eNotizie – May 2019


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 looks forward to visiting Molise this summer with our 2019 Voyage of Discovery program and our Board of Directors’ Mission to Italy. We will continue to celebrate Molise throughout the year and at our 44th Anniversary Gala Weekend, November 1-3.

Apply for the NIAF Congressional Fellowship by May 31!
In September, the Foundation will place five outstanding Italian American college students and recent graduates in the offices of members of the Italian American Congressional Delegation (IACD) to encourage and support the next generation of Italian American leadership. NIAF will award each fellow with a stipend of $1,000 to aid with travel and living expenses while working in a Congressional office in Washington, D.C. Application opens April 1. Deadline is May 31, at 11:59 p.m. ET. For details, visit:

Unexpected Italy – Italian-focused Performances in D.C. and NYC
Throughout the month of May, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in conjunction with the National Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera,  presents Unexpected Italy, a celebration of Italy’s extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage. Unexpected Italy will feature a variety of art forms, including two weeks of Italian-focused performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as a performance in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

The scheduled events at the Kennedy Center: Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca from May 11-25; Gioachino Rossini’s Stabat Mater from May 16-17; Mario Biondi on May 21; Simona Molinari on May 26; Doctor 3 on May 28; and Ludovico Einaudi on May 31; as well as four Millennium Stage performances that are free to the public. Gioachino Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Liszt’s Dante Symphony will be performed on May 19 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. NIAF is a sponsor of Unexpected Italy and has contributed $10,000 toward making this series possible. For details and to purchase tickets, click here:

NIAF Museum on Italian Immigration is Open!
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. For more information, visit:

USA News & Events

Da Qui a Palermo Jazz Concert
New York University’s Casa Italiana will host Da Qui a Palermo, a jazz concert and multimedia project performed by Giancarlo Mazzù, Luciano Troja, Blaise Siwula and Rocco John Iacovone. Free Admission. May 1 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP at

Film Dogman Showing in Theaters Near You
Dogman, a 2018 Italian crime drama and winner of nine David di Donatello Awards, is showing in theaters across the country. For details, visit:

Frist Art Museum Exhibition — Nashville
The exhibition, Claudio Parmiggiani: Dematerialization, features a selection of the Italian artist’s unconventional art, including 15 two- and three-dimensional works that address the passage of time, mortality, absence, memory and silence. On display until May 5. For details, visit:

Alchemy of Italy at Yale University
The National Organization of Italian American Women’s (NOIAW) Connecticut Region will host a lecture and book signing on Yale’s campus in New Haven, with Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University. May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers and guests. RSVP at

Dominique Robin: Stone Puzzles
The Italian Academy at Columbia University presents the exhibit Stone Puzzles from the Valdarno and the Hudson Valley. Artist Dominque Robin exhibits carbon drawings, photographs and videos based on stones he collected while walking in the Arno River Valley, Tuscany, in the Hudson Valley, and in New York City. Through May 8. Free Admission. Visit:

Dinner and Wine Pairings at NYC Eataly’s La Scuola
Carla Gambescia, author of La Dolce Vita University will host Italian Favorites with a Trivia Twist, a four-course dinner with wine pairings at Eataly’s La Scuola at the NYC Flatiron, on May 18 at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets here:

Italian Cultural Society of Washington D.C.’s Gala
This year’s Italian Cultural Society of Washington D.C. Gala will honor Mimmo Miccolis, the Italian choreographer of the Washington Ballet. May 23 at The Embassy of Italy. For details and to purchase tickets, visit:

Artist Renato Leotta: A Solo Exhibition
Magazzino Italian Art Foundation and New York University’s Casa Italiana co-present an exhibition by contemporary Italian artist Renato Leotta. This new installation presents sculptures and multimedia works. Until June 12 at New York University. Free Admission. Visit:

Ludovico Einuadi Tours the U.S.
Famous Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi will be touring the United States this spring and summer. His first concert will be on May 31, in Washington D.C., as part of the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts’ Unexpected Italy series, sponsored by NIAF. His tour will proceed to Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and Seattle. Purchase tickets at

NIASHF’s Tommy Lasorda Golf Open
The 12th Annual Tommy Lasorda Golf Open will be hosted by the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame on Monday, June 17, at the Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles, Ill. For more information, contact or call 312-226-5566.

Eataly Positions Available Today
Rarely does this eNewsletter post jobs, but the unusual match between our readership and the qualifications for at least two positions advertised at Eataly, in New York City, caught our attention. The famed Italian marketplace is looking to hire a Contents Manager and an Assistant Marketing Manager. Qualifications for both positions require Italian language and Italian culture skills. Other positions are available as well. For details, visit

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. Day-time and evening classes are held in Casa Belvedere’s state-of-the-art Cucina Colavita Kitchen and are available for adults and children. For more information on these and other Casa Belvedere programs, visit or call 718-273-7660.


Terrence Coen’s Retirement Italiano: Adventures and Misadventures in a Foreign Culture
Auguri to NIAF Member and author Terrence Coen for his first book, a memoir, Retirement Italiano. It’s a humorous and humble account of his transition from business executive to retired guy, and the adventure of running a B&B in Italy that ensued. As a bonus, the book includes authentic Italian recipes contributed by Coen’s wife, Laura, a native of Rome. Available on Amazon:

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New nonstop flight from Washington to Rome beginning May 2!

Say buongiorno in the eternal city with a cappuccino. Starting May 2, 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!

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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 and the benefits each type of membership will receive. The biggest benefit is being able to help preserve, promote and protect your Italian heritage! Join today by visiting

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

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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.

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NIAF e-Newsletter edited by Natalie Wulderk