Riviera Mediterranean Cuisine is  a Dongan Hills dining spot with unique fare.  It's menu boasts of Greek,  Italian and Albanian specialties at its finest.  Frank Beqiri is the executive chef who sits at the helm at one of our borough’s best kept secrets. The warm and welcoming eatery, that opened its doors to diners in March of last year, features...

It’s no secret: Bocce has been a staple in Sunny Italy for as far back as anyone can remember. And today, everyone is playing bocce with the  hottest sport in Italy continuing to catch on like wildfire in the U.S. And former Assemblyman Lou Tobacco -- now associate executive director of Staten Island University Hospital and Farrell alum -- knows it...

As a way to celebrate the Columbus Day Weekend, the deep-rooted rich Italian heritage, and significant contributions Italian-Americans have made to this country, Borough President James Oddo, The Nicotra Group and ShopRite hosted Festa Italiana at The Mount -- as in Mount Loretto -- this weekend. The Italian-American culture fest, staged on the spr...

The borough’s biggest Columbus Day celebration is back: Catholic Charities of Staten Island’s annual “Festa Italiana at The Mount” returns Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7, at Mount Loretto, 6581 Hylan Blvd. in Pleasant Plains. “We’re looking forward to bringing the community together once again to celebrate on Columbus Day Weekend,” says Vincent Ig...

On the brink of their first business anniversary on Oct. 10, Massimo Felici and his wife Deya are gearing up for a celebratory bash for that evening. And though they're knee deep in refurbishing and renovating "The Richmond" -- the eatery that once served as former home to Gatsby's on the Bay -- Massimo says the Vinum party will be "really big." FY...

The DaVinci Society commemorated Italian Heritage Month Wednesday at its 15th annual Scholarship Dinner in Nicotra’s Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, where a record-breaking crowd of 600 gathered to support the organization. The mega event translates into a major fundraiser for scholarships presented to worthy Staten Island Italian-American stude...

Tuesday, October 9th @ 7:00 PM - The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Since hitting the road in 1946, eighteen million Vespa motor scooters have buzzed the Earth. Vespa's success lies in the uniqueness of its design -- in the unmistakable sheet metal skin that, over the span of decades, has d...

Culture, cars and countless amounts of fun! Casa Belvedere hosted the annual Anthony D'Andrea Festa & Motori D'Italia this weekend. The exotic Italian car and motorcycle show was accompanied by Italian cuisine, music and ongoing cultural traditions. Vendors and guests gathered on the sprawling lawn of Casa Belvedere on Grymes Hill to be a part of t...

With restaurant trends moving toward casual dining amid a refined atmosphere these days, it's easy to see why EAT Italian has been received with open arms.  "Chopped" champ Franco Franzese and seasoned restaurateur Maria Buonsante seem to have found just the right recipe -- pardon the pun -- to satisfy patrons since theyopened their doors in May. T...

Just as the food service business has evolved on Staten Island so has Lou Marfoglio, a chef who currently anchors himself in Seaview at Daddino's Grand Ballroom at Colony Hall. And with his broad background in the industry, Chef Lou hopes to shape the way Staten Island eats -- one massive food gathering at a time.  Along with on- and off-premise ca...