eNotizie – March 2014


NIAF New York Spring Gala: Register Now!
Exactly one month before NIAF’s New York Gala, so buy your tickets now! Join us on Thursday, April 3, at the legendary Cipriani 42nd Street in the heart of New York City for what has become the don’t-miss Italian American event in the Big Apple!

News Flash! Entertaining at the Gala will be Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses!


And if New York networking is on your agenda, imagine the guest list that’ll be showing up to honor these distinguished honorees: renowned chef and TV personality Mary Ann Esposito; Ernst & Young partner Carmine Di Sibio; Gensler Managing Principal Joseph Brancato; and PS&S Global LLC President and CEO General Frank Libutti.

Cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102;

Fourth Annual NIAF Golf Tournament—Ariz.
3-1-2014-golfScratch golfer! Duffers! Kick start your links season and do some good by joining us for the Fourth Annual NIAF Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 15, at the Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Hosted by Jerry Colangelo, NIAF chairman emeritus and chairman of USA Basketball, this annual event promises to attract a host of sports and media celebrities. The tournament will include 18 holes of golf on the Wigwam’s Gold course (designed by master course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr.), a continental breakfast, and special gifts and giveaways. Registration: 7:30 a.m. Shotgun start: 8:30 a.m.

To register your foursome online, visit For tournament questions, or to purchase a sponsorship package (which includes the Friday night dinner and show), contact Jerry Jones at or 202- 939-3102.

Rat Pack Live! Concert at the Fourth Annual NIAF Golf Tournament!
3-1-2014-ratpackYou don’t have to play 18 holes on Saturday, March 15, at the Wigwam Golf Resort to enjoy cocktails, dinner and concert the night before. Just come for the fun! But if you are hitting the links, you won’t want to miss this special tribute show by The Rat Pack Live that brings to life those great days when Frank, Dean and Sammy took the stage.

On Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m., the party begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., and buffet-style Italian dinner at 7:30 p.m., followed by The Rat Pack Live at 8 p.m. Tickets: $89 per person. To purchase tickets for the show, contact Jeanine Baxter at or 602-224-2302.

Coming Soon! Spring 2014 Issue of Ambassador Magazine
3-1-2014-ambassadorSurfing in Italy? In the water and in film, Italy’s making some waves. That cover story and others are featured in the upcoming issue of Ambassador magazine, due out the middle of March! You don’t get Ambassador? It’s one of many NIAF membership benefits. Join NIAF today! Visit

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

Attention AP Italian Students!
2-1-2014-ap-italianThe Italian Language Foundation (ILF) offering a financial award for students who excel on The College Board’s Advanced Placement Test in Italian Language and Culture. The Dante Award for Excellence is unrestricted and will be given to student members of the ILF who score a four or a five on the AP Italian exam given in May 2014.

Students can become ILF members for free via the ILF website ( The amounts of the award are $200 for students who score a five and $100 for those who score a four. Students must submit their scores to the ILF via the College Board’s score reporting service using the ILF’s college code (7202). The Dante Award for Excellence is part of the ILF’s programming to build participation in the United States and abroad in AP Italian. For more information, visit:

ACTFL Italian Language Teacher Workshops
The Italian Language Foundation is underwriting the cost of upcoming workshops for middle and high school teachers of Italian. A $25 teacher membership in the ILF is a condition for participation. Teachers can become ILF members via the ILF website ( The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) will conduct full day workshops on developing and assessing communication, followed by a half-day workshop to train lead teachers to continue professional development locally. For more information, and to register as an ILF member, visit: or email

Italian Language Students Journal Submissions
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, in Queens, N.Y., is coordinating the 10th anniversary edition of Il Giornalino—The Italian Journal, which highlights the writing and creativity of college and high school students enrolled in Italian language classes. Students are asked to send samples of their original writing—essay, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, etc.—1,000 words or less. Include all contact information plus name of school and Italian teacher. Entries must be submitted via e-mail to and received by April 11. For more information, contact Joseph Grosso at 718-997-5769 or

Ennio Morricone in the U.S.
12-1-2013-morriconeThe legendary, Oscar-winning, Italian composer who brought us the soundtracks of “Cinema Paradiso,” “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly,” “Kill Bill,” “The Untouchables,” and so much more, will return to the United States for two extraordinary events with a 200-member orchestra and choir in Los Angeles on March 20, and in New York on March 23. For ticket information, visit

Celebrity Fight Night In Italia 2014
Maybe you’ve heard about one of the nation’s elite annual charity events, the star-studded, power-packed evening called Celebrity Fight Night that has raised over its 19-year history $87 million that goes to many charities, though primarily to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. Well, it’s celebrating its 20th anniversary on April 12, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, in Phoenix, Ariz. For more information,

3-1-2014-bocelliBut wait! This year, this mega fundraiser is raising the stakes even more with a special, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: Celebrity Fight Night in Italia 2014!

For the first-ever Celebrity Fight Night outside of Phoenix, Ariz., you will fly to Florence, Italy, on a privately-chartered Boeing 767 jumbo jet (all first-class seating), and spend four days with legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli, who will take you to the most magical places around the city, and host you at his home for a night of star-studded entertainment! You’ll stay in a five-star Florence hotel, enjoy an exclusive fashion afternoon, dine at one of the most historical palaces in Tuscany, visit the beautiful coastal resort town of Forte dei Marmi, and take in the stars at the Gala at the historical, grandiose Salone dei Cinquecento at the Palazzo Vecchio! And that’s just a sampling of the itinerary!

Celebrity Fight Night in Italia, with Andrea Bocelli and Friends, takes place September 3–8, 2014. The donation for this unforgettable trip is $50,000 per person (with $37,000 tax deductible). Proceeds support the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. Call Sean Currie at 602-956-1121 for details or visit

Giada Valenti on Stage
Italian-born singer Giada Valenti returns to Long Island with new romantic show on March 23, at 2 p.m. at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, in Dix Hills, N.Y. Accompanied by her own All Men Band, she will surprise her audience with a new selection of American and Italian love songs from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s as well as recent contemporary hits and songs from her new CD “My Lullaby.” For more information and tickets, visit

Writers Read Series–NYC
Join authors Luigi Bonaffini and Joseph Perricone as they read from their landmark book, “Poets of the Italian Diaspora: A Bilingual Anthology,” an international selection of works by more than seventy Italian-language poets writing in countries from Australia to Venezuela. Part of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute’s Writers Read series, March 11, 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited; rsvp encouraged at 212-642-2094. For further information see

NJ Devils Italian Heritage Night Fundraiser
3-1-2014-devilsOn March 23, the NHL New Jersey Devils take on the Toronto Maple Leafs and celebrate a special Italian Heritage Night that will support sending New Jersey students to Italy. It’ll be a night of hockey and Italian music, dancing and culture at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., with $5 from each ticket purchased through a special Ticketmaster fundraiser link going towards funding the Ramapo Indian Hills High School class trip to Italy. Game time is 7 p.m. For tickets, visit and use the promo code ITALIAN.

Italian Futurism Art at the Guggenheim
3-1-2014-guggenheimOn 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:

National Gallery: “Dying Gaul” Exhibit—D.C.
1-1-2014-dying-gaulLast chance to view “The Dying Gaul,” the ancient Roman masterpiece from the Capitoline Museum in Rome that celebrates the marble masterwork and the cultural connections between Italy and the United States. The exhibit remains on view through March 16 at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Exhibition: The Quiet in the Mirror—NYC
New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò presents an exhibition of works by David Alexander Del Boca Flinn, Il Quieto Nello Specchio (The Quiet in the Mirror). The drawings, photos, sculptures and videos are a result of the artist splitting his life between New York and Turin. Through March 14. For more information, visit

Cinema Italy Festival—Atlanta
Don’t miss the eighth edition of the Italian Film Festival in Atlanta, April 24-27, screening eight new films from the current season at Atlanta’s Plaza Theater. For more information and the full film program, visit

Tune in!
3-1-2014-belpaeseListen to the 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. It’s easy, visit on your computer, mobile device, iPad or internet radio.

Italian Classes at Casa Belvedere — Staten Island
New start date! The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere has rescheduled the beginning of its winter/spring Italian language classes, “Parliamo Italiano,” for ages toddler through adult, to the week of March 10. Courses are designed to provide a sound basis for communicating effectively and accurately in contemporary spoken and written Italian. For more information and to register, visit on the language program page, or call 718-273-7660 or e-mail

Michelangelo Screenwriting Workshops in Italy
Thinking about a writing vacation? Michelangelo Screenwriting invites you to bring your story to life in an idyllic Italian setting. Choose from Rewrite Intensive with Professor Paul Chitlik (UCLA, Loyola Marymount) in a villa near Cortona or 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. Space is limited; sign up today! Visit

Turn on Italics TV
12-1-2013-italicsFor monthly cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American television 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 supporting NIAF’s mission while shopping for great deals! By dining out! By traveling! All you have to do is register (free) at Recoup, choose your city for location-specific deals, and then go shopping by the type of deal you want. And 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
3-1-2014-diplomaticcourierThe Diplomatic Courier’s new March/April print edition focuses on Girls and Women’s Economic Empowerment, in celebration of International Women’s Day 2014. Diplomatic Courier will celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8) and Women’s History Month with a delegation of women leaders from countries undergoing conflict, and post conflict countries, who have demonstrated their commitment to advancing the mission of increasing women’s political representation in decision making and promoting democratic governance in their communities and countries.

To learn more, visit, or search the App Store for the iPhone and iPad apps.


3-1-2014-harrison Congratulations to NIAF Vice Chair Hon. Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who was honored by the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit on February 20 at ASILM’s 48th Annual Gala at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. Ms. Harrison was presented with the Grand Award of Merit 2014, the Society’s highest honor.
3-1-2014-guarini Congratulations to NIAF Chairman Emeritus Frank J. Guarini who was honored by the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit on February 20 at ASILM’s 48th Annual Gala at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. Mr. Guarini, a former U.S. Congressman currently active in the development of the New Jersey Waterfront, received the Grand Award of Merit 2014, the Society’s highest honor.
3-1-2014-garibaldi Congratulations to NIAF Executive Vice President Hon. Marie Garibaldi who will receive the John Cabot Award for Distinguished Service, at the John Cabot University Gala, to be held April 1 at the Union League Club, in New York, N.Y.
3-1-2014-tamburri Congratulations to NIAF Patron member Dr. Anthony Tamburri, dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, who will be honored by the Puglia Center of America on March 13, at the Etcetera Etcetera Restaurant in New York City. The award recognizes outstanding contribution and achievements of personalities born or raised in, or descending from Puglia, Italy.
3-1-2014-transatlantic Congratulations to NIAF member Mary Ann McDonald Carolan on the publication of her new book, “The Transatlantic Gaze: Italian Cinema, American Film” (SUNY Press). Director of the Italian Studies Program at Fairfield University, Carolan tracks the influence of Italian cinema on American film from the postwar period to the present in the book. Available at and and other bookstores.
3-1-2014-barking-signals Congratulations to NIAF member Garret Mathews on the publication of his new book “Barking Signals (badly) During Goldwater” (Plugger Publishing), the underdog story of a shy 14-year-old boy growing up in rural Virginia, whose rites of passage come, often humorously, playing second-string quarterback on Abingdon High School’s JV football team. Available at and and other bookstores.
3-1-2014-giulianas-way Congratulations to NIAF member Albert Parillo on the publication of his new novel “Giuliana’s Way” (Author House), the story of a precocious Italian girl who, at 11 years of age in 1941, leaves hearth, home and war-torn Europe and comes to the United States to get an education, become an architect, and realize the American dream. And then her talent for cooking changes everything. Available at and and other bookstores.

Join NIAF Today!
2-1-2014-pinTime 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 (coming soon)
  • 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 Honor Tour—A Journey To Campania

Sept 3-14, 2014 — Limited Availability — 10 Days / 8 Nights

Give your family the gift of heritage! 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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Support Our Sponsors

Friends of Florence

2013-09-fofphotoPhoto courtesy of Antonio Quattrone

Friends of Florence was founded in 1998 as a U.S.-based 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. Since then, we have restored and made available to the public, in some cases for the first time in centuries, notable treasures including all the marble statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Uffizi’s Sala della Niobe, and the Medici’s original Tribune. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s David, we provided funding for the diagnostic analysis and continue to fund the monitoring and maintenance programs for both the David and Michelangelo’s Prisoners.

We also organize education and travel programs to Florence twice a year, with expertly-guided visits to private collections and museums, working laboratories, and stunning palaces and gardens where our guests enjoy intimate events hosted by the owners. We invite you to visit our website,, to learn more.



Ville in Italia

Ville in Italia
2-1-2014-ville-in-italia2Ville 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% 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 Once Again Awarded Best Airline Cuisine—Four Consecutive Wins!
1-1-2014-alitaliaFor four consecutive years, Alitalia has won the award for Best Airline Cuisine in Global Traveler magazine’s GT Readers Tested Survey. Alitalia has also recently received the Expert’s Choice Award for its in-flight wine program in Saveur Magazine’s 2013 Culinary Travel Awards. The prestigious awards recognize Alitalia’s commitment to creating a high-quality Italian dining experience inspired by Italy’s culturally diverse regions.

Magnifica Class menus are created and selected in collaboration with Alma, considered to be the most authoritative internationally recognized training center for Italian cuisine. Menus change every three months, and the dishes and wines of different regions of Italy are featured in each direction, so travelers enjoy a new dining experience each way. Wines are carefully paired with the menus in cooperation with the Italian Association of Sommeliers (AIS).

Visit Alitalia at, and


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