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

November 25th


Children's Cooking Class


Crispy on the outside with yummy fillings YOU choose!

Monday, November 25th

3:45 pm

$35 Per Participant

November 26th


Adult Cooking Class


Let’s get baking... pie and bread pudding too...

Tuesday, November 26th

6:30 pm

$85 Per Participant 

Upcoming Cultural Events

POSTPONED - November 19th


 Cultural Program


Italian Geniuses & Colorful Personalities

With Carla Gambescia

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for a fun interactive evening  led by 

award-winning author and  cultural expert Carla Gambescia exploring Italian geniuses and some 

of Italy’s most colorful personalities through 

the ages. 

Through an engaging Q & A format, you will test your knowledge while discovering surprising fun facts and little known backstories. Even the most sophisticated Italophile will come away with new insights!!  

Carla’s book — La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, winner of the Silver Prize for Best Travel Book of the Year awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association — will be available for sale at a special Casa Belvedere Holiday price of $10 (retail price is 19.95), perfect for holiday gift-giving.

Refreshments and a light reception will follow. 

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.

Refreshments and a light reception will follow. 

December 10th


Meet and greet!

Italian Christmas Celebration

5:00pm -7:00pm

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.


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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