President’s Message

Saying Good-bye to Another Successful Year and Ringing in 2020!

Dear Friends:

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere experienced many exciting happenings this past year.

In early 2019 we welcomed a phenomenal team of restaurateurs to operate The Belvedere Club. Massimo Felici, Ted Nugent and Michael Esposito. “The boys”, as I lovingly refer to them, have brought the club to a whole other level of food, service and ambiance. Visit their new website at  for more information.

I’m sure many of you have noticed the many, wonderful capital improvements to our Casa, made throughout this past year. With the restoration of our original 112 –year-old roof behind us and the new addition of a 1,800 square foot patio finished, we are now shifting our attention to the upper floors.  Please visit “Casa Restoration Progress” for details on past, present and future brick and mortar improvements and announcements.

How exciting was the filming of Amazon Prime’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at the marvelous Casa Belvedere?!  Tune into Season 3, Episode 2 for some unmistakably Casa Belvedere scenes.  And who can forget “Vote Casa!”? I am so appreciative that so many of you not only took the time to vote, but recruited family, friends and colleagues to bring us to victory.  It was very touching to see our members and community, come together to support our continued efforts. It’s thanks to you that we won! The newsletter’s Historic Preservation link has for more information on this significant win!

June marked our first “Taste of Italy Bocce Fest”, and September our signature Motori & Festa D’Italia (Italian Luxury Car Show and Festival). Both were fun-filled, memorable and successful events.  I would like to thank the committee chairs and committee members of each event.  Without their dedication and hard work these signature fundraising events would not be possible.  Please consider joining our 2020 special event committees to lend your support. If you are interested in helping out, email  

A special thanks to members Roy and Linda Raineri, and Sal Basso for their tremendous efforts to build the bocce courts, solicit sponsors and garner participation to make Taste of Italy Bocce Fest such a success. I would also like to extend a special thanks to Matt Ligotti, Mike Pucciarelli, and Paul Dapolito,III for their hard work and dedication towards Motori & Festa D’Italia’s success.

Throughout 2019, we serviced our members and community by bringing you exceptional cultural programs.  Check out our “2019 Year in Review”, highlighting movie nights under the stars, festivals, arts, cultural and educational programs and other special events throughout the year.   Also see our “Italian Traditions” section for some traditions that are sure to bring back some fond memories.

2020 will bring further expansion of our programs, so if you have a proposal for a new program, please email our Program Director, Beatrice Alecci at

I’m very grateful to our Board members, benefactors, patrons and founding charter members. Each of you plays an integral role in the continued success and growth of Casa Belvedere.  But I’d also like to take this opportunity to appeal to you for your help to complete the building’s restoration. 

If you are in the building industry, or a contractor in any of the trades, in-kind donations of goods and services are welcomed. Please contact Director of Operations, James Paone at to discuss further. 

With your help, I am hopeful that we can bring the building’s decade of restoration to completion. It’s time to get to the next level of fulfilling our mission: “Preserving the Past, Enriching the Future”. 

Wishing you and your loved ones many continued blessings in 2020!

With a grateful heart,