Tuesday, April 23. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, New York, New York 10301. $15 Member, $20 Non-member. Register Now! Refreshments and a light reception will follow. It is a well known fact that Italians have for centuries emigrated to many parts of the world, including our own...

Giacomo Santangelo ran a successful linen cloth Italian restaurant in Brooklyn with his namesake. Yet when the business cut so severely into his family life, Giacomo felt it was time to make a change.  As luck would have it, someone approached him about buying his place. So he picked up with a more casual concept and similar moniker -- Giacomo's Wo...

It’s been 75 years since 15 brave soldiers paddled their way to an Italian comune known as Ameglia, Liguria, for a covert mission during World War II known as “Operation Ginny.” The operation was breached and they were executed by the German army on March 26, 1944. Among them was a soldier named Rosario Squatrito, 22, who was a resident of South Be...

In an age where Americans are reaching the ripe old age of 100 and even exceeding, and a good percentage of super seniors engaging in active, productive lives more than ever, in walks Marie Grillo, a perfect case in point. In fact, Marie, who rounded the century mark on Feb. 12, shares her birthday — though they weren’t born in the same year — with...

Saturday, April 13, 2019. 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT. CUNY College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314. From her Italian family roots in Little Italy and Hoboken to the great opera stages, this award-winning singer/PBS-TV host carries the Italian torch in her debut at the CFA. Her accomplishments include hosting Andrea Boce...

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY announces the readings of Italian plays in translation to be presented as part of In Scena! 2019. In Scena! will partner for the third year with the Italian Playwright Project (IPP) curated by Valeria Orani (Umanism NYC) together with the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at CUNY, to present a reading of My Hero b...

Anna Titone, of Annadale, celebrated her milestone 100th birthday on last month with an elegant party thrown by her three daughters, JoAnn, Geri and Andrea. The elegant soiree was held in Prive, Annadale, and was attended by 100 guests. Married to Thomas Titone for 53 years, the couple raised their three daughters in Bushwick, Brooklyn, before relo...

In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY announces Tobia Rossi’s play Hide and Seek (Nascondino) as the 2019 Mario Fratti Award winner. The award ceremony will take place on Monday, May 13 at 6pm at the Italian Cultural Institute (686 Park Ave, New York, NY 10021) where the reading of the translation of the play, made by the official translator of the...

While Vincent Tartamella bags breakfast sandwiches and shuttles egg platters to guests in his small dining room at Vincent’s Deli, the calls start rolling in for pizza. “Hello Vincent’s!” Tartamella says in a sing-song greeting into the phone. Along with an order for a bagel with jelly comes a request for a rice ball parmigiana and a personal pan p...

The murder of Frank Cali is the first assassination of a Gambino crime boss since “Big Paul” Castellano was gunned down outside Sparks Steakhouse in 1985. The pair of sensational shootings highlight a storied history between the mob and New York City. The American mafia has long been glorified in movies and pop culture, but in the Big Apple the mob...