of the selling of the Staten Island home used in the iconic 1972 film "The Godfather." The Emerson Hill manse, which served as the estate of Don Vito Corelone in the Oscar-winning flick, including i...

The Belvedere Club by Bocelli is excited to announce its grand opening this Thursday evening, April 30th and again Friday, May 1st, for your dining pleasure. We look forward to seeing you and extending a warm welcome on behalf of the Foundation and our new family at Bocelli. You will see so much hard work has gone into getting the Club ready f...