The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere is a registered 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization that seeks to preserve, promote and celebrate the legacy of our ancestors by offering a myriad of cultural and educational activities, programs and special events to the public at large. From language classes to cooking classes; from art exhibits to historic photo exhibits; from film festivals to fig festivals; from Opera Luncheons to Casino Nights; from car shows to fashion shows; from group plays to one man shows; from lectures to book signings; from guest chef dining evenings to regional wine pairing dinners; from Bocce to Tombola, it all happens at Casa Belvedere! 

The 1908 building was the home of the Roebling-Stirn family and designated a New York City Landmark Building in 2001. The Stirn Mansion is listed on the New York State and National Register of Historic Places, renamed "Casa Belvedere" in 2008 meaning "house with a beautiful view." 

Mansion visits and private group or school trips are conducted and available upon request and prior scheduling.

Contact us to find out more about all of the wonderful events we have here at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere.

Calendar of Events


Festa & Motori D'Italia

Saturday, Sept 21st • Noon - 7pm

Sunday, Sept 22nd • 11am - 6pm 

Outdoor Italian Festival with specialty foods, continuous live entertainment, kids activities, exhibits, special item vendors,  food & spirits demos and tastings, green market stand, raffles and more.

Also, enjoy a 2-day showcase of Italian luxury, classic & performance vehicles

A fun-filled weekend for the entire family!

Admission $10 pp • Children under 12 free

Sponsor, Vendor, Exhibitor, Performer & Volunteer Opportunities Available!

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If you would  like to show your Italian sports car, click here to register!

Upcoming Cooking Classes

September 16th


Children's Cooking Class

Ooey Gooey Fancy Grilled Cheese

Gooey Open Face Grilled Cheese & Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

A twist on the infamous after school snack! This class teaches young chefs how to make delicious grilled cheeses, with a fancy twist and roll! 

Monday, September 16th

3:45 pm

$35 Per Participant

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September 17th


Adult Cooking Class

Fall Harvest Dinner

Fresh Beet and Apple Salad, Warm Polenta Lasagna, and Scrumptious Fruit Crisp!

No better way to dive into the fall season than with a festive Harvest Dinner! Start with a refreshing beet and apple salad and finish with a yummy fruit crisp. Put a twist on traditional lasagna by substituting pasta with polenta!

Tuesday, September 117th

6:30 pm

$85 Per Participant

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Upcoming Cultural Events

September 18th


Cinema Sotto Le Stelle

Watching Italy in the 1980's through comedies: A film retrospective

Mignon è partita 

(1988) by Francesca Archibugi

When her wealthy building contractor father goes on trial, 16-year-old Mignon (Céline Beauvallet) leaves Paris to visit family in Italy. The rather prim, snooty teen at first finds it difficult to fit in with her more earthy relatives, particularly as secrets are revealed about their individual dalliances. But, with the help of her lovestruck cousin Giorgio (Leonardo Ruta) and his supportive mother (Stefania Sandrelli), Mignon learns much about herself over the course of the summer.

Screenings Begin at 8:00 PM (near sunset) 


Bring a Lawn Chair  • Snack Bar Available • Admission is Free 

Donations Welcome & Appreciated

Please park across the street at Notre Dame

September 24th


Cultural Program

Italy’s Third Golden Age

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Italy is the only country to have given the world not just one but three Golden Ages.Join us for a fascinating examination Italy’s remarkable third Golden Age and how it took root following the devastation of World War II. We'll explore how “Brand Italy” romanced the world through the realms of film, fashion, design, gastronomy and the indomitable spirit of La Dolce Vita.Our lecturer, Carla Gambescia, is the author of the award-winning book La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A-to-Z. Also a marketing executive, former restaurateur and avid traveler; she created the Giro del Gelato bike tour winner of OUTSIDE Magazine’s Best Trip in Western Europe.

Light fare and refreshments will be provided.
Presented by Dr. Giuseppe Sorrentino

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September 25th


Cultural Program

Come enjoy great food and company while sharing our love of Opera! 


Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda” with Introduction and Commentary by Opera Educators, Lou Barrella and Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka

La Gioconda is an opera in four acts by Amilcare Ponchielli, based on a play by Victor Hugo, dating from 1835. First performed in 1876, it was the most successful new Italian opera between Verdi's Aida and Otello. It is unique in that it features a principal role for the six major voice types, making difficult to cast without a group of high quality singers. It is also an example of Italian Grand Opera, set in the opulence of 17th Century Venice. It includes wonderful arias, duets, trios, ensembles, the famous “Dance of the Hours” ballet and colorful orchestral accompaniment making for a great musical and visual experience!

The production is from the Vienna State Opera - 1986: featuring Eva Marton, Ludmila Semtschuk, Margarita Lilowa, Placido Domingo,
Matteo Manuguerra and Kurt Rdyl – Conducted by Adam Fischer
Three-Course Lunch includes wine and soft drinks. 

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Gift Certificates Available

Give the gift of a Casa Belvedere experience to family and friends.

A cooking class, language class or any of our cultural programs make a great gift for anyone on your list. Don't forget to grab one for yourself and join them!!

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Your donation to The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is fully tax deductible. We appreciate your contribution that helps us continue to preserve, promote and celebrate the rich heritage of Italy by encouraging the general public's appreciation of the Italian language, arts, cuisine, literature, history, horticulture, fashion, music and commerce through exceptional educational programs, exhibits and events. 

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