In recent years Staten Island has gained the nickname 'Staten Italy' due to its high concentration of Italian American families. Over fourty percent of residents are actually of Italian origin, a higher percentage than any other United States county.
Every June an Italian festival takes place at the Staten Island Zoo. This 'Festa Italiana' offers traditional italian food along with culture exhibitions, music and rides. The event is held in collaboration with the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum which is located in the Rosebank area of the county. This museum is actually a house where Antonio Meucci, hailed as the true inventor of the telephone, resided along with Giuseppe Garibaldi who then went on to lead Italy towards its unification. Many Italian American exhibitions and events are held here.
Staten Island is also home to Casa Belvedere, founder of the Italian Cultural Foundation, which overlooks the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from the Grymes Hill area. This mansion, set in almost 3 acres of land, hosts many events which celebrate Italian culture such as the recent festivities for 150 years of Italian unification.