eNotizie (December 2017)

Buon Natale! Merry Christmas!
Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a bright New Year filled with peace and happiness. From all of us at the National Italian American Foundation: Merry Christmas!

NIAF Christmas Open House
‘Tis the season for food, fun and Christmas karaoke! Join NIAF for our Christmas Open House, Wednesday, December 19, beginning at 6 p.m. at NIAF Headquarters at the Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Building, 1860 19th St NW, Washington, D.C. Stop by in festive attire and enjoy light appetizers, drinks, music.

You are welcome to bring a guest, however RSVP is required to Andrea Bartlett at by Friday, December 15. Your name and the name of your guest must be on the list to gain entrance to the party. Come celebrate the holiday season with your NIAF family!

Students – apply for the trip of a lifetime!
Applications for the 2018 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery are now available online! This all-expenses-paid summer trip to Italy reconnects young Italian Americans to their heritage through cultural experiences abroad. To be eligible to apply, students must be of Italian heritage, be enrolled in college in the spring of 2018, and have never traveled to Italy before. Deadline to apply: Sunday, February 4, 2018.  For application details, click here:

Applications for NIAF 2018 Scholarships now available!
Applications for NIAF scholarships are now open – scholarships range from $2,500 – $12,000 and are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical, and legal students. If you are Italian American, or if you are studying Italian in college, Apply today! Deadline is March 1, 2018. Go to or contact Julia Streisfeld, Program Manager of Scholarship, Grants and Youth Engagement, at or 202-939-3114.

Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Scholarship in Criminology Now Open!
The Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Scholarship in Criminology is now accepting applications. The program offers one American student and one Italian student funding to carry out research in criminology and law. The American student will study in Palermo, Sicily; and the Italian student will study at a prestigious university in the United States. Deadline to apply for American students has passed; the deadline for Italian students is February 16, 2018. For more information, click here:

Washington Wizards’ National Italian American Foundation Night
Join the National Italian American Foundation in Washington, D.C., for a night of Italian American pride at the Friday, December 15, Washington Wizards game! Italian player for the L.A. Clippers, Danilo Gallinari, will face off against NIAF’s hometown team. Click here for exclusive, discounted tickets for NIAF members and friends.

NIAF’s 2017 Photo Contest Winners
NIAF is proud to announce the winners of its 2017 Photo Contest! The Grand Prize Winner is Nicole Alexandra Cacchiotti of Melrose, Mass. To see the photos of all our Photo Contest winners, click here:

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 now 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!
When shopping online at Amazon this holiday season, 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 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 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? 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 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

National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW)
Join the Greater New York Region of New York of NOIAW on Sunday, December 10, at 4 p.m., for the 14th Annual Christmas in Italy Concert. Award-winning singer and PBS-TV host Cristina Fontanelli will host the event at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space, with special guests the Children of the Little Language Studio of Brooklyn and the Jersey City Ballet. To purchase tickets, click here:

Join the Greater Washington, D.C. Region of NOIAW on Wednesday, January 11, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at Maggiano’s Little Italy, for its annual Epiphany Celebration honoring three “Wise Women.” This event will recognize the achievements of three noteworthy Italian American women in their professional careers throughout an evening of dinner and cocktails. To purchase tickets, email or call 212-642-2003.

To see all upcoming events hosted by the ladies of NOIAW throughout the United States, click here:

Feast of the Seven Fishes
Don’t miss the Feast of the Seven Fishes street festival, taking place in Fairmont, W. Va., on Saturday, December 9, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The festival will include Italian cuisine, live music, and artisans. For more information, go to

The Calandra Italian American Institute
Join the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in New York City on December 5, from 6-8 p.m., for a book presentation on William J. Connell and Stanislao G. Pugliese’s “The Routledge History of Italian Americans.” The discussion will explore the narrative of the trials and triumphs of one of the nation’s largest ethnic groups. For more information, click here:

Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies
Join Stony Brook University in New York City for a book presentation on Sunday, December 10, at 2:30 p.m. The presentation will be on the emigration-focused novel, “Il Dio di New York,” by Luigi Fontanella, professor of Italian at Stony Brook University. Free and open to the public: for more information, click here:

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
Join Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò on Thursday, December 7, at 6:30 p.m. for the “Adventures in Italian Opera with Fred Plotkin” series, featuring British conductor Harry Bicket, who will be leading “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the New York Met. For more information or to RSVP, click here:

Il Circolo – 2017 Natale in Famiglia event
Il Circolo: the Italian Cultural Society will host its 2017 “Natale in Famiglia” Christmas luncheon on December 10, starting at 1 p.m., at the Boca West Country Club in Palm Beach, Fla. The event includes Italian food, live music, and plenty of Christmas spirit! For more details, click here:

Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA)
The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) will have traditional Sicilian carts on display as part of its “The Sicilian Cart: History in Movement” through February 4, 2018. The carretto is a historic folk symbol of Sicilian culture. For more details on the exhibit and the museum, click here:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met will host the largest exhibit in its history, “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer.” The exhibit will include 150 of the artist’s drawings, three marble sculptures, and his first-known painting. The exhibit runs through February 2018. For more information, go to

Uplifting Journeys: Sicily 2017
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, 2018. NIAF’s 2017 Region of Honor, Sicily, 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

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 Board Member, Dr. Antonio Giordano, for receiving the CORE Prize for Oncology 2017. Dr. Giordano is the director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, Temple University, in Philadelphia, and professor of Anatomic Pathology of the University of Siena (Italy). The award recognizes his groundbreaking discoveries in cell research, which have led to a greater understanding of the fundamental mechanisms at the basis of cancer, and has helped develop a new class of anticancer therapeutics.
  Congratulations to 2015 NIAF Honoree Amato Berardi on receiving the Humanitarian Award, presented by the Ramsey Educational Development Institute Inc. Berardi, founder of Berardi & Associates Inc., and former member of the Italian Parliament, is a longtime supporter of our Foundation.
  Congratulations to NIAF Member Steve Villano on the publication of his book, “Tightrope: Balancing a Life Between Mario Cuomo & My Brother.” The book follows the true story of two brothers living dramatically different lives—one working for former Governor Mario M. Cuomo of New York; the other associated with John Gotti and the Gambino crime family. The book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
  Congratulations to NIAF Member Danielle Grande-Cosentino on being named to 2017’s “Top Wealth Advisor Moms” list by Working Mother Magazine, a first-of-its kind ranking of successful working mothers in the financial advice field. Grande-Cosentino is a mother of three and a Merrill Lynch wealth manager who manages over $336 million in assets. Learn more here:
Congratulations to Chicago’s Scoula Italiana Enrico Fermi, which recently received a $20,000 grant from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). The grant was presented to school co-founder Laura Granara and Italian Consul General Giuseppe Finocchiaro by NIAF Executive Vice President, Robert V. Allegrini.

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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