eNotizie – June 2014


NIAF’s New Website!
Introducing a better way to navigate your NIAF neighborhood! Check out the all-new and improved, redesigned NIAF website!

Connecting with NIAF has never been easier. Just go to, make sure to bookmark the location, and then explore its many user-friendly features, including the Pensieri Italo-Americani Blog, the interactive calendar of events and festivals, and many new videos.

Plus, members now have access to the new password-protected myNIAF members-only section where they’ll receive benefits, announcements, periodic specials, exciting promotions, random giveaways and invitations exclusive to NIAF members!

So don’t wait. Visit today!

NIAF on Facebook! 50,000 Fans!
2014-06-FB_50000That’s right, over Memorial Day weekend, NIAF’s fun, engaging and informative Facebook page reached the social-media milestone of 50,000 likes! A few days later, it was 51,000! Thanks for your support!

And if you aren’t a regular visitor on NIAF’s Facebook page, isn’t it time you joined the conversation? NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with an insatiable appetite for news, views, recipes, and trivia—anything Italian and Italian American! Plus, contests and free tickets to shows, concerts and events across the country! Easy to find at

NIAF New York Reception—June 3
To celebrate NIAF’s mission and its educational programs across the United States, and as a special thank you to New York’s business community for its continuing support, NIAF is hosting a reception at the rooftop garden of 230 Fifth in New York City on June 3, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


NIAF’s leadership, including Chairman Joseph Del Raso and President John M. Viola will be on hand, along with Regional Vice Presidents Nicholas R. Caiazzo, Susan Paolercio, and business and community leaders. Michael Gargiulo, Emmy-award winning journalist and co-anchor of NBC 4 New York’s “Today in New York,” will emcee. And MLB great and longtime NIAF friend Mike Piazza will join NIAF’s leadership at a ceremonial lightening of a replica of the Empire State Building in the lobby of the Empire State Building earlier in the day.

For more information about the reception and lighting ceremony, please contact

NIAF T-shirt Campaign Success!
Grazie to all of NIAF’s friends and supporters who so generously helped us reach our goal last month of selling 500 new and limited-design NIAF t-shirts! In fact, the campaign sold 569 shirts and raised $7010 to help support NIAF’s mission.


NIAF Anniversary Gala – Not Too Early to Register!
Advance registration for NIAF’s 39th Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C., October 24-25, is now available online! So make your Gala plans now and take advantage of the early-bird money-saving discounts available through July 1. Reserve your seats today at

Voyage of Discovery News — Trip to Campania!
And they’re off! The 20 college students in NIAF’s 2014 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program will arrive in Naples, Italy, on June 11, and you can follow their journey through the Region of Campania online! Just visit for regular updates and photos from their daily excursions.

The all-expenses-paid program is designed to strengthen the students’ Italian American identity by bonding them to the country, culture and heritage of Italy, and to help them gain an understanding of their heritage and a pride in preserving that heritage for the next generation. Could be you next year!

Voyage of Discovery Alumni Lost and Found!
Did you 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! We don’t want our educational program alums to miss out on everything that’s happening at NIAF! Please contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at with your current contact information.

Tour Campania with NIAF and Royalty
Celebrate NIAF’s 2014 Region of Honor, Campania, by touring it with H.R.H. Princess Beatrice di Borbone delle Due Sicilie! The excursion runs from June 27 to July 2, and includes an Inaugural Gala at the Palace of Capodimonte in Naples on June 27. Itinerary includes visits to Capri and Paestum. For more information, contact Gabriella Mileti at 202-939-3116 or


Bracco Foundation/NIAF Scholarship Call for Submissions
The Bracco Foundation in cooperation with NIAF is pleased to announce a $100,000 scholarship dedicated to the study of “Iodine-Deficiency Awareness among Healthcare Professionals and Mothers in the U.S.A.”

Italian Americans and Italian citizens with permanent residency in the United States, who hold post-graduate degrees including a Ph.D., M.D. or MSc, have expertise in endocrinology or nutrition, and are no more than 35 years of age at the time of the application deadline, are invited to submit their applications. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2014. For more information, contact Gabriella Mileti at

A Night in Roma – Fort Lauderdale
Stroll down the re-creation of Mulberry Street and enjoy an array of fare from local restaurants, beer and wine bars, live entertainment, and a bocce ball tournament, at the 4th Annual “A Night in Roma” benefitting the Tony Segreto Athletics Scholarship Fund. Individual tickets: $100. June 10, 6 p.m., at Nova Southeastern University’s Arena at the Don Taft University Center. For more information, call 954-922-7013 or email Or purchase tickets at

Opera in the Piazza—New Orleans
The American Italian Cultural Center presents a romantic evening of arias under the stars in the Piazza d’Italia! featuring The New Orleans Opera Association and The Loyola College of Music and Arts. Food and beverages will be available. Ferraris will also be on display courtesy of the Louisiana Chapter, Ferrari Club of America. A concert donation of $10 is asked. Friday, June 13, 7 to 10 p.m. at the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Poydras streets in New Orleans.

Italian Soccer!
Serie A Live, is launching another World Cup campaign for all soccer enthusiasts and sports fans throughout Chicagoland with its kickoff event #4ORZAITALIA on June 7 at 2 p.m. at Affresco, 11 N. Northwest Hwy in Park Ridge, IL.  NIAF is proud to be one of the sponsors.  Check out our logo on the back of a new FIAT 500.  There will be lots of give a ways from us. Serie A is a premier fantasy soccer site that is exclusive to the Lega Serie A of Italy.  For more information and other events around Chicago’s Italian-centric locations, contact its founder Vince Cullotta at

Italian American Museum Looking for S.S. Verdi Passengers
2013-06-verdiDid you or someone you know immigrate to America between 1915 and 1928 aboard the S.S. Giuseppe Verdi passenger ship? If so, you were a child then, and now most likely in your late eighties or nineties. But the ship made many transatlantic trips and carried as many as 2,200 passengers per journey, mostly from the ports of Naples, Genoa and Palermo to Ellis Island.

If you were among them, the Italian American Museum in New York City wants to hear from you. Passengers or their families are urged to contact the Italian American Museum’s representative at 212-262-8800 or by email at

Ralph Fasanella Exhibit at Smithsonian
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Ralph Fasanella’s birth, the exhibit “Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget” will be on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in Washington, D.C., from through August 3. Fasanella, the son of Italian immigrants and a self-taught folk-primitive artist, is considered one of the most important folk painters in American art. For more information:


Italian Futurism Art at the Guggenheim
On exhibit through September 1 at New York City’s Guggenheim Museum: “Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe.” The first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism presented in the United States, the exhibition includes more than 300 works encompassing not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance. For more information, visit:


“Men of the Cloth” Screenings
“Men of the Cloth” is a documentary film that features three Italian master tailors with a passionate devotion to their trade. Produced and directed by Vicki Vasilopoulos, the film received production grants from NIAF and premiered at DOC NYC where it received an Official Selection.

The film will have its Main Line premiere on June 7 (2 p.m.) and June 11 (7 p.m.) at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute in Bryn Mawr, Pa. For more information on the film and to buy tickets for the screenings, visit or call 610-527-9898.

Cooking with Nonna — Sorrento Tour
Only a few spaces remain available for Rossella Rago’s “Sorrento with Rossella” Culinary Tour in Sorrento, Italy. From Aug. 30 to Sept 6, 2014, you will indulge in the traditional masterpiece dishes of Campania, made with the highest quality local and seasonal ingredients. Accommodations will be provided by Divine Amalfi Villas. Don’t wait to book your tour! For more information, visit

Tune in!
Listen to Bel Paese Internet Radio, a program for Italian American communities across the United States and in Canada! The program runs from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and features Italian music, sports and community news. Visit on your computer, mobile device, iPad or internet radio. If your internet radio receiver doesn’t carry this station, contact the manufacturer to ask that Bel Paese Radio be added to its stations.


Italian Classes at Casa Belvedere — Staten Island
Learn how to cook Southern Italian and Sicilian classics in courses offered at Casa Belvedere’s Cucina Colavita. Menu items include pastiera, focaccia, melanzane and arancini. $95 per person; space is limited! For more information and to register, visit, call 718-273-7660 or e-mail

Michelangelo Screenwriting Workshops in Italy
Thinking about a writing vacation? Bring your story to life in an idyllic Italian setting. Michelangelo Screenwriting is still accepting applications for its June 15-28 Writer’s Room Retreat with Ben Blacker (“Supernatural,” “Thrilling Adventure Hour”) in the hill town of Orvieto. To make your days off from writing even more memorable, they’ve partnered with Discovering Umbria to offer half-day and full-day wine and olive-oil tasting trips around Orvieto. Time’s running out! Sign up today at

Turn on Italics TV
What’s new on Italics? Pianist & Composer Moira LoBianco, actor Edoardo Ballerini talks about his latest film “No God, No Master,” and an interview with Lisa Lemole Oz, NOIAW 2014 Gala Honoree!

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 (

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Raise funds to support NIAF’s mission while shopping for great deals on everything from unique retail items, dining specials and travel deals. All you have to do is register for free at Recoup, choose your city for location-specific deals, and then shop by the type of deal you want. Each time you purchase something, a portion of the proceeds goes to NIAF. It’s like Groupon and Living Social, except while helping yourself, you’re also helping your charitable cause. Get started at

Read Diplomatic Courier
Interested in global affairs and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. In the May/June 2014 issue: Philippine Resilience; Russia: Sanctions, International Law and Ukraine’s Future; Tipping the Social Stock Market; Europe’s Global Elections; and more! Look for the new May/June issue on newsstands or at

Congratulations to NIAF Patron Member Merribel Ayres on the recent grand opening of her new Amina Rubinacci boutique in Georgetown, on Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation’s capital!

2014-06-merribel Amina Rubinacci is the sophisticated, luxury, Made-in-Italy, womenswear brand founded in Naples in 1967. Merribel Ayres is also the president, of Lighthouse Consulting Group in Washington, D.C. For more information on the new shop, visit and

Join NIAF Today!
Time to embrace your family heritage and support the Italian American community. NIAF’s core mission to preserve Italian American heritage, to 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

Welcome to the September 2014 Region of Excellence Tour—A Journey to Campania. Sept 3-14, 2014 — Limited Availability — 10 Days/8 Nights.

Give your family the gift of heritage this holiday season! Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Paestum and Sorrento! Includes an optional day of genealogy research.

Join NIAF and Perillo Tours on a once in a lifetime trip to the 2014 Region of Honor—Campania. Enjoy the region’s dramatic highlights, including history, culture and cuisine. Exclusive insiders access for NIAF members. Optional excursion from Sorrento to trace your heritage and visit your family’s hometown.

Land Price—$3,599 per person; Single supplement—$699. Air rates available from most gateways. For trip information and registration, visit:

Visit us at; email at; or call 855-PT-GROUP (1-855-784-7687) for additional information.

Can’t join us on our journey? For NIAF Members Only, book any Perillo Tours or program (a $2,500 value per couple) and receive $100 per person. Promo Code: NIAF


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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.

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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 Katie Rictor at 202-939-3122 or Email For further information, please contact us at

Alitalia’s Magnifica Summer Sale Fares 

2014_04_01-alitaliaTravel in style this summer with Alitalia’s business class fares starting at $3,005 round-trip! Magnifica—Alitalia’s Business Class cabin on intercontinental routes—delivers maximum comfort and a sophisticated travel experience.  Flying in Magnifica means traveling in elegance.  Magnifica seats on the newly reconfigured B777 as well as the A330 aircraft convert to fully-flat beds, which recline to 180 degrees, and offer in-seat work and entertainment options. The cabin configuration offers travelers all-aisle seating.

Service in Magnifica on all aircraft includes award-winning menus featuring regional Italian cuisine, linens designed by Italian luxury brand Frette, tableware designed by Richard Ginori, and an amenity kit with personal care items created by Salvatore Ferragamo.  To see the Magnifica offers, visit

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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Don Oldenburg