View Calendar

How Italian Are You? 
Discover if you qualify for Italian citizenship and what its benefits can mean for you!
Presented by Carla Megale Di Tommaso 

When someone asks, “Are you Italian?,” you probably answer “Yes!” Whether you are a native citizen of Italy or not, being Italian is part of who you are. And Italy is in your blood – more than you may know. 

Italy’s Jure Sanguinis – a “Blood Law” – gives you the legal right to inherit citizenship from your parents or grandparents, regardless of where you were born. 

What about your children? Does being an Italian citizen, even with a valid passport, mean your children are also Italian? Probably, but only if Italian authorities have a record of their birth. 

And what if you’re married to an Italian citizen? You’ve grown to love Italy, you love to visit, you dream of retiring in Italy. Being married to an Italian gives you a good chance of acquiring Italian citizenship along with all its rights and benefits.  

Some of you may just want to know more about your Italian ancestors, to discover details that will unlock mysteries about their lives. Answers may be found by searching township archives in Italy. They contain centuries of certificates of birth, of marriage and of death; they even record recurring names, changed names and other surprising, little-known facts. 

All these different scenarios require different procedures that can seem dauntingly complicated. In fact, they are not simple. They entail knowing the requisite documents and correct sequence for obtaining them that will lead to certification of Italian citizenship. 

If your life goals include becoming an Italian citizen or having your important life events recorded in Italy, join us at Casa Belvedere on Tuesday, June 8 at 7 pm for a special presentation. 

Related upcoming events

  • 06/21/2021 9:00 AM - 06/21/2021 10:00 AM

    This 45-minute outdoor practice is open to adults at all levels of practice. The class will focus on basic foundational yoga postures to help align, strengthen, and promote flexibility in the body. Breathing techniques are also integrated. There will be an emphasis on simplicity, repetition, and ease of movement.

    Please bring water, mat, blocks, and any other yoga props for the class.

  • 06/22/2021 7:00 PM - 06/22/2021 9:00 PM

    Meet Msr. Franco before he leaves for Rome.

    Not only is Monsignor Franco a Son of the Church, he is a son of New York and Italian immigrants. Born in the Bronx, his work has taken him all around the world, including Staten Island in the 1960’s to the Church of the Assumption on Brighton Avenue in Tompkinsville. Monsignor Franco even organized dances at the church and invited Chubby Checker, of “The Twist”  fame  to host one evening!

    As a young man he attended Rome’s premier seminary, served in various parishes and became the special assistant to Archbishop Fulton Sheen. This most formidable churchman reveals his tales of intellectual, pastoral, and diplomatic service to the Catholic Church, enlivened by recollections of the fascinating people he came to know from U.S. presidents and foreign heads of state, to religious leaders like Padre Pio and Saint Mother Teresa.

    Stories of this book’s six pontiffs that Franco served under — John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Francis — offer landmarks along Franco’s trek through the corridors of spiritual power in New York, Washington, D.C., and Rome. It also includes snapshots of his life as a priest, even recounting playing soccer with other priests when studying as a young man in Rome.

    The title of his current role, Advisor at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, gives little hint of the drama of the times he recollects.

    “Monsignor Franco is known as an engaging storyteller of his impactful time in the Church. Read this book and you will see why.” — Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archdiocese of New York

  • 06/28/2021 7:00 PM - 06/28/2021 9:00 PM

    Mozzarella Making

    Our popular mozzarella making workshop is back! Make your own mozzarella.
    Pair it with organic tomatoes from the garden for a perfect Caprese Salad!

  • 06/29/2021 4:00 PM - 06/29/2021 5:00 PM

    Ricotta Cannoli
    First, learn how to make ricotta from scratch, then fill up some sweet cannoli!

  • 07/19/2021 7:00 PM - 07/19/2021 9:00 PM

    Italian Cheesecake
    Italian Cheesecake with fresh whipped cream and berries

  • 07/20/2021 4:00 PM - 07/20/2021 5:30 PM

    Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

  • 08/02/2021 7:00 PM - 08/02/2021 9:00 PM

    Cheese Cavatelli
    4 Cheese Cavatelli Al Forno/ Cavatelli ai 4 formaggi

  • 08/03/2021 4:00 PM - 08/03/2021 5:30 PM

    Homemade Cavatelli

  • 08/16/2021 7:00 PM - 08/16/2021 9:00 PM

    Gourmet Sweet and Savory Pretzels

  • 08/17/2021 4:00 PM - 08/17/2021 5:30 PM

    NY Style Pretzel