Articles by: N. D.

  • Naumburg Bandshell - Central Park, New York
    Art & Culture

    Italian Opera Really Is in the Air

    “For the concert on July 2nd in Central Park, we are thrilled to announce that our orchestra this year will be composed of members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and other outstanding New York musicians, along with top students from the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, and others,” said Producer Dani Bedoni. 

    MC. Alvise Casellati is the president and music director who will conduct the orchestra. Alvise Casellati is considered one of the emerging talents of the latest years.  He is President & Music Director of Central Park Summer Concerts, an organization that produces “Opera Italiana is in the Air", the annual event in Central Park, New York and other cities in the US, with the aim of promoting knowledge and appreciation of Italian Opera targeting in particular the young generation.

    Opera Italiana is in the Air will be focusing on arias, duets and quartets in order to entice the audience with melodious sounds. In 2017, spectators were blown away as over two thousand members of the community came together to support the artistry of opera. But, this is not only a time for individuals to enjoy a free and professional performance. Students with incredible talent from top music schools in the area, including: The Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music, will be able to showcase their talent through selective pieces for the audience. The goal of the evening is to educate the younger audience on the wonders of opera and its cultural relevance in society. From the history of Italy's music to the Italian language itself, the performance will give Italian culture the opportunity to promote the wonders of a community deeply immersed in the arts.

    The repertoire will focus on arias and ensembles from Verdi’s Rigoletto, Traviata, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Puccini's operas and others. A brand new arrangement composed especially for the concert will be broiught on stage by Paola Prestini (one of the top female composers in the world) and 13 year old Paulina Castro, from the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composer program.

    Event Sponsors include: FIAC, ACP Group, Alexander Bodini Foundation, Brooks Brothers, Banca Intesa, Bel Real Estate Group, Bracco Diagnostics, Inc., Urbani Truffles USA, ’O Magazine, Cremonini Group, Colavita USA, Candoni De Zan Family, Susan W. Rose, Harvard Law School Association of New York, Eataly, The Eduardo & Antonella Salvati Foundation and with the support of the Consulate General of Italy in New York and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.


    Come experience a night that you will never forget!

    Where: Central Park, NYC, Naumburg Bandshell

    When: 6p.m. - 7:30p.m. July 2, 2018

    For more info please click here >>>

    *Don't forget! Its free!*

  • Dining in & out

    LSDM to Show the Incredible Wonders of Italian Cuisine

    What’s happening?

    Strengthening the bridge between Naples and New York is what Le Strade della Mozzarella plans to do on June 27 and June 29. But, how will they accomplish such a task? With pizza of course! With the help and organization from Molino Caputo and Orlando Food Sales, the annual Le Strade della Mozzarella is sure to leave you savoring every bite and your mouth watering. June 27 at Kestè Pizzeria of Roberto and Giorgia Caporuscio, master pizza chefs will be present to create and discuss the cultural relevance and significance of pizza and other Italian dishes.  Enzo Coccia, Carlo Sammarco and Giorgia Caporuscio, to name a few, will all be ready in action to move the crowd with their talented displays of culinary skills. Serving as moderators and narrators of the pizza phenomenon will be Luciano Pignataro, Guido Barendson, Antonio Scuteri and Scott Wiener. 

    June 29 will be dedicated to the education of Neapolitan cuisine. In this instance, pizza! Guests will be able to dive into the exploration of pizza by discussing its history while looking towards the future of this international and acclaimed dish. There will be a series of master classes dedicated to the main ingredients in pizza and to pairings with Prosecco DOC.  Focus on flour and dough with Carlo Sammarco will explain the technique for his “pizza a canotto” (boat-style pizza), an important current novelty in the Neapolitan pizza world.  Roberto Caporuscio will guide through his proposals which include fried pizzaVisitors will be using well-known ingredients, including the San Marzano tomato, to develop Italian classics.

    Chef Raffaele Solinas from the Association of the Italian Chefs in New York will finish with a presentation of Gragnano pasta, Igp.

    Le Strade della Mozzarella:

    An organization designed to explore the endless wonders of incredible culinary aspects of Italian food, its origin and the people preparing the dishes. The organization is constantly collaborating with many programs and businesses to widen their audience and make the best of the experience.

    Kestè Pizzeria is located on 77 Fulton St., New York, NY. Come join 1p.m. - 5p.m. on June 27 and 12p.m. - 3p.m. on June 29 for an incredible and eye opening experience!


    Participation is free of charge by invitation or by requesting a pass at [email protected]



  • The Castle of Oliveto
    Facts & Stories

    The Castle of Oliveto Just Might Be the New Home for You

    Who is Brunelleschi?

    Growing up in 14th century Florence, Brunelleschi becameone of the world’s most famous architects as well as a founding father of the Renaissance. From being considered one of the first modern engineers to developing the technique of linear perspective, Brunelleschi revolutionized the meaning of ‘architecture’ and the artistry behind it. Brunelleschi’s most famous work is considered to be the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, a Renaissance masterpiece and the focal point of Florence’s historical urban area.


    What is special about this piece of property?

    Besides the fact that it is a Brunelleschi piece, the four-towered castle is part of an estate comprised of a historical village, farms and vineyards. Its history lies in Italian nobility from Lorenzo de’ Medici to even The King of Italy. The Castle of Oliveto is a history-lover’s dream destination.