November 27, 2017

Celebrate the Feast of Santa Lucia in NYC with Experience Sicily

Photo courtesy of Experience Sicily
Sunday, December 10th (2PM-5PM)

Cacio e Vino
80 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Join Experience Sicily in New York City to celebrate the Feast of Santa Lucia on December 10th.

The afternoon includes a short concert of Sicilian folk songs and folk music presented by the duo Villa Palagonia.

About the Feast of Santa Lucia
In the days leading up to the Feast of Santa Lucia, December 13th, many Sicilians refrain from eating pasta and only eat un-ground wheat grain, or "farro," that is prepared as a dish called cuccìa. Devotees observe this ritual to remember the severe famine that struck Siracusa and Palermo in 1646.

During that time of Spanish domination, the faithful prayed to their patron saint, Lucia, seeking relief. Finally in May during a mass, a squawking quail flew into the duomo in Ortigia (NB, the name "Ortigia" comes from the Ancient Greek word "ortyx," which means quail.). At the same moment, a messenger entered the church announcing that ships had arrived carrying wheat grain. All hailed it a miracle, attributing the relief to Santa Lucia having answered their prayers.

Now, annually for her feast day in December devotees process her precious silver statue through the streets and only eat cuccìa and arancine as homage to the patron saint of eyes, sight, light, and wheat.

November 26, 2017

Photo of the Week: Sixteenth Century Statue of Santa Caterina d'Alessandra, Duomo di Siracusa

Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, artist unknown, Duomo di Siracusa, Sicily
Photo by Niccolò Graffio

Rosa Tatuata Christmas Extravaganza

Sicilian Folk & Roots Music — December Shows
Saturday, December 9th (8:00pm-9:30pm)

The Branford Folk Coffeehouse
In the auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford
1009 Main Street, Branford, CT. 06405

Admission: $20 non-members, $17 members, $5 children 12 and under.

For more information call 203-488-7715
Email: branfordfolk@gmail.com

Sunday, December 10th (7:30pm)

Crossroads Music at the 
Calvary Center

801 South 48th Street (at Baltimore Avenue)
Philadelphia, PA 19143

Admission: At the door or in advance $10, $20, $30

www.michelamusolino.com/shows

November 24, 2017

A Meeting of Masters: Argenio Napoli to Unveil New Collection at Acqua Restaurant

Salvatore, Annamaria, Charles and Giuseppe at Acqua
Photo courtesy of Salvatore Argenio
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

For one day only, acclaimed fashion designer Salvatore Argenio, best known for his refined Neapolitan haute couture, will be presenting his highly anticipated new collection of suits and accessories at Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar at 21 Peck Slip in Downtown Manhattan’s historic Seaport District. Guests will be able to peruse the couturier’s stylish wares while feasting on Chef Giuseppe Marrone’s delectable fall menu, daily specials or impressive selection of southern Italian wines. This dazzling pairing of exquisite food and fashion from Naples is sure to be a feast for the senses.

Argenio will be showcasing his merchandise in NYC from November 26th thru December 1st at the Best Western Plus Hospitality Hotel at 145 E 49th Street, New York, NY 10017. To make an appointment contact the maestro at info@salvatoreargenio.com or visit www.argenionapoli.com

ACQUA Restaurant & Wine Bar ★★★★★
21 Peck Slip @ Water Street
New York, NY 10038
Tel: 212.349.4433

Also see:
Compra Sud — ACQUA Restaurant and Wine Bar
Compra Sud — Argenio Napoli

Feast of San Giovanni della Croce

Evviva San Giovanni!
November 24th is the traditional Feast Day of San Giovanni della Croce (St. John of the Cross), Doctor of the Church and patron saint of poets, contemplatives, and mystics. A major figure of the Counter-Reformation, St. John was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and, with St. Teresa of Avila, a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to St. John of the Cross. The accompanying photo was taken outside St. Athanasius School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

Prayer to St. John of the Cross


Saint John of the Cross, in the darkness of your worst moments, when you were alone and persecuted, you found God. Help me to have faith that God is there especially in the times when God seems absent and far away. Amen 

Italians and Albanians: A Historical Partnership 

A Lecture and Slide Presentation by Hon. Joseph J. DioGuardi and Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi 
Greci, high in the hills of the province of Avellino
Thursday, November 30th (6:30 PM)

Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013-3734

About the lecture and slide presentation:
Former U.S. Congressman Joe DioGuardi, who founded the Albanian American Civic League and Foundation in 1989, and Shirley Cloyes DioGuardi, the Civic League’s Balkan Affairs Adviser, will present the important role that Albanians have played in the history of Southern Italy for more than 500 years. Their slide presentation will focus on Greci, the oldest of the 51 Albanian-speaking villages in Italy (first settled in 1461) and the birthplace of Joe DioGuardi’s father. The DioGuardis most recently visited Greci in September 2016, on an extended trip in conjunction with an Albanian American delegation to the Vatican for the canonization of Mother Teresa, who was born in Albania in 1910.

Suggested donation of $10 per person

Light refreshments will be served

For reservations, please call 212-965-9000
Email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com
Fax: 347-810-1028

November 22, 2017

Compra Sud — SIT Italy

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November 21, 2017

Risorgimento Lecture and Plaque Unveiling at the Italian American Museum

Prof. Eric J. Ierardi with standard of the Guardia D'Onore
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Curiosity got the better of me Thursday evening (Nov. 9th) and I decided to attend the “Risorgimento” lecture and dedication of a bronze plaque in honor of Il Padre della Patria, King Vittorio Emanuele II, at the Italian American Museum. Sponsored by the Guardia D’Onore* (Guard of Honor) and the American Foundation of Savoy Orders, I was not hopeful for an upfront discussion about this controversial period of history.
Sadly, due to an unfortunate accident, the original speaker could not make it so Prof. Eric J. Ierardi filled in for him. Perhaps I’m too polite, but seeing as how Prof. Ierardi read from a prepared speech, and admitted he wasn’t an expert on the subject, I didn’t think it expedient to blindside him with condemnation and refutations. However, when I did voice my dissatisfaction to Dr. Joseph Scelsa, President of the Italian American Museum, to his credit he immediately offered us an opportunity to present our side of the story at a future date.
First of all, I would like to say the representatives of The Guards were genteel and friendly. I have nothing against them personally—in fact, I can easily see myself discussing history and politics over a beer with them—we just don’t see eye-to-eye about certain aspects of the Risorgimento and the Italian nation.
For the most part the lecture was simply rehashing the official history of Italian Unification; e.g. the origin of the name Italy (Vitalia, or “Calf-land”) originates in Calabria; the Battle of Magenta was fought on June 4, 1859; the first capital of Italy was Turin; and statues of the King still stand in many Italian cities. All of which is true. I don’t even have a problem with them calling King Vittorio Emanuele II Il Padre della Patria (Father of the Fatherland), after all, there is no Italy without him. The problem is Vittorio Emanuele II was not a very good father. I see him more like the Titan Kronos who devoured his children than a respected father figure.
(L) The Hon. Carl J. Morelli, Chairman of the Board of the American Foundation of the Savoy Order, and (r) Prof. Ierardi unveil the bronze plaque with Dr. Scelsa
I don’t begrudge others their opinions, but I do take umbrage with some of the unfounded accusations bandied about; for example referring to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies as a corrupt state that needed Garibaldi to invade and liberate it. Despite repeating a thoroughly discredited trope of southern Italy as backwards and oppressed, for the life of me I cannot see how someone can say in the same breath that the Neapolitan Bourbons were corrupt (without citing a single example), then praise Cavour and Mazzini for conspiring with the French and inciting riots in Lombardy (which at the time was part of the Austrian Empire) and the Papal States.
The ingrained bias against southern Italy was clear, not even the "hated" Austrians were mentioned in such disparaging terms. Apparently, these fabrications are necessary to legitimize the conquest and annexation of a foreign sovereign state. For someone like me, who is a proud Duesiciliano American and does not identify with being Italian, the Unification of Italy is not something to be celebrated.
Where Prof. Ierardi did shine, however, was his knowledge and zeal for the Guardia D’Onore. Taking great pride in their function as honor guard, whose duty it is to protect the tombs of the Royal Family at the Pantheon in Rome and elsewhere, he laments the lack of interest from young people and the aging of its membership. A way too common complaint these days among religious and traditional associations, they are not alone in facing this daunting dilemma.
(L) Table with Guard literature and flag.
(R) Detail of plaque showing historic medallion
The plaque unveiling ceremony itself was short and sweet, and the handful of attendees seemed pleased. While I don’t care much for the King’s visage, admittedly the workmanship of the bronze medallion affixed to the tablet was top-notch. Since the museum will be undergoing massive renovations in the near future, the plaque will not be displayed until its grand reopening.
Despite the current iconoclast climate running rampant across the nation, I would not like to see the monument destroyed by an irate mob or an overzealous ideologue. Even though it is an unpleasant historical reminder, it serves as a historical record. Frankly, the medallion is right where it belongs, in a museum where current and future generations of Italian Americans can openly discuss and debate this period of their history.  
* The United States Delegation of L'Istituto Nazionale per la Guardia d'Onore alle Reali Tombe del Pantheon

Solemn High Mass for the Start of Advent in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn

November 20, 2017

Photo of the Week: Ruins at Paestum

Remnants of buildings at Paestum, Salerno
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

Annual Neapolitan Baroque Crèche and Angel Tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Angel by Giuseppe Sanmartino
Nov. 21, 2017—Jan. 7, 2018 (Tree-lighting daily at 4:30pm, with additional ceremonies on Fridays and Saturdays at 5:30 and 6:30pm)

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York

The Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a long-established yuletide tradition in New York. The brightly lit, twenty-foot blue spruce—with a collection of eighteenth-century Neapolitan angels and cherubs among its boughs and groups of realistic crèche figures flanking the Nativity scene at its base—once again delight holiday visitors in the Museum's Medieval Sculpture Hall. Set in front of the eighteenth-century Spanish choir screen from the Cathedral of Valladolid, with recorded Christmas music in the background, the installation reflects the spirit of the holiday season. The exhibit of the crèche is made possible by gifts to The Christmas Tree Fund and the Loretta Hines Howard Fund.

November 19, 2017

Argenio Returns to New York City Just in Time for Christmas

Silk pocket square with coat-of-arms of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
From November 26th thru December 1st, acclaimed fashion designer Salvatore Argenio will be presenting his highly anticipated new collection of Neapolitan haute couture at the Best Western Plus Hospitality Hotel at 145 E 49th Street, New York, NY 10017. To make an appointment contact the maestro at info@salvatoreargenio.com or visit www.argenionapoli.com

November 18, 2017

Vincenzo Bellini's Norma at the Metropolitan Opera

Photo courtesy of Metropolitan Opera
New production Sept. 25th–Dec. 16th

Metropolitan Opera

30 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023

Norma is perhaps the archetypal bel canto opera, a style of singing that flourished in Italy in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Its principal features are beauty of tone, legato phrasing, and the delivery of florid ornamentation. The score of Norma is characterized by extraordinary melody punctuated by sharp moments of raw drama. The primary functions of the clear orchestral writing are to move the drama along with vigorous rhythm and to inform certain moments with feeling and emotion. Continue reading

Source: metopera.org

The Presepe Napoletano: A Presentation by Anita Sanseverino and Lou Barrella

Tuesday, November 28th @7:00PM

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere
79 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10301

The Presepe Napoletano is more than a Nativity scene! It is a unique art form which combines the birth of Christ with the daily life of the people of Naples. This art form places Naples at the center of the monumental event of the birth of Christ! The art form reached its pinnacle in 18th century Naples, but still continues today. Come and learn the history of this art form and appreciate the detailed re-creation of the traditional Presepe as crafted by local artist, John Miniero. Two new original presepe creations will be displayed.

ABOUT ANITA SANSEVERINO
An award-winning photographer dedicated to the subject of Italy, as well as a lecturer and scholar of Italian history and culture, Sanseverino began her career by photographing New York City more than 20 years ago. She is a recipient of the Woman of Achievement in the Arts Award, and has had solo exhibitions at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center, the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Wagner College, Ramapo College and the Columbus Citizens Foundation. Her work highlighting the unique beauty of the Puglia region of Italy was featured in BRIDGE Apulia-USA Magazine. Her photographs are on permanent display at the Frederick Gallery in Spring Lake, New Jersey and at Wagner College, and are held in various private collections in the United States, Italy, and Argentina.

Please reserve in advance for this wonderful program so that we can plan accordingly for the group.

Suggested Donation: Non-Members $25; Members $22

Refreshments and light fare will be provided.

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

For any questions or to register for this program, please call 718-273-7660 or E-mail info@casa-belvedere.org

Parking will be located directly across the street at Notre Dame Academy Elementary School.

November 17, 2017

In the Musical Wonderland of Alessandra Salerno

Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Monday, Nov. 27th @ 6PM—8PM

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
New York University
24 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011

The artist from Palermo, and guest of honor at the past NIAF annual gala, will introduce herself by singing and playing at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Merimò.

She’s a young voice between the past and the future. Considered the spiritual winner of “The Voice of Italy 2015,” Salerno’s music is enchanting.

“Alessandra is able to create a world from which I would never leave. When I hear a voice like hers, I want to stay in that world and remain in silence for a minute after I leave it…” (Robi Facchinetti – Pooh)

Alessandra Salerno’s “blind audition” is used as the Promo for the show one week prior to its first broadcast. According to WebTopTrends Italia, it has become a true web phenomenon with over 2 million web views, over 40 thousand shares, and her name at the top ten most commented Tweets. In Latin America, her video has 3 million web views and over 50 thousand shares.

As the original interpreter of Rosa Balistrieri, she has a repertoire that includes various genres. She also has a production under her own name. And surprise–she also plays the autoharp: “I began to study it after falling in love with June Carter and Johnny Cash.”

Q & A with Stefano Albertini (Director of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò) and Letizia Airos (Editor in Chief of i-Italy Network)

www.casaitaliananyu.org
www.i-italy.org

Naples '44 at Film Forum, New York

November 16, 2017

Malta Walks NYC (November 2017)

This Tuesday, November 21st at 7:30 PM join the Order of Malta Auxiliary for their monthly “Malta Walk” street ministry. Volunteers meet every third Tuesday of the month at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral parish house at 263 Mulberry Street in lower Manhattan to prepare and distribute food to the homeless.

Anyone interested in supporting this noble endeavor can contact the Order of Malta Auxiliary at nycaux@orderofmaltaamerica.org or call 917-566-3937. For additional information, the Order can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/maltaauxiliarynyc.

Also see:

Auxiliary Malta Walk in NYC, October 2017
Auxiliary Malta Walks in NYC, July 2017

• Supporting the “Malta Walks” Street Ministry

Mass in Honor of Sant'Agnello Abate di Napoli in Asbury Park, New Jersey

November 14, 2017

Congratulations Cav. Thomas Barra on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George

Cav. Thomas Barra
Sunday, November 5, 2017, Cathedral of St. Mathew the Apostle, Washington DC
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Congratulations Cav. Thomas Barra on your investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. All the best from your friends at Il Regno.
May you never cease to emulate our heavenly patron with alacrity to follow in the footsteps of His only begotten Son, who is our alpha and our omega, our beginning and end.

The Mediterranean Diet: Past, Present and Future

A Tribute to Ancel Keys and Flaminio Fidanza
Wednesday, November 15th @ 6:00 PM

Italian American Museum and The Ph.D. School in Cultural Heritage, Educational & Territory Faculty of Humanities University of Rome Tor Vergata cordially invite you to attend a seminar on the Mediterranean Diet.

Panelists:
Orlandino Greco
Chancellor, Regione Calabria
Ancel Keys a Nicotera

Antonino De Lorenzo
University of Rome Tor Vergata
The Healthy Value of Mediterranean Diet

Franco Salvatori
University of Rome Tor Vergata
Territory and Health: A Journey Through the Italian Food Landscapes

Fabio Parasecoli
The New School, New York
Knowing Where It Comes From: Labeling Traditional Foods to Compete in a Global Market

Conclusions:
Msgr. Hilary Franco

Light refreshments will be served
Suggested donation of $10 per person

Italian American Museum
155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013

For reservations, call 212-965-9000 or fax at 347-810-1028
Email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com

Neapolitan Crèche at the Art Institute of Chicago

Photo courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago
November 18, 2017 — January 7, 2018

Art Institute of Chicago

(Gallery 209)
111 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

After its widely popular debut in 2013, our spectacular 18th-century Neapolitan crèche returns once again this holiday season. One of the very few and finest examples of such a work outside of Naples, the crèche is an intricate Nativity scene that reflects the vitality and artisanship that the city is still known for. The Art Institute’s crèche features over 200 figures—including no less than 50 animals and 41 items of food and drink—all staged in a spectacular Baroque cabinet with a painted backdrop. Elaborate, complex, and wondrous, the Neapolitan crèche is a rare example of the genre and a once-in-a-lifetime acquisition for the Art Institute.

Sacred imagery reenacting the Nativity has its roots in fourth-century Rome but by the 13th and 14th centuries, in part due to its association with St. Francis of Assisi, such scenes had become a permanent feature of Neapolitan churches. During the 18th century, the period from which most of the figures of the Art Institute’s crèche date, these relatively simple tableaux underwent a transformation into highly dramatic and theatrical renderings. Traditional sacred elements of Nativity scenes—the Holy Family, wise men, angels, and shepherds—were combined with profane aspects not of Bethlehem but of contemporary Neapolitan life—rowdy tavern scenes and bustling street activities—in dazzling displays of artistic techniques. Churches, wealthy citizens, members of the nobility, and the royal family all competed to commission the most complex presentations of this popular art form from leading artists and artisans, the same people who were creating monumental sculptures and altars for churches and palaces. These artists rendered figures in oil-painted terracotta to achieve the most realistic expressions in crèches and constructed painstakingly detailed costumes of luxurious fabrics that mimicked the fashions of the time. The Art Institute’s crèche represents the pinnacle of this artistic practice, born of the centuries-old tradition of Nativity scenes yet bursting with the energy of 18th-century Neapolitan life.

Due to the fragility of the original silk costumes and exquisite embroidery, the Neapolitan crèche can only be on view for a few weeks every year. Don’t miss your chance to revel in Baroque artistry this season!

Source: Art Institute of Chicago

November 13, 2017

The Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George Investiture Mass in Washington DC

After Mass, Dama Rosanna Minervivi and Cavs. Vincent Gangone,
John Napoli and Charles Sant'Elia show their Two Sicilies pride.
Investiture by command of His Royal Highness Prince Carlo Maria di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, by the Grace of God and Hereditary Right, Duke of Castro, Head of the Royal House of Bourbon–Two Sicilies, Grand Master of the Dynastic Orders of the Royal House
Sunday, November 5th, I had the honor of joining Her Royal Highness, Grand Prefect and Dame Grand Cross of Justice with Collar, Princess Beatrice of Bourbon–Two Sicilies, our US Delegate H.E. Cav. John M. Viola and the rest of my esteemed brethren in welcoming some 30 new and promoted Knights and Dames into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George and Royal Order of Francis I at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle (1725 Rhode Island Ave.) the official chapel of the Order in Washington, DC. 
The Investiture Mass was concelebrated by Cav. Rev. Msgr. Charles Antonicelli, Cav. Rev. Msgr. W Ronald Jameson, Cav. Rev. Msgr. Christopher Hynes, Cav. Rt. Rev. Msgr. Economos Romanus V. Russo, Cav. Rev. Msgr. James Watkins, Rev. Fr. Michael Duffy, Cav. Rev. Fr. Michael Lankford-Stokes, Cav. Rev. Fr. Dr. Richard Seagraves, and Cav. Rev. Fr. David Skoblow, Esq. Sadly, due to illness His Eminence, Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Prior of the Delegation, Bailiff Grand Cross of Justice, was unable to attend.
Masters of Ceremony were Deacon James Garcia and Chancellor Pasquale Menna; Marshals Cav. Nicholas Nicholson and Cav. Joseph Sciame; Lectors Hon. Michael Steele and Dr. Catherine Stevenson; Organist Suzanne Bechamps and Cantor Ellen Kliman; and Offertory gift bearers Cav. George Malone and Dama Susan Malone.
Postulants Hon. Wayne Bacchus, Thomas Barra, and Rocco Berardi
Honors and promotions of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George were presented to Hon. Samuel Alito, AJSC, Knight Grand Cross of Merit; Hon. Dominic Massaro, Knight Grand Cross of Merit; Nicola D’Elia, Knight Commander Jus Patronato of Grace; Baron Dr. Robert Alessandro LaRocca, Knight Commander of Justice; Rev. Msgr. W. Ronald Jameson, Knight Commander of Ecclesiastical Grace; Timothy Pickles, Knight Commander with Star; Rev. Fr. William Farge, SJ, Knight of Ecclesiastical Grace; Rev. Fr. Michael Lankford–Stokes, Knight of Ecclesiastical Grace; Rt. Rev. Msgr. Economos V. Russo, Knight of Ecclesiastical Grace; Rev. Fr. David Skowblow, Knight of Ecclesiastical Grace; Hon. Anita Bevaqua McBride, Dame of Merit with Star; Hon. Wayne Bacchus, Knight of Merit; Thomas Barra, Knight of Merit; Rocco Berardi, Knight of Merit; Nicholas Caiazzo, Knight of Merit; Linda Carlozzi, Dame of Merit; Aileen Mary Ann Shapiro Carlucci, Dame of Merit; Robert Edward Carlucci, Knight of Merit; Luisa Maria Cristfano, Dame of Merit; Nicholas Fedeli, Knight of Merit; Cav. Vincent Gangone, Knight of Merit; Rosanna Minervini, Dame of Merit; Joseph Panepinto, Sr., Knight of Merit; Joseph Panepinto, Jr., Knight of Merit; Marc Reynolds, Knight of Merit; Dr. Thomas Rossi, Knight of Merit; and Debra Costa Turano; Dame of Merit.
Contantinian sword, spurs and celestial blue collar with Cross,
symbols of our Order's oath to defend the faith
Honors and promotions of the Royal Order of Francis I were presented to H.E. Dama Dr. Margaret Badum Melady, Dama di Commenda; Louis Andre Mendola-Mantegna, Knight Commander; Scott MacMillan Baron Rathdown, Knight Commander; and Hon. Ambassador David Thorne, Knight Commander.
After Mass we adjourned to the historic Decatur House (748 Jackson Place) on Lafayette Square for a Benefit Dinner to help raise money for the hurricane victims in Texas. Following the cocktail reception in the courtyard, guests relocated to the dining hall where we were welcomed by Master of Ceremony Chancellor Menna. 
Newly knighted Joseph Panepinto Sr. and Joseph Panepinto Jr.
with HRH Princess Beatrice di Borbone
Before enjoying our sumptuous repast, Cav. Msgr. Hynes delivered the Invocation and H.E. Cav. Viola offered a heartfelt toast. Between courses, we were given a brief history of the house and reminded of the heroics of US navel officer Commodore Stephen Decatur Jr. and his Sicilian pilot Salvatore Catalano during the First Barbary War (1801-1805). 
Individuals were recognized for their service and felicitations were offered to our new brethren. I was especially moved by the reinstitution of Don Nicola D’Elia of Toronto to the Jus Patronato Commandery, which was stricken from his ancestors in 1861 after the conquest of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Don Nicola and his family expressed great joy and pride in reclaiming their familial history and patrimony.
Don Nicola D’Elia with his proud family
After dinner HRH Princess Beatrice warmly addressed the audience. Referring to us as family, she encouraged us all to hold on to our traditions, remember our roots and to keep our faith. She received a rousing standing ovation.
The evening came to a close with the Benediction by Cav. Rt. Rev. Economos Russo.
Congratulations to our new and honored confratelli and consorelle, we wish you all the best and much success in the Order. Thank you to the Knights and Dames of the Order of St. Michael of the Wing, The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, Johanniter Order and the Order of Malta for celebrating with us.

We remember in our prayers our Prior, His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, asking our heavenly patron St. George to assist in his recovery.
Dama Rosanna Minervivi flanked by uniformed knights,
Vice Chancellor Patrick O'Boyle and Cav. Anthony O'Boyle.
(L) Dama of Merit miniature ribbon.
(R) Knight Commander Jus Patronato of Grace miniature medal
(L) At the Decatur House, Chancellor Hon. Pasquale Menna and Cav. Msgr. Hynes. (R) A few remarks and toast by Delegate John M. Viola
(L) HRH Princess Beatrice di Borbone addresses the audience.
(R) A few words before Cav. Rt. Rev. Economies Russo leads us in prayer
(L) Our beloved Delegate was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the Comitati Delle Due Sicilie USA. (R) Cavs. Sant'Elia and O'Boyle
Cav. Lt. Col. Robert Ruffolo and Cav. John Napoli
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Also see:
For Altar and Throne: Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George
Investiture and Mass in the Presence of the Royal Family of the Two Sicilies at St. Patrick's

Traditional Mass for Feast of St. Albert the Great

Wednesday, November 15th @ 7:00PM – 8:30PM

Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena
869 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Our Parish will offer a Missa Cantata in the Dominican Rite for the Feast of the Saint Albert the Great, O.P., Bishop, Doctor of the Church, and teacher of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The Mass will take place on November 15 at 7 pm at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer.

The Schola will sing the Taverner’s Missa Sancti Wilhelmi devotio, Palestrina’s Justus ut palma (I); and Willaert’s O salutaris hostia.

November 12, 2017

Congratulations Cav. Rt. Rev. Economos Romanos V. Russo on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George as Knight of Ecclesiastical Grace

Cav. Rt. Rev. Economos Romanos Russo receiving medal of the Order
from Delegate Cav. John Viola. Sunday, November 5, 2017,
Cathedral of St. Mathew the Apostle, Washington DC
Photo courtesy of Cav. Charles Sant'Elia
Congratulations Cav. Rt. Rev. Economos Romanos V. Russo on your investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George as Knight of Ecclesiastical Grace. All the best from your friends at Il Regno.
May you never cease to emulate our heavenly patron with alacrity to follow in the footsteps of His only begotten Son, who is our alpha and our omega, our beginning and end.

Presepio Napoletano at the Westchester Italian Cultural Center in Tuckahoe, New York

Westchester Italian Cultural Center 
One Generoso Pope Place
Tuckahoe, New York 10707
914-771-8700

Presepio Napoletano opens November 17, 2017 @ 7:30PM. 
Join us for the unveiling of our newly refurbished, handcrafted, authentic Neapolitan presepio. This newly expanded exhibit will be enhanced with new effects like lighting, smoke, sounds and even smells. 


Grand opening of Presepio will be followed by light desserts and coffee.

For more information or to schedule a guided tour or group visit please call 914-771-8700.

Suggested donation: $10

November 11, 2017

Congratulations Dama Debra Costa Turano on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George

Dama Debra Costa Turano with HRH Princess Beatrice di Borbone
Sunday, November 5, 2017, Cathedral of St. Mathew the Apostle, Washington DC
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Congratulations Dama Debra Costa Turano on your investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. All the best from your friends at Il Regno.
May you never cease to emulate our heavenly patron with alacrity to follow in the footsteps of His only begotten Son, who is our alpha and our omega, our beginning and end.

Chef Giuseppe Marrone and Acqua Restaurant Featured on Best NYC

Our pal Chef Giuseppe Marrone and Acqua Restaurant Featured on Best NYC

November 10, 2017

Congratulations Cav. Marc Reynolds on Your Investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George

Cav. Marc Reynolds with HRH Princess Beatrice di Borbone
Sunday, November 5, 2017, Cathedral of St. Mathew the Apostle, Washington DC
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
Congratulations Cav. Marc Reynolds on your investiture into the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. All the best from your friends at Il Regno.
May you never cease to emulate our heavenly patron with alacrity to follow in the footsteps of His only begotten Son, who is our alpha and our omega, our beginning and end.

November 9, 2017

A Look at the National Italian American Foundation’s 42nd Anniversary Expo and Gala

The flag of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies at the entrance of the Expo Siciliana
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
In partnership with our friends from the Comitati delle Due Sicilia USA and Argenio Napoli, Il Regno descended on Washington DC Saturday morning for the National Italian American Foundation’s 42nd Anniversary Expo and Gala at the festively decorated Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Unfortunately, we were unable to make Friday night’s kick off party.
Celebrating Sicily, NIAF’s 2017 region of honor, a wide variety of merchants and vendors set up shop and displayed their wares throughout the convention hall. As expected the expo was predominantly Sicilian, but other regions of southern Italy were well represented. For example, Rossella Rago and her delightful nonna Romana from the popular Cooking With Nonna web show were promoting their new eponymous cookbook loaded with traditional recipes from Puglia. 
Neapolitan high fashion was on display in our Salvatore Argenio stall, which featured an array of top quality articles from Argenio’s elegant and stylish Borbone collection. Silk ties, watches and ladies handbags emblazoned with the historic coat-of-arms of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies were clearly the hot items.
Our Comitati table, laden with buttons, books, pamphlets and flyers about the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, was also well received. We drew many interested attendees, including, to our great delight (and surprise), HRH Princess Beatrice di Borbone delle Due Sicilie.
Working hard, we were unable to partake in the many lectures and programs the expo had to offer, but whenever possible we made time to visit friends and make new connections. I was fortunate enough to catch the beginning of Tony De Nonno’s enchanting presentation of the century-old Papa Manteo Sicilian Marionette Tradition. Well attended, I was happy to see so many children enjoying the show.
As luck would have it, our booth was close enough to the stage to enjoy the musical stylings of Villa Palagonia, a Sicilian American folk-pop duo featuring our friends Allison Scola and Joe Ravo.
With nearly all of our merchandise snatched up, the 2017 expo came to a successful close.
Packing up the remnants of our stock, we retired to our rooms to freshen up and change into our finest finery for the upcoming gala.
With fortuitous timing, we ran into HRH Princess Beatrice and her aide-de-camp Count Justin Morin-Carpentier in the hotel lobby, and to the envy of our colleagues, had the great honor of escorting them to the cocktail reception. Naturally, our fellow Constantinians and socialites rallied around our Princess and vied for a moment of her time. 
Nearly two thousand attendees (by my estimation) packed into the enormous dining room. We took our seats, greeted the other guests at our table, and enjoyed a delicious dinner and live entertainment by Alessandra Salerno, the Sicilian Tenors and Emmy-nominated Alfio, among others.
After Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi’s invocation and the singing of the American and Italian National Anthems by Carmelo Sorce, co-hosts Maria Bartiromo and NIAF President John M. Viola took the stage and began the award ceremony.
This year’s honorees were Jon DeLuca, NIAF special achievement award in business; Vittorio Grigolo, NIAF special achievement award in music; Alessandro Profumo, NIAF special achievement award in finance; Nick Stellino, NIAF special achievement award in humanitarian service; Andrew M. Cuomo, in recognition of his longstanding support of the Italian American community and his leadership on behalf of Columbus Day and saving Columbus Circle statue; and HRH Princess Beatrice di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, NIAF special achievement award in philanthropy.
The event came to a close with NIAF’s Board of Directors honoring a clearly emotional John Viola, who announced he was stepping down as President and Chief Operations Officer last September to pursue other ventures. A true warrior and champion of our people, we wish him all the best and much success in the future.
John dutifully and competently served as NIAF President and COO over the past six years and will be leaving big shoes to fill. Having gotten to know him personally in recent years, I am sure his presence will be sorely missed. His love for his people and culture is an inspiration to us all.
Far from over, the fun continued well into the night at the “Italian Karaoke After Party” in the hotel bar and lounge. Spirit of choice in hand, my friends and I watched with great amusement the ardent attempts at singing and dancing by the young at heart. A stick-in-the-mud, I resisted my friends prodding and I spared my fellow revelers the agony of my singing voice.
Festively decorated elevator doors
Cavs. Charles Sant'Elia and Vincent Gangone manning the Comitati table
A few of the items we had to offer
HRH Princess Beatrice, accompanied by Count Justin Morin-Carpentier
and Hon. Pasquale Menna visit our Comitati booth
Cav. Sant'Elia showcasing Tribeca Vini's latest offering:
Sertura Greco di Tufo DOCG
Cav. Anthony O'Boyle lends a hand at the Argenio booth
Argenio's high quality accessories were clearly hot items 
(L) Nonna Romana and Rossella Rago promote their terrific new cookbook.
(R.) Mayor Pasquale Menna shows off his new Argenio cufflinks 
Our new friends from Regnum Siciliae Imports LLC 
Traditional Sicilian terra cotta head planters
The great Prof. Gaetano Cipolla of Arba Sicula 
Our friends from the Italian American Podcast,
Dolores Alfieri and Anthony Fasano
Tony De Nonno and friends
Tony De Nonno entertaining children of all ages
Villa Palagonia 
Portraits of HRM King Carlo di Bourbon and HRM King Ferdinand I 
Portraits of HRM King Ferdinand II and HRM King Francis II
HRH Princess Beatrice addresses the audience 
Her Highness gets a standing ovation
Cavs. O'Boyle, Gangone and Sant'Elia dressed to the nines
(L) The enchanting Alessandra Salerno with autoharp beautifully interpreting Rosa Balistrieri. (R) Alfio brings down the house
Stylish John Viola does an amazing Lou Monte
Revelers cut loose and dance the night away