February 17, 1982 in picturesque Calabria Italy, an Italian musician was born(vocalist,pianist,accordion player and sound/recording engineer). After receiving his diploma in theory and solfeggio cantato at the Conservatory of music in Consenza, Italy Francesco Castiglione wanted to expand his horizons in the United States. He did just that. Francesco started his musical career in The Street of Little Italy in The Bronx and off with a bang, going to Hollywood, California to play for Celebrity Dish on E! TV starring Michael Badalucco from “The Practice”. It was the beginning of a musical journey. In 2003, Francesco made multiple appearances on the NBC hit show “The Restaurant” with Chef Rocco DiSpirito; He has performed at the famed Rao’s in NYC, Arthur Avenue Cafe in little Italy in the Bronx, Valbella Connecticut, Valbella New York, The best wedding hall in the Tri State Area NY,NJ,CT as , well as Celebrity restaurants in Chicago, New Orleans and Hollywood . Along with his singing talent he also produces music; his first song being “Terra Bella” a collaboration with Derek Lopez famed singer of South America. In 2006 Francesco entered the realm of being a radio station personality with Michael & David Greco. These Italian stallions are the voice of Little Italy in the Bronx every Sunday on WVIP 93.5FM. They have had multiple special guests that grace the airwaves including Chazz Palmitieri,Vincent Pastore, Lidia Bastianich, italian minister Mara Carfagna,Chef Emeril Lagasse and Chef Mario Batali.
More recently Francesco sang and played at the Bronx walk of fame for Jerry Vale ( Famous Italian American Singer), the “cake boss” Buddy Valastro, on the road with Joe Bastianich, on the set of the movie the intern for Robert De Niro, Mike Piazza’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame hosted by billionaire Vincent Viola, but the gathering was also a manly celebration of Italian heritage for about 180 male guests, including Piazza, Leo DiCaprio and his dad George, Home Depot billionaire Kenneth Langone, veteran LA Dodgers skipper Tommy Lasorda, NFL great Franco Harris, 1980s “SNL” star Joe Piscopo, former New York Stock Exchange chairman Dick Grasso and Centurion Holdings CEO and “Jersey Boys” producer Joseph J. Grano.
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