eNotizie (November 2016)

NIAF 41st Anniversary Gala 2016 Review
The National Italian American Foundation hosted its 41st Anniversary Awards Gala Weekend with an extravaganza of song, homage to heritage, family ties and passion for food. Our Expo Italiana event saw an unprecedented number of visitors and vendors. The 41st Anniversary Gala Awards Dinner was a wonderful celebration of the Foundation’s united Italian American and Italian culture, as well as the 2016 Region of Honor, Piemonte. We are proud to have hosted so many distinguished honorees, diverse businesses, guests and entertainers throughout the weekend.


To read more on the 41st Anniversary Gala and to view photos from the weekend, go to

Donate to The Italian American Relief Fund
NIAF’s Italian American Relief Fund is dedicated to providing relief for the victims affected by the earthquake that struck Central Italy on August 24, 2016, and more recently on October 26 and 30, 2016. Any and all donations are welcome and appreciated.

While we are working with local Italian authorities to identify a specific project or projects for funding in the coming weeks, we assure you that 100 percent of all proceeds will go to the rebuilding efforts of a community badly damaged by these natural catastrophes. For more information, go to:

NIAF White Truffle Live Auction & Luncheon Benefit
truffle-union-leagueDon’t miss the National Italian American Foundation’s World Alba White Truffle Charity Auction and Luncheon, taking place on November 13 in Philadelphia, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will auction off exclusive white truffles and wines from NIAF’s 2016 Region of Honor, Piemonte, and will benefit the Foundation’s educational programs. CLICK HERE for more information.

Apply for our Performing Arts Management Scholarship – deadline THIS MONTH!
NIAF is excited to offer our Performing Arts Management Scholarship in collaboration with Accademia Teatro alla Scala, one of the most renowned institutions for training professionals in the performing arts, and Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business (MIP), an internationally recognized management school. This 18-month program takes place in Milan, and gives students hands-on experience. Deadline to apply: November 15. For more information, go to:

Students – apply for the trip of a lifetime!
Applications for the 2017 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery are now available online at To be eligible to apply, students must be of Italian heritage, be enrolled in college in the spring of 2017, and have never traveled to Italy.


Be a part of something bigger – give back to the Italian American community and donate to NIAF in our #WeAreNIAF campaign. Your gift allows us to provide scholarships and grants for Italian American students, as well as continue our work in cultural programs throughout the United States. Every donation counts! To learn more about what we do and how you can help, go to

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF!
This holiday season, shop online at Amazon and 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!

Sign Petition Demanding Justice for Italian Americans
During World War II, the United States government interned and relocated thousands of Italian Americans, often confiscating their property. These actions, which affected many in our community, have been largely overlooked by history. Currently, there are two bills before Congress that would require the federal government to acknowledge these civil liberty violations, apologize for them, and fund educational programs studying the mistreatment of Italian Americans during that time. The National Italian American Foundation supports both bills and asks for your help. We are approaching our goal of 2,500 signatures! Please join us in demanding an apology from Congress on behalf of the Italian Americans that came before us. For more information, click here:

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 brilliant heritage. The hosts, Anthony Fasano and Dolores Alfieri, interview celebrities and nonnas alike, bringing you an authentic Italian American experience. Listen to the Podcast’s latest episode here:

Join NIAF Today!
Are you passionate about being Italian American? Now’s the time to join the National Italian American Foundation! Membership with NIAF celebrates your family heritage and supports the Italian American community. Our core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage, 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 for NIAF events and merchandise
  • Great money-saving deals through NIAF’s partners, and much more!

For more information about NIAF and its exciting new benefits, visit

NIAF’s Corporate Sponsors
NIAF is proud to announce its new Corporate Sponsors! Take a look at the money-saving discounts and exclusive deals they offer to NIAF Members through the NIAF Membership Portal at

Be a part of NIAF’s Facebook community!
Check out and “like” (or “love,” “wow”) NIAF’s Italian American pride-studded Facebook page to be a part of our online community! And those of you who already follow us, grazie for your support!

NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with everything but your Sunday dinner table — news, views, recipes and trivia. Anything Italian, Italian American or NIAF, it’s there! Plus, contests, giveaways, and free tickets to shows, concerts and events across the country! Join us at

National Organization of Italian American Women
Join NOIAW at the John D. Calandra Institute in New York for the 2016 Annual Member Meeting on November 9, 6-8 p.m. The event will inform members what has been happening within the organization, and plans for the next year. Advance registration required:

NOIAW will host its event “Learn to Prepare the Feast of the Seven Fishes” in Washington, D.C., on December 4, 4-7 p.m. This holiday cooking demonstration will be led by award-winning author, chef, and TV personality Amy Riolo, and will teach participants how to cook the traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner. Advanced ticket purchase required by November 28; click here for details:

Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations – Earthquake Relief Concert
The Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations (WCIAO), in collaboration with the Italian Club of Eastchester High School, is sponsoring an Italian concert on November 6, 2:30-5 p.m., at Eastchester High School, to support victims of the recent earthquakes in Italy.


Performers include Emmy-nominated, PBS singer ALFIO; Italian American tenor Teo Ricciardella;  Italian American pop singer Francesca Cavalliere;  Westchester’s own Italian pop singer Don Felice; and World Champion accordionist Cory Pesaturo. Proceeds will go towards NIAF’s Italian American Relief Fund. For more information, click here:

39th Annual NIASHF Induction Gala Dinner
The National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) will host its 39th Annual Induction Gala Dinner on November 12 at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel in Chicago. The event will include the induction of new members of the Sports Hall of Fame, as well as an evening of dining, drinks and entertainment. For more information, call NIASHF at 312-226-5566 or visit

Il Circolo – 2016 Italian Golf Tournament
Il Circolo: the Italian Cultural Society will host its 2016 Italian Golf Tournament on November 18, starting at 8:30 a.m., at the Raymond Floyd Par 3 Course in Palm Beach, Fla. The event includes the golf tournament benefiting Il Circolo, as well as lunch at Al Fresco Restaurant. For more details, click here:

The Calandra Italian American Institute
The Calandra Italian American Institute will host a discussion titled “Al Dente: Food in Italy between the Local and the Global,” on November 10, 6-7:30 p.m. Presented by author Fabio Parasecoli, this discussion will explore how food products and practices in Italy have been affected by centuries of migration, colonization and hybridization. For more information,

Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies
Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies will host a book presentation on Paul Moses’ “An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians” on November 6 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, go to:

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
everyday-renaissanceCasa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò will host a book presentation and discussion on “Everyday Renaissance: The Quest for Cultural Legitimacy in Venice” by Sarah Gwyneth Ross on November 3 at 6:30 p.m. The discussion will explore the literary lives of Venetians during the Renaissance. For more information, go to:

Venice and Umbria Photography Workshops
Experience the Italian city of Venice through the camera lens during small, week-long photography workshops this winter. Led by acclaimed husband-and-wife photographers-authors Frank Van Riper and Judith Goodman, these off-season tours allow you the time and opportunity to explore Italian culture and one of the loveliest spots on Earth.

Small class sizes assure individual attention from instructors, and first-class accommodations and dining are guaranteed throughout the trip. There are no entrance requirements beyond a love of good food, fine wine and photography! The Venice workshop will take place January 7-13, 2017. For more information and rates, go to or You can also contact GVR Photography directly at

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 at For more information, visit:

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.


john-salvino Congratulations to NIAF member John Salvino on hosting another successful University of Chicago Booth School of Business Financial Roundtable.

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Introducing New Casa Alitalia Lounges!
The journey begins before the flight and, for this reason, the renovated Casa Alitalia lounges await guests with an elegant and comfortable design. The new concept was developed and created by Alitalia and transformed into reality by internationally-famed Italian architect Marco Piva, who incorporated the beauty and essence of Italy in the functional space of an airport lounge.

Casa Alitalia is not just a place to relax while waiting for a flight, but thanks to partnerships with leading Italian brands like Poltrona Frau for furnishings; Cantine Ferrari, Alitalia’s official sparkling wine supplier; and Lavazza, who created exclusive coffee blends for the airline, guests can experience the unique quality of Italian excellence before takeoff. Casa Alitalia reflects Italian culinary excellence and includes a live cooking area where chefs prepare a selection of dishes twice a day. Guests can also enjoy a buffet and bar area with drinks prepared by a professional bartender.

Casa Alitalia also features private meeting rooms, a library, a prayer and meditation area, bathrooms with showers, and Wi-Fi connectivity. At Rome Fiumicino airport, Casa Alitalia is located in boarding area G – for long and medium-haul extra-Schengen flights – and covers an area of approximately 800 square meters with more than 115 seats. At Milan Malpensa, Casa Alitalia has a new location in the satellite Nord boarding area, and covers 500 square meters providing more than 90 seats. Casa Alitalia lounges are reserved for Alitalia’s Business Class guests and top-tier frequent flyer members of Alitalia’s MilleMiglia and Partners’ loyalty programs.

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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
by Danielle DeSimone