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

Upcoming Cooking Classes

December 9th


Children's Cooking Class


Take a bite of Apple Fritters and Upside-Down Apple cupcakes!

Monday, December 9th

3:45 pm

$35 Per Participant

December 10th


Adult Cooking Class


Learn how to put together an appetizing variety of Italian specialties.

Tuesday, December 10th

6:30 pm

$85 Per Participant 

Upcoming Cultural Events

December 10th


Cultural Program

Presentation of Gioacchino Rossini: 

Opera of Flavors

Presented by 

Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka

Daniela Bisello Antonucci

7:00pm - 9:00pm

This presentation, while discussing some of Rossini’s operas where food has an important role or has become an inspiration for his works, will also portray some recipes à la Rossini.

Because of Italy’s very long tradition of food and wine, musicians, artists and literary people, fascinated by them, often included specialty dishes, toasts and delicious desserts in their works. Several segments from Rossini’s comic opera La Cenerentola, where Don Magnifico dreams of delicious food and delightful qualities of wine, will be shown as examples.

Some history and geography of Italian food will also be addressed in order to enlighten its significant presence in Italy’s lifestyle while considering its connection with French cuisine.

Rossini Cocktail and light fare will be served

December 10th


Meet and greet!

Italian Christmas Celebration

5:00pm -7:00pm

Presented by  Professor Leonini 

Enjoy 2 hours of fun, music, dance, and Christmas traditions. Prosecco and traditional Christmas sweets will be available to taste.

Challenge your friends to a game of Scopa, Neapolitan cards will be available.

December 17th


Tombola Night!

Come out for our Italian ‘Bingo’ Night!

7:00 pm

Come hungry & thirsty!  Concession available with homemade food from our Cucina Colavita plus beer, wine & soft drinks. Cash & credit accepted.

Additional Tombola cards : $3.00 each

Tombola is a game that originated in Southern Italy. Similar to Bingo, the game is fun to play, easy to learn and fitting for all ages. The game begins when the one who has the “cartellone” (big board) takes the numbers out of the sack, one at a time, calling them loudly, and placing them on their box in the cartellone, and leaving time to the players to mark the number on their card.

In order to win, players need to have one of the following:

AMBO -  2 numbers on the same row

TERNO - 3 numbers on the same row

QUATERNA - 4 numbers on the same row

CINQUINA - 5 numbers on the same row

TOMBOLA -  all numbers on the card

The game ends when all 90 numbers are drawn or when a Tombola winner is declared, whichever comes first. 


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!!


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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