Executive chef Franco Ortega is filled with fond memories of the days when he began his culinary career at the former Il Ponte, the Arrochar dining spot that would eventually morph into  Italianissimo Ristorante, Café and Bar. That was more than a quarter century ago. Then when owner, Gianvito Fanizza retired 2006, chef Franco and a partner bought...

Suffice it to say Lou Maiello is getting used to this celebrating business. In October, the long-time golfer got a sneak preview of what it would be like to celebrate his 100th birthday when the Staten Island Senior Golf League (SISGL) honored him during its 30th anniversary gala. That was just a warm-up, however. Last Saturday, Maiello and his wif...

Kim Cooks & Caters, an intimate Italian spot that opened its doors in October, was a dream come true for Kim Leo. Over the years, the Staten Island chef found herself in the kitchens of successful restaurants around the borough -- from Dock’s Clam Bar in Richmond Valley to Sofia’s Taqueria in Rosebank. Her food roots go back to the family business,...

About two weeks away from opening Bravo Pizza, workers polished new stainless steel counters and recently installed kitchen equipment. This restaurant and sports bar soon coming to New Dorp has some big shoes to fill, said Mike Libretta, one of the owners. “I want it to be a great neighborhood place," he said, invoking the name of the building’s fo...

Michéal Castaldo’s 2019 East Coast Christmas Concert Tour helped raise over $41,000 (in ticket sales and sponsorship) for the following churches and organizations located in the U.S.  November 23, Italian Christmas Concert in Manahawkin at The Stafford Township Arts Center, in Manahawkin, NJ—a fundraiser for Stafford Township Members of the The Pol...

Situated on Howard Avenue, across from Notre Dame Academy, with a compelling view of the Lower Bay, New York Harbor, Manhattan, and the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge is the beautiful Casa Belvedere. The 1908 mansion was the home of the Roebling-Stirn family and was designated a New York City Landmark Building in 2001. It is listed on the New York State...

Just like any good coach, Ron Nathanson was looking out for Armando Guarnera Jr.'s best interest right about the time the former soccer star graduated from Tottenville HS in June of 2015. Guarnera had options after graduating: Go to college where he would continue his soccer career or follow a dream and attempt to turn pro in Italy. "He had a tough...

Long-time Staten Islanders likely have many memories of fabulous celebrations at the former Monte Bianco, Grant City. From weddings to proms to political and community events, the popular catering hall was the setting for myriad family and corporate events. Previously the Boulevard Hotel, the Monte Bianco was owned and operated by the Campitiello f...

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere presents: Italian Trivia Night! With Carla Gambescia. Tuesday, Jan 28th, 2020 at 7:00pm. 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. The winner will receive two $500 gift cards for any Ciclismo Classico 2020 cycling and walking tours in Italy and beyond the “Boot”. Join us for a fun interactive even...

Charlie Romo has two passions: Performing music and teaching it. So it’s no surprise the 23-year-old Tottenville crooner was recently voted “Best Musician on Staten Island" against fellow finalists Vinnie Medugno and Madison Gattullo. During an interview at ET Studio Productions in Charleston, where he teaches vocal lessons, Romo said he is thankfu...