Tuesday, January 29th @ 7:00 PM The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. A journey through Lazio e Campania with Anita Sanseverino. Program Donation: MEMBERS: $15 per person; NON-MEMBERS: $20 per person (cash, check or credit cards accepted). Refreshments and a light reception will follow. On th...

Sunday, January 27th, 2PM. The Museum will host a new exposition, second in a year long series, of regional costumes from Compania, Abruzzo, Le Marche and Lombardia, designed by the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America. Garibaldi-Meucci Museum | 420 Tompkins Avenue | Staten Island, NY 10305.  The presentation will be accompanied by a collec...

Don’t mess with Staten Island. A petition has been started on Change.org by outraged residents of the borough over MTV’s upcoming reality show “Made in Staten Island,” which is being produced by “Mob Wives” star Karen Gravano, daughter of the former Gambino crime family’s Sammy “The Bull” Gravano. “The portrayal of Staten Island as a cesspool of ga...

Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 PM. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Program Donation: MEMBERS $15 per person, NON-MEMBERS $20 per person (cash, check or credit cards accepted). Refreshments and a light reception will follow. Kindly RSVP in advance so that we can plan accordingly. Call 718-...

The Italian American ONE VOICE Coalition (“ONE VOICE”), America’s largest independent Italian American anti-bias organization, is asking MTV and Viacom officials if they have a corporate mandate to denigrate and malign Italian Americans. This comes from the announcement of MTV’s newest reality series “Made in Staten Island” to premiere next month....

With roots dating back to 1933 in Trieste, Italy, Illy Caffe is a new kiosk in the Staten Island Mall’s new food district. Founded by Francesco Illy -- who also invented the illetta, an espresso machine -- the cafe serves up a bevy of coffees, lattes, iced flavored coffee drinks, cappuccinos and espressos, as well as a menu filled with Italian sand...

Many Italian-Americans on the Staten Island spent Sunday "fish" shopping. In keeping with the tradition of celebrating the Feast of Seven Fishes, fish markets across the borough saw their share of customers on Sunday as people prepared for their Christmas Eve feast. Not eating meat on Christmas Eve was a Roman catholic tradition as it was part of a...

As a font of indelible folk characters, Christmas beats all other holidays: Santa, Rudolph, Tiny Tim, the Grinch, David Sedaris, you name it. In the Charleston section of Staten Island, there is also a retired Pepsi foreman named Joseph DiMartino, who in 2002 — the year after his wife, Debra Ann, was killed in the World Trade Center attack — began...

The daughter of Italian immigrants, Adriana Giambanco, 36, grew up learning firsthand how hard work pays off. “My dad was an artist in Palermo (Sicily). When he came here at 18 years old he realized he had to work," she said, noting that he launched his own business, an import/export custom brokerage. “So I worked there until I became a full-time m...

We know that John Miniero, a very charitable Brooklynite, displays an extraordinary Neapolitan Presepio outside his home each Christmas season.  The must-see display is located at 14th Avenue and 80th Street. But what some folks don't know is that the artist agreed to do an indoor display of his masterpiece at Casa Belvedere, the Italian Cultural C...