Frances Brigandi, known for her keen eye for fashion and interior design, celebrated her 103rd birthday with daughter Rosemary Klein and granddaughters Dr. Diane Klein and Dr. Christina Klein, who practice dentistry at Dynamic Dental in Great Kills, in her New Springville home. To celebrate, the awesome foursome indulged in an authentic Italian din...

The Malerba family finally brings sit-down table service to the borough once again at Angelina’s Ristorante. The fine dining eatery in Tottenville celebrated its first night back in business since March 15 after the coronavirus crisis forced it to close. After all, the delivery-only and to-go formats did not translate well to the upscale Italian fo...

Rudolf Gatti, chef and owner of former Lido Restaurant in Tompkinsville, passed away on May 9 in North Carolina from renal disease. He was 82. The Lido restaurant was legendary on Staten Island even before Gatti’s family took the place over in 1946. In those days Victory Boulevard was called the Richmond Turnpike. Already 100 years old and arguably...

Giovanni’s Trattoria, a family owned Italian restaurant located on Staten Island has created a new at home dining experience, a virtual wine tasting event, which they will launch on Mother’s Day Weekend. The offering includes a custom kit that will be hand delivered to recipients which includes a wine glass, 3 five ounce individually sealed samples...

Glance at Dan Fiorito’s bio in the Yankees’ media guide and it reads like a New York baseball love story. Born in Yonkers, where he still lives; Fordham Prep in The Bronx for high school; Manhattanville College in Purchase; four seasons as a Yankees minor league player; two as a coach and one as a manager in the Gulf Coast League. The memories burn...

Maintaining a positive attitude and letting things roll off your back — although not always easy — and not taking life too seriously seems to be one of the common denominators among those who’ve achieved longevity and living healthy, productive lives. At 101, Antoinette Inserra’s advice is to “Live your life day by day and if something comes up tak...

Monsignor Richard Guastella, pastor of St. Clare R.C. Church in Great Kills, a faithful visionary with deep borough ties who is credited with transforming two parishes during his 48-year priesthood, died early Thursday morning in Staten Island University Hospital, Prince’s Bay, after battling COVID-19 for a little over a week. He was 73. Born in th...

Father Leonard J. DiNola, who served for 43 years as parochial vicar of three parishes in the archdiocese, died March 30. He was 87. Father DiNola was at St. Christopher, Buchanan, 1982-2001; St. Ann, Ossining, 1963-1982; and St. Roch, Staten Island, 1958-1963. Cardinal Dolan presided at the burial April 6 in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne. “...

If you’ve visited Casa Belvedere recently, you already know who Beatrice is. She’s the one who welcomes you with a hearty “Buonasera!”, inviting you to come in, get comfortable, and get ready to enjoy a culinary experience in one of our cooking classes, or a cultural presentation during our Tuesday evening cultural progam. If you’ve dropped off you...

Invigorating sounds of spirited conversations, the hissing of the milk steamer, the thumping of filters being emptied, the clatter of the cups and saucers uniting, the clinking of tiny spoons, the shaking and stirring of sugar packets, and the heavenly aroma of fresh ground coffee beans…..You must be at an Italian “Bar” right now? In Italy, the It...