eNotizie – October 2018

Last Call To Buy Your Tickets! NIAF’s 43rd Anniversary Gala!
Gala Weekend is just around the corner! That’s when Italian Americans from around the country will join with friends and distinguished guests from Italy in the Nation’s Capital to celebrate our shared Italian heritage and culture at NIAF’s 43rd Anniversary Gala Weekend. Don’t be left out!

Join us October 12-13 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel for an Italian American pride-filled celebration boasting a full schedule of activities, events and culinary festivities.

Friday afternoon will feature the ribbon-cutting of the NIAF Italian American Museum’s new exhibition on Italian Immigration at NIAF headquarters, 1860 19th Street NW, Washington, D.C., at 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Please check the NIAF website at for more information.

Kicking off the Gala weekend on Friday night, October 12, NIAF presents “An Evening with Lidia Bastianich.” The Emmy-award-winning TV chef, cookbook author and restaurateur will be on hand to guide guests through the culinary tradition of Puglia, NIAF’s 2018 Region of Honor, as they savor a special Pugliese dinner paired with fine Pugliese wines. Lidia will also sign her new memoir “My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food.” This is a one-time-only ticketed event; seating is limited so reserve your seats now.

On Saturday, October 13, the doors open at 9 a.m. to NIAF’s annual Expo Italiana, an all-day festival featuring high-end Italian automobiles, live music, singing, dancing, tastings, free food samples, and dozens of vendors showcasing their products—including 23 directly from Puglia! The Expo will also highlight sessions such as Gelato 101 (with Dolci Gelati); Italian 101 with the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C.; a screening of the finalists of the Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum; and much more! Expo Italiana is free and open to the public. Last year’s attracted more than 3,000 visitors, so get there early!

The centerpiece of the Gala Weekend is Saturday night’s Anniversary Gala Awards Dinner. Actor, TV host and comedian Mark DeCarlo will emcee the evening. The Foundation will be privileged to honor six exemplary members from the Italian American community and from Italy! Dinner choices will reflect our 2018 Region of Honor. Following the Awards Dinner, the After Hours Party, which annually overflows with music, singing and dancing, is not to be missed.  

The Gala Awards Dinner sells out every year, so don’t wait. Tickets and sponsorships still available. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to:

NIAF’s 2018 Region of Honor: Puglia
NIAF celebrates its 2018 Region of Honor: Puglia! The famous heel of Italy’s boot, this beautiful region of Italy boasts sun-bleached coasts, Medieval towns perched atop mountainsides, and a regional pride rooted in its agricultural communities that is still relatively untouched by widespread tourism.

You can see photos and videos from NIAF’s visits to Puglia this summer on our 2018 Voyage of Discovery program and our Board of Directors’ Mission to Italy via our social media channels. We will continue to celebrate Puglia throughout the year and at our 43rd Anniversary Gala Weekend, where you can get a taste of Puglia October 12-13.

This Month: Fall Issue of Ambassador Magazine!
The new issue of NIAF’s acclaimed, glossy magazine is here! Featured this issue: Stories from Puglia to Hoboken! A WWII veteran’s lessons to his son about liberating Nazi concentration camps. Workshops you can join to restore Medieval art in Puglia’s famous cave churches. A visit to the studio of award-winning children’s books author and illustrator Tomie dePaola. A guide to hiking the Via Degli Dei route from Bologna to Florence. Wine tasting Puglia’s best. Plus books reviews, the Cinema column, recipes, and more!

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

Join NIAF’s Facebook community!
Like NIAF? Then be an active part of our online community and “like” NIAF’s Italian American, pride-studded Facebook page! NIAF on Facebook is an exponentially  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! Those of you who already follow us, grazie mille for your support! Join us at

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 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:

Join NIAF Today!
Want to be part of a larger Italian American community? It’s easy to join the National Italian American Foundation. With NIAF membership, you’ll be standing up for your family heritage and supporting future generations of Italian Americans. Our core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage, strengthen the ties between 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 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 acclaimed 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 benefits, visit

Give back to the Italian American community and donate to NIAF in our #WeAreNIAF campaign. No matter how large or small, your gift allows us to provide scholarships and grants for Italian American students and continue our work in Italian cultural programs throughout the United States. Every donation counts! To learn more about what we do and how you can help, go to

NIAF Corporate Sponsor Discounts
Heads up, NIAF members! Check out all money-saving discounts, exclusive deals and membership benefits that NIAF Corporate Sponsors offer through your NIAF Membership Portal. Sign in with your NIAF password at:

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF!
Here’s your opportunity to donate to NIAF without costing you a cent! Support the work of NIAF when making purchases on by going to and selecting the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice. 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 that, at no extra cost, you are donating to a great cause!

Symposium for Italian Heritage Month at the Library of Congress
The National Organization of Italian American Women in the Greater Washington DC Region in partnership with the European Division of the Library of Congress is celebrating Italian Heritage Month with a symposium and treasure display: Italian Americans Before and During World War II. The symposium will be held on October 25 from 6-8 p.m. in the Library of Congress’s West Dining Room. The event is free but registration is required. RSVP here:

Concert & Roundtable on the Birth of Italian Opera in N.Y.
The Italian Academy is hosting a free concert on October 3 at 7 p.m. with Francesco Dillon, cello, and Emanuele Torquati, piano, performing music composed by Giacinto Scelsi, Ryan Carter, Marco Momi, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Debussy.

Columbia’s Music and Italian Departments will be co-sponsoring an all-day roundtable event discussing Lorenzo Da Ponte and the Birth of Italian Opera in New York on October 15. For more information visit

Curzio Malaparte’s “The Kremlin Ball” Book Presentation
NYU’s ’s Casa Italiana will host a book presentation for Curzio Malaparte’s “The Kremlin Ball” on October 3 at 6:30 p.m. Visit the link to RSVP!

Cagliari Opera Performance
Sardinia’s Cagliari Opera will perform an historic recreation of an 1826 benefit which was held at the Basilica for the Sisters of Charity Orphan Asylum at 32 Prince Street. The reconstructed “Oratorio” will be conducted by the renowned maestro Donato Renzetti. The concert on October 16 is a benefit for the restoration of one of the nation’s most important historic instruments, the 1868 Henry Erben pipe organ, which will be played at the event. For ticket information, visit:

Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA)
IAMLA’s new exhibit Italianità: Italian Diaspora Artists Examine Identity, runs until January 13, 2019. Exploring the concept of “italianità,” which translates to “Italian-ness,” it features more than 20 artists whose work showcases the complex nature of the Italian diaspora and celebrates the beliefs, traditions and defining characteristics of this movement. For more information:

Arrigo Musti and Dalya Luttwak’s Origin Exhibits
Artists Arrigo Musti and Dalya Luttwak come from different cultures and experiences, speak of worlds that seem distant from one another, work with sculpture and painting, and expand their work towards the space of life through environmental art and design.  Curated by the noted art historian Lorenzo Canova, the exhibit’s opening reception is October 13 from 5-7 p.m. at the Watergate Gallery, 2552 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington D.C. The exhibit runs until November 10. For details visit:

Italian Artists Meet NYC Poets
Casa Italiana NYU’s InScena! Italian Theater Festival NY is hosting a premiere event to launch the new book, “Versetto Libero: a celebration,” published by Kairos Italy Theater. At the premiere event, Italian artists and free verse poets will recite poems from the book in their original version followed by the Italian translations. The event is on October 1 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP here:

Italian Heritage & Culture Committee Releases Commemorative Poster
For the 42nd Anniversary of Italian Heritage and Culture Month, IHCC announced the publication and commemorative poster… “A Salute to Italian Women in America: Breaking Barriers… from Ellis Island to the Present.” It is a tribute to all Italian and Italian American women over three centuries, and especially those who became a “first” in every field: the first American saint; first female pilot of a major airline; winner of an Olympic gold medal; first woman publisher of a major magazine; an outstanding scholar; etc.  The 2018 theme poster is available online at the IHCC-NY website

Italy and East Asia at Stony Brook
Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies and the Confucius Institute, in collaboration with the University of British Columbia, will present a conference centered on Italy and East Asia at Stony Brook University, October 11, 12 and 13. Location: Lecture Hall Two in the Wang Center at Stony Brook University. Attendance at all proceedings is free and open to the public. Visit for details.

At Casa Belvedere—Staten Island
The “Parliamo Italiano” Lanugage & Culture Program at Casa Belvedere is inviting adults and children to enroll in Italian language classes beginning October 1. These 12-week courses are for beginning and intermediate students. An adult Italian language immersion class is also offered on the weekends.

The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere’s Culinary Classes offer recreational and educational culinary experiences on a year-round basis. Daytime and evening classes are held in Casa Belvedere’s state-of-the-art Cucina Colavita Kitchen and are available for adults and children.

It’s not too late to sign up and play bocce! Get a team of two-to-four players and join the fun on Thursday nights starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information on these and other Casa Belvedere programs, visit or call 718-273-7660.

National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame 41st Induction & Awards Gala
Tickets are available for purchase for the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame’s 41st Induction & Awards Gala on November 3. The black tie optional gala will commence at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt-Regency Chicago and will be an evening that includes cocktails, a silent auction, dinner and awards. 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.

San Diego Italian Film Festival-12 Must-See Films
The San Diego Italian Film Festival mantra is “Not just Italian films – an Italian perspective,” which is fitting for its month-long showings of Italian films. Check out the films and dates the films will be showing below. From the screening of “Ammore e Malavita” on October 3 to “Gatta Cenerentola” on October 14, the series will include 11 films. Visit for more information.

Da Vinci Society of Delaware’s Vendemmia Celebration
The 15th Annual Vendemmia Da Vinci Wine & Food Celebration will be moving the event indoors into the Wilmington/Christiana Hilton. Highlights for this year include entertainment, a silent auction and four renowned chefs who will present an array of culinary masterpieces and fine wines. Tickets are limited and available at

Italian Brooklyn: Photographs by Martha Cooper
Martha Cooper, well-known for her work on graffiti and the early days of hip-hop, documents Italian American vernacular expressive culture in 1980s Brooklyn. These 39 photographs were part of various documentation projects undertaken by folklorists three decades ago. Her exhibition at the Calandra Italian American Institute is on display now until December 14. All events are free, open to the public, and held at the Calandra Institute. RSVP by calling (212) 642-2094.

Humor and the Theater: Rome and Naples on Stage
Casa Italiana in collaboration with SMATCH will present two shows at the Westbrook ES Theater in Bethesda, Md: Sugo Finto on October 13 and Amicizia & Pericolosamente on October 14. For more information, visit:

Ossessione Film Screening
Casa Italiana NYU will screen Luchino Visconti’s first film, “Ossessione” [“Obsession”] (1943) on October 2 at 6:30 p.m. The film is in Italian, but English subtitles are provided. RSVP by visiting:

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:


Congratulations to NIAF member Lori DeVito for receiving Denver Business Journal’s 2018 Outstanding Women in Business Award in Energy on August 23. DeVito is the president of AET Environmental which provides services to help clients comply with Environmental Protection Agency regulations in safely disposing of hazardous wastes. DeVito’s company has helped to save her community’s environment from toxic chemicals and is proud, she says, because “we’re actually helping people help the environment.”

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Alitalia unveils the new “Casa Alitalia” lounge at Rome Fiumicino Airport

Alitalia recently unveiled the new “Casa Alitalia” lounge at Rome Fiumicino Airport-Boarding Area E. With more than 10,700 square feet of space, the new lounge features 258 comfortable seats in a relaxing space. Take the virtual tour and discover what’s inside!

Casa Alitalia lounges are designed to convey the feeling of Italian hospitality and culinary excellence in partnership with leading Italian brands. Our lounges feature private meeting rooms, bathrooms with showers and Wi-Fi connectivity. Select lounges also offer a library and prayer and meditation areas. Our guests can also enjoy a live cooking experience twice a day, a buffet with homemade Italian specialties with gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Free Casa Alitalia access is reserved to Alitalia Freccia Alata Plus, Freccia Alata, SkyTeam Elite Plus club members; to passengers holding a Magnifica and medium-haul Business Class Alitalia ticket; and to Alitalia American Express Platinum card holders flying with Alitalia.

Read more on where to find Casa Alitalia lounges and how to purchase single admission tickets.

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NIAF e-Newsletter edited by Natalie Wulderk