October 31, 2018

A Glorious 25 Years

Il Regno wishes our Neoborbone brethren all the best at the upcoming celebration for the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Movimento Neoborbonico. Convening Saturday, November 3rd at the Teatro Mediterraneo della Mostra d'Oltremare di Napoli, a veritable who’s who of Due Siciliani activism, including very special guests TRH Prince Carlo and Princess Camilla di Borbone delle Due Sicilie, will discuss the Movement’s storied past and where its headed.
Though many of us in the diaspora community are unable to celebrate in person with you, know we are always with you in spirit and will continue the good fight here in the States. Forza e onore and Viva o’ Rre!

A Halloween Treat

Tarocco Siciliano cards by Modiano
Thanks Ernie from E. Rossi & Company (193 Grand St.) in Little Italy, New York for the Tarocco Siciliano cards by Modiano. It's a much-appreciated gift that brings back a lot of memories of my younger “Bohemian" years, to put it nicely, when friends gathered in smoke-filled rooms to talk shop and play cards. 
Though never a skilled player, I’ve always found the artwork on playing cards fascinating, especially the macabre imagery of tarot cards. Having dated a couple of streghe back in the day, I’ve seen my share of less generic decks, including a beautiful handprinted one from Benevento.
Popularly used to seek hidden knowledge by practitioners of divination, it is little known that tarot is actually a traditional card game like scopa and briscola, and has no connection to the arcane arts. I never actually played the game, but now with my new deck I look forward to learning how and introducing it to my family on game night. Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2018

Celebrating the 117th Annual Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco, in Little Italy, New York

The statue and relic of San Vincenzo beneath the Guariglia bye altar
Photos by New York Scugnizzo and 
Lucia Malanga-LaRocca
By Giovanni di Napoli
Sunday morning, I joined my Cracotan friends at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood (113 Baxter St.) in Little Italy, New York for the 117th Annual Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco. Msgr. Nicholas Grieco, himself a descendant of immigrants from Craco Vecchio in Basilicata, was the celebrant and he was dutifully assisted by Cantor Susan Mello. Members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George were in attendance.
Thank you Fred Spero, Stephen La Rocca and all the members of the Craco Society for your hard work and dedication. As always, it was a tremendous pleasure to celebrate our faith and culture together. Viva San Vincenzo!
Members of the Craco Society fill the pews 
Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Nicholas Grieco 
The First Reading
The Second Reading
Proclaiming the intercessions
Cantor Susan Mello 
Msgr. Grieco spoke at length about San Vincenzo
(L) Stephen LaRocca with the first class relic of San Vincenzo.
(R) Donations are pinned to the miniature statue of the saint
Stephen teaching his son how to venerate the saints
Dame Luisa Cristofano with Cavalieri Vincent Gangone and John Napoli
of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George
Partygoers enjoyed a festive luncheon at Il Cortile Restaurant
Addendum 1: The Feast of Sant’Angelo d’Acri
After Mass, I had the privilege of helping carry the statue of SantAngelo d’Acri from his niche in the rear of the church to the bye alter for the upcoming Mass in the Saint’s honor. Though I was unable to stay for the Mass, it was a great pleasure to be able to contribute something in my own small way to the celebration. Viva SantAngelo d’Acri!
(L) Devotees of Sant'Angelo d'Acri gather around the statue.
(R) Looks like Salvatore has the same devotion to the saints as his father
Addendum 2: Watching Napoli at Ribalta
Instead of partaking in the Craco Society’s festive luncheon at Il Cortile Restaurant (125 Mulberry St.) in Little Italy, a few of us decided to break bread at Ribalta (48 E 12th St.)—the official headquarters of Club Napoli NYC—and watch SSC Napoli’s highly anticipated match against AS Roma in the always contentious Derby del Sole (Derby of the Sun) at the Stadio San Paolo in Naples. 
Packed to the rafters with raucous Napoli fans, we ate, drank and sang our fill, ever willing on our beloved Partenopei against La Lupa. Though the game ended in a disappointing 1-1 tie, we still had a terrific time. Forza Napoli Sempre!
Stewed baby octopus 
Fried calamari with lemon aioli sauce and a bottle Aglianico 
The Borbone 
The Marinara with anchovy

Members of the SMOCSG Celebrate the Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco, and the Anniversary of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in Little Italy, New York

The statue of San Vincenzo with flowers and the Craco Society's original standard with embroidered coat of arms of Craco, Matera, Basilicata.
Warmly welcomed by the Craco Society, members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George served as honor guard Sunday morning at the 117th Annual Feast of San Vincenzo, Martire di Craco, at the Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood (113 Baxter St.) in Little Italy, New York. Mass was celebrated by Msgr. Nicholas Grieco, who spoke at length about the martyrdom of San Vincenzo, San Maurizio and the Theban Legion. In deference to the Order, Monsignor also said a few words about the anniversary of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (312 AD) and the conversion of Emperor Constantine the Great.

Heartfelt thanks to Fred Spero and all the members of the Craco Society for your warmth and hospitality. It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of your special day and celebrate our faith together. Viva San Vincenzo!

Dame Luisa Cristofano and Cavalieri Vincent Gangone
and John Napoli with Msgr. Nicholas Grieco
A closer look at the statue of the martyred legionnaire
The first class relic of San Vincenzo is kept at the foot of the statue
Beneath the Martyr's palm frond, the Chi Rho
is emblazoned across the saint's scaled hauberk

Originally posted in The Constantinian Chronicle

October 29, 2018

Photo of the Week: Bronze Head of Hypnos at Axel Munthe's Villa San Michele in Anacapri

Bronze head of Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep,
 in the loggia at Axel Munthe's Villa San Michele in Anacapri, Capri

Photo by New York Scugnizzo

October 28, 2018

This Day in History: The Battle of the Milvian Bridge

The Arch of Constantine in Rome. Situated between the Palatine Hill and the Colosseum, the triumphal arch was dedicated in 315 to commemorate the Emperor's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of the Milivian Bridge
Photo by New York Scugnizzo
By Giovanni di Napoli

On October 28, 312 AD Emperor Constantine the Great defeated the usurper Maxentius at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. The victory definitively ended the Roman Empire’s period of Tetrarchy (leadership of four people) established by Diocletion in 293 and set the stage for Constantine’s eventual ascension to sole rule of the empire.
According to tradition, after defeating Maxentius’ forces in northern Italy Constantine advanced south to the Tiber River outside of Rome. At the Milvian Bridge (Ponte Milvio) Constantine found his enemy mobilizing for battle instead of safely preparing for a siege behind Rome’s walls. Looking to the heavens, he invoked the help of Summus Deus, or the greatest god. 
That night, Constantine dreamt of the Chi and the Rho (XP), the first two letters of Christ’s name in Greek, and heard a voice proclaim “In Hoc Signo Vinces,” which means “By this sign you will conquer.”
At dawn, the Emperor had a vision of the Cross rising from the light of the sun and ordered his legion’s to paint the Chi and the Rho on their shields. The symbol and the Cross were also affixed to the Emperor’s golden standard (labarum).
Arrayed before the bridge the two armies clashed. After much valor, struggle and bloodshed, Constantine eventually won the day and routed his enemy. Attempting to flee the field of battle, Maxentius was thrown from his horse and drowned in the Tiber. The corpse was fished from the river and put on show to allay any doubts about Constantine's decisive victory.  
Entering Rome in triumph on October 29th, Constantine was acknowledged as the Western Emperor. He converted to Christianity and legalized the faith in 313, thus ending 300 years of Christian persecution by the Romans.
With Emperor Licinius’ victory over Emperor Maximinus II in the East (313) and Constantine’s subsequent victory over Licinius at the Battle of Chrysopolis on September 18, 324, he became the sole emperor of the Roman Empire.
Choosing the strategic city of Byzantium to be the Empire's new capital, on May 11, 330 he renamed it Constantinople after himself.

October 26, 2018

Acqua’s Annual Cena Spettacolo–Neapolitan Soiree

The usual suspects came out to party at the “Brigands' Roost”
Photos by Andrew Giordano and New York Scugnizzo
Tuesday night my friends and I celebrated Neapolitan culture at Acqua Restaurant and Wine Bar’s 2nd Annual Cena Spettacolo–Neapolitan Soiree in Manhattan’s historic South Street Seaport. For the occasion, Chef Giuseppe Marrone prepared a spectacular Neapolitan menu complete with insalata di mare, parmigiana di melanzane, polpette, spaghettoni ai ricci di mare, filet di orate al cartoccio con profumo di mare, paccheri con ragù’ napoletano, sfogliatella, wine, cocktails, and digestifs (limoncello, amaro). Perfectly paired with the meal was a live musical performance by Gerry Gennarelli and Roberto Iriti Jit. The entertaining duo interpreted a variety of traditional jazz and Neapolitan standards, including a rousing rendition of everybody’s favorite, 'O surdato 'nnammurato.
Festivities kicked off with Gerry Gennarelli and Roberto Iriti Jit
(L) Acqua’s simple decor. (R) What better way to begin a celebration than with a bottle of Falanghina del Sannio, a tasty dry white wine from Campania
Insalata di mare
(mixed seafood, carrots, celery and lemon dressing)
(L) Polpette (traditional beef meatballs with tomato sauce and parmigiana).
(R) Parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmigiana)
Paccheri con ragù’ napoletano
(tube pasta with traditional Neapolitan ragu’)
Spaghettoni ai ricci di mare
(handcrafted pasta with sea urchin, parsley and lemon zest)
(Neapolitan puff pastry with ricotta and orange zest)
(Above & below) Family and friends enjoying the revelry
After dinner, guests stretched their legs and mingled 
Chef Marrone (above) and partygoers (below) get in on the act
(Above & below) Revelers get into the spirit and dance the tarantella 
'O triccheballacche
(Above & below) After a few drinks, we really start to kick up our heels
(Above & below) Chef Marrone lives and breathes Napoli
Briganti show their Due Sicilie pride
ACQUA Restaurant & Wine Bar ★★★★★
21 Peck Slip @ Water Street
New York, New York 10038
Tel 212.349.4433

October 22, 2018

Photo of the Week: Castel Nuovo Triumphal Arch in Napoli

The Triumphal Arch at the Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino), Napoli.
The Renaissance masterpiece commemorates the arrival of Alfonso I
to Naples in 1443. Photo by New York Scugnizzo