Past & Upcoming Events
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THE GREATS!

A PHOTO EXHIBIT

Capturing Moments in Time of Italian-American Sports Legends

More than 100 sports memorabilia photos, every one signed by the athlete, are part of a unique exhibit, a first on Staten Island, that chronicle the rich history of Italian Americans in the world of sports spanning the 20th Century.
 
There are household names, for sure, but many even the most diehard sports enthusiast might not recognize. They range from an original love letter from boxing great Rocky Marciano to his soon-to-be wife, to baseball stars like Joe DiMaggio, to hockey stars like the Esposito Brothers, to jockeys like Eddie Arcaro, to race car drivers like Mario Andretti, to cyclists like Susan Notorangelo, to football stars like Gino Marchetti, to tennis stars like Lea Pericoli. Each photo, obtained by Casa Belvedere from the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago, carries the history of that athlete.

Fall 2014 Open Exhibit Schedule

on display now at Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301

 

Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 2:30 – 5:30 PM

Thursdays from 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Donations Welcome and Appreciated

For further information on this exhibit or other programs, call 718-273-7660 or write to info@casa-belvedere.org

UPCOMING EVENTS…..

OCTOBER 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

7:00 PM

Casa Belvedere

79 Howard Avenue, SI, NY 10301

My Fathers Fish

“My Father’s Fish”

Book Signing and Presentation by author, Mimi Aloia
Refreshments will be served
Donation: $20 per person

 

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Giacomo Puccini

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere presents
“A Trip to Operatic Italy” with Lou Barrella and special guest appearance by
soprano Cristina Fontanelli

     During the summer of 2009, Lou made a long awaited trip to Italy. In addition to visiting some main cities, he went to the places important in the lives of Giuseppe Verdi (Busseto, LeRoncole, Sant Agata and Milano) and Giacomo Puccini (Torre del Lago, Lucca and Viareggio), as well as the Teatri dell’Aperto in Verona, at Torre del Lago and at the Baths of Caracalla. 

This presentation is a pictorial souvenir of that trip accompanied by the operatic music of great composers. It is not just a typical “travelog” but a marriage of pictures and appropriate music for each beautiful location. Sharing this experience should bring back wonderful memories for those who already have been to these places and a yearning to visit them for all those who desire to travel there………Buon viaggio a tutti!
And joining us this evening is Cristina Fontanelli, a well-known personality through her recordings, her appearances on TV, radio, in concert, nightclubs, and opera, and through her acting debut on network television. Her most recent accomplishment is as PBS Host for Andrea Bocelli’s historic free concert in Central Park also starring Celine Dion, David Foster and Tony Bennett; for the “Il Volo” Spring 2012 special; Vienna Boys Choir and Qi Gong PBS Specials.

Please RSVP in advance for this wonderful program so that we may plan accordingly for the correct amount of guests.

Refreshments and light fare will be provided.

Suggested Donation for Admission: $40 per person. Members: $30 per person.

Pre-payment is recommended and appreciated. We accept credit cards over the phone.

For any questions or to reserve your place, please call 718-273-7660

or email us at info@casa-belvedere.org

 

 NOVEMBER 2014

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014Time: 2 PMLocation: Notre Dame Academy Auditorium78-134 Howard Avenue, SI, NY 10301

 2nd Annual – Italian Christmas Concert

Casa Belvedere & Majestic Castle Music Productions Presents

Italian Christmas Concert – From Bethlehem to Belvedere

At Notre Dame Academy Auditorium (Fundraiser for Casa Belvedere)

Featuring: Extravergine

micheal CASTALDO, Rebecca Newman, Richmond County Orchestra Strings and NDA Girls Choir
Singing Authentic Classic Italian Christmas Carols

From his #1 CD Extravergine

Date: Sunday November 30th (Thanksgiving Day Weekend)

Time: 2:00PM

Doors Open at: 1:30PM

Duration: 90 minutes

Address: 78-134 Howard Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301

Admission: $25 Admission – VIP Reception: $75

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/884432

Toll Free Box Office 1-800-838-3006

Secure Parking On Site

NOVEMBER 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

7:30 PM

Casa Belvedere

79 Howard Avenue, SI, NY 10301

The Other Italians

An Evening with Playwright and Author David Mercaldo, PhD

“A book that challenges the very core of traditional Italian faith.”

“This is a book about an organization that has had a profound influence on the history and culture of those individuals of Italian heritage and ancestry. David Mercaldo has dedicated himself to years of research, and in the words of critic and playwright (“NINE”), Mario Fratti, “he has now a new, daring book,” and further confesses that, for many years Italians were told that the Bible was forbidden reading. While many provocative books have been written and published about Italians, this one deals with perhaps the most confrontational and sensitive subject one dare bring to the printed page…the religion of Italians! The labor of bringing this book to you is nothing less than a “herculean task,” as Fratti puts it – “An important book that we must read with a healthy curiosity!

$20 Donation to Attend. Refreshments will be served.

Copies of the book will be available or sale and signing.

 

EVENTS IN THE WORKS…..
Date:TBDTime:TBDLocation: Casa Belvedere Mansion79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301

“Celebrating the Culture, Music, Food & Scenic Beauty of Puglia”

A Collaborative Presentation by

Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barrella

This evening will explore the diversity of cultures which make up the complexity of Puglia.  Renowned Italian American photographer Anita Sanseverino and Italian Music and Culture Educator Lou Barrella will focus on the history, traditions, music of the region. Among the items presented will be a DVD of Anita’s photographs accompanied by folk and contemporary music selected by Lou highlighting the province of Salento.  Lou will also discuss the unique feature of the Pugliese dialect(s). Anita’s original photographs of the area, including the famous town of Alberobello, will also be on display.  We will also prepare to offer and discuss traditional dishes from the region for you to enjoy………

All in all, “Una festa di Puglia!”

Past Events……

December 2013
Date: December 01 & 08, 2013 Day: Sunday Time: 8am – 12 noon Bake Traditional Italian Favorites for the HolidaysEnjoy a morning baking class at Casa Belvedere in Cucina Colavita Learn how to make Struffoli; Italian Cheesecake; Cannoli and Zabaglione… Traditional Holiday FavoritesTwo Classes Available Sunday, December 1st or December 8th Classes 8 am to 12 noon $50 per person (Five student minimum to hold the class)Register Today! Call 718-273-7660 Or click the Register button below.[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: December 07, 14 & 21, 2013 Day: Saturday Time: 8am – 12 noon La Cucina NataliziaEnjoy learning how to make Italian holiday clasics for Christmas. Choose 1 or more classes. Each 4 hour class focuses on traditional dishes Classes are from 8 am to 12 noon All classes are $75.00 per person (Five student minimum to hold the class)Register Today! Call 718-273-7660 or click the Register button below.[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: December 09, 2013 – January 6, 2014 The Neapolitan Solidarity Crèche – “Il Presepio Della Solidarietà”A gift of friendship and solidarity from the Naples, Italy Chamber of Commerce to The New York City Fire Department in honor of the victims of 911 and the brave Firefighte…rs, Police and EMS workers that made the ultimate sacrifice!Currently on Display at the Consulate General of Italy Headquarters, 690 Park Ave, New York, NY. December 9, 2013 – January 6, 2014This handcrafted work of art was created by master artisans of the Campania Region of Italy and is consistent with techniques that date back to the seventeenth century. It occupies an area of approximately fifty-four square feet and it is comprised of 120 pieces including 83 figurines and 28 animals.The exhibit is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council and also, through the generosity and support of The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere. Display Curator: Lou Barella.For exhibit hours, or to schedule a group visit, email elisabetta.calello@esteri.it or call 212-439-8605. Admission is free and open to the public.
November 2013
Date: Novermber 07, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 6:30pm Giuseppe Verdi Celebrating the Man, His Music & TimesA Collaborative Presentation by: Louis Barrella, Louis Leonini & Snjezana SmodlakaCasa Belvedere is proud to host this DVD presentation. The DVD has been made to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Verdi’s birth on October 10, 1813. He was an exceptional yet “common” man. Although tremendously gifted with the musical and theatrical skills that propelled him to celebrity status during his lifetime, he preferred to live the life of a “country gentleman.” Verdi fully understood the human condition from experiencing all levels of society and was able to truly reflect that in his music, infusing it with the deep longings of the human soul. This presentation will allow us to experience how he influenced the society and history of his times. You will hear wonderful melodies and see scenes from his operas; and as we celebrate his life with MUSIC, we will reflect on our own HUMANITY!Suggested donation: $20 Hors d’oeuvres & Refreshments will be served. Parking across the street at Notre Dame Academy. Call 718-273-7660 or email info@casa-belvedere.org to RSVP. Casa Belvedere is located at 79 Howard Avenue, SI, NY 10301[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: Novermber 14, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 7:00pm Book Presentation and Signing of The Newsstand by J.J. AnselmoNewsstand, is mostly set in New York’s Little Italy in 1963 – a time when Little Italy was much different from what it is today. The novel centers around a rowdy, and sometimes delinquent, group of teenage boys who hang-out at a newsstand located on the corner of Spring and Lafayette Streets. (The newsstand actually did exist.) The owner of the newsstand is a blind, middle-aged man who lives vicariously through the teenagers. The book tries to recapture the essence of neighborhood life from the perspective of the teenagers. Book will be available for sale!$20 per person Presentation and Book Signing Light Fare—RefreshmentsSpecial Guest Speaker & Review by Dr. Francesco BonavitaPhoto Exhibit presented by Joe ZarbaParking directly across the street at Notre Dame Academy Elementary SchoolReservations accepted by phone at 718-273-7660 or e-mail info@casa-belvedere.orgPre-payment also accepted onlinePlease click the “Pay Now” button at www.casa-belvedere.org and complete the formThis program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City CouncilCall 718-273-7660 or email info@casa-belvedere.org to RSVP. Casa Belvedere is located at 79 Howard Avenue, SI, NY 10301[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
October 2013
Date: October 04, 2013 Day: Friday Time: 7pm to 9pm Guest Chef SeriesMartini and AperitiviA night with Cesare MartiniCesare Martini will be accompanied by Cipriani Lead Bartender, Luca Rastelli.$50 includes two Martinis per person, Prosecco, Appetizers and live Presentation.Space is limited. Call 718-273-7660 to make your reservation today![when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: October 07, 2013 Day: Monday Time: 7pm GUERNICA EDITIONS and THE ITALIAN CULTURAL FOUNDATION AT CASA BELVEDRE invite you to attend the book launch of:Trinàcria: A Tale of Bourbon SicilyBy Anthony Di RenzoPublished by GUERNICA EDITIONSSponsored by THE ITALIAN CULTURAL FOUNDATION AT CASA BELVEDEREPlease join us for a reception and reading for Trinacria: A Tale of Bourbon Sicily.This historical novel chronicles the destruction of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies during the Italian Revolution. Drawing on history and family legend, Anthony Di Renzo presents a tale of progress and reaction, irony and paradox, in which the splendors of Caserta must yield to the wonders of the Crystal Palace. Both intimate and sweeping, Trinàcria questions the price of pride and the cost of prosperity and contrasts illusions of grandeur and dreams of happiness with the pitiless truth that kills all hope and desire. As readers will learn, this is the fatal spell of Sicily–an island of loss and change–where death alone is eternal.Parking is located directly across the street at Notre Dame Academy$20 donation per person. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.Reservations in Advance Requested and Appreciated.Please call 718-273-7660 or email info@casa-belvedere.orgFor more information on the author and the book, please visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/trinacria-a-tale-of-bourbon-sicilyCopies of this book may be available for sale at the event, or you may purchase online at http://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781550717266A portion of all purchases of this book will benefit the Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: October 17, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 2:45pm The Italian Cultural Foundation At Casa Belvedere PRESENTS:ABC… L’ITALIANO SI IMPARA COSI’ (HOW TO LEARN ITALIAN IN ONE HOUR)By & with Laura CaparrottiIn Celebration of Italian Heritage & Culture Month and in conjunction with the Pluralism & Diversity Program at The College of Staten Island/CUNYA very unique method used by Miss Margherita, a despotic Teacher-Diva, to teach Italian to any Italian student. Starting from what is more well-known in the US about Italy-Love, Food, Literature, Art, Tourism and Music—Miss Margherita will explain and teach the Italian Language, culture, art and tradition to the audience.Miss Margherita will bring the audience through Italy, exploring the stereotypical figures for which Italy is more known around the world: A=Amore (LOVE)-B=Buono (good like Italian FOOD)-C=Citta’ (CITIES-including Italian dialects).Through scenes from Italian theater, through music (from the old Italian songs to the most contemporary hits) and a lot of images; together with some of the most representative Italian authors from Dante to today’s writers and the most contemporary poet/actors, ABC… will play with the history, the pronunciation, the variety of the Italian language AND with the audience.The show will educate the audience on the history of Italy focusing on the cities chosen to be Italy’s best testimonial of differences and similarities among the Nation. The cities are Bolzano, Milano, Firenze, Roma, Napoli and Palermo.LOCATION: The College of Staten Island/CUNY 2800 Victory Boulevard Staten Island, N.Y. 10314 At The Center for the Arts, Building 1P. Recital Hall Theater. First Floor towards the rear of the building. (doors open at 2:30 PM)FREE and open to the public. Reservations NOT required.For questions, please call 718-982-2597.
Date: October 25, 2013 Day: Friday Time: 6:30pm ROBICELLI’S: A Love Story with CupcakesThis is not just another cupcake book! And these are not your usual bakers!Join us on Friday, October 25th @ 6:30 PM for the Staten Island debut of ROBICELLI’S: A Love Story with Cupcakes, a hot-off-the-press new cookbook by Allison and Matt Robicelli.The Robicelli’s are the acclaimed purveyors of what many call the “Best Cupcakes in New York City.” At Casa Belvedere, Allison and Matt Robicelliwill present their new cookbook that reveals the secrets behind the obscenely delicious cupcakes at their eponymous Brooklyn bakery. The Robicelli’s are dyed-in-the-wool Brooklynites whose refashioned cupcakes go beyond “glitter-enhanced pure-sugar bombs” and the “pink and cutesy… girly aesthetic.” Their naughty-but-nice confections are miniature upscale cakes for one, with attitude and adult appeal. By way of themed “Love Letters,” the Robicelli’s pay homage to the iconic cupcake as more than a flash-in-the-pan trend and show how to fashion single servings of love through a witty narrative. Recipe notes, often R-rated, consist of tales of lovers’ spats and family foibles; comic strips offer instruction; and in “Matt Says” sidebars, bakers get tips and encouragement. Recipes commemorate people, events, and food products.More than just another baking book, ROBICELLI’S captures not only Allison and Matt’s unique take on baking but also their edgy, unapologetically hilarious take on life, including how they survived severe economic setbacks to launch one of the country’s most sought after cupcake brands.Attendees will be treated to a demonstration of their techniques for these delectable creations. Don’t these sound good?The Laurenzano: fresh fig cake, goat cheese buttercream, crispyprosciutto, fig-balsamic gastriqueThe Bea Arthur: black coffee chocolate cake, cheesecake buttercream, espresso ganacheThe Apple Maple Crisp: apple cake, vanilla buttercream, roasted applebutter, oat crispThese amazingly creative and unique cupcakes, and the ideas behind them, are now available to home cooks. Cookbooks will be available for sale and signing.The cupcake selections for the evening all share some Italian influence and also pair nicely with a glass of vino. So come join us! $50 per person includes presentation, demonstration, light fare, refreshments &cupcakes! Reservations required so we can prepare accordingly. Parking lot located directly across the street at Notre Dame Academy Elementary School.Reservations accepted by phone or email. Pre-payment also accepted online. Please click the “Pay Online” button below and complete the form. Contact us at 718-273-7660 or at info@casa-belvedere.orgABOUT THE AUTHORS ALLISON and MATT ROBICELLI co-own the acclaimed wholesale bakery Robicelli’s. Matt was a New York Fire Department paramedic before sustaining injury in 9/11. He then graduated from the French Culinary Institute with honors and has served as the executive pastry chef at numerous top restaurants, including Lutèce. A former catering chef, Allison is also a frequent blogger, attracting more than forty thousand followers to the Robicelli’sTumblr feed. Allison and Matt and their cupcakes have been featured everywhere from the Today Show to The Huffington Post to Food & Wine to The New York Times. They were named “Best Cupcakes in New York City” by THE READERS OF Serious Eats and “Top 3 Cupcakes” by The Village Voice. Matt and Allison were born and raised in Brooklyn where they live with their two children.[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
September 2013
Date: September 5, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 8pm Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Italian Film Festival Summer 2013Quiet Chaos (2008) 105 min – Drama|Romance “Caos calmo” (original title)Drama/Romance – Directed by Antonello Grimaldi, 2008 With Nanni Moretti, Valeria Golino, Isabella Ferrari MPAA Rating: PG 13Plot: Pietro is a successful businessman with a wife and a daughter. One day he helps his brother save two women from drowning at the beach. When he returns home he finds that his wife has died. Now Pietro has to take care of his daughter, Claudia. When he drives her to school soon after, he decides to wait for her all day in front of the school, and soon that’s what he does every day. He eats at the nearby café, gets to know the people who come by and follows from afar the fusion developments at work. Pietro’s brother expects him to snap out of it, but who will snap first.Reviews: Quiet Chaos is a real curiosity. Many life-affirming and emotionally manipulative films have a tendency to grate, but this one engrosses and enchants by virtue of its sheer oddness and originality.
Date: September 12, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 8pm Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Italian Film Festival Summer 2013The First Beautiful Thing (2010), 122 min, Comedy “La prima cosa bella” (original title)Comedy/Drama – Directed by Paolo Virzi, 2010 With: Valerio Mastrandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli MPAA Rating: PG 13Plot: The film tells the story of the Michelucci family, from the 1970s to the present day: the central character is the stunningly beautiful Anna, the lively, frivolous and sometimes embarrassing mother of Bruno and Valeria. Everything begins in the Summer of 1971, at the annual Summer beauty pageant held at Livorno’s most popular bathing establishment. Anna is unexpectedly crowned “Most Beautiful Mother”, unwittingly stirring the violent jealousy of her husband. From then on, chaos strikes the family and for Anna, Bruno and his sisterReviews: The First Beautiful Thing, Italy’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011, manages to be a tender, captivating and well-acted drama abundant in humor and heartBy Avi Offer, The NYC Movie Guru,, 2011
Date: September 15, 2013 Day: Sunday Time: 7pm The Annual Fig Fest (Additional Information)a fig swap, recipe exchange and general celebration of all things fig, has been moved from Midland Beach to Casa Belvedere, the Italian Cultural Center, on Grymes Hill.Fig Fest began four years ago as an informal gathering of fig fans at the Sea Turtle Fountain in Midland Beach in mid-September. For better or worse, the word-of-mouth event has grown and, subsequently, the “fig network” which developed from it grew geometrically.Ms. Biancardi’s offer of Casa Belvedere as Fig Fest’s new home brings with it amenities such as bathrooms, indoor shelter in case of rain and a peek at Cucina Colavita, the foundation’s state-of-the-art instructional kitchen.The event will crown a 2013 Fig King, a person chosen from the revelers with the best fig demonstration. The actual crown has been hand-sewn by Stapleton resident Annie Young.Free cuttings will be distributed to about two dozen guests, including several Staten Island residents who lost fig trees in Hurricane Sandy.The event is at 7PM. Parking is located directly across the street at Notre Dame Academy. Directions may be found on the Contact Us page.
Date: September 20, 2013 Day: Friday Time: 6:30pm On the occasion of the 45th commemoration anniversary of the Saint Pio’s passing, The Puglia Center of America and The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere of Staten Island are honored to invite you to the book presentation and photo exhibit: “The Photographer and the Saint”The book presentation will be also completed by a photo exhibit, where a collection of 20 unpublished pictures and a video clip of Saint Pio will be displayed. Introduction by Ms. Gina Biancardi, President of The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere. Speakers: Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, President of the Puglia Center of America; Ms. Carla Palone, Publisher of Gelsorosso Editore, and Patrizia Mastrorilli, daughter of the official photographer of Padre Pio, Gaetano Mastrorilli, herself also the author of the book. A book signing with the author, Patrizia Mastrorilli, will be available immediately after its presentation, followed by refreshments. Friday, September 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm, at Casa Belvedere79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301Parking will be available directly across the street in the lots at Notre Dame Academy.For information and reservations, please contact 718-273-7660 or send an email to info@casa-belvedere.org
Date: September 28/29, 2013 Day: Saturday/Sunday Time: 11am-8pm / 11am-7pm Festa D’Italia and Motori D’Italia  -  One Weekend, Two Great EventsA weekend of fun for the entire familyFesta D’Italia Specialty foods & pastries, wine tasting, art exhibits, food demonstrations, games, rides & crafts, music and entertainment, all you can eat food contests.Motori D’Italia Exotic Car & Motorbike ShowSaturday September, 28 11am-8pm Sunday, September, 29 11am-7pm
August 2013
Date: August 1, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 8pm Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Italian Film Festival Summer 2013The First Beautiful Thing (2010), 122 min, Comedy “La prima cosa bella” (original title) Comedy/Drama – Directed by Paolo Virzi, 2010 With: Valerio Mastrandrea, Micaela Ramazzotti, Stefania Sandrelli MPAA Rating: PG 13Plot: The film tells the story of the Michelucci family, from the 1970s to the present day: the central character is the stunningly beautiful Anna, the lively, frivolous and sometimes embarrassing mother of Bruno and Valeria. Everything begins in the Summer of 1971, at the annual Summer beauty pageant held at Livorno’s most popular bathing establishment. Anna is unexpectedly crowned “Most Beautiful Mother”, unwittingly stirring the violent jealousy of her husband. From then on, chaos strikes the family and for Anna, Bruno and his sisterReviews: The First Beautiful Thing, Italy’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011, manages to be a tender, captivating and well-acted drama abundant in humor and heartBy Avi Offer, The NYC Movie Guru,, 2011
Date: August 8, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 8pm Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Italian Film Festival Summer 2013Love, Soccer and Other Catastrophes, (2008), Comedy “Amore, bugie e calcetto” (original title) Comedy – Directed by Luca Lucini, 2008 With: Giorgio Basile, Giuseppe Battistoni, Claudio Bisio MPAA Rating: PG 13Plot: Seven men set aside the stresses and responsibilities of their life once a week to play soccer in this comedy-drama from director Luca Lucini. Every Thursday evening, these men get together to play football with an amateur soccer league, and as they search for clarity and a sense of escape in sport, they also turn to one another as they deal with their crises. Amore, Bugie e Calcetto (aka Love, Soccer and Other Catastrophes) received its North American premiere at the 2008 Montreal World Film FestivalReviews: A metaphore of life, thorugh Italian favorite sport: il calico (soccer)Francesco Fadda, Casa Belvedere, June 2013
Date: August 15, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 8pm Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Italian Film Festival Summer 2013What a Beautiful Day (2011). 97 min -“Che bella giornata” (original title)Comedy- Directed by Gennaro Nunziante, 2011 With: Checco Zalone, Nabiha Akkari, Ivano Marescotti MPAA Rating: PGPlot: Checco, an uneducated but self-satisfied fellow from Milan, who has always dreamed of becoming a police officer, fails his entrance exam for the third time. But the young man has connections and he soon finds himself a security agent at the Milan Cathedral. Of course the bumbling idiot proves a living catastrophe! Spotted by Sufien, an Arab terrorist who is preparing an attack against the cathedral, Checco appears as the perfect sucker……Reviews: The Italian blockbuster movie of 2011. A vibrant, entertaining and very funny film, perfectly played by Checco Zalone.By Roberto Matteucci, Cinemah Expanded, January 26,-2011
Date: August 17, 2013 Day: Saturday Time: 7pm to 10pm Guest Chef SeriesBYOB Tuscan Farm-to-Table Dinners with Chef DaveFresh from the farm family-style dinner and guests can bring their own beverages!$60 per person[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: August 22, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 8pm Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Italian Film Festival Summer 2013HOMMAGE TO ANNA MAGNANI The Rose Tattoo (1955), 117 minComedy/Drama/Romance – Directed by Daniel Mann, 1955 With: Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster, Marisa Pavan MPAA Rating: PG 13Plot: An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is disturbed when truck driver Rosario Delle Rose is killed by police while smuggling. His buxom widow Serafina miscarries, then over a period of years draws more and more into herself, trying to force her lovely teenaged daughter Rosa to do likewise. On one eventful day, Rose finally breaks away; Serafina learns of Rosario’s affair with another woman; and a new carefree, handsome Italian truck driver enters her life… A powerful performance by the woman this story was written for, Anna Magnani, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in it. It also has Burt Lancaster, who plays a rather exuberant character. Nominated for a total of 8 Oscars including Best Picture, it won three. Based on the Tennessee Williams play.Reviews: The Rose Tattoo creates a realistic Italiano atmosphere in the bayou country of the south, establishes vivid characters with one glaring exception and dwells upon a story that is important only because it gives its key character a jumping-off point for fascinating histrionics.
Date: August 28, 2013 Day: Wednesday Time: 7pm to 10pm Guest Chef SeriesDining Al Fresco with Michael Colameco Host of Real FoodA flavorful summertime dinner experience with TV & Radio celebrity, and chef extraordinaire Michael Colameco.•  Mini Crab Cakes •  Fried Oysters with Aioli •  Zucchini Flowers with Goat Cheese •  Fresh Fruit & Cheese Display •  Mini Tuscan Table •  Salad of Mixed Greens with Cranberries, Feta Cheese and Citrus Vinaigrette •  Artichoke Risotto •  Roasted Rack of Pork with Au Jus •  Seasonal Farm Vegetables •  Apple Crisp$85 per person[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: August 29, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 8pm Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Italian Film Festival Summer 2013The Thin Match Man, (2009), 78 min – Fantasy “L’uomo fiammifero” (original title)Fantasy – Directed by Marco Chiarini, 2009 With Francesco Pannofino, Marco Leonzi, Gabriele Manfredi MPAA Rating: Not RatedPlot: Simone, a 11 years old boy, is forced to stay home all the summer time under his angry father’s sight. Outside: the sweet adventure wind; inside: the terribile boredom. Until Lorenza, 13 years old girl and green eyed, coming from the city, arrives in the country for holiday time. For Simone it’s the beginning of the most unforgettable summer of his life: looking for The Thin Match-Man Simone introduces Lorenza to his strange crazy world made of some friends: PatTheFAT, Appear-Daisy, Mark theDARK, Uncle Disk and Big Hands. But Rubin, number one Simone’s enemy is on their traces…Reviews: A great fairytale for children and adults alike. A masterpiece from Marco Chiarini.By Ferdinando Schiavone, Loudvision 23 February, 2010
July 2013
Date: July 11, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 8pm Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Italian Film Festival Summer 2013July 11, 8.00 PM Welcome to the South (2010), 102 min, Comedy “Benvenuti al sud” (original title) Comedy – Directed by Luca Miniero, 2010 With: Claudio bisio, Alessandro Siani, Angela Finocchiaro MPAA Rating: PG 13Plot: Alberto (Claudio Bisio), is the director of a post office in the town of Monza, in Northern Italy. Under thepressure from wife Silvia (Angela Finocchiaro), he would do anything to get transfered to Milan acting as an invalid person in a wheelchair. But the trick does not work and is punished by being sent to a small town in Campania, in the South of Italy, the worst nightmare…Reviews: Director Maniero showed the differences between northerners and southerners without making one seem better than the other and without exaggeration. The scenery is beautiful, the acting is great.By Cheri Passel, April 24, 2012 –www. iloveitalianmovies.com
Date: July 13, 2013 Day: Saturday Time: 7pm to 10pm Guest Chef SeriesBYOB Tuscan Farm-to-Table Dinners with Chef DaveFresh from the farm family-style dinner and guests can bring their own beverages!$60 per person[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: July 18, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 8pm Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Italian Film Festival Summer 2013Welcome to the North (2012), 110 min, Comedy “Benvenuti al nord” (original title)Comedy – Directed by Luca Miniero, 2012 With: Claudio bisio, Alessandro Siani, Angela Finocchiaro MPAA Rating: PG 13Plot: Now in the Far North (i.e. Milan!), Alberto has accepted to manage a program for efficiency improvement in the Italian Post. He devotes all his time and all his energy to this noble (?) task and neglects his wife Silvia, which of course annoys her beyond limits. Things do not fare much better in Castellabate where it is rather Maria, Matta’s wife, who gets on his nerves by always blaming him for his lack of ambition. One day, due to a misunderstanding, Mattia is transferred to… Milan! And on whose doorstep does he land? Alberto’s of course!Reviews: Skewering north/south stereotypes still gets honest chuckles in this equel of “Welcome to the South”.By Jay Weissberg, Variety January 18, 2012
Date: July 23, 2013 Day: Tuesday Time: 7pm to 9pm Guest Chef SeriesMartini and AperitiviA night with Cesare MartiniJoin us for specially created martinis and aperitifs and learn how to make the perfect Martini from a “Martini” expert.Gourmet spuntini and hors d’oeuvres included.$50 per person[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: July 25, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 8pm Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Italian Film Festival Summer 2013The Worst Week of My Life (2011), 93 min, Comedy “La peggior settimana della mia vita” (original title)Comedy – Directed by Alessandro Genovesi, 2011 With Fabio de Luigi, Cristiana Capotondi, Monica Guerritore MPAA Rating: Not RatedPlot: Paolo and Margherita are organizing their wedding. Paolo is 40 and works for an advertising agency in Milan. Margherita is 30, she is a veterinarian and comes from a rich family. She is so in love with Paolo that she will marry him even if her snob and eccentric parents don’t agree. A week before the wedding day Paolo is nervous, because of the suggestion made by Margherita’s parents. During these seven days he lives through several embarrassing tragicomic situations.Reviews: A perfect example of the new “Commedia all’Italiana”Francesco Mangiò, Filmovie.it, 2011
June 2013
Date: June 12, 2013 Day: Wednesday Time: 7:00 pm Event Sold Out Sorry No Walk-Ins
CASA BELVEDERE IS PROUD TO PRESENT “SOLO ANNA”
THE FEATURED PRODUCTION OF IN SCENA! ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL,THE FIRST ITALIAN THEATER FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE ANNUALLY IN NEW YORK.WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 AT 7:00PMThe Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere is proud to announce its partnership with In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, the first Italian theater festival to take place annually in all five New York City boroughs and beyond.The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere will host the topline event, “Solo Anna,” to be presented on June 12 at 7:00 PM in the mansion at 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY.The play is a tour de force performed by Lidia Vitale, written by Franco D’Alessandro, in which Anna Magnani, the great Italian film star, explores dramatic, funny and touching aspects of her illustrious career and fascinating life. The piece is presented on the 40th anniversary of the great actress’ death.This performance will be the New York premiere of the play and one of the full productions coming to the festival. The performance is free, as are all events of the Festival.“We are delightful to partner with “In Scena” and be part of the first annual edition of the Italian Theatre Festival”, said Francesco Fadda, Director of Cultural Programs at Casa Belvedere. “I am sure that this will be the first of many other editions to come in the following years”Anna Magnani was the first non-American to ever win an Academy Award for Best Actress. On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of her death, this new one-woman show explores the many dramatic, funny and touching aspects of her illustrious acting career and fascinating life. The play is winner of the Anna Magnani Award 2012 and Best Actress at the Enriquez Award – Citta’ di Sirolo 2012. It will be performed in English and Italian.Parking will be available in the lots directly across the street at Notre Dame Academy. Please call 718-273-7660 or email info@casa-belvedere.org to RSVP, as space is limited. Although this is a free event, any donations are welcome and appreciated to support ongoing arts & cultural programming at Casa Belvedere.This program is made possible in part with public funds from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs & NYC Council Members Rose & Ignizio
Date: June 19, 2013 Day: Wednesday SAVE THE DATECasa Belvedere Taste of Italy Golf OutingWednesday, June 19thSilver Lake Golf CourseFrank Aversa & Vince Monardo, Event Co-ChairsSpace is Limited!Call NOW to reserve your foursome.(718) 273-7660
Exhibit:Date: June 4-20 (Please call 718-273-7660 for exhibit hours.)Reception with the Artist:Date: June 20, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 6:30 PM Coming in June at the Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere an exhibition of the works of the Sicilian artist Elisa Martorana.”Those of Bagheria after Baaria” by Elisa Martorana on exhibition in New York.The art of the bagherian’s reporter on exhibition in June at the “Italian Cultural Foundation” at Casa Belvedere.After several prizes and awards in Italy Elisa finally comes to New York City and Staten Island with her photo reportage: “Quelli di Bagheria dopo Baaria- Those of Bagheria after Baaria”.Inspired by the academic research of Ferdinando Scianna: “Quelli di Bagheria” and combined with her cinematographic passion for the Tornatore’s movie “Baaria”, Elisa realized a series of black and white pictures that highlights people and daily life scenes of Bagheria.“Elisa managed to capture the essence of the people of Bagheria, their habits and their spontaneity”, says Francesco Fadda, Director of Cultural Programs at Casa Belvedere.Artistic communication by Maria Castello MuseNostre mariacastello@musenostre.itCatalogue “Those of Bagheria after Baaria” and published by 500g EDIZIONI with an introduction by Arrigo Musti, texts and Giusy La Piana end Modesta Di Paola.For more information on Elisa Martorana, please visit the web site http://elisamartorana.jimdo.com/.For inquires please contact the international press officer-Fabio Cirello- farciro@hotmail.itThe project is also sponsored by the Italian Minister of Culture (MIBAC).The exhibit will be on display at Casa Belvedere mansion from June 4 to June 20. Please call 718-273-7660 for exhibit hours.On Thursday, June 20th we will host a meet & greet reception with the artist at 6:30 PM to close the exhibit.
Date: June 27, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 7pm to 11pm Guest Chef SeriesNight with DonatellaRestaurateur, Author, Celebrity Chef and Television Personality.$125 per person includes: – Live cooking demo by Donatella – Live musical performance by captivating Michael Castaldo – Plus a 4-course dinner[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: June 27, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 8pm Cinema Sotto Le Stelle at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere Italian Film Festival Summer 2013June 27, 8.00 PM – Kryptonite! (2011), 98 min, Comedy “La kryptonite nella borsa” (originaltitle)Comedy – Directed by Ivan Cotroneo, 2011 With: Valeria Golina, Cristiana Capotondi and Luca Zingaretti. MPAA Rating: PG 13Plot: 7-year-old Peppino lives in Naples and is part of funny, colorful, dysfunctional family. It’s 1973, and when Peppino’s parents have a crisis, he is cared for by his swinging 20-something aunt and uncle. We follow the funny, bittersweet and moving story of his adventures and of his search for identityReviews: La Kryptonite Nella Borsa is a comedy that’s a little melancholy and a little kitschy, but very fresh and entertaining.By Cheri Passel, April 24, 2012 –www. iloveitalianmovies.com
May 2013
Date: May 03, 2013 Day: Friday Time: 6:30PM A BROOKLYN LOVE STORY & GARBO DREAMSJoin us for an evening of staged reading excerpts from two plays written and performed by two talented Italian-American women; Chiara Montalto and Lauren LoGiudice.A BROOKLYN LOVE STORY, by Chiara Montalto, is a tale set in Brooklyn about the profound effect a grandfather and his granddaughter have on each other as one’s life is ending while the other’s is just beginning. Equally hilarious and touching, A BROOKLYN LOVE STORY is based on the playwright’s own experience, having spent the greater part of her twenties living with her grandfather.The play GARBO DREAMS is a portrayal of the powerful scenario in which Greta Garbo faces the last hours of her life and is forced to make choices that will affect her legacy. Everyone’s heard that she wanted “to be left alone,” but what happened from there? No one’s ever truly been sure. According to actor, model and stage impresario Lauren LoGiudice, GARBO DREAMS serves as a loving homage to a woman who taught her how to belong to herself.$20 Donation per person to attend. Light Fare & Refreshments will be served.Space is Limited. Advance Reservations requested and appreciated.To reserve your place please call: (718) 273-7660 or E-mail: info@casa-belvedere.org[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: May 11, 2013 Day: Saturday Time: 8:00PM
Date: May 10-12, 2013 Weekend Italian Language Immersion Class$250Must Register in AdvanceTo reserve your place please call: (718) 273-7660 or E-mail: info@casa-belvedere.org[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: May 31, 2013 Day: Friday Time: 7:00PM SPECIAL COOKING DEMO & DINNER WITH CHEF VINCENT TROPEPEWatch, taste, and learn how to prepare some delectable Italian dishes with up-and-coming celebrity Chef Vincent Tropepe. Vincent A. Tropepe is an award winning, multi certified and highly regarded national food authority having worked in some of the best restaurants in New York City. He is an unstoppable culinary force and has been featured in numerous Italian culture oriented and food publications. Come meet Chef Vincent who will delight you with his culinary art and also introduce you to his new book “From Behind the Kitchen Doors.”"Chef Tropepe is the modern day Batali with a Bensonhurst accent.” – N Y Yankee Hall of famer Yogi Berra”Tropepe is the American born Gordon Ramsay.” – Edible MagazineAt Casa Belvedere Mansion, 79 Howard Avenue, SI, NY 10301. Admission is $100.00 per person and includes a three-course dinner, wine pairings and cooking demonstration. Seating is extremely limited. Reservations with Pre-Payment Required and accepted by phone at 718-273-7660, by email to: info@casa-belvedere.org or online by clicking the button below. Parking will be available directly across the street in the lots at Notre Dame Academy.[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
April 2013
Date: April 4, 2013 Day: Thursday Time: 6:30 pm Never Trust a Thin Cook – and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary CapitalA Book Presentation on The food-obsessed chronicles of an American’s three years in Italy.What begins as a gastronomical quest soon becomes a revealing, authentic portrait of how Italians live and a hilarious demonstration of how American and Italian cultures differ. In Never Trust a Thin Cook, Eric Dregni dishes up the sometimes wild experiences of living abroad alongside the simple pleasures of Italian culture in perfect, complementary proportions.Come meet the Author! Eric Dregni is assistant professor of English at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and dean of the Italian Concordia Language Village, Lago del Bosco.Light fare & Wine will be servedReservations requested and appreciatedSuggested Donation $20To reserve your place please call: (718) 273-7660 or E-mail: info@casa-belvedere.org[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: April 5-7, 2013 Weekend Italian Language Immersion Class$250Must Register in AdvanceTo reserve your place please call: (718) 273-7660 or E-mail: info@casa-belvedere.org[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date: April 23 Day: Tuesday Time: 6pm Immigrants: Let Us Entertain YouAs Hurricane Sandy damaged both Liberty and Ellis Islands, the National Park Rangers were looking to partner with organizations to bring free educational programs from the islands to communities for the 10th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week. The programs have been designed to showcase chronicles of Ellis Island, America’s largest and most active immigration station, and the immigrants who passed through its port.Please join us for “Immigrants: Let Us Entertain You” a community based interactive and informational presentation by a neighborhood park ranger in conjunction with the National Park Service and the Office of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s 10th Annual Immigrant Heritage Week.Between 1892 and 1954, immigration officials processed over 12 million immigrants at Ellis Island. Immigrants helped build the United States of America and their efforts continue to define and enrich our nation’s and our city’s identity. Some of those passing through Ellis Island reaped a variety of riches in their adopted home. Some were honored for their contributions to variety of fields. As we celebrate this year’s Immigrant Heritage Week, we salute immigrants who entered through the doors of Ellis Island and went on to leave an indelible mark on the arts. Attendees will be able to see the ship manifest records of Bob Hope, Cary Grant, Irving Berlin and Maria Von Trapp. They will also hear about three Ellis Island immigrants who were eventually elected Mayor of New York City. In addition, participants will discuss immigrants who made significant contributions to the fields of architecture and dance, and children will enjoy hearing the story of Chef Boyardee (yes, he too arrived at Ellis Island!). Participants will experience the story of Ellis Island and be provided with tips to preserve their own family stories for generations to come. This is a 45-minute program suitable for participants 10 Years of Age to Adult.Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 6PMFREE ADMISSION. DONATIONS WELCOME.Location: Notre Dame Academy, 134 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. In the Arts & Humanities Building – Dining Hall (Next to the high school) Parking Lot Available.For questions or further information, please call our office at 718-273-7660.
March 2013
Date: March 5, 2013 Day: Tuesday Event CanceledIf you are still interested in seeing the film and meet the director, he will be at The College of Staten Island showing it and doing a presentation at 2:45pm – 4:25 pm in the Center for the Arts (Bldg 1P) Recital Hall


Screening of the Documentary: 18 IUS SOLI (We are Italians. Just not Legally) With Director Fred Kudjo Kuwornu This 2012 award-winning Italian documentary examines the law that denies citizenship to young people born in Italy of immigrant parents because they are not of Italian blood. It follows 18 stories of the children of African, Asian, and South American immigrants who are born and raised in Italy. These children; go to school in Italy, speak the language and dialects, have never been to their parent’s native countries, nor do they speak their parents’ language. Yet, they are not recognized as Italian citizens. They can apply for citizenship at the age of 18 by undergoing a lengthy and complicated process that does not always end positively. Oftentimes, the results are serious and unavoidable issues of social inclusion and identity. In addition to their stories, the filmmaker interviews Italian elected officials and sociologists for their input. Produced in Italy, the film is used as a platform to create the “Sono Nato Qui” (I was born here) grassroots social awareness campaign aimed at changing these law. Meet Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, the film’s director. He will introduce the film, provide commentary and lead a post screening Q & A.

Date: March 12, 2013 Day: Tuesday Time: 7:00 PM ITALIAN HERITAGE & CULTURE COMMITTEE OF NEW YORK, INC. CELEBRATES ANNUAL THEMEAs a member organization of the Italian Heritage & Culture Committee of New York, The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere invites you to join us for Opening Poster Exhibition ITALIAN HERITAGE & CULTURE COMMITTEE OF NEW YORK, INC. CELEBRATES ANNUAL THEME TUESDAY, March 12, 2013 at 7pm Calandra Institute of CUNY, at 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Flr New York, NY.The President/Chair and Board of Directors of the IHCC-NY, Inc. have announced the first in a series of events for 2013: Year of Italian Culture in the United States in New York City. The theme is an initiative of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Office of the Embassy of Italy to Washington and the Office of the Consul General in NY,On TUESDAY, March 12, the Calandra Institute of CUNY, a series of posters created by IHCC’s Artistic Director John Battista De Santis will be on display. The unveiling of the posters will be part of a kick-off of many activities for the year and evidence the talents that have prevailed over the span of the 37-year history of the Committee. While the lead poster for the year 2013 is of the “David Apollo” by Michelangelo, the others hail the themes of Music and Theater; Science and Technology; Language and Literature; Art; Cinema and Photography; Italian Brand & Design; Italian Territories; Tastes and Flavors of Italy; and the Next Generation.In announcing this event and reception, Joseph Sciame, its president/chair, indicated: “This is a sound collaboration between the Calandra Institute and the IHCC, for the posters developed by John Battista De Santis are outstanding and need to be seen by all. This event allows us to hail his work and at the same time welcome all those who will join in the year’s celebrations.” The Dean of the Calandra Institute, Dr. Anthony Julian Tamburri, coordinator of the exhibit, has warmly welcomed and extended the hospitality for the Opening Reception.For further information regarding the many events of the year, reference is made to the IHCC website at www.italyculturemonth.org.
Date: March 19, 2013 Day: Tuesday Time: 7:00 PM Event Sold Out Sorry No Walk-InsSt. Joseph’s Day CelebrationA Light Dinner Representative of Traditional Feast Day Fare Will be ServedExperience the Music, Imagery, History and Traditions of St. Joseph’s Day as Celebrated in SicilyThe evening will include a DVD Presentation by Lou Barrella featuring the Photography of Joseph Zarba. It will highlight both the sacred and secular ways that St. Joseph’s Day is celebrated with a special emphasis on Sicily. You’ll see simple and elaborate St. Joseph’s Tables as well as the foods that make the day so special. Music examples will go from the “sublime to the ridiculous.” Poetic samples will demonstrate philosophical and humorous expression as well as the individuality of the Sicilian language. The photos, video, poetry and songs will inspire and humor you. Join our celebration of “La Festa di San Giuseppe.”Suggested Donation: $30The dinner will be held at The Road House Restaurant, 1400 Clove Road, SI, NY. Parking lot available as well as street parking. Handicap ramp access on left side of building from parking lot. [when making a payment to attend an event please indicate which event in the comments box]
Date: March 27, 2013 Day: Wednesday Trip to see “The Little Flower” Starring Tony Lo Bianco as Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardiasolo play set in the office of Fiorello H. La Guardia on his final day as a three-term Mayor of New York City in 1945, THE LITTLE FLOWER presents a historic look into the life and career of the great statesman. A champion of the poor and underprivileged, La Guardia’s voice resonated throughout America, and he became a father figure to millions that lived through the hard times of the 1930s and 40s. He transcended political party barriers, running as a Fusion Party Mayor, and held strong convictions on family values, inflation, women’s suffrage, financial responsibility, education, unions, political corruption and prohibition. A courageous and flamboyant personality who cleaned up city politics and also made the time to read the comics on the radio to children during a newspaper strike, La Guardia set a new standard for American politics.”A delight! New York’s most colorful mayor comes alive. A wonderful evening of theater. Tony Lo Bianco is brilliant!” – Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC5:45 pm – Meet/Park at Casa Belvedere.(Light Fare & Refreshments will be served in the Carriage House)6:30 pm – Bus Departs – Promptly for Manhattan8:00 pm – Showtime9:30 pm – Bus Leaves Theater and Returns to SI$80 per person includes arrival reception and refreshments, show tickets and round trip bus transportation.Tickets are limited. RSVP with advance payment required. Credit Cards accepted by phone. Contact us at: (718) 273-7660 or email us at info@casa-belvedere.org
January 2014
Date/Time: Monday, January 20, 2014. 1pm to 2:30pmFriday, January 24, 2014. 3:30pm to 5:00pm Sign up for a single or a series of classes. Hands on cooking instructions for kids 8 and up! Held in the NEW state-of-the-art CUCINA COLAVITA kitchen.An intimate setting of no more than 10 participants.$35 per class per child.(6 students minimum required to hold the class)For information, please contact 718-273-7660 or send an email to info@casa-belvedere.org[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
February 2014
Date/Time: Friday, February 7, 2014. 3:30pm to 5:00pmTuesday, February 18, 2014. 1:00pm to 2:30pmWednesday, February 19, 2014. 1:00pm to 2:30pmThursday, February 20, 2014. 1:00pm to 2:30pm Sign up for a single or a series of classes. Hands on cooking instructions for kids 8 and up! Held in the NEW state-of-the-art CUCINA COLAVITA kitchen.An intimate setting of no more than 10 participants.$35 per class per child.(6 students minimum required to hold the class)For information, please contact 718-273-7660 or send an email to info@casa-belvedere.org[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date/Time: Friday, February 28, 2014. 7:00pm Carnevale Celebrate the the tradition of True Carnevaledi VeneziaGuest SpeakerAnita Sanseverino$50.00 pp $35.00 MEMBERSFor information, please contact 718-273-7660 or send an email to info@casa-belvedere.org[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
March 2014
Date/Time: Thursday, March 6, 2014. David Mercaldo Famed novalist, once again brings his engaging style of writing to yet another book, “FAMIGLIA!”The novel centers on the Italian American experience during the twentieth century with Staten Island as its backdrop. Join us for a special reading of FAMIGLIA!Donations acceptedFor information, please contact 718-273-7660 or send an email to info@casa-belvedere.org[when making a donation, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date/Time: Friday, March 7, 2014. 3:30pm to 5:00pmFriday, March 21, 2014. 3:30pm to 5:00pm Sign up for a single or a series of classes. Hands on cooking instructions for kids 8 and up! Held in the NEW state-of-the-art CUCINA COLAVITA kitchen.An intimate setting of no more than 10 participants.$35 per class per child.(6 students minimum required to hold the class)For information, please contact 718-273-7660 or send an email to info@casa-belvedere.org[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date/Time: Thursday, March 13, 2014. Mauro Peroni Guest LecturerPresents“The Italian Body”Understanding the Italian Character thru words and expressionsDonations AcceptedFor information, please contact 718-273-7660 or send an email to info@casa-belvedere.org[when making a donation, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
Date/Time: Friday, March 14, 2014. 6:30pm La Festa di San Giuseppe Lecturer Lou BarellaExperience the Music, Imagery, History and Traditions of St. Joseph’s Day as Celebrated in Italy$50.00 pp $35.00 membersFor information, please contact 718-273-7660 or send an email to info@casa-belvedere.org[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]
April 2014
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 01, 2014. Guest Chef Rosetta ConstantinoJoin us as our guest Chef Demos one of her favorite dishes.Followed by a 4 course dining experienceMeet and Mingle and get your book autographed$100.00 pp $85.00 membersFor information, please contact 718-273-7660 or send an email to info@casa-belvedere.org[when making an online payment to attend or sponsor this event, please indicate the event name in the comments box]

April 2014

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014Times: 8:30 AM to 11:00 AMAddress: 79 Howard Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301

 

 Italian Cars & Cannolis Meet & Greet

Any Italian Sports Cars will be allowed onto the Casa Belvedere mansion property to  display their cars. Non-Italian or spectator’s cars Must park across the street in Notre Dame Academy Elementary school parking lot. (78 Howard Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301) Casa Belvedere’s Cucina Colavita will be serving hot coffee and other treats. (Cannoli of course) Please RSVP ASAP via email to Matt Ligotti at Northeastcarclub@gmail.com if you’ll be attending. Also if you FB, like the page below to get updates on our scheduled dates… https://www.facebook.com/pages/Italian-Cars-n-cannoli A notification will be send out 48 hours before the date to confirm if the weather will effect our meet.

This meet & greet event for Italian Car enthusiasts is organized by

North East Italian Car Club 655 Rossville Ave, Staten Island, NY 10309

May 2014

Date: May 2nd thru 4th, 2014Days & Times: Friday 7 – 9 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM including two hour group lunch breakSunday 9 AM to 2 PM

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Parliamo Italiano…Let’s Speak Italian. Adult Weekend Immersion Class 16 Hours of “Intensive” Instruction focusing on conversational skills May 2nd—4th Get Registration form online on the Language Program page at www.casa-belvedere.org Or call 718-273-7660

May 2014

Date: May 15, 2014 Day: ThursdayTime: 7 PM

The Great Beauty imageA screening of the 2014 Oscar-Winning Best Foreign Film La Grande Bellezza With Commentary and Q&A by Daniel Cavagnaro Professor of Foreign Language & Film Thursday, May 15th @ 7 p.m. Donations Welcome & Appreciated! Parking across the street at NDA. In Italian with English Subtitles

June 2014

Date: June 25th
Day: Wednesday
Time: 11:30am
Location: LaTourette Golf Course
1001 Richmond Hill Rd, Staten Island, NY 10306
 
 

Taste of Italy Golf Outing

Golf

Join us at our annual golf outing as we honor 
John Profaci, Sr. and Sal Calcagno.
Registration & Lunch at 11:30am.
Come enjoy a great day of golf while feasting on
the many specialty foods throughout the course.
Your day will consist of lunch, golf, contests, 
dinner, auctions, prizes and much more!
For info, reservations and sponsorship opportunities,
please contact Vivian at (718) 273-7660.
Dates & Times:
Saturday, June 21st at 8:00pm
Thursday, June 26th at 8:00pm
Sunday, June 29th at 3:00pm
 
Location: Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
 
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Meucci’s Message

An original radio play about Antonio Meucci, inventor of the telephone. 

Proudly presented by Sundog Theater: “Meucci’s Message” is about Italian inventor Antonio Meucci,who developed a voice communication apparatus in 1857 that he ultimately named the Sound Telegraph. Some argue he is the true inventor of the telephone and there is controversy and intrigue surrounding his story. We explore his inventions and his fascinating life, including his association with Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi–who also stayed on Staten Island as a guest of Meucci and his wife. In 2002, U.S. Congress passed a House Resolution which recognizes the life and achievements of Meucci and his work in the invention of the telephone. Tickets: $20 – general admission $18 – children over 10 & students with ID/seniors Tickets should be purchased in advance via the link below: BPT_buy_tickets_large

 
Date & Time:
Thursday, June 19th at 7:00pm
 
 
Location: Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
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In Scena Italian Theater Festival NY presents…

I corteggiatori: Amore a colpi di poesia

Written and performed by Vito De Girolamo and Carlo Loiudice. Two men come face to face in a poetry duel. Like two Commedia Dell’Arte actors, except without the masks, the two protagonists satirize the cliché of the “Italian Macho” through the words of some of the world’s most beautiful love poetry. Tickets: $15 – general admission Tickets should be purchased in advance via the link below: BPT_buy_tickets_large

 
Date & Time:
Thursday, June 12th at 7:00pm
 
 
Location: Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
 
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Film Screening & Commentary

La Terra Trema

Join us as we explore Visconti’s neorealist masterpiece, La Terra Trema. Released in 1948, the beautifully-shot black and white film tells the story of a family of Sicilian fishermen as they struggle with exploitation, love and loss. Prof. Daniel Cavagnaro will provide commentary. Light Refreshments will be available. Donations are welcomed and appreciated. Please RSVP by calling (718) 273-7660.

   
Dates & Times:
Wednesday, June 11th, 6:30-9:30pm
Wednesday, June 18th, 6:30-9:30pm
Tuesday, June 24th, 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301
 
 

Three-Week Adult Cooking Course

The Cuisine of Veneto & The Adriatic

Join us as we explore the varied and surprisingly exotic – but always delicious — food of the Veneto  — from the famed Bellini from Harry’s Bar through the luscious layers of an authentic Tira mi Sui. We will prepare and enjoy a variety of cichetti – the region’s version of delicious bar snacks; make our own Bigoli -the toothsome Venetian version of “more than spaghetti” topped with a delicious duck ragu, and enjoy the traditional Carnevale fritelle. The Veneto, tucked in the northeast corner of Italy, showcases Venice – that remarkable and mysterious collection of islands and bewildering canals – for centuries an active seaport and trading center or not only the Far east, but of central and northern Europe as well.  Every trading ship and visitor offered not only goods but flavors, many of which found their way into the region’s cuisine .A variety of seafood, along with poultry, meats and game get that Special Venetian touch.  Add to that the mountains and fields that surround the crescent and find  an abundance of agricultural products, including fertile vineyards that make the Veneto so worth exploring. Visit the Veneto with us at Cucina Colavita – we can’t offer you a ride on a vaporetto or a gondola, but it will certainly be a delicious and memorable trip! Pricing: $95 per class* Space is limited! Please call to reserve! *Belvedere Club Members receive a discounted rate

Summer 2014

Date: July 10th
Day: Thursday
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Casa Belvedere (Front Lawn)
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
 
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           Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2014:

       Outdoor Italian Film Festival Week 1

                 Risate di Gioia (1960)

Director Mario Monicelli tells a story of romance and adventure in this dramatic comedy. On New Year’s Eve, an insecure, struggling actress (Anna Magnani) has nothing to do. When a colleague invites her to a New Year’s party, she jumps at the opportunity. Accidentally, she runs into an old acting acquaintance (Toto), who is helping a professional pickpocket (Ben Gazzara) steal from people during the busy New Year’s Eve festivities. During the course of the evening, they have numerous crazy, humorous adventures all over Rome at different parties, restaurants, and even the Trevi fountain. Screenings will begin at 8 pm and admission to the festival is free. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets to the event. Parking is available across the street at Notre Dame Academy. Donations of any kind are welcome. All films will be screened in Italian with English subtitles. For more information on the festival, other upcoming events or to subscribe to the mailing list please call 718.273.7660, e-mail info@casa-belvedere.org or visit the website at www.casa-belvedere.org.

 
Date: July 17th
Day: Thursday
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Casa Belvedere
(Front Lawn)
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
 
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           Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2014:

       Outdoor Italian Film Festival Week 2

                          Miele (2013)

Directed by Valeria Golino and based on the novel by Mauro Covacich, “Miele” is the story of a young woman Irene, nicknamed ‘Honey’. Irene has devoted herself to people who need help and tries to alleviate the suffering. She works for her ex-lover, a hospital physician who connects her with patients wanting to accelerate their death. Because assisted suicide is illegal in Italy, Irene lives the shadowy existence of an undercover agent, flying all the way to Mexico buy lethal drugs sold as veterinary products to suppress dogs.  Screenings will begin at 8 pm and admission to the festival is free. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets to the event. Parking is available across the street at Notre Dame Academy. Donations of any kind are welcome. All films will be screened in Italian with English subtitles. For more information on the festival, other upcoming events or to subscribe to the mailing list please call 718.273.7660, e-mail info@casa-belvedere.org or visit the website at www.casa-belvedere.org.

 
Date: July 24th
Day: Thursday
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Casa Belvedere (Front Lawn)
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
 
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           Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2014:

       Outdoor Italian Film Festival Week 3

                    Il Sorpasso (1962)

Directed by Dino Risi, Il Sorpasso follows Roberto, a shy law student and Bruno (Vittorio Gassman), a forty-year-old exuberant, capricious man during the summer of 1962. The time they spend together in Rome and Tuscany is a hilarious, but sometimes an emotionally merciless accelerated maturation process. While Bruno’s easy going “l’usage du monde” and societal success is initially attractive, Roberto slowly begins to realize Bruno’s hollowness, superficiality and unhappiness. Screenings will begin at 8 pm and admission to the festival is free. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets to the event. Parking is available across the street at Notre Dame Academy. Donations of any kind are welcome. All films will be screened in Italian with English subtitles. For more information on the festival, other upcoming events or to subscribe to the mailing list please call 718.273.7660, e-mail info@casa-belvedere.org or visit the website at www.casa-belvedere.org.

 
Date: July 31st
Day: Thursday
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Casa Belvedere (Front Lawn)
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
 
 
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           Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2014:

       Outdoor Italian Film Festival Week 4

                Habemus Papem (2011)

Habemus Papam is an Italian comedy directed by Nanni Moretti and starring Michel Piccolo and costarring Nanni Moretti. The film centers on the relationship between the newly elected Pope (Picocolo) and his therapist (Moretti). Picocolo is elected Pope against his wishes and seeks out therapy to overcome his panic. Screenings will begin at 8 pm and admission to the festival is free. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets to the event. Parking is available across the street at Notre Dame Academy. Donations of any kind are welcome. All films will be screened in Italian with English subtitles. For more information on the festival, other upcoming events or to subscribe to the mailing list please call 718.273.7660, e-mail info@casa-belvedere.org or visit the website at www.casa-belvedere.org.

 
Date: August 7th
Day: Thursday
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Casa Belvedere (Front Lawn)
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
 
 
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           Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2014:

       Outdoor Italian Film Festival Week 5

                    Otto e mezzo (1963)

This classic Fellini film stars Marcello Mastroianni as Guido Anselmi, a famous film director. Guido Anselmi is suffering from the dreaded “directors block” while working on a science fiction film with autobiographical references. As Guido struggles half-heartedly to work on the film, he is confronted with flashbacks and dreams that delve into his memories and fantasies; they are frequently interwoven with his reality. Screenings will begin at 8 pm and admission to the festival is free. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets to the event. Parking is available across the street at Notre Dame Academy. Donations of any kind are welcome. All films will be screened in Italian with English subtitles. For more information on the festival, other upcoming events or to subscribe to the mailing list please call 718.273.7660, e-mail info@casa-belvedere.org or visit the website at www.casa-belvedere.org.

Date: August 14th
Day: Thursday
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Casa Belvedere (Front Lawn)
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
 
 
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           Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2014:

       Outdoor Italian Film Festival Week 6

                       Reality (2012)

Directed by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah), Reality is a film that follows Luciano, a charming fishmonger, who develops an unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show. This obsession leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. Screenings will begin at 8 pm and admission to the festival is free. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets to the event. Parking is available across the street at Notre Dame Academy. Donations of any kind are welcome. All films will be screened in Italian with English subtitles. For more information on the festival, other upcoming events or to subscribe to the mailing list please call 718.273.7660, e-mail info@casa-belvedere.org or visit the website at www.casa-belvedere.org.

 
Date: August 21st
Day: Thursday
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Casa Belvedere (Front Lawn)
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
 
 
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           Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2014:

       Outdoor Italian Film Festival Week 7

                    Mamma Roma (1962)

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, this neorealist film illustrates the struggle of an ex-prostitute, Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) to start a new life selling vegetables with her 16-year-old son, Ettore (Ettore Garofolo). When he later finds out his mother was a prostitute, he succumbs to the petty theft of a radio in a hospital and goes to prison. Screenings will begin at 8 pm and admission to the festival is free. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets to the event. Parking is available across the street at Notre Dame Academy. Donations of any kind are welcome. All films will be screened in Italian with English subtitles. For more information on the festival, other upcoming events or to subscribe to the mailing list please call 718.273.7660, e-mail info@casa-belvedere.org or visit the website at www.casa-belvedere.org.

 
Date: August 28th
Day: Thursday
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Casa Belvedere (Front Lawn)
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
 
 
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           Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2014:

       Outdoor Italian Film Festival Week 8

                     Caro Diario (1993)

Caro Diario is a semi-autobiographical documentary style film directed by and starring Nanni Moretti. Moretti uses his experiences of traveling on his motor-scooter, exploring a set of remote islands in search of peace to finish a film and consulting multiple doctors to cure an annoying rash to cast a humorous look at his life and the lives of those around him. Screenings will begin at 8 pm and admission to the festival is free. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to bring beach chairs or blankets to the event. Parking is available across the street at Notre Dame Academy. Donations of any kind are welcome. All films will be screened in Italian with English subtitles. For more information on the festival, other upcoming events or to subscribe to the mailing list please call 718.273.7660, e-mail info@casa-belvedere.org or visit the website at www.casa-belvedere.org.

SEPTEMBER 2014

   
 
Date: Sept 27th & 28th
Day: Saturday & Sunday
Time: 11am
Location: Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

            Motori D’Italia & Festa D’Italia 2014

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