August 31, 2015

A Look at the 19th Annual Festa di San Donato in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Viva San Donato! 
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Friday after work, I made my way to Williamsburg, Brooklyn for the 19th Annual Feast of San Donato. Organized by Francesca Mazza (and her gracious family) the ceremony took place outside their beautiful home at 158 Conselyea Street.

Normally held on August 7th, this year's celebration was postponed a few weeks because Franca and her family made a pilgrimage to Sassano (SA) for the Feast of San Rocco. Little by little the intimate celebration continues to grow, attracting new devotees every year. Thankfully, the change in date did not adversely affect this year's turnout.

Thank you Franca for your hard work and dedication. As always, you did a magnificent job. It was an honor and a privilege to celebrate with you and I look forward to doing so again next year. Viva San Donato!
An altar is erected in front of the Mazza residence
The reliquary sits on the altar
A close-up of San Donato's relic
Before Mass, we pray the Rosary
Nearly one hundred pilgrims celebrated Mass
Father Tom gave an impassioned homily
After Mass, devotees venerate the relic
We were treated to some delicious refreshments
Pastiera di spaghetti (spaghetti pie)
Le Chiacchiere
Thank you to the Mazza family for your kindness and generosity

Photo of the Week: Statue of Roberto Guiscardo at Montecassino

Robert Guiscard (the Cunning), Duke of Apulia and Calabria, Montecassino Abbey
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

Announcing the 2015 Saint Padre Pio Festival, Tuckahoe, New York

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August 29, 2015

Assunta Spina (1915)

Festival of Contemporary Music: Ensemble Dissonanzen
Monday, September 14 (6PM)

Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 879-4242


Ensemble Dissonanzen will feature a live sound track of the silent film masterpiece "Assunta Spina," also known as "Neapolitan Blood," which this year marks the centenary of its production.

It was, in fact produced twenty years before the birth of Cinecittà, with shooting in the streets of Naples, offering impressive views of the city (Mergellina, Pal. Donn'Anna in Posillipo, Nisida, etc.) by a team of extraordinarily talented professionals lead by director and actor Gustavo Serena, but mainly by a bubbling Francesca Bertini, diva of silent film. Continue reading


Announcing the 2015 Feast of Saint Padre Pio, Glendale, New York

August 28, 2015

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Scenes From the 40th Anniversary Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Arancini, stuffed with peas and ragù
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Last night, after work, I decided to stop by the Santa Rosalia Feast one more time before Sunday's procession and Mass. Unable to go on Friday (because I'll be attending the Feast of San Donato in Williamsburg) or Saturday (because I'll be attending the Feast of San Rocco in Astoria) this was going to be my last chance to partake in the festivities and enjoy the delicious Palermitano street fare.
Sfincione, Sicilian focaccia topped with tomatoes, onions and anchovies
Without my Friday Fast restrictionsI was able to enjoy the grilled meats 
Marinated peppers 
I was going to try something different for dessert,
but I couldn't resist having another Baked Iris
For more photos visit us on Pinterest

Also see:
Back For Seconds: Scenes From the 40th Anniversary Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Opening Night at the 2015 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
A Look at the 39th Annual Festa di Santa Rosalia, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Opening Night at the 2014 Santa Rosalia Feast, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
A Look at the 2013 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Opening Night at 'The Feast'
It's Back! The Santa Rosalia Feast Returns to Bensonhurst
The Twilight of the Feast
The Feast of Santa Rosalia (18th Ave Feast)

Congratulations Therese and Giuseppe!

Announcing the 5th Annual Feast of San Donato, Montclair, New Jersey

For more info visit the St. Donato Society of Montclair, New Jersey on Facebook

August 27, 2015

August 26, 2015

The Light of Southern Italy: Paintings from the 19th Century Neapolitan School

October 8th through November 5th
Monday through Saturday, 10:00am—5:00pm

Italian Cultural Institute
686 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
(212) 879-4242

Opening at the Italian Cultural Institute, The Light of Southern Italy, is a carefully selected exhibition, curated by Marco Bertoli, of 34 beautiful paintings rarely seen in New York and the United States. This is the second exhibition from this collaboration at the Institute following The Macchiaioli in October 2014. And is the next step in Bertoli’s project to bring 19th-century Italian painting, in all of its diversity and splendor, to an American audience while paying tribute to the artistic heritage of the many Italians who built the dynamic Italian-American community. The exhibition highlights artists from across Italy’s southern regions including Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria, and Sicily. Mastering light and chromatic effects, these painters created landscapes, seascapes, genre scenes, and portraits of great beauty.  The intensity of the light in these images transports the viewer to the Mediterranean and conveys the aura of the south of Italy which was characterized by the excavations at Pompeii, the grandeur of Vesuvius, the rugged coastline, and the humble allure of the local people. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, in his celebrated Voyage in Italy, Naples and the surrounding countryside “… have left an indelible impression.” Continue reading

Announcing the 67th Annual Feast of the Madonna Addolorata, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

www.mariaaddolorata.com

August 22, 2015

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Scenes from the 40th Anniversary Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
I had such a good time yesterday I couldn't wait to come back
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Devotees pin donations on to the saint at the outdoor chapel
Even though I abstain from meat on Fridays, I had no problem finding something delicious to eat for supper. I started off with a delicious rapini arancini
Next, I enjoyed some littleneck clams on the half shell
followed by a half dozen baked clams
with a little seafood salad on the side
I completed my meal with an espresso and one of my all-time favorite pastries, a Baked Iris (stuffed with sweet ricotta) from Villabate Alba Pasticceria
For more photos visit us on Pinterest

Also see:
Opening Night at the 2015 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
A Look at the 39th Annual Festa di Santa Rosalia, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Opening Night at the 2014 Santa Rosalia Feast, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
A Look at the 2013 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Opening Night at 'The Feast'
It's Back! The Santa Rosalia Feast Returns to Bensonhurst
The Twilight of the Feast

The Feast of Santa Rosalia (18th Ave Feast)

Announcing the 89th Annual Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian, Cambridge, Massachusetts

www.cosmas-and-damian.org

August 21, 2015

Opening Night at the 2015 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Evviva Santa Rosalia!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Yesterday kicked off the 2015 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. A neighborhood staple for 40 years, the celebration features nightly entertainment, games, rides, and plenty of delicious food. The festivities continue until Sunday, August 30th. 
Enjoy the many amusements, but please don't forget the true reason for the celebration and honor our glorious patroness Santa Rosalia. The procession from the chapel (18th Ave. and 72nd Street) starts Sunday, August 30th at 2 PM. Mass will be celebrated at St. Dominic's Church (2001 Bay Ridge Pkwy) at 3 PM.
Opening night was a blast! Meeting up with some friends for dinner and a little lighthearted revelry brought back a lot of fond memories. 
Be sure to visit our friends Jill and RoseAnn at the Big Chair
for a few laughs and a fun souvenir
Stop by Lucy's and try some of their delicious Sicilian specialties.
 Sal started me off with 
some grilled stigghiola 
Stigghiola (roasted lamb intestines)
Boiled pork hocks and feet 
Fried peppers and marinated artichoke hearts 
Grilled octopus 
Our new friend Lidia enjoyed some pig's feet salad 
For dessert, I devoured my brioche con gelato at Villabate Alba Pasticceria
Caffe Italia still makes one of the best shots of espresso in Brooklyn
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Also see:
A Look at the 39th Annual Festa di Santa Rosalia, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Opening Night at the 2014 Santa Rosalia Feast, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
A Look at the 2013 Feast of Santa Rosalia in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Opening Night at 'The Feast'
It's Back! The Santa Rosalia Feast Returns to Bensonhurst
The Twilight of the Feast
The Feast of Santa Rosalia (18th Ave Feast)