eNotizie (September 2016)

Donate to The Italian American Relief Fund

Italian-American-Relief-FundNIAF’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. Any and all donations are welcome and appreciated.

While we are working 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 this natural catastrophe. For more information, go to:

NIAF’s 41st Anniversary Gala is just a month away!
We want YOU to be a part of the nation’s premier Italian American event on the weekend of October 14-15, 2016, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel, in the nation’s capital! This year, the National Italian American Foundation will celebrate our 41st anniversary, as well as our 2016 Region of Honor, Piemonte, and all the best of Italian American culture.


Tickets on sale now, REGISTER TODAY before it’s too late! Corporate and individual sponsorships are still available! More details here:

NIAF’s 41st Anniversary Gala Honorees
During each year’s Gala Dinner, NIAF honors special members of our Italian American community who have made significant contributions to society. This year, we are excited to be honoring an impressive list, which includes:


Joe & Anthony Russo
Film Directors
(view bio)


Stefano Pessina
Executive Vice Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
(view bio)

Franco Harris
Pittsburg Steelers &
Seattle Seahawks
Pro Football Hall of Fame
(view bio)

For more details on NIAF’s 2016 Honorees, visit:

NIAF 41st Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration!
You won’t want to miss NIAF’s 41st Anniversary Gala Weekend Kick-Off Celebration! Join us for an unforgettable evening performance with Lena Prima and Friends, celebrating NIAF’s 2016 Region of Honor, Piemonte, and dancing the night away. And don’t forget the open bar with custom Italian cocktails, as well as our live and silent auctions! This event is open to the public, so purchase your tickets now at Doors open at 9 p.m.*


Expo Italiana! 
expo-picDon’t miss our Expo Italiana, the largest Italian American festival in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.! The Expo will feature an indoor bocce court, high-end cars on display, live music, singing, dancing, tastings and lots of vendors showcasing their Italian products! Booths are still available if you are a vendor! Visit or contact Andrea Bartlett at

NIAF’s 2016 Photo Contest 
Calling all photographers! NIAF is now accepting submissions to our 2016 Photo Contest! Enter your photograph that perfectly captures this year’s theme: an Italian Moment. Grand-prize: a Gala package that includes flights, hotel accommodations, all Gala weekend events, and two tickets to NIAF’s 41st Anniversary Gala! Deadline to submit: September 29. For more information, click here:


NIAF On Campus Fellowship – deadline to apply THIS MONTH! 
Do you want to be a leader of the Italian American community on campus? We are looking for passionate students who want to have a voice in Italian American affairs for our 2016-2017 NIAF On Campus Fellowship Program. Student Fellows will receive leadership training, networking opportunities, and a ticket to NIAF’s 41st Anniversary Gala. Deadline to apply: September 16. For more information, go to:

Apply to our Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Scholarship in Criminology!
The Fulbright-Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Scholarship offers one American student and one Italian student funding to carry out research in criminology. The American student will pursue his studies in Palermo, Sicily, and the Italian student will conduct research at a prestigious university in the United States. Deadline to apply: October 11. For more information, click here:

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

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’s Corporate Sponsor, Moneta, an Italian cookware brand, is offering 30 percent off your entire purchase to all NIAF members this Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5, which can be accessed in your NIAF Membership Portal. Take a look at all money-saving discounts and exclusive deals that our corporate sponsors 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

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 send your current contact information to Julia Streisfeld, assistant director of Programs, at

Euromoney Italy Conference 2016 
Economic-conferenceThis year’s Euromoney Italy Conference 2016 will take place on September 13. The conference brings together more than 300 Italian and international policy makers, investors, and businesses to discuss the markets and economic outlook of Italy. For more information, click here:

National Organization of Italian American Women 
Join NOIAW at the Seguine Mansion in Staten Island, N.Y., for its Shakespeare on the Lawn event, on September 10 at 2 p.m. The University of Durham, Castle Theater Company — one of the oldest and most prestigious student theatre companies — will be performing “Much Ado About Nothing.” NOIAW ticket-holders will attend the special private reception inside the mansion with the actors. Advanced registration required:


Exhibit at Nashville’s Frist Center 
Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts recently opened its exhibit, “Bellissima! The Italian Automotive Renaissance, 1945–1975,” which will run until October 9. The exhibit displays a collection of rare and stunning Italian-designed automobiles and motorcycles in a museum setting, exploring the history and design of Italian vehicles. For more information, go to

90th Anniversary of The Feast of San Gennaro 
San-GennaroThe 90th Annual Feast of San Gennaro will take place in New York’s Little Italy, September 15-25. The festival will include religious processions, parades, entertainment, Italian food vendors, and a cannoli-eating competition! For more information, go to

“Scenes of Italy” Photography Exhibit 
Scenes-of-ItalyNicole Alexandra Cacchiotti – an Italian American Global Business student at Suffolk University – will host an opening reception of her photography exhibition, “Scenes of Italy,” at I Am Books, in Boston’s North End on September 8, 6-9 p.m. Cacchiotti is an internationally-acclaimed photographer whose exhibit will focus on the beauty of the Italian countryside. For more information on the event, click here:

Fairmont State University Folklife Center 
Fairmonst-State-UniversityThe Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center of Fairmont State University will host “Film & Fiction Italian Family Style: An Afternoon of Italian Heritage,” on September 18, 2-4 p.m. The event will include an Italian-focused children’s book reading from Diana Pishner Walker, while her sister, Anna Pishner Harsh, will premiere a screening of “La Danza–Bridging Time Through Dance,” an Italian dance documentary. For more information, go to

The Calandra Italian American Institute 
The Calandra Italian American Institute will host a reading of the poetry anthology, “Rabbit Ears: TV Poems,” edited by Joel Allegretti, on September 29, 6-7:30 p.m. The anthology explores how television has influenced America’s language, politics, opinions and lifestyles, with other Italian and Italian American writers in attendance. For more information, go to

Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies 
Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies will host a lecture by Professor Bernardo Picichè from Virginia Commonwealth University, titled “When Cinema Comments History: The Italian Case,” on September 8 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, click here:

Venice and Umbria Photography Workshops 
Experience the Italian regions of Umbria and the city of Venice through the camera lens during small, week-long photography workshops in the fall and 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 two 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 Umbria workshop will take place October 8-14, 2016, and the Venice workshop will in January 7-13, 2017. For more information and rates, go to or You can also contact GVR Photography directly at

13th Annual Vendemmia da Vinci 
The Societa da Vinci will host its annual Vendemmia da Vinci event on October 9, 2-6 p.m., at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, Del. The event includes Italian wine and food sampling, an Italian beer garden, a handcrafted wine and homemade gravy contest, Italian vendors, and live entertainment. For more information or to buy tickets, click here:

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.

Shop at AmazonSmile and Support NIAF! 
How to 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!


Carafoli Congratulations to NIAF member John F. Carafoli on the publication of his new book, “Great Italian American Food in New England: History, Traditions & Memories.” Part historical record, part travelogue, part cookbook, Carafoli’s latest work explores the culinary traditions of Italian Americans in New England. It is available on
 Sicily-Dreaming Congratulations to NIAF member Edward Carchia on the publication of his book “Sicily Dreaming: Sicilian Stories.” The book recounts the author’s personal experiences in Sicily, as well as family stories documenting Sicilian and Sicilian American culture. It is available on Kindle Books.
 Alfio-PBS Congratulations to NIAF friend and supporter, Alfio, whose national PBS TV special, “Alfio In Concert,” has been nominated for two EMMY® Awards! Alfio and his orchestra proudly honor his Italian heritage by performing Italian classics, arias and much-loved originals. He will kick off his national tour in the fall. Check local PBS listings or visit his official website at for more information.

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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 WiFi 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