eNotizie (April 2017)

NIAF Congressional Fellowship – now accepting applications!
Apply to our NIAF Congressional Fellowship Program for college students! Beginning in fall 2017, NIAF will place outstanding Italian American college students and recent graduates in offices of members of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. Includes $1,000 stipend. Deadline: Monday, May 1. For more information on the program and how to apply, go to

Be a part of something bigger than yourself – give back to the Italian American community and donate to NIAF in our #WeAreNIAF campaign. Your gift allows us to provide scholarships and grants for Italian American students, as well as continue our work in Italian cultural programs throughout the United States. Every donation counts! To learn more about what we do and how you can help, go to

Donate to the Italian American Relief Fund
Earthquakes struck Central Italy in August 2016, and again more recently in January 2017. NIAF’s Italian American Relief Fund is dedicated to providing relief for the victims and helping to rebuild devastated areas. The Italian American community’s heartfelt response has been amazing. You can be part of it. All donations, large or small, are welcome and appreciated.

While we are working with local Italian authorities to identify a specific project or projects for funding in the coming weeks, we assure you that 100 percent of all proceeds will go to the rebuilding efforts of a community badly damaged by these natural catastrophes. For more information, go to:

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF!
Shop online at Amazon and support the work of NIAF: Simply, go to and select the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NIAF. AmazonSmile offers the same selection and low prices as Amazon and customers can still use their Amazon account, the only difference is customers are now also donating to a great cause!

The Italian American Podcast
The National Italian American Foundation is proud to be the official sponsor of The Italian American Podcast, the first podcast dedicated to helping Italian Americans learn about and celebrate their brilliant heritage. The hosts, Anthony Fasano and Dolores Alfieri, interview celebrities and nonnas alike, bringing you an authentic Italian American experience. Listen to the Podcast’s latest episode here:

Join NIAF Today!
Do you want to be part of a larger Italian American community? Now’s the time to join the National Italian American Foundation! Membership with NIAF celebrates your family heritage and supports future generations of Italian Americans. Our core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage, strengthen the ties that bind the United States and Italy, and support through scholarships, grants and other programs the education of new generations of Italian Americans. By joining, you not only will help us fulfill that mission but you’ll also enjoy many new member benefits, including:

  • Opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders
  • Cultural and educational events
  • Access to NIAF’s member-only website pages
  • Annual subscription to NIAF’s Ambassador Magazine
  • Discounts for NIAF events and merchandise
  • Great money-saving deals through NIAF’s partners, and much more!

For more information about NIAF and its exciting new benefits, visit

Member Benefits from Our Corporate Sponsors
NIAF Members, don’t forget to take a look at the money-saving discounts and exclusive deals all of NIAF Corporate Sponsors offer to NIAF Members through your NIAF Membership Portal at

Participate in NIAF’s Facebook community!
Like NIAF? Then “like” NIAF’s Italian American pride-studded Facebook page to be a part of our online community! And those of you who already follow us, grazie for your support!

NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with everything but your Sunday dinner table — news, views, recipes and trivia. Anything Italian, Italian American or NIAF, it’s there! Plus, contests, giveaways, and free tickets to shows, concerts and events across the country! Join us at

National Organization of Italian American Women
Join NOIAW on Saturday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m., at the St. Regis New York on Fifth Avenue for the NOIAW Annual Luncheon, where a number of notable Italian American women will be honored. To purchase tickets or sponsorships, go to

Join the Rhode Island Region of NOIAW on Monday, April 3, 6-8:30 p.m., at Pane e Vino Ristorante in Providence for an Umbrian wine dinner with noted cookbook author Letizia Mattiacci. Tickets to the event include four courses, wine pairings, and a discussion with the author. To purchase tickets, go to

Newport Beach Film Festival: Italian Spotlight
Visit the Newport Beach Film Festival on Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m., for the Italian Spotlight of the festival, taking place in Newport, Calif. The Spotlight will feature a screening of the film “Me, Myself, and Her” (“Io E Lei”). For details, go to

The Advancing Women Artists Foundation (AWA)
The Advancing Women Artists Foundation is trying to save the work of the unknown Florentine artist and nun, Plautilla Nelli, and highlight the work of other, forgotten female artists. Nelli was the first Renaissance woman artist to paint an image of The Last Supper, and is included in the Uffizi Gallery’s first-ever exhibit showcasing women artists’ works, which will be available through April 30, 2017. Learn more about the incredible artist, and how you can help the Foundation’s art restoration initiatives here:

The New York Public Library
In collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s citywide festival, La Serenissima: Music and Arts from the Venetian Republic, the New York Public Library will open an exhibit, Love in Venice, through August 26. It will examine the literary, artistic, musical and cultural aspects of Venice’s culture of love. For more information, click here:

Università Bocconi Summer Schools
The Università Bocconi is offering summer study abroad programs for both high school and university students on their campus in Milan, Italy. Students can study a variety of subjects in an innovative environment, working on teams to develop personal projects. For more information, go to

University of Maryland’s NIAF Pellegri Distinguished Lecture
Join the University of Maryland’s Department of Classics for the annual NIAF Pellegri Distinguished Lecture, featuring Professor Orlando Patterson of Harvard University, on Thursday, April 13, at 3:30 p.m. The lecture will explore the parallels and continuities between America and Ancient Rome’s approach to “Freedom, Slavery and Redemption.” For more information, click here:

The Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C.
There is still time to register for classes in the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C.’s Italian Language Program! Besides traditional language classes, you can also learn about art, history, wine and food—and prepare for your next trip to Italy. NIAF Members have a discount on classes for all levels; discount code can be found in their NIAF Membership Portal. For more information:

Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies
Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies will host a film screening and discussion titled, “Eat First: Italian American Gastronomy and Family Values in the Films of Martin Scorsese,” on Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 p.m. The discussion will analyze Scorsese’s films through the lens of gastronomy and the role of the director’s Italian American mother, highlighting family and identity values. For more information, go to

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò will host a discussion titled, “Dialogues in Languages and Humanities: Sustainability of Ethical Fashion in Our Brave New World” at its Casa Italiana in New York City, on Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will feature Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative of the United Nations and World Trade Organization, and leaders at the forefront of ethical and sustainable fashion across the world. To register, go to

Everybody Loves Italian! On the radio!
Join hosts Frank Granieri and Dominic Mevoli to celebrate the everyday Italian American family and experience, plus interviews with personalities, stories, recipes and more! Sundays 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., on WWDB 860 AM Philadelphia; and streaming worldwide! Find them on Facebook at For more information, visit:

Turn on Italics TV
For monthly cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American TV magazine, produced by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York and hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, dean of The Calandra Institute. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV website, and on-demand on the YouTube channel and Facebook.


Congratulations to NIAF member, friend, and New York Gala honoree Rossella Rago on the publication of her cookbook, “Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food & Family with 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers” – now available on Amazon.
Congratulations to NIAF member David Fielding on the publication of his collaborative book, “Salento by 5.” Fielding is the illustrator of this part-travel memoir, part-cookbook, which also includes reflections and stories from both Pugliese locals and the Americans that have traveled there. The book is available on Amazon.

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Summer 2017 News!

Alitalia is set to launch a new non-stop flight from Rome to Kiev on May 1, 2017, along with new seasonal, international and domestic flights with an increase in the number of flights that will meet guest’s high demand during summer.

Summer updates: seven new international non-stop routes that include daily flights from Bologna to Ibiza, Venice to Ibiza and Verona to Ibiza; domestic non-stops that include a daily flight from Turin to Catania. Service will resume from Palermo and Catania to Moscow and Linate to Comiso, and there will be an increase in flights from Italy to Spain, Russia and Greece.

For more information, click here! We hope to see you on board soon!

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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Danielle DeSimone