eNotizie – September 2019


The NIAF 44th Anniversary Gala is Quickly Approaching!
Only eight weeks until the NIAF 44th Anniversary Gala Weekend, November 1-3, in Washington, D.C.! The entire weekend, we will be celebrating NIAF’s 2019 Region of Honor, Molise! Plus, we’ll be honoring several distinguished Gala honorees, including Daniel DiLella (real estate investor and Chairman, U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission); Vincent A. Forlenza (CEO of Becton, Dickinson and Company); Paul A. Tufano (Chairman and CEO of The AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies); Richard L. Trumka (President of the AFL-CIO); and Maria Bartiromo (NIAF Board Member, two-time Emmy Award winner, and anchor of Mornings with Maria and Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street on Fox Business Network, and Sunday Morning Futures on Fox News Channel). Additional honorees will be announced soon—so stay tuned!

During Gala Weekend, the Friday events include NIAF Aperitivo! for young professional Italian Americans and an elegant Molise-inspired dinner with Celebrity Chef Mary Ann Esposito (Italian American chef, cookbook author and TV host of the longest running cooking show Ciao Italia). On Saturday, join us for Expo Italiana, Washington, D.C.’s largest Italian festival; free and open to the public, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., featuring quality Italian food, wine, and products as well as live entertainment! Saturday evening’s receptions lead the way to the unforgettable NIAF Gala Awards Dinner where Italian Americans and Italians come together to celebrate distinguished honorees and our shared Italian heritage. And, this year, honoree Maria Bartiromo will serve as the evening’s special host.  This year’s Gala Weekend will be held at the beautiful Omni Shoreham Hotel! Purchase tickets for Friday and Saturday nights now…tickets will sell out:

Scholarship Deadline TOMORROW!
Master’s in Performing Arts Management
NIAF is partnering with Accademia Teatro alla Scala and Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business (MIP) to fund a full-tuition scholarship of €17,500 (approximately $20,000) to be awarded to an Italian American graduate student who is seeking a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Management. The 20-month program in English begins November 2019 and concludes in June 2021 with 1,500 hours of education and training and a three-to-six-month internship at performing arts institutions throughout Italy and abroad. Deadline for online applications is September 4. Visit:

NIAF On Campus Fellowship – apply by September 13!
Do you want to be a leader of the Italian American community on campus? We are looking for college students passionate about their Italian heritage who want to have a voice in Italian American affairs for our 2019-2020 NIAF On Campus Fellowship Program. Student Fellows will receive leadership training, networking opportunities, and a ticket to NIAF’s 44th Anniversary Gala. Deadline to apply: September 13. For more information, go to:

Enter the NIAF 2019 Photo Contest!
This is your chance to have your talent displayed during the NIAF Anniversary Gala Weekend—submit your photo to our Seventh Annual NIAF Photo Contest! This year’s theme: Che Bello! Please read the Contest Rules before submitting your photo! Deadline: Monday, October 7 at 12 noon EST. For more information, plus Contest Prizes, Rules and Contest Tips, visit:

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.

We will continue to celebrate Molise throughout the year, with stories in Ambassador magazine and at our 44th Anniversary Gala Weekend, November 1-3. Learn more about Molise by visiting

Travel to Molise – NIAF Members Get a 10% Discount! 
Tour NIAF’s 2019 Region of Honor, Molise, with Celebrity Chef Amy Riolo and Italian Sensory Experience! The Marvels of Molise tour is scheduled for the Spring and Fall of 2020 when you will be expertly guided through Molise’s best, giving you experiences to intimately know Molise’s rich history, culture, culinary traditions and wine. NIAF Members receive a 10% discount if they sign up for the tour by December 31. For more information, visit:

Visit our NIAF Museum on Italian Immigration This Fall! 
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. So, swing by NIAF Headquarters! We’d love to see you! For more information, visit:

USA News & Events

Gelato Festival in Washington D.C.!
Enjoy delicious gelato made by world-class local and visiting artisans in the Nation’s Capital! A wristband grants you all you can eat gelato, the opportunity to participate in all festival activities, and a vote for your favorite gelato! The chef with the most votes will continue their gelato journey in the Gelato Festival World Masters 2021. September 7 – 8. For tickets, go to:

Madonnari Arts Festival in Baltimore’s Little Italy!
This three-day cultural event will showcase elaborate chalk paintings created by artists directly on the streets of Little Italy. This free outdoor chalk festival includes live music, street performers, participatory art, an art market and al fresco dining in a celebration of the contemporary renaissance of Baltimore’s historic Italian neighborhood. September 6 – 8. For details, visit:

Cinema in Italy!
Toni Servillo stars as egomaniac billionaire and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro, a dazzling, extravagantly subversive satire tailor-made for our times. Opens September 20 in select theaters and available everywhere on demand September 27! Find a theater near you or watch at home:

Author of Built with Faith at I AM Books—Boston
Joseph Sciorra’s Built with Faith is an ethnographic study of the religious material culture of New York City’s Italian American Catholics. Over 130 years, Italian American Catholics in New York City have established community-based sacred spaces in their homes and neighborhoods. These spaces exist outside of church properties but are still sites of worship in conventionally secular locations. Attend Sciorra’s discussion at the I AM Books in Boston on September 14. 6 – 7:30 p.m. 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. Daytime and evening classes are held in Casa Belvedere’s state-of-the-art Cucina Colavita Kitchen and are available for adults and children. Adult cooking classes for September include how to make eggplant caponata on September 10 and polenta lasagna on September 17:

Italian language courses will begin for the fall the week of September 30 so enroll today! Weekend immersion programs are also available. The next weekend is October 18-20:

For more information on these and other Casa Belvedere programs, visit or call 718-273-7660.

The 14th Annual Celebration of Italian Vehicle Excellence and Beauty
Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies will host the Robert D. Cess Concorso d’Eleganza 14th Annual Celebration of Italian Vehicle Excellence and Beauty. The event will be a display of “art forms on wheels” as a means of illustrating one form of Italian culture. Various Italian car and motorcycle groups will be represented and displayed on the University’s campus lawn. September 15. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Participation and viewing are free and open to the public. Owners of Italian vehicles interested in participating in this display, email

Learn About the Woodblock Printing Process
The National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) is hosting a demonstration and discussion about the woodblock printing process with artist Amy Guadagnoli in Washington, D.C. Woodblock printing is done entirely by hand, without the aid of a printing press or power tools. Light refreshments will be served. September 19. 6:30 – 8 p.m. RSVP required:

Pastas of the South: A Dinner & Hands-On Workshop at the NYC Eataly
Southern pasta shapes each have their own unique history. During the evening, you’ll enjoy two courses as well as a hands-on portion of the class, learning to shape different pastas of the south and, of course, you’ll be enjoying some southern pasta as well! NYC Eataly Flatiron. September 28. 6 – 8 p.m. Purchase tickets here:

Bitter Chicory to Sweet Espresso
At Stony Brook University’s Center for Italian Studies, author Carmine Vittoria (professor emeritus, Northeastern University) will present his book Bitter Chicory to Sweet Espresso, Survival and Deliverance from WW II in the Naples, Italy Area, 1940-49, which exemplifies Italian heritage and culture during World War II. Thursday, September 12, 4 p.m. Stony Brook University’s Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340.

Italian Festivals Across America List! 
See if there is an Italian festival near you this month in this comprehensive list of Italian Festivals from our friend and affiliate, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America! Visit:

At IAMLA: Italian Americans in Animation
The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) has a new exhibit titled Fantasy World: Italian Americans in Animation, featuring artifacts, storyboards, rare comics, original scripts and more that detail how Italian Americans pushed the entire industry forward and were involved in The FlintstonesWoody Woodpecker and other favorites. Running now until January 26, 2020. Open to the public Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit:


Vic DiMartino’s Escapes
Auguri to NIAF Member Vic DiMartino for Escapes, a historical novel based on his paternal grandfather’s life as a career politician under the Mussolini Regime in Sicily who eventually opposes the Regime and is forced to escape with his family before the outbreak of WWII. Troubled by his grandfather’s choice of a political career under the despised fascist regime, in Escapes, DiMartino uncovers and reveals Italy’s history surrounding WWI and its connection to Mussolini’s rise to power. Buy it on Amazon:

Congratulations to NIAF Member Nicoletta Shane Scarnera and Chef Mauro Molino on the  publication of their cookbook Piedmont Style – A Delectable Journey Through Northern Italy. Filled with more than 144 Northern Italian recipes and beautiful photographs, the cookbook pays tribute to the rich history and deeply rooted culinary traditions of the Piedmont region. You can meet Scarnera and Chef Molino at NIAF’s Expo Italiana festival, November 2, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel Blue Room, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., when they’ll be signing and selling their book. Free and open to the public! Visit their blog at Blog

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Become a NIAF Member Today! 
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Italian Community Services on the West Coast

Italian Community Services (ICS) welcomes all NIAF members to visit its website and learn how ICS helps the broader Italian American Community. Italian Community Services is the oldest Italian non-profit in North America. Founded by a group of Italian pioneers in San Francisco who had great success (Bank of America, Del Monte Foods, Ghirardelli Chocolates, to name a few) the non-profit’s mission is to assist the Italian and Italian American community of California. Italian Community Services defends the Italian language and culture, supports senior citizens with socializing activities, community outreach, financial assistance, and is a point of reference for all things Italian and Italian American. The nonprofit collaborates with the Italian Consulate, Italian Cultural Institute, and all leading West Coast Italian agencies. Since its inception 104 years ago, ICS has helped more than 40,000. Venite a visitarci!

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.

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. For more information, visit:

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