Carol Ann Benanti, Staten Island Advance columnist and features writer, was recognized as the Honoree of the Year Friday by the Italian Club of Staten Island Foundation at its annual dinner dance, held at the Staaten, West Brighton. A crowd of 180 supporters, friends and family members turned out to fete Mrs. Benanti and to help support the non-pr...

September 19 (Saturday) 2:00 pm. Author Dr. David Mercaldo will present his latest book The Other Italians. The book is an historical view of a major component of the Italian and Italian American culture dealing with the historical legacy of the Roman Catholic Church and its new millennia transitions. Dr. Mercaldo has authored several books, w...

Diane Carducci, 69, of Eltingville, a retired teacher, tireless advocate for people with disabilities, volunteer and community activist, died Monday in Staten Island University Hospital, Prince's Bay. Ms. Carducci's efforts were honored by the Staten Island Advance in 1997, when she was named a Woman of Achievement.   Born and raised in...

By Marisa Vinciguerra   Grasmere residents Gary and Angelina Cicazzo recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at Gallagher's Restaurant in Manhattan, with family members and friends joining in the celebration.   The former Angelina Azzolini was born and raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in her n...

Casa Belvedere is very pleased to announce the arrival of Chef Frank Bilotti as the Italian Cultural Foundation's new, young, dynamic, creative and talented Executive Chef. Most recently, Chef Bilotti was at Bin 5, the fifth establishment in the Da Noi collection of restaurants.   "The entire team at Casa Belvedere is looking forward to work...

By Staten Island Advance Editorial For good reason, Columbus Day is a traditional cause for celebration on Staten Island. This borough has long been the most Italian-American county in the United States. So there are big expectations following Borough President James Oddo's announcement that plans are being made for the debut of a major new h...

Join Us For A Presentation of: "Carving a Niche for Himself; The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco & Mount Rushmore". Tues. Sept. 29th @ 7:00 PM. FEATURING Author, Douglas J. Gladstone, whose controversial book argues that the United States Department of the Interior's National Park Service (NPS) is chiseling Mount Rushmore's...

On Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m. award-winning author Dianne Hales will present her latest book,"Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered" at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum.   Every year, 9 million visitors to the Louvre visit a gallery in which one small portrait-the lone painting on an immense wall-sits inside a bulletproof glass case, further protect...

by Carol Ann Benanti   As a means to further and expand the mission of St. Padre Pio and the newly founded St. Pio of Pietrelcina Society, Vincent Demonte, Stefano Sena and Maria Buonsante, owners of Bocelli Ristorante, hosted "Cooking with Chef Stefano." It was a festive affair, where down-home Italian specialties were prepared in grand fa...

Date: Monday, May 04, 2015 - Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Hours: www.inscenany.com o chiamate 646-850-7056 Venue: New York, NY Organized by: KIT-Kairos Italy Theater Kairos Italy Theater (KIT), the preeminent Italian theater company in New York, presents the third annual IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL NY. This 17-day festival will offer 9 f...