Location:79 Howard Avenue

Upcoming events

  • 04/19/2021 7:00 PM - 04/19/2021 9:00 PM

    Chocolate Souffle

    Feed your sweet tooth by making a chocolate souffle.

  • 04/20/2021 4:00 PM - 04/20/2021 5:00 PM

    Oreo Earthquake Cake
    Kids with a sweet tooth will learn how to make an Oreo Earthquake Cake!

  • 04/20/2021 7:00 PM - 04/20/2021 9:00 PM

    A special two-part virtual series on Thursdays, April 8 and 22
    Presented by Carla Gambescia 

    Part 1: Humanizing Art – Giotto di Bondone

    Considered to be the “Father of the Renaissance,” Giotto di Bondone was one of the earliest artists to paint more realistic figures rather than the flat, stylized, decorative images of the medieval and Byzantine periods.  Like his contemporaries Dante and Boccaccio, his art drew from life with its attention to natural representations of the human form and emotional realism and expression. Recognized in his own time as a revolutionary, Giotto’s work was transformative in opening the door to the Renaissance. According to Giorgio Vasari, it was Giotto who restored the link between art and nature. Join us for an in-depth exploration of Giotto’s fresco cycle of the Arena Chapel in Padua (an easy day trip from Venice), considered to be his greatest work

  • 04/22/2021 7:00 PM - 04/22/2021 9:00 PM

    A special two-part virtual series on Thursdays, April 8 and 22
    Presented by Carla Gambescia 

    Part 2: Art as Propaganda in Baroque Rome

    Two of the 17th century’s most drama-loving artists, painter Caravaggio and sculptor Bernini, both pushed their respective mediums to new heights while working in Rome under a series of surprisingly artistically adventurous popes. Both are synonymous with the Baroque era. “Bad boy” Caravaggio had to flee Rome after he killed a man in a brawl, while Bernini died an old man, beloved in his adopted home. We will compare and contrast their art and legacies and explore the broader political and artistic milieu in which they were working. We will also learn the role their respective artistic genius played in furthering the Counter-Reformation, as well as art, photography and cinema today.

  • 04/26/2021 7:00 PM - 04/26/2021 9:00 PM


    Amigos, get ready for Cinco de Mayo by making empanadas (or shall we say “Mexican manicotti” instead?!)

  • 04/27/2021 4:00 PM - 04/27/2021 5:00 PM

    Fruit Empanadas
    Amigos! Get ready for Cinco de Mayo and learn how to make banana strawberry empanadas!

  • 05/06/2021 7:00 PM - 05/06/2021 9:00 PM

    Celebrating Naples: A Journey Through History
    Presented by Anita Sanseverino

    Naples is a city filled with art treasures, churches of magnificent design, palazzi, an ancient centro storico, the magnificent seafront area called Lungomare with its majestic view of Mount Vesuvius, and many other historic and artistic sights. 

    Naples has been called “the stepchild of Italy” – and Anita Sanseverino is determined to change that undeserved perception.

    “When you say to most people that you are going to Naples, they say, “Oh, don’t go there, it’s dangerous,” she said. “Aside from the fact that it is not true, the irony of this statement is that none of the people who say this have ever been there!”

    Anita is certain that her fascinating lecture and beautiful photographs will ensure that Naples is on the priority list of people who plan to travel to Italy, just as much as Venice, Florence and Rome.

    She will highlight the illustrious history of this once-royal kingdom dating back to its origins as the Greek city of Partenope. She will discuss the various rulers and dynasties that occupied Naples, and why unification might not have been the best thing to happen to this former kingdom. 

    Anita will share her personal experiences in Naples, especially with its generous citizens. “When people talk about Italians and their characteristics, they are unknowingly talking specifically about Neapolitans,” she said. “As much as Italians in general are known for their love of food, music, of life in general, these qualities are 10-fold in Neapolitans. They are the quintessential Italians.” 

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  • 05/10/2021 7:00 PM - 05/10/2021 9:00 PM

    Mother's Day Pasta Making

    Celebrate mothers and important mother figures (adults only) by inviting them to join you as we make fresh pasta (price is per person.)

  • 05/11/2021 4:00 PM - 05/11/2021 5:00 PM

    Mother’s Day Gnocchi Making
    Celebrate your moms or important mother figures making gnocchi with them! (For children accompanied by 1 adult; the price is per person.)

  • 05/13/2021 12:00 PM - 05/13/2021 4:00 PM

    The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere presents Opera and Lunch in the Afternoon 
    Presented by Lou Barrella and Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka
    Thursday, May 13, 2021 from noon to 4 pm 

    Enjoy great food and company while sharing our love of Opera! 

    A lovely three-course lunch at Casa Belvedere is paired with two opera films, with an introduction and commentary by Opera Educators Lou Barrella and Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka. 

    Tosca’s Kiss is a documentary about what is considered Verdi’s greatest work: the Casa di Riposo, or Rest Home for Retired Musicians. As we meet these beautiful and great artists who must deal with aging, we find their talent and exuberance for life continue in a happy environment.  They are respected for who they were and still remain. Verdi’s legacy lives on in their respect, admiration and appreciation for the “Maestro.” 

    Quartet is a semi-humorous film about a British Home for Retired Musicians where former opera stars and musicians spend their Golden Years among colleagues. Again, we meet talented artists whose past accolades cause conceited personalities and petty jealousies, which interfere with their daily interactions. As we experience their frustration over aging, and personalities start clashing, they busily prepare for an annual Verdi Gala Concert culminating in the Quartet from Rigoletto. 

    Watching both films will give us much joy, laughter, wonderful operatic music, and a pleasant time together at our Casa Belvedere mansion. We hope you plan to attend!  

    The three-course lunch, which includes wine, soft drinks, and coffee, is $60 M and GMM* (Garibaldi Meucci Museum)/$65 NM per person (includes tax and gratuities). Reservations with pre-payment required. 


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