St. Joseph’s Day is just one sign of spring that captures our attention with the universal language of food. Special pastries, a delightful pasta and very specific foods to the day -- this year celebrated on Tuesday, March 19 -- make it unique Italian tradition. This fantastical version of Pasta Con Sarde, pasta cooked with sardines, raisins, fenne...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 – 12:00 Noon-4:00 PM. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Three-Course Lunch includes wine and soft drinks. $60 per person (plus gratuities). Reservations with pre-payment required. Call us at 718-273-7660. CLICK HERE TO RSVP ONLINE. Come enjoy great food & company w...

Another pizza place? In a borough full of them, it's somewhat understandable if that's a Staten Islander's reaction when they hear the news. But Seppe Pizza Bar in Stapleton, a new eatery in the URBY apartment complex, wants residents to give its homemade recipes of Neapolitan-style dishes a shot.  Seppe opened its doors in early December and is in...

The New York based Kairos Italy Theater and the Italy-based KIT Italia will present the seventh annual In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, a festival of Italian theater taking place in all five boroughs of NYC, April 29-May 13. Each year In Scena! presents a survey of the best Italian theater from Italy, in New York City. The festival features f...

John Toto beamed as patrons walked up the stairs of his Ocean Breeze restaurant for the last time. They heard the news: After 34 years, Joe & John Toto's declared last call as Sunday, Feb. 24. It will soon be Juicy Lucy, a barbecue restaurant by one of the borough's Lickety Split route owners, Richie Holmes.  "Emily!" said John to a tearful guest w...

Lucy Ferreri, the matriarch of a large and loving Staten Island family, the epitome of elegance, style and refinement, and a "First Lady of the Greatest Generation," died Tuesday night surrounded by those she held most dear. She was 96. Born Lucia DiSerafino, on Sept 1, 1922 on Nugent Street in Egbertville, Lucy was the fourth child and third daugh...

If all goes well with construction, Campania will fire up its coal-and-gas oven in Dongan Hills come fall. This will be New York City’s fourth such Italian restaurant known for its pleasantly charred pizza roasted with house-made mozzarella, freshly grated cheese and toppings sliced to order. The new eatery will be located at 1801 Hylan Blvd., a 10...

At 102 years young, Minnie Cucchia continues to amaze family members and friends. Minnie was born Jan. 21, 1917, to Charles and Grace Sciascia, who emigrated from Sicily to Lower Manhattan's Cherry Street. In 1932, the Sciascias relocated to Sunnyside, where Minnie and her seven siblings grew up. Minnie met Salvatore (Sam) Cucchia and the couple ma...

It’s tempting to underestimate Staten Island, a borough whose main attractions include a public park built on a landfill called Fresh Kills. The other night at Barca, a new Italian seafood restaurant in Stapleton, a neighborhood on the island’s northeastern coast, a server couldn’t resist delivering a self-deprecating, faux-pretentious riff on the...

Seven Catholic schools in New York will close after the school year ends, due in part to declining enrollment, the Archdiocese of New York said. St. Rose of Lima Elementary School and St. Brigid School in Manhattan; Our Lady Help of Christians Elementary School on Staten Island; St. Nicholas of Tolentine Elementary School and St. Joseph Elementary...