Corrado "Joe" Manfredi, the owner of Manfredi Auto Group, died Saturday in Florida, a friend and longtime business associate confirmed. He was 77. Born in Mola di Bari, Italy, Manfredi moved to New York City and trained at Brooklyn Automotive. After working as a mechanic and service manager for six years, he launched the Manfredi Auto Mall in...

by Elisabetta Grasso   Ann C. Pizzorusso, author of the prize winning book "Tweeting Da Vinci" is coming directly from Naples, Italy to give a presentation on her book at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum (420, Tompkins Avenue, Staten Island, NY) on October 29, 2015 at 2 p.m. Pizzorusso is a geologist and an Italian Renaissance scholar. Her i...

by Pamela Silvestri   Vincent D'Antuono Sr. threw a party Saturday to celebrate a series of milestones: Pastosa Ravioli just hit 50 years in business. It's also Vincent's 75th birthday. And, oh yes, the shopkeeper is quite thrilled over his store's 2015 Staten Island Readers' Choice Award wins in three categories: "Best Specialty Store,...

Join Us For "Mario Lanza: The Man & His Music" at Casa BelvedereTuesday, September 15th @ 7:00 PM. A one-hour audiovisual presentation and talk on the life and career of the legendary tenor from Philadelphia by noted Lanza authority Bill Ronayne. The presentation includes rare early private recordings and radio appearances,...

New York is not just Manhattan, and one who understood very well this is Laura Caparrotti, Roman by birth and New Yorker by adoption, who last year created "In scena! Italian Theater festival NY" that brings the Italian theater in all 5 boroughs of New York City: Manhattan as well as also the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. The 2014 edi...

By Lauren Steussy   More than 11,500 votes were cast in the "Best of Arts & Entertainment" categories of the 2014 Staten Island Readers' Choice Awards. And your "Best Wine Selection" winner is: Enoteca Maria — 27 Hyatt St, 718-447-2777 — with 866 votes.   Staten Island's famous kitchen full of Italian nonnas is also full of a...

Wednesday, July 8th: Il Gattopardo (1963) "The Leopard" - Directed by Luchino Visconti - Drama/Romance - Not Rated - 187 Minutes - In Italian with English subtitles   As Garibaldi's troops begin the unification of Italy in the 1860s, an aristocratic Sicilian family grudgingly adapts to the sweeping social c...

The Boys' and Girls' Towns of Italy (BGTI), an international non-profit organization empowering war refugee and migrant youth, recently welcomed Staten Islander Gabriele Delmonaco as its new executive director. Delmonaco, who lives in New Brighton with his family, moved to the borough in 2001 from Rome.   He said of his choice to move to the...

by Michael Kaminer   This nonna's got balls. They're palle di joe ($14), beef testicles that are sliced, baked in oil and vinegar, and served on greens. I didn't have cojones to try them at Enoteca Maria, the Staten Island joint that's become a sensation for its rotating cast of grandmas in the kitchen.   But almost everythi...

You can't honor Italian culture without considering la cucina. That's why the Italian Cultural Foundation has added a culinary program at its headquarters in Casa Belvedere, a historic mansion on Staten Island.   There are cooking courses for children and adults, as well as wine tastings and dinners. One class in September will cover regiona...