eNotizie – July 2019


NIAF Members have a chance to win A FREE TRIP TO ITALY FOR TWO!
To enter a chance to win a free trip to Italy for two, pre-save Italian singer-songwriter Alessandro Coli’s song (Give Me Your) Permission on Spotify by following user prompts from Entries will only be taken through this submission process. You must enter the correct contact information (the email you used for your NIAF membership) to be eligible to win the free trip to Italy for two. One entry per person. Deadline to enter is July 15. The winner will be a NIAF Member randomly selected on July 16. View the trip to Italy’s itinerary and more about Alessandro Coli at

Travel to Molise – NIAF Members Get a 10% Discount!
Tour NIAF’s 2019 Region of Honor, Molise, with Celebrity Chef Amy Riolo and Italian Sensory Experience! The Marvels of Molise tour is scheduled for the Spring and Fall of 2020 when you will be expertly guided through Molise’s best, giving you experiences to intimately know Molise’s rich history, culture, culinary traditions and wine. NIAF Members receive a 10% discount if they sign up for the tour by December 31. For more information, visit:

NIAF On Campus Fellowship – apply today!
Do you want to be a leader of the Italian American community on campus? We are looking for college students passionate about their Italian heritage who want to have a voice in Italian American affairs for our 2019-2020 NIAF On Campus Fellowship Program. Student Fellows will receive leadership training, networking opportunities, and a ticket to NIAF’s 44th Anniversary Gala. Deadline to apply: September 13. For more information, go to:

NIAF’s Summer Issue of Ambassador is HERE!
This year, NIAF’s premier, acclaimed Ambassador magazine has gone quarterly! So, this is our first special Summer Travel issue, featuring travel stories from Molise’s beautiful beach town of Termoli to Umbria’s hilltop gem Todi, to Basilicata’s haunting Sassi in Matera, and more! Ambassador is also now digitally available to anyone who visits NIAF’s website! To view the current and past Ambassador magazine issues, visit:

Scholarship for Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Management
NIAF is partnering with Accademia Teatro alla Scala and Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business (MIP) to fund a full-tuition scholarship of €17,500 (approximately $20,000) to be awarded to an Italian American graduate student who is seeking a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Management. The 20-month program in English begins November 2019 and concludes in June 2021 with 1,500 hours of education and training and a three-to-six-month internship at performing arts institutions throughout Italy and abroad. Deadline for online applications is September 4. Visit:

The 15th Annual NIAF Golf Tournament
Even if you missed racecar legend Mario Andretti’s appearance and support for this NIAF benefit at the Kick Off Reception last month in New York City, there’s still time to join now and get a great day of 18 holes in as well! NIAF’s 15th Annual Tournament is on Monday, August 19, at the Glen Oaks Club in Westbury, N.Y. benefits NIAF membership and educational programs. Registration and breakfast at 10:30 a.m. – foursome packages include shotgun start at noon; cocktails, awards and raffle, and dinner. Sponsorships available. To register or for more information, contact Nicholas R. Caiazzo at or 212-915-5121.

Mark Your Calendars for NIAF’s 44th Anniversary Gala!

Exciting news! You can now register for our upcoming NIAF 44th Anniversary Gala Weekend, November 1-3, celebrating NIAF’s 2019 Region of Honor, Molise! Our signature events include a Friday night Molise region-inspired dinner with Celebrity Chef Mary Ann Esposito (Italian American chef, cookbook author and TV host of the longest running cooking show, Ciao Italia). On Saturday, join us for Expo Italiana, Washington, D.C.’s largest Italian festival; free and open to the public, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., featuring quality Italian food, wine, and products as well as live entertainment! Saturday evening is the unforgettable NIAF Gala Awards Dinner, where Italian Americans and Italians come together to celebrate incredible honorees and our shared Italian heritage. This year, the entire weekend will be at the beautiful Omni Shoreham Hotel! Purchase tickets for Friday and Saturday nights now because you won’t want to miss THE Italian American weekend of the year:

NIAF’s 2019 Region of Honor: Molise

NIAF is thrilled to present its 2019 Region of Honor: Molise! Situated between the Apennines and Adriatic Sea, Molise is a mountainous region in southern Italy known for its agriculture and industry. Originally part of the Abruzzo-Molise region, Molise separated to become its own region in 1963. Molise is a charming, beautiful region with deep historical significance and much to offer locals and tourists alike.

NIAF visited Molise in June with our 2019 Voyage of Discovery program and our Board of Directors’ Mission to Italy. We will continue to celebrate Molise throughout the year, with stories in Ambassador magazine and at our 44th Anniversary Gala Weekend, November 1-3. Learn more about Molise by visiting

Visit our NIAF Museum on Italian Immigration this Summer!
The Museum recounts the hardships that Italian immigrants faced from enduring the journey across the Atlantic by ship and living in the United States, to their successes in the fields of music, entertainment, government, business, and the extraordinary achievements of Italian American women. Open to the public Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., except holidays; self-guided tours; admission is free. So, swing by NIAF Headquarters! We’d love to see you! For more information, visit:

USA News & Events

Italian Festivals Across America List!
See if there is an Italian festival near you in this comprehensive list of Italian Festivals from our friend and affiliate, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America! Visit:

The Venus International Film Festival in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Venus International Film Festival, July 2931, will showcase films, scripts, music and food, all of which is focused on the cultural Italian experience in the film industry in Las Vegas! Filmmakers, actors, writers, producers, directors or cinematographer of Italian descent are all eligible to enter. Deadline to submit a film is July 1. Tickets are on sale now for the July 31 Black-Tie Awards Show and Red Carpet! For more information about submissions or tickets to the Awards Show, visit:

Casa Italiana’s Summer Language & Ceramics Classes

Beginner and intermediate Italian summer language courses will be offered starting July 10 by Casa Italiana in Washington, D.C. Levels are based on the CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). For more information and to see which level best fits your needs, visit:

Sign up for one of Casa Italiana’s morning or evening ceramics classes! Studio sessions cover sculpting, decorating and glazing skills. Students learn both from premade pieces and also have the opportunity to make original works of their own. For details, visit:

I Piccoli Learning at I AM Books
Join I AM Books in Boston for its Italian reading group for little ones! Children (up to age 4) and their parents will engage in multiple readings and games for a fun morning of Italian language and learning. July 13. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. For details, visit:

Rinascimento Femminile: NOIAW Artists Exhibition
The National Organization for Italian American Women (NOIAW) presents Rinascimento Femminile: A Women’s Renaissance, an exhibition featuring the multimedia work of Italian American women artists affiliated with NOIAW. Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, N.Y. 7 – 10 p.m. For details, visit:

Opera in the Italian Garden 2019
The Italian Cultural Garden Foundation with the Italian Sons & Daughters of America, Ohio District and Cuyahoga Arts and Culture present Opera in the Italian Garden 2019. The concert features opera and ballet, Broadway musicals and Italian songs, with The Cleveland Opera and the Cleveland Ballet. While 250 chairs are available, bring your own to ensure a seat. Free concert and parking. At the Italian Renaissance Cultural Garden in Cleveland, Ohio. Sunday, July 28, 6 – 7:30 p.m. For information, call: 216-916-7780.

At Casa Belvedere—Staten Island
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere’s Culinary Classes offer recreational and educational culinary experiences on a year-round basis. Daytime and evening classes are held in Casa Belvedere’s state-of-the-art Cucina Colavita Kitchen and are available for adults and children. The adult cooking classes for July includes advanced Italian cheese making, from mozzarella to burrata, seasoned and filled to your taste on July 30. For more information on these and other Casa Belvedere programs, visit or call 718-273-7660.


Amy Riolo’s The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking
Auguri to longtime contributor to Ambassador magazine and NIAF friend, award-winning author and celebrity chef Amy Riolo for the release of The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd Edition: A Flavorful, Heart-Healthy Approach to Cooking. Riolo’s collection offers dozens of palate-expanding, flavor-packed dishes that will appeal to diabetics and their families. Each recipe contains exchange and nutritional information, and cooks will be pleased with an index of main ingredients. Though diners and diabetics already familiar with Mediterranean cuisine will get the most out of the book, vegans and others interested in broadening their culinary horizons will be surprised at this volume’s breadth and ease of use. Buy it on Amazon:

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New nonstop flights from Washington to Rome began May 2!

Say buongiorno in the eternal city with a cappuccino. Fly nonstop to Rome from the beating heart of the United States with our new Washington-Rome flight. Arrive in Rome refreshed and enjoy Italy’s favorite breakfast, a delicious cappuccino and hot croissant, before beginning your day visiting its famous sites. Or, just take in the city’s mood where history and modern life mix by strolling down its cobblestone streets and its spacious piazzas. View our special offers!

Take a virtual tour onboard our A330 aircraft

From the United States, Alitalia operates Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft configured with three travel classes: Magnfica, Premium Economy and Economy. Magnifica, our long-haul business cabin, offers award-winning business class seats in Poltrona Frau leather, fully lie-flat and equipped with massage function, award-winning dining, and complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity up to 50MB. In Premium Economy, you will enjoy 40 percent more space than in Economy in the comfort and privacy of a dedicated cabin, Italian inspired dining experience, and complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity up to 10MB. Take a 360-degree virtual cabin tour on our A330!

Get Involved with NIAF and the Italian American Community!

Join NIAF Today! 
GREAT NEWS! NIAF has updated the benefits we offer to our members. On our website, you can view our new membership levels — Sustaining Member, Galileo Club, Michelangelo Society, and the da Vinci Council, as well as the benefits each type of membership receives. The biggest benefit is being able to help preserve, promote and protect your Italian heritage! Join today by visiting

Italian Community Services on the West Coast

Italian Community Services (ICS) welcomes all NIAF members to visit its website and learn how ICS helps the broader Italian American Community. Italian Community Services is the oldest Italian non-profit in North America. Founded by a group of Italian pioneers in San Francisco who had great success (Bank of America, Del Monte Foods, Ghirardelli Chocolates, to name a few) the non-profit’s mission is to assist the Italian and Italian American community of California. Italian Community Services defends the Italian language and culture, supports senior citizens with socializing activities, community outreach, financial assistance, and is a point of reference for all things Italian and Italian American. The nonprofit collaborates with the Italian Consulate, Italian Cultural Institute, and all leading West Coast Italian agencies. Since its inception 104 years ago, ICS has helped more than 40,000. Venite a visitarci!

Calling All Voyage of Discovery Alumni 
We’re creating an alumni database of past participants in NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery and NIAF’s Gift of Discovery programs and we need your help! Did you or someone you know participate? If so, let us know. Please email your name, Voyage of Discovery year, and any other information you’d like to share about your experience to

NIAF Corporate Sponsor Discounts
Heads up, NIAF members! Check out all money-saving discounts, exclusive deals and membership benefits that NIAF Corporate Sponsors offer through your NIAF Membership Portal. Sign in with your NIAF password at:

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF!
Here’s your opportunity to donate to NIAF without costing you a cent! Support the work of NIAF when making purchases on by going to and selecting 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 that, at no extra cost, you are 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 heritage. 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 here:

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. For more information, visit:

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