Fig growers and fans of the ficus collected at the National Lighthouse Museum on Sunday for the ninth annual Fig Fest. It is held each year, rain or shine, on Sept. 15. And this year was the first at the St. George venue. “The waterfront is where this festival should be. It’s a very Staten Island location for a homegrown thing -- with a view of the...

The Ninth annual Anthony D’Andrea Festa and Motori D’italia is set for Saturday, Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept. 22 on the grounds of Casa Belvedere, the Italian cultural center on Grymes Hill that overlooks New York Harbor. The “Vroom with a View” event will be held in conjunction with Festa D’italia, which celebrates all things Italian. The ninth annu...

Presented by Carla Gambescia. Tuesday, September 24th • 7:00 pm. Casa Belvedere – The Italian Cultural Foundation, 79 Howard Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301. Light fare & refreshments will be provided. Suggested Donation: $15 Member. $20 Non-Member. Please RSVP in Advance here. Italy is the only country to have given the world not just one but three G...

In the hush of impending fall, with a single cricket cheep-cheep-cheeping in the backdrop, Salvina and Giovanni Iacono savor the final days of their summer garden. Salvina beams as she shows off the electric pink blooms of her Crown-of-Thorns, flora known as a “Jesus Plant,” which she cultivated from a friend’s clipping. She’s proud of a snake plan...

Among the Italians who have been successful thanks to the United States there are undoubtedly the names of Antonio Meucci and Giuseppe Garibaldi. A scientist, the first; a warrior, the second. Nothing further from each other. But few people know that Meucci and Garibaldi not only knew each other, but they shared a house and some adventures together...

Say the word “bocce” and it evokes images of old-time Italians playing on courts in quaint towns of their native country as they test their mettle against the “pallina” – or the bocce ball. Perhaps the ultimate representation of Italian culture, it’s believed that in ancient Rome soldiers were the first to play bocce, inasmuch as the game provided...

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...