June 27, 2018

A Look at the 8th Annual Feast of San Donato in Montclair, New Jersey

Viva San Donato!
Photos courtesy of Joe Santoro
Thanks Joe for sharing your wonderful photos from Sunday’s Feast of San Donato at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Montclair, New Jersey.
Members of the San Donato Society of Montclair, NJ
enjoying the fruits of their labor
The color guard led the procession through the neighborhood 
Devotees pin donations on to the statue 
(Above & below) Afterward, partygoers enjoyed a
delightful luncheon and some fireworks

June 23, 2018

Happy Birthday Princess Maria Carolina!

HRH was born in Rome, Italy on June 23, 2003
Photo courtesy of Real Casa di Borbone
Happy Birthday Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Calabria and Palermo! May God's love and affection be with you always! Auguri Altezza Reale!

June 22, 2018

NYC Malta Walk, June 2018

Francesca Tempesta, DM (second from right), and the Order of Malta Auxiliary
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Tuesday evening, our dear friend Chef Giuseppe Marrone of Acqua Restaurant (21 Peck Slip) in the South Street Seaport once again selflessly donated freshly made food for the Order of Malta Auxiliary’s monthly homeless outreach walk. Committed to the charitable enterprise, the popular and respected gourmet took the time before his dinner rush to serve up another hearty and tasty dish, orecchiette al forno con tartufo e provola affumicata, or “little ears” pasta with truffles and provola cheese. 
Chef Marrone
Promptly delivered to the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral rectory (263 Mulberry Street) in downtown Manhattan, some twenty volunteers led by Dama Francesca Tempesta portioned out generous servings of Giuseppe’s delicious victuals, along with water, utensils and other necessities.

Packed and raring to go, our group recited the Daily Prayer of the Order of Malta before pounding the pavement. Fanning out to cover as much ground as possible, we traversed the Bowery and surrounding neighborhoods to distribute the care packages to those in need. 
Anyone interested in supporting this noble endeavor can contact the Order of Malta Auxiliary at nycaux@orderofmaltaamerican.org or call 917-566-3937. For additional information, the Order can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/maltaauxiliarynyc.

ACQUA Restaurant & Wine Bar

21 Peck Slip @ Water Street
New York, New York 10038
Tel 212.349.4433

June 21, 2018

Happy Summer!

Apollo (Photo by New York Scugnizzo)
In celebration of the summer solstice, or midsummer, I would like to share a poem by the great Sicilian poet and 1959 Nobel Laureate Salvatore Quasimodo from The Night Fountain: Selected Early Poems translated by Marco Sonzogni and Gerald Sawe, Arc Publications, 2008, p. 48-49. The accompanying photo of Apollo was taken at the Temple of Apollo (below) in Pompeii. In addition to being the god of music, poetry and prophecy, Apollo was, of course, the god of the sun.


The untouched soul, in the airy batiste apron,
with sacred gesture spreads seeds.

You have to love her with pure eye,
when her naked feet skim the earth
and the sun burns the silk of her hair:
because the earth is her temple
and the sun is her Lord.

L'anima intatta, nel vaporoso grembiule di batista,
con gesto sacro, sparge la semente.
Bisonga amarla con occhio di purezza,
quando i suoi piedi nudi sfiorano la terra
e il sole le brucia la seta dei capelli:
ché la terra è il suo tempio,
e il sole suo Signore.
Temple of Apollo, Pompeii (Photo by New York Scugnizzo)

June 19, 2018

A Look at the 2018 Festa di San Pio da Pietrelcina in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Viva San Pio!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo 
A shrine was erected outside St. Dominic's Church (2001 Bay Ridge Parkway) Saturday afternoon for the Cadutti Superga Mola Soccer Club's annual Festa di San Pio. Devotees offered flowers, votive candles and donations
(Above & below) After Mass, which was celebrated in Italian,
the statue was placed on the vera
The vera was adorned with flowers 
Donations were pinned to the statue's cape
Our friends Joseph, Cathy and Maria manned the religious gift table
Our celebration caught someone's attention
Prayer cards were offered to donors
(Above & below) We depart from the fairground 
(Above & below) The procession saunters down Bay Ridge Parkway
(Above & below) Members of the Associazione Culturale Pugliese Figli Maria SS. Addolorata joined together with the Caduti Superga Mola Club
A good time was had by all
Our dear friends Lucrezia and Josephine
with soon-to-be ordained Deacon Alessandro from Calabria
Devotees sang and prayed for nearly two hours 
The Metropolitan Festival Band 
We briefly stopped by the Cadutti Superga Soccer Club for some water
A beautiful shrine was set up outside the clubhouse
Back at the fairground, the procession concluded with the benediction
The statue was returned to the shrine and revelers enjoyed plenty of food, games and entertainment at the street fair 
Afterward, we enjoyed a little brioche con gelato at nearby Villabate Alba's 

Photo of the Week: Villa Rufolo, Ravello

Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Salerno
Photo by New York Scugnizzo

June 18, 2018

New Music – Letizia Belmondo: Neapolitan Songs and Famous Melodies

New music that may be of interest to our readers.

Neapolitan Songs & Famous Melodies featuring Letizia Belmondo

Label: Tactus
Release Date: July 6, 2018
Audio CD: $16.99
Number of Discs: 1

Available at Amazon.com

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June 16, 2018

Viva Sant'Antonio! A Look at the 2018 Feast of St. Anthony of Padua in SoHo, New York

Wednesday evening the Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua (154 Sullivan St.)
celebrated its Titular Feast with a solemn Mass and procession
Before and after Mass, devotees venerate our glorious patron
(Above & below) After Mass, celebrants venerate the relics of Saint Anthony 
Pastor Fr. Mario Julian proffered a relic for veneration
The beautiful high altar with statue of St. Anthony
receiving the apparition of the Infant Jesus
Marble and bronze statuary outside the church
(L) The statue of the Saint is placed on a flatbed. (R) Devotees offer donations 
The procession wends its way through the neighborhood
Our new friends Theresa and Angela devoutly walked barefoot 
Members of the St. Rocco Society of Potenza show their support 
Afterward, we visited Song' e Napule Pizzeria for our celebratory meal
I enjoyed a delicious plate of Paccheri alla Genovese,
Photos by New York Scugnizzo

Happy Birthday Princess Beatrice di Borbone!

HRH was born in Saint-Raphaël, France on June 16, 1950
Photo courtesy of Real Casa di Borbone
Il Regno would like to extend our warmest birthday wishes to Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, Dame Grand Cross of Justice and Grand Prefect of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George. We pray that mercy and goodness will accompany you today and for the rest of the year. Auguri Altezza Reale!

June 15, 2018

A Look at the 2018 Festa di San Vito Martire in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Viva San Vito!
Photos by New York Scugnizzo
Members of the Congrega San Vito di Ciminna
prepare the vara for Sunday's procession
Sashes and cummerbunds were distributed to members
(L) San Vito departs the clubhouse. (R) Donations are pinned on to the saint
Getting ready to start the procession outside the clubhouse (7712 18th Ave.)
Young participants carry the flags  
(Above & below) The procession saunters through the neighborhood
Devotees in the train of the saint didn't allow
the lousy weather to dampen their holiday spirit
The Tony Neglia Band