November 5th • 7:00-9:00pm
From Boxer to Barista: A Story of Love and the Fine Art of Italian Coffee!
Come to hear the story of Vincenzo Imparato, former Professional Boxer and Italian super-middleweight Champion of Italy and founder of Si Espresso. Along with his business partner and wife, Adriana they will talk about life in Italy, the art of Italian coffee and life lessons of his boxing career which spans 30+ years.
Come join us for an evening talking about coffee, boxing and meet these two Staten Islanders who are very passionate about their work, life and the art of coffee! They are bringing lots of coffee swag too! A presto!!
About the speakers:
Vincenzo and Adriana met in Italy, while she was a Global Sales Executive in luxury goods for a Fortune 500 company.
Now they are life and business partners! Si Espresso distributes espresso coffee, which hails from Vincenzo’s hometown to restaurants, cafes, and offices throughout the tri-state area. They are ready to share the secrets to a perfect espresso and insights on what makes espresso so special!
Through the online store on their website www.si-espresso.com , they also ship their coffee for home use to clients nationwide. The most fascinating part of their business is probably their Barista Coffee Bar for Weddings & Celebrations which they will share with us. They have appeared on MTV’s Jersey Shore Family Vacation, the Food Network’s NYC Wine & Food Festival and have been part of many celebrity weddings and corporate events.
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Laboratorio di Scrittura, Writing Workshop
Saturdays, January 8, 22 and 29, 2021: 10:00-11:45am
The workshop will take place in the cottage on the left side of the mansion, which can be reached by following the paved sidewalk and stairs.
No experience necessary, just a notebook and pen!
When we look back on our past, whether a year or decades ago, our stories are often intertwined with our culture—its richness, expectations, challenges and humor. During each workshop, led by author Maria Giura, we’ll focus on how one aspect of Italian American (IA) life—identity, travel, holidays—forms the background or foreground of our memories.
We’ll read and discuss short, vibrant excerpts written by IA authors. Participants will then be given prompts to generate their own writing and, by the end of each workshop, will have produced an original piece of writing. In-person enrollment limited to 10 participants. P.S. You don’t have to be Italian to write about how Italy may be part of your memories!
Register for one, two, or all three workshops.
Part 1: Sat., Jan. 8
Part 2: Sat. Jan. 22
Part 3: Sat. Jan. 29
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Italian Citizenship by Descent or by Marriage – Are you eligible for dual citizenship?
Starting Monday, January 10, you can schedule private appointments at Casa Belvedere to determine the first steps of your journey to become an Italian citizen.
You can apply for recognition of your Italian citizenship Jure Sanguinis (by descent) or Jure Matrimonii (by marriage). During this first appointment, you will learn whether or not you are eligible to apply. You must bring photocopies of birth certificates (or at least the date and place of birth) of your parent, grandparent or great-grandparent who was an Italian citizen when their child was born. Also, bring a copy, or an approximate date, of their naturalization either in the United States or in another country.
On select Mondays, you can book a 30-minute appointment (you can book two slots if you feel you need more time) with Carla Megale Di Tommaso, who will review the process with you. The price for your first consultation is $25.
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Proof of vaccination is required for all guests.
To purchase the book, click here.
Can you ever really go home again? Theresa Angela Campanosi is about to find out in LAST STOP ON THE 6, a hilarious, hard-hitting and big-hearted novel that brings to mind the movie ‘A Bronx Tale.’ Dunn’s novel tells the story of Angela, who navigates love, guilt, and red gravy as she learns the price of living in the past.
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Presented by Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka and Lou Barrella
Proof of vaccination is required for all guests.
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The creative genius of composers reveals the masterful way in which they portray the lyrics and sometimes very dramatic effect of their characters’ inebriation.
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