eNotizie – October 2014


NIAF Anniversary Gala
You’re running out of time! Book your reservations for NIAF’s 39th Anniversary Gala Weekend, October 24-26, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Celebrate your heritage! Embrace your legacy! Come to the Party! Tickets and tables are selling fast, so don’t wait!

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Emmy Award-winning journalist and Fox News Anchor Maria Bartiromo and comedian and actor Joe Piscopo will cohost the weekend’s Gala Awards Dinner, where guests will mingle with stars and personalities, dine on a Lombardia-inspired dinner, and salute the evening’s distinguished honorees:

  • Pino Cicala, Founder and Editor of AMICO and Antenna Italia Radio-TV
  • David Cordani, President and CEO of Cigna Corporation
  • Daniel A. D’Aniello, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Carlyle Group
  • Susan Molinari, Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations at Google
  • Pasqualino Monti, President of the Port Authority of Rome Civitavecchia
  • John Turturro, actor, writer and director

The Gala weekend schedule is jam packed with socializing, networking, receptions, wine tastings, seminars, lots of entertainment, and pre-Gala Dinner receptions! Saturday’s agenda includes NIAF’s Networking Breakfast; an engaging and important panel on anti-defamation; a special screening of the upcoming PBS documentary series “The Italian Americans,” which airs in February 2015; the always sold-out Wine Tasting; the annual and lively “Ieri, Oggi, Domani” State of the Community discussion; and, for those of stout Italian heart and soul, the NIAF After Hours Party!

Deal You In? NIAF’s “The Wildest Comes to Washington” Casino Night!
LOUIS_PRIMA_JRNIAF’s “The Wildest Comes to Washington” Casino Night, on Friday, October 24, of the Gala weekend, promises to be one wild evening! And it’s open to the public! Featuring open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, dancing, raffles and prizes, and plenty of action at the casino tables, the evening’s gonna bust open when eight-piece band Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses bring their high-energy big band sound to the stage! Prima Jr., son of the legendary Louis Prima, and the band will be performing songs from their latest album “Blow,” featuring a mix of edgy jazz, simmering soul and swaggering rock ‘n’ roll.

Reserve your seats today at  For sponsorship information, click here.

Register For The Gala Now!
Among the many benefits NIAF members receive are discounts to the Gala and all of the weekend events! So, non-members, join NIAF before registering and save! Visit

Hotel Reservations: Book directly on the Hilton website at or call the Hilton directly at 202-483-3000 and refer to the “NIAF” room block.

Gala Sponsorships: Give back to the Italian American community and support NIAF’s mission! Different levels of sponsorship are available for individuals, families, and corporations. Sponsor benefits beyond Gala seating include electronic ads that appear throughout the Gala Awards Dinner on the Hilton’s three ballroom monitors, advertising in NIAF’s magazine Ambassador, and more! For more information, click here.

Open House at NIAF Headquarters!
Join us on Friday, October 24, from noon to 5 p.m., at NIAF Headquarters, your Italian American Embassy in the Nation’s Capital, for an Open House! We’ll be unveiling the new NIAF Learning Center and other headquarters renovations. Leave a legacy footprint at NIAF Headquarters by recording your family memories. Light refreshments available throughout the day. Free and open to the public!

NIAF Central is back!
mikesdeliphotoDuring Gala Weekend, enjoy the familiar tastes, sights and sounds of Italian American life as you take a stroll through our very own Italian American neighborhood and marketplace, NIAF Central, open Saturday, October 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Listen to live music, sample Italian foods and beverages, products and services, and more, as you mingle amongst the Italian and Italian American Exhibitors. Vendors include Mike’s Deli, Peroni, igourmet, The Italian Garden Project, Silpada Designs, The Italian Americans companion book, and Michele Wilber, author of the Italian Cookbook “She speaks in Sauce.” 

NIAF Photo Contest: Last call!
Deadline to enter your photo is next Monday, October 6! Time’s running out! And you could be the big winner!

NIAF’s 2014 Photo Contest theme is “Finding Italy Beyond Italy.” Maybe in your own house? Your kitchen? Your family? Your neighborhood? Your city? Yourself? Just not in Italy. Capito?

First place prize: NIAF Gala Weekend package for two! October 24-26 in Washington, D.C. Includes tickets to all Gala Weekend events (yes, the big party casino night with Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses! The fancy wine tasting!), plus the Gala Awards Dinner, room for two nights at the Washington Hilton; air transportation (if needed). Winner and runners-up will be displayed at the Gala and in Ambassador magazine!

Entries MUST be high resolution (300 dpi) photos and large (8”x10” or larger is best) sent via email as a jpeg attachment with caption and other required info. Low-resolution photos will be disqualified. Amateurs and professionals welcome. Please read the contest rules before entering at


Voyage of Discovery and Scholarship Alumni Gala Reunion!
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! During this year’s Anniversary Gala, NIAF will be hosting a reunion of Voyage of Discovery alums and past Scholarship recipients at a special youth wine tasting event! For special Youth Reunion Gala discount registration, visit

We’re also 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.

NIAF on Facebook! Help us go past 80,000 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 and Italian American! Plus, contests and free tickets to shows, concerts and events across the country! Easy to find at

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% 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!

Philanthropy and Social Good Summit
Diplomatic Courier Magazine will hold an innovative half-day summit exploring philanthropy and social good on Wednesday, October 15, from 8 – 11:30 a.m., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C. The event will bring together leaders from the philanthropic, policy and global NGO community to discuss the future of philanthropy. The event will be broadcasted live to a worldwide audience of 145 countries on Sign up at on or before October 7.

Celebrate PBS’ “The Italian Americans” – at Sea
RivieraPreview PBS’ highly-anticipated new documentary series, “The Italian Americans,” while sailing to some of the most beautiful ports in Italy and beyond, October 29 through November 8, aboard Oceania Cruises’ newest ship, the elegant Riviera! The series will be screened in its entirety, months before it debuts in 2015, and will be accompanied by presentations and meet-and-greet events with acclaimed producers, writers and experts who collaborated on the production. For complete voyage details, visit or contact Crown Cruise Vacations at 1-855-788-7880.

Men of the Cloth Screenings
2014-05-menofclothThanks to popular demand, “Men of the Cloth,” an inspiring film of three Italian master tailors with a passionate devotion to their trade, will have two encore screenings. The film received production grants and seed funding from NIAF and initially premiered at DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in the United States. See it on Wednesday, October 1, at 7 p.m., at the Venerable Bryn Mawr Film Institute, in Bryn Mawr, Penn.; tickets available at .

Or, see the film’s Washington, D.C., premier on Tuesday, October 14, at 7 p.m., at the West End Cinema; tickets available at 202-419-3456 or

Celebrate Your Italian Heritage!
October is Italian Heritage Month and the Italian Heritage and Culture Committee of New York has a calendar full of special events, concerts, exhibits and lectures to celebrate. For a complete listing of what is taking place in the New York metropolitan area, visit           

The  450th Anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s Birth
Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies invites you to attend a one-day conference to celebrate the 450th birthday of Galileo Galilei, on Friday, October 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The conference is free and open to the public.  For more information and a complete schedule of programs, call 631-632-7444 or visit

International Film Series
American University School of Communication and the National Gallery of Art have launched a multi-year program of international film screenings to take place on AU’s campus at the McKinley Building Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater. On Sunday, October 5, the program will show two films – at 4:30 p.m., the 2013 Daniele Galianone-directed “La Mia Classe”; and at 6 p.m., the 2013 Alberto Fasulo-directed “Tir.” Free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit      

Titian’s Danaë at the National Gallery of Art TK:
Italy has lent its prized Titian painting, Danaë (1544–1545), to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. This sensual masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance will be on exhibit in the National Gallery’s West Building through November 2. For more information, visit:


Danaë (courtesy of Capodimonte Museum, Naples, via National Gallery of Art)

Cleveland Italian Film Festival 2014
The Cleveland Italian Film Festival 2014 showcases award-winning films from Italy at the Cedar Lee Theater, Atlas Cinemas Eastgate and the Capitol Theater, in Cleveland, through October 9. Pre-film dinners are 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets for films and pre-parties on sale now. For ticket information, call 216-456-8117 or visit

Italian Heritage Day – Pittsburgh, Pa.
The Italian American Program at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., will host its first annual Italian Heritage Day on Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local community groups and museum staff will hold activities for K-12 children, to teach them about Italian American history and culture, while families will be able to work together on interactive activities. Also featured: An Italian American bazaar with vendors and information tables on local Italian heritage groups. Children 17 and under for free. Visit

Vendemmia da Vinci—Wilmington, Del.
“Vendemmia da Vinci, a fall festival celebrating the centuries-old tradition of the Italian Grape Harvest, will be held on Sunday, October 12, at Tubman Garrett Park in Wilmington, Del., from 2- 6 p.m. Enter our contest and enjoy the best Italian cuisine from area restaurants. Visit for more info or call 302-356-1813.

“The Italian Americans” Screening with Gov. Cuomo
NIAF and WETA-TV are sponsoring a screening and discussion of the upcoming PBS documentary “The Italian Americans,” Tuesday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m., at The Picture House in Pelham, N.Y., with special guest New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Free and open to the public; reservations required at or

Senora/Signora Rossini: A Celebration of the Life of Isabella Colbran
Celebrate the life of Spanish born, early 19th century European opera diva Isabella Colbran, wife of Italian opera composer Gioacchino Rossini, on Friday, October 17, and Saturday, October 18, at 8 p.m., at The Sheen Center for the Arts in New York City. Divaria Productions presents a multidisciplinary theatrical piece combining rarely heard vocal works by Italian Neoclassical composers championed by Colbran and scenes and arias from Rossini’s Neapolitan period. For tickets and information, visit

Le Piu Famose Canzoni Di Sanremo
Casa Italiana Sociocultural Center in Washington, D.C., presents Le Piu Famose Canzoni Di Sanremo Concert and Dinner, directed by Maestro Cav. Bruno Fusco, Saturday, October 18 at 7p.m. Dinner will be provided by Georgetown restaurant il Canale and tickets for the event will not be sold at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 301-654-5218.

October at the John D. Calandra Institute
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College/CUNY in New York City will host author Joanna Claps Herman, Thursday, October 2, at 6 p.m., as part of the Institute’s Writers Read Series. Herman will read excerpts from her 2014 book of short stories “No Longer and Not Yet,” which draws from the author’s Upper West Side environment.

The Institute also released an updated directory of college scholarships available for Italian American students and students of Italian studies. To view the directory, go to For more information on a particular scholarship, contact the sponsoring organization.

“Colors of Florence”
View the beauty of Florence through the lens of photographer Fritz (Steven) Weiss, in the exhibit “The Colors of Florence,” through November 23 at The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum in Staten Island, N.Y. The collection of 5,000 digital images, taken over a 14-day period, presents the variety of textures and colors of the Italian experience, layered in centuries of art, history, and culture.  For details, call 718-442-1608.

“Napoli” Exhibit
Brooklyn-born photojournalist Janine Coyne captures moments from her time in Naples’ ancient Spaccanapoli district in her exhibit “Napoli” on display at The Italian American Museum through October 13. The digital photographs capture the majestic beauty of Naples, but also show the urban woes the inner-city street life of the city suffers. Visit

Events at the Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University
On Thursday, October 2, at 4 p.m., the Center will present a special issue of its publication “Forum Italicum: Linguistic Identities of Italian in Italy and North America,” at the Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. Free and open to the public. Featuring guest editors Stony Brook University Professor Lori Repetti and CUNY/Queens College Professor Hermann W. Haller.

On Tuesday, October 7, at 2:30 p.m., Italian-Ghanaian film maker Fred Kudjo Kuwornu will discuss and screen selections from documentaries on the theme “Ethnicity, National Identity, and Mulitculturalism in Contemporary Italy” at Stony Brook University’s Harriman Hall, Room 137. Free and open to the public.

On Thursday, October 9, at 4 p.m., author Felicia La Bara will present her book “Born in Sicily: Famous in the World.” At the Rank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340; free and open to the public.  Visit

Sanctity Pictured Renaissance Art Exhibit – Nashville
A groundbreaking exhibition of Italian art from 1250 to 1550 will be on display from Friday, October 31, through January 25, 2015, at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tenn. The exhibit, “Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy,” brings together more than 60 works of art, in media ranging from painting and manuscript illuminations to bronze medals and printed books, including such highlights as the Vatican Museums’ “Saint Francis with Four Post-Mortem Miracles.” For more information and a listing of public programs, 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 And for more information, visit: 

Turn on Italics TV
What’s new on Italics? Honoring the craft of Italian shoe repair; author and producer Suzanne Corso discusses her best-selling autobiographical novels; New York Fashion Week SS15 with Italian international photographer brothers Armando Grillo and Vincenzo Grillo; 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. to 11 p.m. daily and features Italian music, sports and community news. Visit on your computer, mobile device, iPad or internet radio.


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
Interested in global affairs and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. In the September/October 2014 issue: Technology is Upending Traditional Philanthropy; Millennials and the Social Economy; Middle East’s New Generation of Innovators; Darpa – A Glimpse into the Future. Look for the new issue on newsstands or at


40-under-40-wine-marketing-pic-(2) Congratulations to NIAF member Mike Votto, CEO of Votto Vines, who has been nominated by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as a finalist for its “Innovator/Executive of the Year” as part of the magazine’s prestigious annual Wine Star Awards. The winners will be announced in the special December 31 Wine Star Awards issue, and the honorees will be presented their Wine Star Award trophies at a gala black-tie dinner in New York City on January 26, 2015. In boca al lupo Michael!
 Patrick-Del-Duca Congratulations to NIAF member Patrick Del Duca, partner at the firm Zuber Lawler and Del Duca, who received a medal from the Consiglio Nazionale Forense, Italy’s oversight entity of its legal profession. The award was in recognition of Del Duca’s support in building the relationship between the American Bar Association and the Italian legal profession as the liaison of the ABA Section of International Law to the Consiglio Nazionale Forense.

Join NIAF Today!
2014-05-joinniafTime 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

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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Your Italian Passport
2014-05-yiplogoWhether 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

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. Discover more on

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 Stephanie Gordon at 202-939-3107 or For further information, please contact us at


Business Class Fares to be Thankful for this Season

Atalia is offering special Magnifica Business Class fares for travel to Italy for the holidays! Enjoy seats that recline to flat beds and offer direct-aisle access, award-winning Italian cuisine and luxurious amenities. With non-stop luxury to Rome and Milan starting as low as $2,603, Magnifica is the perfect start and finish to your Italian holiday!

NEW YORK (JFK) – MILAN (MXP)   $2603
NEW YORK (JFK) – ROME   $2544
BOSTON – ROME    $4085
MIAMI – ROME   $3995

Fares to other Italian destinations available. Valid for departures between November 22 and 28, 2014 with travel to be completed by December 3, 2014 and for departures between December 15, 2014 and January 3, 2015 with travel to be completed by January 7, 2015.Tickets must be purchased before October 24, 2014. Fares are subject to class of service availability and may be changed or withdrawn without notice.  Visit  for complete terms and conditions.


Invite your friends to join Alitalia’s mailing list and you’ll both receive a special WELCOME BONUS as a thank you for referring a friend.

The 10% e-coupon discount is valid for your next transatlantic ticket purchase in Economy Class on’s US site for travel until March 27, 2015 on Alitalia operated flights originating in Boston, Miami, or New York (JFK*) to any Alitalia destination

Offer expires December 31, 2014. See complete offer conditions.

*Offer is not valid for travel from New York (JFK) to Milan (MXP).



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NIAF e-Newsletter compiled and edited
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