Situated on Howard Avenue, across from Notre Dame Academy, with a compelling view of the Lower Bay, New York Harbor, Manhattan, and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is the beautiful Casa Belvedere. The 1908 mansion was the home of the Roebling-Stirn family and was designated a New York City Landmark Building in 2001. It is listed on the New York State...

Just like any good coach, Ron Nathanson was looking out for Armando Guarnera Jr.'s best interest right about the time the former soccer star graduated from Tottenville HS in June of 2015. Guarnera had options after graduating: Go to college where he would continue his soccer career or follow a dream and attempt to turn pro in Italy. "He had a tough...

Long-time Staten Islanders likely have many memories of fabulous celebrations at the former Monte Bianco, Grant City. From weddings to proms to political and community events, the popular catering hall was the setting for myriad family and corporate events. Previously the Boulevard Hotel, the Monte Bianco was owned and operated by the Campitiello f...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere presents: Italian Trivia Night! With Carla Gambescia. Tuesday, Jan 28th, 2020 at 7:00pm. 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. The winner will receive two $500 gift cards for any Ciclismo Classico 2020 cycling and walking tours in Italy and beyond the “Boot”. Join us for a fun interactive even...

Charlie Romo has two passions: Performing music and teaching it. So it’s no surprise the 23-year-old Tottenville crooner was recently voted “Best Musician on Staten Island" against fellow finalists Vinnie Medugno and Madison Gattullo. During an interview at ET Studio Productions in Charleston, where he teaches vocal lessons, Romo said he is thankfu...

New York City excels at many things, but one of its finest is Italian food. The area is known as the birthplace of red-sauce, Italian-American fare, and within the five boroughs lie perfect evocations of the form. But all of Italy is represented here, too, from doughy Neapolitan pizza to rustic Tuscan dishes to saucy Sicilian specialties. This list...

When we think of a fantastic Italian restaurant, what comes to mind? The heat of a wood-fired pizza oven, the aroma of garlic and basil on top of freshly prepared pasta, the pervasive smell of fresh clams and octopus. But what about matzah ball soup or grape leaves? What about chefs speaking Arabic, Japanese, and Sinhalese? What about grandmas from...

It’s not every day you’re asked to perform at Carnegie Hall along with a world-renowned vocalist. Just ask Melissa Ottaviano and her students at the Dream Studio for the Performing Arts in Tottenville — and they’ll tell you exactly how it happened. Award-winning singer, Cristina Fontanelli — who’s the PBS/WNET and NY affiliates host for Andrea Boce...

Over the years he’s hosted guests from the worlds of music and entertainment — and now after a two-year hiatus he’s back once again thrilling the masses as talk show host aboard Staten Island Community Television’s (CTV) new variety show he calls “Up Late with Johnny Potenza.” He’s one of the borough’s reality-TV pioneers — better known as Johnny P...

On Thursday, the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn hosted its 52nd annual Judges Night at Gargiulo’s Restaurant in Coney Island where it highlighted the good work the local judges do for the community and celebrated the collegiality between the bench and the bar. There are no speeches or awards given out during the event. Instead, it’s an o...