eNotizie - December 2013
Buon Natale from NIAF


Give Your Heritage for the Holidays
This holiday season, as we gather with friends and family, we're reminded of our great culture and traditions that are so important to us. At this special time of year, pay tribute to those who came before us and thank those who continue to carry on our Italian American heritage. This year, why not share your heritage with others by giving a gift that lasts.

Purchase a gift membership for a friend or family member, make a charitable donation in honor or memory of a loved one, or give a lasting legacy by purchasing an inscribed brick on NIAF's Walk of Honor. A donation card announcing your gift to NIAF will be sent in the name of your chosen recipient to you and the recipient. Each gift donation goes directly to help support NIAF's mission. For more information, call 202-387-0600 or visit

NIAF New York Spring Gala
It's not too early to mark your calendars for our NIAF New York Gala! NIAF will be returning to the legendary Cipriani 42nd Street in the heart of the Big Apple on Thursday, April 3, 2014, for our New York Gala. Cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m. For ticket and sponsorship information, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102;

Apply Now for NIAF Scholarships and Voyage of Discovery
Applications for scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year are now available online at Students must be of Italian heritage, have a GPA of at least 3.5, and be entering or already enrolled in college in the fall of 2014 to be eligible to apply. Deadline: March 1, 2014. Contact Gabriella Mileti at

Applications for the 2014 Voyage of Discovery are now available online at Students must be of Italian heritage and be enrolled in college in the spring of 2014 to be eligible to apply. Deadline: January 31, 2014. Contact Gabriella Mileti 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 contact Gabriella Mileti, director of programs, at with your current contact information.

Next in Ambassador Magazine: Untraditional Italian Holiday Cuisine!
Don't miss the upcoming issue of Ambassador Magazine! In the spirit of the holidays, celebrity chefs give readers some of their favorite untraditional Italian recipes for entertaining during the holiday season! So you don't receive Ambassador magazine? It's a member benefit when you join NIAF. Visit for more information.

Celebrate The Year of Italian Culture 2013!
The Year of Italian Culture is a year-long calendar of events throughout the United States promoting Italy's innovative contributions to the world in science, technology and culture with events such concerts like The Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala Academy in Chicago on Dec. 2, and in Bethesda, Md. on Dec. 4. To view the monthly schedule of art exhibits, theatrical performances, concerts and conferences focusing on literature, architecture, the sciences, design, fashion and food, visit

Affordable Care Act Forum—Washington, D.C.
Join NIAF Board members Joseph V. Del Raso and Mark Valente at a healthcare forum, "Forecasting the Future of Healthcare: Implications for Business and Consumers" on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 – 11:00 a.m., at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Honorable Fred Upton of the U.S. House of Representatives will be the keynote speaker. Sponsored by the Center for Marking and Public Policy Research of Villanova University.

Screening "Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy"—NYC
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College/CUNY presents a free screening of "Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy" on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. Actor and director John Turturro takes audiences on a haunting, intimate journey to his maternal homeland of Sicily while exploring the island's vanishing traditions—the few remaining practitioners of opera dei pupi, the distinctively Sicilian art of puppetry. Post-screening discussion with the director Roman Paska, led by the Calandra Institute's Joseph Sciorra. RSVP encouraged but not required: 212-642-2094 and seating is limited. For more information, visit

Opera Revival—Italian East Harlem, N.Y.
Raphael Benavides and The Poet's Den Theater and Gallery proudly present soprano and guest curator Darynn Zimmer in two English-language operatic miniatures in East Harlem, the first Little Italy of New York City. Zimmer will be singing Lee Hoiby's "Italian Lesson Opera" and Hugo Weisgall's "The Stronger." Neither work has been performed in New York in more than 20 years. The performances will take place on Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.; at Poet's Den Gallery and Theater (309 E. 108th St.). Tickets: $30. For more information, visit

Holy Rosary Church's 100th Anniversary — Washington, D.C.
The Toscanini New Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Nova Chorus Ensemble, conducted by Giuliano Grisi, present Vivaldi's "Gloria" and Handel's "Messiah" in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Holy Rosary Church in Washington, D.C. The free concert will take place on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 4:00 p.m., at the Columbia Heights Educational Campus Auditorium, 3101 16th St. NW. For more information:

Christmas Cooking With Nonna at Eataly—NYC
Rosella Rago will be returning to New York City's exquisite La Scuola di Eataly on Dec. 14 with her Nonna Romana and Chef Pasquale Martinelli from to demonstrate how to make some of the traditional Christmas dishes from Puglia! Space is limited so register now.

Verdi & Wagner at Carnegie Hall—NYC
In honor of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi, Italian tenor Marcello Nardis and Italian pianist Bruno Canino will perform works by Verdi and Wagner on Dec. 28 at 8 p.m., at Carnegie Hall in New York. For tickets visit

Ennio Morricone in the U.S.
The legendary, Oscar-winning, Italian composer who brought us the soundtracks of "Cinema Paradiso," "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly," "Kill Bill," "The Untouchables," and so much more, will return to the United States for two extraordinary events with a 200-member orchestra and choir in Los Angeles on March 20, and in New York on March 23. For ticket information, visit

Made in Cloister—Naples, Italy
The Cloister of the Church of Santa Caterina a Formiello in Naples's historic center will undergo restoration and be rehabilitated as a center for design and craftsmanship. The project is not possible without support from friends around the world. To learn more about the project and help Made in Cloister, visit its Kickstarter page here

Host Families Needed for Italian Exchange Students
EF Foundation for Foreign Study, the leader in high school exchange, will welcome 40 students from Italy this January. The students will be staying with host families while attending local high schools for Spring semester. EF Italian students come here to improve their English and experience American culture. A group of 300 Italian students will be arriving in August 2014 for the next school year. Host families and mentors are needed throughout the United States. To learn more about hosting or mentoring, contact Angie Redford at 208-890-3502 or; or visit

Screenwriting in Italy
Bring your story to life with Michelangelo Screenwriting. Since 2008, Michelangelo has been bringing top-notch writing instructors together with writers with a travel bug. This summer, the program expands its offerings with three diverse writing retreats. No matter your writing experience, goals or budget, there is a Michelangelo writing retreat for you. Space is limited so don't wait. Learn more at

Lo Studio dei Nipoti Exhibition — NYC
The Calandra Institute presents an exhibition by Lo Studio dei Nipoti (The Studio of the Grandchildren), a nonprofit artist collective for U.S. artists of southern Italian ancestry, featuring artists Nancy Agati, Cianne Fragione, Rose Michelle Taverniti and Marisa Tesauro.

The exhibition runs through January 10, 2014, at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, New York City. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 212-642-2094.

Adopt a Medieval Neighborhood—Montalcino (Tuscany), Italy
Would you like to hold a 'Brunello' dinner party with eight friends? Quartiere Pianello will supply the Brunello! What about seven nights in Tuscany? Cooking lessons? Having a garden named after you, or spending a couple of hours on our archery range?

Quartiere Pianello is a neighborhood of non-profit volunteers in Montalcino that offer sensational rewards for helping us "mend" various aspects of the town. Join the team, become an honorary member of the Quartiere, and together we'll preserve traditions and a precious way of life. To find out more about making a difference in this town in Tuscany, visit:

Turn on Italics TV
For cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American television 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 (

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Raise funds supporting NIAF's mission while shopping for great deals! By dining out! By traveling! All you have to do is register (free) at Recoup, choose your city for location-specific deals, and then go shopping by the type of deal you want.

And each time you purchase something, a portion of the proceeds goes to 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, diplomacy and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. The new issue of Diplomatic Courier focuses on urban science and the challenge of big data; China's elder care predicament and the Gaza time bomb.

To learn more, visit, or search the App Store for the iPhone and iPad apps.

Congratulations to NIAF member Davide Bolognesi on receiving the Young Veneto Excellence Award from the Associazione Padovani nel Mondo. Bolognesi, the Head of International Investor Relations for the Governor's Office of the State of California, received the award for "Entrepreneurialism, Management and Professional Activities." Auguri Davide!

Why Join NIAF?
NIAF is the premier Italian American organization. Its core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage and support through scholarships, grants and other programs the education of new generations of Italian Americans about their remarkable cultural inheritance. By joining, you not only will help to support that mission but 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 (coming soon)
  • 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


Welcome You To The September 2014 Region Of Excellence Tour--A Journey To Campania

Sept 3-14, 2014 — Limited Availability — 10 Days / 8 Nights

Give your family the gift of heritage this holiday season! Rome, Naples, Pompeii, Capri, Paestum and Sorrento! Includes an optional day of genealogy research.

Join NIAF and Perillo Tours on a once in a lifetime trip to the 2014 Region of Honor—Campania. Enjoy the region's dramatic highlights, including history, culture and cuisine. Exclusive insiders access for NIAF members. Optional excursion from Sorrento to trace your heritage and visit your family's hometown.

Land Price—$3,599 per person; Single supplement—$699. Air rates available from most gateways. For trip information and registration, visit:

Book before Jan. 15 and receive a $100 per person discount! Visit us at; email at; or call 855-PT-GROUP (1-855-784-7687) for additional information.

Can't join us on our journey? For NIAF Members Only, Book any Perillo Tours or program (a $2,500 value per couple) and receive $100 per person. Promo Code: NIAF

Support Our Sponsors

Friends of Florence

Photo courtesy of Antonio Quattrone
Friends of Florence was founded in 1998 as a U.S.-based 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. Since then, we have restored and made available to the public, in some cases for the first time in centuries, notable treasures including all the marble statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Uffizi's Sala della Niobe, and the Medici's original Tribune. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo's David, we provided funding for the diagnostic analysis and continue to fund the monitoring and maintenance programs for both the David and Michelangelo's Prisoners.

We also organize education and travel programs to Florence twice a year, with expertly-guided visits to private collections and museums, working laboratories, and stunning palaces and gardens where our guests enjoy intimate events hosted by the owners. We invite you to visit our website,, to learn more.


Spend the holidays in Italy and make memories that will last lifetime. The holidays are a warm and festive time of the year in Italy. From the Alpine regions to the South, Italian holiday traditions warm the heart and please the palate.

Travel in style with Alitalia's Magnifica Business Class this holiday season and enjoy fares that start from just $2510 round-trip, including all taxes and fees.

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