eNotizie – May 2015


NIAF 40th Anniversary Gala—Register Early and Save!
We want YOU to be part of our big 40th Anniversary Gala Weekend, October 15-18, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, in Washington, D.C.! Now until July 1, NIAF is offering special advanced pricing registration for our Gala Weekend. The weekend includes our 40th Annual Awards Gala; NIAF and Joe Piscopo celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday; EXPO Italiana – the largest Italian American exposition in Washington, D.C.; our popular wine tasting luncheon, community discussions and more! Don’t miss out on celebrating 40 years of honoring the Italian American culture through NIAF programs and scholarships! Purchase your Gala Weekend tickets now at

Help NIAF Restore the Duomo di Milano
Join NIAF in supporting the “Save the Saint” restoration project by the International Patrons of Duomo di Milano! NIAF’s Board of Directors recently voted to create a special one-time “NIAF Emanuele and Emilia Inglese Memorial Grant” of $100,000 to support the project, which will go towards restoring the Saint Francesca Cabrini spire of the Duomo. There are 135 spires on top of the Duomo, and each and every one of them needs to be adopted! Join the Save the Saint crowd-funding campaign. The restoration of the Madre Cabrini will be dedicated to all international donors! For more information on the campaign and to make your donation, visit Together we can make history!

Join NIAF Today!
2015-enotizie-may-staffEmbrace your family heritage and support the Italian American community by joining NIAF, whose core mission is 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

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 contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at with your current contact information.

Summer Internship in Milan
Are you an Italian American college student interested in interning in Milan, Italy, during the summer of 2015? Build your resume and experience the Motherland with this once-in–a-lifetime opportunity! NIAF has teamed up with Career Paths in Milan and is offering an all-inclusive Italian job experience featuring an internship, accommodations, day trips to Italian cities, and more. Contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at for more information.

NIAF on Facebook! Help us get to 110,000 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

Alla Salute! Book Signing with Amy Riolo
2015-enotizie-may-amyrioloThe Greater Washington, D.C. Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women invites you to a special presentation and book signing by award-winning author, chef and television personality Amy Riolo, on Thursday, May 14, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at NIAF HQ, located at 1860 19th Street NW, Washington, D.C. Amy will discuss the various health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Light refreshments will be provided. Register online at

Alan Lomax in Italy
On Tuesday, May 5, from 12-1 p.m., the Library of Congress will present “Alan Lomax in Italy, 1954-1955,” a lecture on one of the great folklorist of the 20th century and his groundbreaking fieldwork in Italy. The lecture, given by Dr. Goffredo Plastino, of Newcastle University, will take place at the Whittall Pavilion, in the Thomas Jefferson Building, at the Library of Congress. For more information, visit

Men of the Cloth — Chicago and New York Screenings
“Men of the Cloth,” an inspiring film about three Italian master tailors with a passionate devotion to their trade, will have two screenings in May. The film’s Chicago premiere will take place on Thursday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m., at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Vicki Vasilopoulos and special guests, including master tailor Rocco Giovannangelo from the world-renowned Oxxford Clothes, based in Chicago. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased at .The film will have a New York screening on Wednesday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m., at the Loews Village 7. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased at

May at the John D. Calandra Institute
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College/CUNY in New York City will present Joseph Sciorra’s “Built with Faith: Italian American Imagination and Catholic Material Culture in New York City,” on Thursday, May 7, at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Institute will host a presentation of the book, “Filippo Tommaso Marinetti: The Artist and His Politics,” with a panel discussion, including the book’s author, Dr. Ernest Ialongo, assistant professor of History, Hostos Community College, CUNY.

On Wednesday, May 20, from 6 to 8 p.m., Donna DiCello, Psy.D., and Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D., will present their book, “Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America.”

For more information, visit The Italian Cultural Institute is located at 686 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y.

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University
On Monday, May 4, the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, at New York University will host the opening night of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival, with two performances that are free and open to the public. At 6 p.m., the Casa will present “Homage to Pasolini,” a staged reading directed by Marco Calvani. At 7 p.m., the Casa will present “Viola di Mare” by and with Isabella Carloni, based on the novel “Minchia di re” by Giacomo Pilati. The 17-day festival runs from May 4 to 20, with shows presented at venues in all five boroughs of New York. For more details and tickets to festival shows visit or call 646-850-7056.

On Thursday, May 6, at 7 p.m., the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, at New York University, will present “Le Conversazioni 2015,” a discussion of the annual literary festival that takes place on the Isle of Capri. The event will be followed by a screening of the documentary on Le Conversazioni 2014.

On Wednesday, May 20, at 6 p.m., the Casa will present “From the 1966 Venice Flood to the Palazzo Farnese: 50 Years of Preserving Italy’s Glorious Monuments,” an audio/visual presentation by Bonnie Burnham, president of World Monuments Fund.

For more information and a full calendar of events, visit

Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University
On Wednesday, May 6, at 2:30 p.m., Elisabetta Scirocco of Kunsthistorishes Institute in Florence, Max-Planck Gesellschaft, will present “The Mediterranean Legacy in Norman Southern Italy,” at Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies at the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340.

On Sunday, May 17, at 2:30 p.m., the Center will host a presentation on the Region of Le Marche Italy, at the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. The program will include a screening of a documentary on the region and commentary by Mauro Peroni, representative of the Region’s Commission for Culture.

For a full calendar of events, please visit

Piero di Cosimo
The first major retrospective exhibition ever of paintings by the imaginative Italian Renaissance master Piero di Cosimo is on display at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., through May 3. The exhibit, “Piero di Cosimo: The Poetry of Paintings in Renaissance Florence,” showcases some 44 of the artist’s most compelling works. For more information, visit

A Night in Roma
The 5th Annual “A Night in Roma” will take place Tuesday, June 9, at 6 p.m. at the Arena at the Don Taft University Center, at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. During the event, stroll down a re-creation of Mulberry Street, featuring an array of local Italian restaurants, beer-wine bars, live entertainment, and bocce ball. Proceeds from the event benefit the Tony Segreto Athletics Scholarship Fund. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Screenwriting Retreat
How much writing would you do away from your daily routine and pressures, inspired by one of the most beautiful places on earth and supported by industry experts? Find out, by participating in PageCraft’s Screenwriting Retreat in Orvieto, Italy, June 14-27, where you’ll take part in writer’s room-style classes, practical mini-lessons and one-to-one consultations. For more information and to register, visit

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
What’s new in Italics? Coverage of NIAF’s 2015 New York Gala, including interviews with NIAF President John M. Viola, Gala honorees, a look at the inaugural Mario M. Cuomo Award in Public Service and more!

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!

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Raise funds to support NIAF’s mission while shopping for great deals on everything from dining specials to travel deals. Just register for free at Recoup, choose your city for location-specific deals, then shop by the type of deal you want. When you purchase something, a portion of the proceeds goes to your designated nonprofit group. Please designate 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      
2015-enotizie-may-diplomaticInterested in global affairs and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. In the May/June 2015 issue: World Expo Milano: The Future of Food; An Interview with Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero on Expo Diplomacy; Legacy of the World’s Fair; and More! Look for the new issue on newsstands or at


2015-enotizie-may-delraso Congratulations to NIAF Chairman Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq., who received the Gerald Abraham Alumni Association Award for Service to Villanova University School of Law, which recognizes outstanding service by alumna mater. Created and named in honor of Professor Gerald Abraham upon his retirement from Villanova Law School in 1999, the award is presented each year to an alumnus or alumna who has exhibited outstanding leadership qualities and made significant contributions in time or otherwise to assist the Law School in fulfilling its mission and goals.

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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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
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