Very few innovators had the kind of bad luck that dogged Antonio Meucci (1808-1889), the longtime Rosebank resident who invented a telephone — but never received credit or royalties.   Still, sad times won't be the whole story of "Meucci's Messages," a new play premiering this month in a Sundog Theatre presentation at Casa Belvedere: The Ita...

By Pamela Silvestri   Joe Fauci established La Fontana Restaurant in Oakwood 32 years ago with his father and brother, both named Anthony. Since that time, the Fauci family never changed the footprint of their free-standing structure. But due to "business" with the buildings and fire department, Fauci recently decided to renovate. &nbs...

A social studies lesson about the food and culture of Italy turned into a hands-on culinary lesson for a class of third-graders from Staten Island, New York. Students from PS 30 in Westerleigh took a field trip last Wednesday to Pastosa Ravioli, the Italian specialty store in West Brighton.   Source: http://iajournal.com  

Special Invitation! Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7 p.m.Who: The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum What: Hosting a Carnevale Celebration to remember! Where: Italianissimo Restaurant107 McClean Ave, Staten Island (718) 442-4442http://italianissimony.com/ When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7 p.m.   We invite you to a dinner with delicious gourmet a...

By Carol Ann Benanti   Bravo, Italia! After last year's sold out foray into French culture with "Fantastique," members of the Staten Island Museum will play host to "Bravissimo!" — a celebration of Italian wine, food, and music to be staged at a private hillside home with a panoramic view on Thursday, July 9 from 7 to 10 p.m.   W...

di Rosy Canale In Scena è il primo festival di teatro italiano a New York. Un progetto ambizioso, impegnativo, che crea finalmente una corrispondenza tra i due paesi. Nasce dall'idea e dalla passione viscerale per il teatro di due donne, molto diverse ma assolutamente complementari: Laura Caparrotti e Donatella Codonesu. Laura dai mille volti: at...

Kairos Italy Theater, the preeminent Italian theater company in NYC, will present its second In Scena! Italian Theater Festival (www.inscenany.com) in all five boroughs from June 9 to 24, 2014. The event will feature six full productions and four readings.   Production highlights include "Hanno tutti ragione" (Everybody's Right), performed b...

by Pamela Silvestri   Enoteca Maria is a small wine bar and restaurant in St. George with an unusual concept: The menu is orchestrated by about a dozen nonnas direct from Italy who bring their regional spin to the country's food.   Proprietor Jody Scaravella will hit the radio with his new cookbook between 11 a.m. and noon, Tuesday, A...

I don't know if the name of Bill de Blasio, the odd-on favorite to be the next mayor of New York City, is much known outside the New York area yet. But if the Democratic nominee succeeds, he surely will be a national figure.   Yesterday and today, the papers carried two articles that delve into his background in interesting ways. The Times's...

By Pamela Silvestri   Restaurateur Nick Colangelo of NicAngelo's Family Style Italian in Richmond Valley hopes Winter Storm Jonas just blows out to sea. "Saturday night is my best night," said Colangelo, adding, "Hey, Saturday night iseveryone's best night."   Actually since NicAngelo's quiet opening in November, weekends turn up...