CINEMA SOTTO LE STELLE  -  MOVIES UNDER THE STARS The Annual Outdoor Italian Film Festival organized by The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute Tuesday, July 13 - Tuesday, August 31 2021 FULL LIST AND SCHEDULE  Special Opening Night  Team Marco Tuesday, July 13 at 8 pm – Watch the movie...

Gary Perone has two very big anniversaries this year. The first came in March when he and his wife Ellena celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. And this week, will mark 20 years since the Brooklyn Cyclones came into existence with the Tottenville resident as one of its trusted employees. The wedding anniversary was special. The pandemic wiped...

They say the third time is the charm. So when it came time for Frances Brigandi to celebrate birthday No. 104, her daughter, Rosemary Klein, and granddaughters Dr. Diane Klein and Dr. Christina Klein, who practice dentistry at Dynamic Dental in Great Kills, thought, ”Why not celebrate times three?” The awesome foursome initially celebrated at the P...

Congratulations are in order for Vincent Lepani, a student at Susan Wagner High School, Thea Akhrass and Colleen Bridgman from St. Joseph Hill Academy, and Emma Padula of Curtis High School, who were each awarded $2,000 scholarships during the Italian Club of Staten Island Foundation’s annual dinner at Bocelli Ristorante, Grasmere.  Michael Anicito...

Not only is Monsignor Franco a Son of the Church, he is a son of New York and Italian immigrants. Born in the Bronx, his work has taken him all around the world, including Staten Island in the 1960’s to the Church of the Assumption on Brighton Avenue in Tompkinsville. Monsignor Franco even organized dances at the church and invited Chubby Checker,...

The beautiful Our Lady of Mount Carmel Grotto in Rosebank was handcrafted back in 1937 by members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society. It is listed on the National and State registry of historic places at 36 Amity Street. A story posted to SILive.com referred to it as “the grotto, hand-made with thousands of smooth, rounded small stones from Staten...

Mario Ferraro smiled as he talked about his new venture in St. George with The Gavel Grill. But his joy over yet another project, Vitalia, moved the chef to passionate words about the Italian restaurant and market, soon coming to Charleston. He aims for an early June opening of Vitalia, a storefront at the South Shore Commons. One of the aspects wi...

Tuesday, June 1, 7 to 9 pm. REGISTER HERE. Presented by Francesco Ranci, organized by Casa Belvedere. The “Festa della Repubblica” is celebrated on June 2nd because on that very day, in 1946, the Italian people went to the polls. For the first time after 20 years of Fascism, after World War II had largely destroyed the country, they had an importan...

In 1956, Vito Picone, a teenager in Staten Island, NY, started his own vocal group, The Elegants. By 1958, the group’s signature song, “Little Star,” rocketed up the Billboard charts to become the #1 song in the nation. Soon, Vito and The Elegants began touring the country with some of the greatest names in rock ’n roll history. Later on, Vito cont...

Tuesday, May 25. 7 to 9 pm EDT. Presented by Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka. Organized by Casa Belvedere. REGISTER HERE. Much has been said about the great influence and impact that Dante Alighieri’s masterpiece – Divine Comedy – had on the Italian language and on Italian and world literature. Dante’s decision to write not in Latin, but in the dialect of hi...