Considering the number of Staten Islanders who work at and attend the San Gennaro Feast, the 93rd annual event is very much a borough-fueled event. The festival starts on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6 p.m. and runs through the evening of Sunday, Sept. 22. WCBS-FM radio personality and Staten Island resident Joe Causi recently summed up the spirit of the...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Presents: Mario del Monaco ~ Il Leone Dell'Opera. Tuesday, August 20th • 7:00 PM. 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Presented by Bill Ronayne. This lecture and video presentation will cover the legendary Italian tenor. Clips include great moments from many of his celebrated performances fea...

Joseph Rizzuto, founder and CEO of Joseph Rizzuto Properties, is proud to announce the release of his new scholarship available for students pursuing an education in Business. The Joseph Rizzuto Scholarship is awarding 2 scholarships worth $1000, and 1 scholarship worth $3000 to Italian-American students attending an accredited college or universit...

Named for a quaint dining spot of the same name in the ancient city of Rome, Trattoria Romana —  the Dongan Hills eatery where chef Vittorio Asoli sits at the helm —  conveys a warm, welcoming feeling, much like trattorias found in villages throughout Italy. When queried about the  Restaurant and his culinary prowess, the masterful chef —  who was...

October is Italian Heritage Month, formerly known as National Italian-American Heritage Month. The proclamation of the President and Congress in the United States to honor the achievements and contributions of Italian immigrants and their descendants living in the United States was first celebrated in 1989. The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Isl...

Many of us are enthralled with the “One Bite” pizza rankings from “Barstool Sports” CEO Dave Portnoy — a man who goes around America, ranking pizza slice-by-slice. He’s even visited Staten Island a handful of times to try our signature pies. (And I thought my life was easy.) But between us: What does this guy really know about pizza? I’m from State...

Wednesday, July 31st @ Sunset. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere. 79 Howard Avenue | Staten Island, NY 10301. An Evening of Comic Opera with excerpts from Donizetti's "Elisir d'Amore," "Don Pasquale" and "Figlia del Reggimento." Plus, the complete "Gianni Schicchi" by Puccini. Introductory remarks by Lou Barrella Opera Buffa or Comi...

It’s often been said that good things comes in threes. Happenings in threes oftentimes turn out to be just a bit more perfect or even complete, for that matter. The reasoning suggests a positive connotation with events or situations times three somehow more satisfying and effective than with any another other number.  Over at Trattoria Toscana, the...

Tuesday August 6th • 7:00pm. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere. 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, New York, New York 10301. The second half of the 20th century is the most transformative period of time in the history of Italian culture, and the new role that women start occupying in post-war society is a clear signal of this transfor...

Finally, one of the biggest debates in the history of Staten Island can be put to rest: How do you say mozzarella? The borough has a proud Italian-American population that loves to share its food and culture with us. And while no one complains about the food, some question how these delicious eats are actually pronounced. The correction pronunciati...