eNotizie – August 2015

NIAF 40th Anniversary Gala—Register Now!
We want YOU to be part of our big 40th Anniversary Gala Weekend, October 15-18, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, in the nation’s capital! The weekend includes our 40th Annual Awards Gala, cohosted again this year by Maria Bartiromo and Joe Piscopo (you know what that means – bring your dancing shoes!). Our popular wine tasting is a must, and there will be community discussions, film screenings, and more! You won’t want to miss NIAF’s musical celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday, starring Joe Piscopo and Friends!


Purchase your Gala Weekend tickets now at

Featured Honorees
During each year’s Gala Dinner, NIAF honors special members of our Italian American community who have made significant contributions to society. This year, we are excited to be honoring an impressive list, including Sergio Marchionne, chief executive officer of Fiat Chrysler; Connie Francis, Italian American musical legend; and Mario Gabelli, founder, chairman & chief executive officer of GAMCO Investors Inc.

Sergio Marchionne Connie Francis Mario Gabelli

For the full list of NIAF’s 2015 honorees, visit:

david-greccoEXPO Italiana!
Don’t miss our Expo Italiana, the largest Italian American festival in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.! There will be an indoor bocce court, high-end cars on display, live music, singing, dancing, tastings and lots of vendors showcasing their Italian products!

NIAF’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament
It’s not too late to sign up for NIAF’s 11th Annual New York Golf Tournament on Monday, August 10, at the Old Westbury Golf & Country Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. The tournament benefits the Foundation’s scholarship and educational programs for the New York area. Registration and breakfast at 10:30 a.m. – foursome packages include shotgun start at noon; cocktails, awards and raffle, and dinner. Sponsorships available. For more information, contact Nicholas Caiazzo at or Susan Gian at

Join NIAF Today!
Embrace your family heritage and support the Italian American community by joining NIAF, whose 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 on NIAF merchandise
• Great money-saving deals through NIAF’s partners, and much more!
To learn more about NIAF and its exciting new benefits, visit

Voyage of Discovery Alum?
Did you or someone you know participate in NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery or NIAF’s Gift of Discovery program in past years? If so, we’d love to hear from you! We’re creating an alumni database and we need your help! Please send your current contact information to Gabriella Mileti, Director of Programs, at



NIAF on Facebook! Help us get to 150,000 likes!
Please take a look and “like” NIAF’s entertaining, engaging, informative and full-of-Italian-American-pride Facebook page. And those of you who regularly do, grazie for your support!

NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with an insatiable appetite for news, views, recipes and trivia—anything Italian, Italian American and NIAF! Plus, contests and free tickets to shows, concerts and events across the country! Easy to find at

Let the Music Play! Concert: Commemorating 25 Years of Sergio Franchi
Don’t miss the highly anticipated annual concert hosted by Eva Franchi, wife of the great romantic tenor Sergio Franchi, to take place at the Franchi Estate in Stonington, Conn., on August 29. This concert marks 25 years since the passing of Sergio Franchi and pays tribute to his lifelong achievements in music. The evening will include vocalists accompanied by a 32-piece symphonic orchestra conducted by Maestro David Lamarche. To purchase tickets or for more information call 860-535-9429 or go to

“Dream of Italy” Travel Series Now on PBS
The new travel television series “Dream of Italy,” created and hosted by NIAF member and Italian travel expert Kathy McCabe, began airing nationwide in May. The show features McCabe’s travels through six regions of Italy, exploring the local cuisine, culture, and traditions. The series will continue to air throughout the year. Please check local PBS listings or visit the official website at to view full episodes of the series online.

“ALFIO in Concert” National Concert Now on PBS
alfio-august-2015NIAF friend and supporter ALFIO creates history once again as the first Italian-Australian singer to perform a national concert on PBS. “ALFIO in Concert” debuts nationally on PBS on August 8. ALFIO and his orchestra proudly honor his Italian heritage performing some Italian classics, arias and much-loved originals. He will kick off a national tour later this year in support of this concert. Please check local PBS listings for visit his official website at for more information and tour dates.

The National Organization of Italian American Women
Join the National Organization of Italian American Women for a unique journey through Northern Italy’s historic regions of Piedmont and Lombardy, including a visit to EXPO Milano 2015 (the World’s Fair) for a glimpse of our planet’s sustainable future. Experience Northern Italy’s unrivaled Alpine vistas, picturesque villages, and legendary cuisine and wines, as well as special events planned exclusively for the NOIAW tour group. The trip will take place September 10-18. Spaces are limited. To purchase tickets or for more information, go to

Latest Issue of Il Bollettino Now Available
The Calandra Italian American Institute’s latest issue of
Il Bollettino, a publication dedicated to the history and culture of Italians in America, is now available. Topics in this issue include politics, Italian American employment in civil service positions, historic photography, and much more. You can read the full publication at

Community Italian Language Classes
stony-brookStony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies will be sponsoring Italian classes for the community, with both adult and children’s classes. Adult classes will run from October 13 to April 1; children’s classes are divided into a Fall 2015 semester (September 29 – December 15) and a Spring 2016 semester (January – April, dates TBD). Course placement is dependent on your language proficiency – beginner, intermediate, or advanced. For prices and more information, call 631- 632-7444; email; or click here:

Cooking with Nonna Culinary Tours
Join “Cooking with Nonna” host Rossella Rago on a culinary tour of Italy! Choose from two tours—Sorrento or Sicily— and learn how to create signature regional dishes by visiting local markets, vineyards and manufacturers. Scheduling of the trips range from late August to September. For more information, visit

Venice and Umbria Photography Workshops
GVRExperience the Italian regions of Umbria and Venice through the camera lens during small, week-long photography workshops in the fall and winter. Led by acclaimed husband-and-wife photographers-authors Frank Van Riper and Judith Goodman, these off-season tours allow you the time and opportunity to explore Italian culture and two of the loveliest spots on Earth. Small class sizes assure individual attention from instructors, and first-class accommodations and dining are guaranteed throughout the trip. There are no entrance requirements beyond a love of good food, fine wine and photography! The Umbria workshop will take place October 10-16, 2015, as well as October 8-14, 2016, and the Venice workshop will be from January 9-15, 2016 (register by November 1, 2015). For more information and rates, go to or You can also contact GVR Photography directly at

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 and “like” 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 (

Tune in!
Listen to Bel Paese Internet Radio! A program for Italian American communities across the United States and Canada, it runs from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily and features Italian music, sports and community news. Visit on your computer, mobile device, iPad or internet radio.

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF!
Now, when you shop online at Amazon, a portion of your purchase price can 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!

Read Diplomatic Courier
Interested in global affairs and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. Look for the new issue on newsstands or read the latest articles, such as “How the Next UN Secretary General Will Be Chosen” and “The Summer of Sustainable Development,” at


Mendola Congratulations to NIAF member Louis Mendola on the publication of his book “The Peoples of Sicily: A Multicultural Legacy.” As one of Sicily’s foremost historians, Mendola has devoted his life to exploring the history and genealogy of the Sicilian people, and has been consulted by many news organizations. His latest book focuses on the eclectic medieval history of the island and how its lessons in diversity apply to life today. For more information, visit Mendola’s website at Available at and
 Kuczka Congratulations to NIAF member and award-winning journalist Kathy Kuczka on the recent publication of her book “As Mama Used to Say.” The book explores our mothers’ words and how their wisdom and guidance continues to shape their children’s lives even in adulthood. Available at and
 Macaluso Congratulations to NIAF member Lou Macaluso on the publication of his new mystery novel, “Déjà vu, Italian Style,” the second in the Tony Morelli mystery series inspired by true events in Chicago. Macaluso is the author of numerous other books that focus on the Italian American experience. He’s also a public speaker specializing in the explaining role of Italian Americans in the United States. Available at and

Celebrating 70 years of excellence in travel to Italy! Perillo Tours: An Italian American Institution!
Perillo Tours was born in 1945 when Italian American immigrant Joseph Perillo opened a small storefront under the Third Avenue El in the Bronx. Perillo Tours was continued by Mario Perillo (better known as “Mr. Italy”), who perfected the art of affordable luxury travel programs to Italy and developed a strong awareness of the Italian American community.

Presently under the direction Steve Perillo, Perillo’s third generation, the company remains committed to creating once in a lifetime journeys to Italy through Perillo Tours’ fully escorted tours, Perillo Tours custom groups and

Join NIAF and Perillo Tours on a once in a lifetime Italian vacation experience. Enjoy the country’s dramatic highlights including history, culture and cuisine. Packages are available for individual and group travel, destination weddings and honeymoons, and tailored escorted tours. We look forward to introducing you to authentic Italy!

For NIAF Members Only: Book any Perillo Tours or program (a $2500 value per couple) and receive $100 per person. Promo Code: NIAF

For additional information and bookings:
800-431-1515 800-431-1515
800-ITALY-25 800-ITALY-25

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Your Italian Passport
Whether you are hoping to determine if you are eligible for Italian citizenship, looking for assistance with collection of your family’s vital records, or merely looking for translation of your documents in preparation for your appointment with the Italian consulate, Your Italian Passport is here to help!
Your Italian Passport is a U.S.-based company offering comprehensive services for Italian Americans seeking to obtain Italian dual citizenship. Like so many things Italian, Your Italian Passport is a business of organic roots grown over time with care and committed to giving personalized attention to each and every client.

Visit our website and be on your way to living la dolce vita! As always, NIAF members receive a 10 percent discount on all services offered. A new world awaits with Your Italian Passport! Contact us today!

Ville in Italia
Ville in Italia is the villa rental specialist for vacations in Italy since 1996 offering more than 500 prestigious villas and apartments located all over Italy: Amalfi Coast, Italian Lake District, Venice, Tuscany, Umbria, Apulia, Basilicata, Sicily and more.

The accommodation offered by Ville in Italia is distinguished by highly diversified proposals that are able to satisfy every market segment according to the target typology and level of service required. Discover more on

We are pleased to assign NIAF members a Preferential Code that represents a 10 percent discount on all Ville in Italia vacations: It is also valid for special offers.

To request the code, please contact Stephanie Gordon at 202-939-3107 or For further information, please contact us at

Alitalia Logo
Italy is synonym for romance, style, passion and love of life. All elements that have become the inspiration for our brand redesign.

Through a thoughtful and respectful design approach, we have carefully updated our aircraft livery, preserving its most recognizable elements. The tail fin has maintained the traditional “A”, our iconic mark recognized all over the world, while an elegant soft white color adds an allure of style and sophistication to the fuselage. On board, our guests will be welcomed in completely renovated cabins. In our long haul Business Class, guests will enjoy an exclusive and sophisticated travel experience thanks to fully lie-flat seats covered in rich leather by Poltrona Frau, and blankets and pillows produced by Frette.

Our superior Italian dining experience will be enhanced by the introduction of the new “Dine Anytime” feature, giving our guests the option to dine at their leisure. Wi-Fi connectivity will be introduced on our long haul aircraft providing our guests the option to access the internet and always be connected. Our journey towards change does not end here. These are only the first steps. We are creating a new, modern and very Italian Alitalia that will continue to grow and improve its products and services – an upgraded airport experience, new lounges, and new uniforms – to provide an always greater experience to our guests. Visit for more information

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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Danielle DeSimone