Garibaldi Meucci Museum - 420 Tompkins Ave, Staten Island, NY 10305. The Garibaldi Meucci Museum in Staten Island is pleased to present Poetic-Action, a site-specific installation by contemporary artists Anna Lise Jensen and Alyssa Casey. Poetic-Action is a response to the story of two women, English poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), and...

A customer ordering a slice of pie at Mr. Pizza’s Pasta House in New Springville would never know by glancing at Jaxson Zollo that the energetic toddler was born with a potentially life-threatening heart condition. Jaxson, who will be 3 years old in June, has defied all the odds and he does not sit still even for a second as his parents, Dennis and...

Teri Russo, who championed causes for the developmentally challenged, particularly those with Down Syndrome, for whom she provided food, shelter and clothing, and whose “rights as children of God” she fought for tirelessly, died April 8 in Staten Island University Hospital. She was 82.  Ms. Russo dedicated her life to disabled, forgotten children a...

Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. the Garibaldi Meucci Museum (420 Tompkins Ave., SI, NY 10305) will be showcasing the 2nd Annual Antonio Meucci High School Essay Contest submissions in honor of Meucci’s birthday! Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP here. Antonio Meucci was a prolific Italian inventor, engineer, and practical chemist who...

Aside from the question, “When is the Asian Foods market opening?” (answer: maybe May), readers from across the Island want to know, “When is DeLuca’s opening on Forest Avenue?” Well, we’ll do you one better with satisfaction on that wonderment with a tour of the West Brighton trattoria, finally open after a nine month wait. In this edition of The...

Naming her brings to mind a time of conspiracies, cloak-and-dagger events, and lascivious, decadent orgies of sex and wealth. But was Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI and his favorite, Vannozza Cattanei, truly such a dissolute being? According to historians and researchers, including Anita Sanseverino, a photographer with a focus on t...

He’s the cuisine cugine. Meet Danny Mondello, the Rossville, Staten Island, native behind the wildly popular TikTok account “Meals_by_cug.” Cug is short for cugine, which means “cousin” in Italian, but is also a colloquial term used to describe an Italian-American. “When I made this page, it was a persona. Cug isn’t Danny,” Mondello, 24, told The P...

Featured in this week’s Best Dressed are photos from the Italian-American Women of Staten Island awards luncheon on March 20, at the Island Chateau, Grasmere, attended by 150 guests. Honorees were the “Capozzalo sisters,” Doreen Cugno, Luanne Sorrentino, and Rosemary Hillers, who were recognized for their community service. They are the co-founders...

Tuesday, March 29 at 7 pm ET. Casa Belvedere, The Italian Cultural Foundation | 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301. Register for in-person here. Register for virtual here. Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519) was fortunate or unfortunate (depending on how you look at it) to be born into the powerful Borgia family, whose patriarch became Pope Alexander...

Not many of us can say we’ve had "happy birthday" sang to us 108 times, but Margaret Ricciardi can. "I am 108 and I think I've tried everything," said Ricciardi, surrounded by five generations of loving family. "To think they all came, no matter the distance, for my special birthday."  In fact, she has eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren an...