eNotizie – April 2018

NIAF’s New York Spring Gala is SOLD OUT!
In just one month, on Tuesday, April 10, we will be returning to the legendary Cipriani 42nd Street in the heart of the Big Apple for our 2018 NIAF New York Gala! And exciting news – this event is Sold Out! We cannot wait to celebrate the best of Italian and Italian American culture, honor community leaders, and enjoy stellar food and entertainment with you all. For sponsorship information, and more on the event, visit or contact Andrea Bartlett at 202-939-3118 or

NIAF Congressional Fellowship – now accepting applications!
Apply to our NIAF Congressional Fellowship Program for college students! Beginning in fall 2018, 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, April 30, 11:59 p.m. EST. For more information on the program and how to apply, go to

An Exclusive Evening with Furla
Furla, the Italian luxury brand, and NIAF invite you to an exclusive, NIAF Members-Only event on Thursday, April 26, from 6-8 p.m. Located at Furla’s New York flagship store at 645 5th Avenue, this event will offer NIAF members discounts on all products, as well as light refreshments and sparkling bubbles. NIAF members are permitted one guest; for more information or to RSVP, contact Andrea Bartlett at 202-939-3118 or at

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 in January 2017. NIAF’s Italian American Relief Fund provides relief for the victims and helps 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.

NIAF is working with local Italian authorities in Amatrice and has begun funding, in collaboration with Ferrara S.p.A., to rebuild Amatrice’s school, which was destroyed in the earthquakes. For more information, go to:

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF!
You can support the work of NIAF at no cost to you! Simply, go to and select the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice. 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 episodes and learn about their new, personalized heritage trips here:

Join NIAF Today!
Do you want to be part of a larger Italian American community? 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 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 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

University of Maryland’s NIAF Pellegri Distinguished Lecture
Join the University of Maryland’s Department of Classics for the fourth annual NIAF Pellegri Distinguished Lecture, featuring UCLA Professor Dell Upton, on Thursday, April 5, at 3:30 p.m. Topic: “The Many Faces of Classical Architecture in America.” For more information, click here:

Italian Film Festival USA
Don’t miss the Italian Film Festival USA, taking place in major cities across the United States. Beginning April 2, the film festival will take guests on a “cinematic tour of Italy” with various screenings from Chicago to Kansas City to Pittsburgh. Free admission; to find film screenings near you, click here:

National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW)
Join NOIAW’s New York City chapter  for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on Friday, April 27, from 4-8 p.m. The event will delve into the Met’s Department of Scientific Research and introduce guests to the Italians who work there. For more information or to RSVP, click here:

For all other NOIAW regional events, click here:

Il Circolo
Join Il Circolo: The Italian Cultural Society for “Pranzo, Vino, Bocce,” a casual afternoon of Italian food and fun on Sunday, April 8, at the award-winning Arturo’s Restaurant in Boca Raton, Fla. The event will include lunch and fun games of bocce. For more information on tickets, click here:

The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute
Join the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute on April 18 at 6 p.m. for a photography exhibition opening of “Italian Brooklyn,” by Martha Cooper. The photographs document the lives and traditions of Italian American communities in Brooklyn, New York, in the 1980s. The exhibit will run through August 31. For more information, click here:

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
Join Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò on Wednesday, April 25, at 5 p.m. for a book-club meeting on Primo Levi’s acclaimed “La Tregua” (The Truce). The book describes Levi’s experiences during World War II – from being liberating from the Auschwitz concentration camp, to finding his way back home to Torino. Participation is free and open to the public. For more information, click here:

Stony Brook University Center for Italian Studies
Join Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies on Wednesday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m. for a special presentation with Italian Consul General of New York Minister Francesco Genuardi. During the presentation, Genuardi will discuss the importance of strengthening relationships between Italy and the Italian community in the tri-state area. A reception will follow. For more information, go to:

Divaria Productions presents “Don Giovanni”
Join Divaria Productions for a performance of the acclaimed Italian opera, “Don Giovanni,” on Wednesday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. To purchase tickets or for more information, go to

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts
The Frist Center in Nashville is featuring a new, exclusive exhibit, Rome: City and Empire. The exhibit includes more than 200 artifacts from the British Museum’s collection of Roman objects, telling the dramatic story of how Rome grew from a cluster of small villages into a mighty empire. For more information, go to:

Uplifting Journeys: Sicily 2018
Join Uplifting Journeys, an immersive, donor-education program that uses living case studies in locations around the world, on its 2018 trip to Sicily, April 23-27. Sicily, which was NIAF’s 2017 Region of Honor, offers not only an incredible cultural experience, but also the perfect opportunity to learn about Sicily’s social issues and how the region is preserving its unique heritage. For more information, go to

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.

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:


Congratulations to NIAF Board Member John P. Rosa on his recent contributions to the White House Opioid Summit on March 1. As a leader in the medical community, Rosa was asked to provide insight into what is being declared a public health emergency.
Congratulations to former NIAF chairman Joseph Del Raso, Esq., on recently being elected chairman of the Philly POPS, the largest standalone pops orchestra in the United States.

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Alitalia is excited to announce that it will operate three direct flights to and from Rome and Los Angeles in the winter season! Flights will depart every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 10 a.m. from Fiumicino and will land in Los Angeles at 2:10 p.m. (local time). Flights from Los Angeles will depart at 4:10 p.m. (local time) and will arrive in Rome Fiumicino at 1:10 p.m. the following day.

Flights to Los Angeles will be operated with 293-seat Boeing 777 aircraft, configured in three-classes of service: Business, Premium Economy and Economy. During the 2017-2018 winter season, Alitalia will connect Italy to four destinations in the United States: New York (from Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa), Boston, Los Angeles and Miami (from Rome Fiumicino).

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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Danielle DeSimone