eNotizie - September 2013
2013 Photo Contest


A Sure Thing! NIAF's "Come Fly With Me" Casino Night
Kicking off the big 38th Anniversary Gala Weekend will be "Come Fly with Me" —NIAF's first-ever Casino Night! Presented by Alitalia, and located at the lush atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Nation's Capital, this electrifying evening at the casino tables includes hors d'oeuvre stations, open bar, and live music and dancing to the big band sounds of the Radio King Orchestra!

High rollers invited! October 25, 8 p.m. – midnight. Open to the Public; Tickets sold at the door or online at

Going! Going! Gone! NIAF's Live and Silent Auction
This year, NIAF's always popular Live and Silent Auction lands during the much-anticipated "Come Fly With Me" Casino Night, and will feature once-in-a-lifetime packages such as a six-day Safari adventure at the Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge in Hluhluwe, South Africa, and an Italian-built wild ride Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring Bike! Get your tickets for the big Friday night party now at!

NIAF's Anniversary Gala!
Book your reservations now for NIAF's 38th Anniversary Gala, October 25-26, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. This year's Gala Weekend promises to be the best yet! Catch up with old friends; make new friends! Celebrate your heritage! Tickets and tables are selling fast, so don't wait!

Emmy Award-winning journalist and CNBC 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 Campania-inspired dinner, and salute the evening's distinguished honorees—including George Randazzo, Founder and Chairman of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago; Diana Bracco, CEO and President of Bracco S.p.A.; and Roberto Colannino, Chairman and CEO of Piaggio & C. S.p.A.; and Louis T. Donatelli, Founder and Chairman of Donatelli & Klein Inc.
Gala Cohosts Maria Bartiromo and Joe Piscopo

Maria Bartiromo

Joe Piscopo

NIAF Vice Chairman Louis J. Freeh, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Chairman of Pepper Hamilton LLP and Freeh Group Int'l Solutions, will serve as the Gala Chairman. The two-day Gala weekend schedule is jammed with socializing, networking opportunities, special receptions, wine tastings, seminars, entertainment, and pre-Gala Dinner receptions, including on Saturday, October 26:
  • NIAF's Networking Breakfast and special Italian American Studies Association Conference.
  • Presentation by Linda Barrett Osborne and Paolo Battaglia, authors of the new book "Explorers Emigrants Citizens" A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress"
  • Special screening of "Carnera: The Walking Mountain," the true story of Italy's only heavyweight champion Primo Carnera, with an exclusive meet-and-greet with the film's star Andrea Iaia.
  • Sit-down Wine Tasting and Luncheon with a knowledgeable sommelier leading tasters through traditional and modern Italian wines.
  • The annual and always lively "Ieri, Oggi, Domani" State of the Community discussion.
  • And, for those of stout Italian heart and soul, following the Gala Awards Dinner, the NIAF After Hours Celebration, featuring late-night live music, lively singing and partying!
Register 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: For special Gala discount room rates and other benefits, book your hotel reservation directly on the Hilton website 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 slick magazine Ambassador, and more! CLICK HERE for additional information.

NIAF Photo Contest!
Last chance this month to show your Italianità! in NIAF's first-ever Photo Contest!

The topic is the Italian spirit or essence! Italianità in other words! Submissions may be poignant, breathtaking, humorous, provocative, heartbreaking. They may be portraits, travel photos, spontaneous moments, family celebrations, ancestors, culinary images, or scenes. Technical quality, composition and clarity count, but judges will be looking for images that best express Italianness!

You may submit only an image that you have taken yourself or that belongs to you personally. One photo per person, please.

First Prize includes two tickets (winner and guest) to NIAF's 38th Anniversary Gala dinner and all Gala events the weekend of October 25-26 in Washington, D.C.; plus two-night's stay for two at the Washington Hilton during the Gala weekend, roundtrip airfare for two (within continental United States) to the Gala, plus more!

Enter Today! Entries must be received no later than October 4. Please read official rules carefully at E-mail questions to

Honoring Our Heroes
NIAF and The Commit Foundation have partnered to celebrate the bravery and commitment of returning Italian American veterans who have served in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-five veterans will be paired with mentors from the Italian American community for the two-day program, "Honoring Our Heroes," which includes a Military Appreciation Dinner on September 8, followed by a Veterans Mentoring Golf Tournament on September 9.

The goal is to empower Italian American veterans through mentorship, strengthen their connections within the Italian American military network, and honor Italian American veterans of all generations. The Dinner at the Union League of Philadelphia, in Philadelphia, Pa., Sunday September 8, 6 p.m. registration and cocktail reception, 7 p.m. dinner and awards; and the Golf Tournament at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, Pa., Monday, September 9, 10 a.m. registration followed by buffet luncheon, 1 p.m. shotgun start and 5:30 p.m. reception, dinner and awards.

For more information about the two-day program and to register or sponsor, visit

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 Alexandra Dall, director of Programming, at with your current contact information.

Immigration Public Policy Luncheon
The NIAF Frank J. Guarini Public Policy Luncheon on Immigration on September 12 will feature keynote speaker Michael Barone, senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. At the U.S. Capitol, Rayburn Building; 12 – 1:30 p.m. Call 202-939-3120 to RSVP.

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. To view the monthly schedule of art exhibits, theatrical performances, concerts and conferences focusing on literature, architecture, the sciences, design, fashion and food, visit

Leonardo Da Vinci's famous 1505 manuscript on display September 12 - October 22, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

ALFIO in Concert
Following in the footsteps of Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, BB King and many more, Italian-Australian superstar ALFIO will perform old songs and new at the Tarrytown Music Hall, Saturday, September 14, 8 p.m., in Tarrytown, N.Y. Tickets start at $25. Box Office: 877-840-0457 or order online at

Roberto Bolle & Friends
Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend a memorable evening with one of Italy's most beloved artists, Roberto Bolle, principal dancer of Etoile for Teatro alla Scala and the first Italian to be made principal dancer with American Ballet Theater. Bolle returns to New York City as creative director and star of "Roberto Bolle and Friends," a dance showcase for which he is both creative director and star. In this one-night-only premiere, which marks the crowning event of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture, the famous principal dancer brings us the best of today's talent, including such internationally acclaimed dancers as Alicia Amatriain, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, Herman Cornejo, Marlon Dino, Mikhail Kaniskin, Maria Kochetkova, Lucia Lacarra, Jason Reilly, Alina Somova, and Erika Gaudenzi. At the New York City Center, September 17 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit:

Festa Italiana at the Museum of Design Atlanta
Join us on October 5 for Festa Italiana MODA, a special evening celebrating the exhibition "Barrique: Wine, Design & Social Change." Enjoy a café setting on the piazza in front of the museum, nibble on Italian food, sip Italian cocktails and wine, and enjoy traditional Italian accordion music by Don Discenza!

The remarkable exhibition spotlights a wine barrel (barrique) recycling project that's taking place at Europe's largest residential treatment center located in San Patrignano, Italy, for young people recovering from drug addiction and social exclusion. The project recycles discarded wine barrels into designer furniture.

NIAF presents an exclusive cocktail reception immediately prior to Festa Italiana, October 5, 6 – 7 p.m. at the museum. The reception is free to NIAF members and one guest who are attending Festa Italiana!

Presented in collaboration with the NIAF, Pirelli, and Landmark Fiat of Atlanta, the Festa Italiana takes place from 7 – 10 p.m. Festa Italiana tickets are $50 ($40 for MODA members) and are available at

The Arthur Avenue Dinner Series
Does Arthur Avenue hold a special place in your heart? The inaugural meeting in the Arthur Avenue Dinner Series will take place at Zero Otto Nove (Zagat's has called this Arthur Avenue restaurant the "real deal"). Business, community and political leaders will open a dialogue to consider challenges facing the neighborhood and promote solutions for continued economic growth…as well as enjoy an authentic Italian meal prepared by Chef Roberto Paciullo.

Sponsored by NIAF and the Belmont Business Improvement District, this first in the Dinner Series is on October 7, 6:30-9 p.m.; $75 per person. RSVP by contacting contact Geaner Parkes at or 718-220-7139.

Roots in the Boot is hiring!
Know someone who is detail-oriented, determined, and would enjoy doing meaningful work that can be treasured for generations? Roots in the Boot, the exclusive genealogy partner of NIAF, is seeking expert treasure-hunters (researchers), and assistants, to join our famiglia. A passion for heartfelt family storytelling and a commitment to excellence are a must! Advanced genealogy skills and/or proficiency in a romance language preferred. Click for more details:

Casa Belvedere Festa D'Italia and Motori D'Italia
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere on Staten Island kicks off its fall calendar in a big way with Festa D'Italia and Motori D'Italia—one weekend, two great events! Festa D'Italia will feature specialty foods and pastries, wine tasting, art exhibits, food demonstrations, games, rides and crafts, music and entertainment, all you can eat food contests. Motori D'Italia will display exotic cars and motorbikes! Saturday, September 28, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 29, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, call 718-273-7660, e-mail or visit

Italian Crooner Patrizio Coming to America
International superstar Patrizio Buanne is bringing his seductive Julio Iglesias-meets-Tom Jones vocals to America for an 11-stop U.S. tour promoting his latest CD release, "From PATRIZIO con amore." The Boston Globe summed up his act as "Think male Celine Dion, Italian style…." Patrizio's scheduled concerts go from September 1 through October 20. For the complete schedule and a profile by Italia Living, visit

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 opens September 12 at 6 p.m. and 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.

Chamber Orchestra of New York Announces New Season
Maestro Salvatore Di Vittorio and the Chamber Orchestra of New York has announced its Sixth Season 2013-2014, including U.S. premieres of recently published rediscoveries of Alessandro Scarlatti and early works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the debut of its Masterworks Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The season opener will be held on October 12 in celebration of Columbus Day Week festivities and Italy Month with Wolf's Italian Serenade, Barber's Adagio for strings, the World Premiere of American composer Ezra Donner's Mountain Suite, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12. For more information, visit

Vendemmia da Vinci
The da Vinci Society of Delaware is holding its annual fall festival Vendemmia da Vinci celebrating the centuries-old tradition of the Italian grape harvest on Sunday, October 13, at Tubman Garrett Park in Wilmington, Del., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will feature some of the best local Italian wines, Italian cuisine from area restaurants, an Italian beer garden, live entertainment, a homemade gravy-making contest, and Italian vendors. For more information, visit

Ancient Art of Sicily — Cleveland
Last chance to see the masterpieces of ancient art at the new antiquities exhibition, "Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome," at the Cleveland Museum of Art September 29 through January 5, 2014. For more information, 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. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV, YouTube, Facebook.

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Raise funds supporting NIAF's mission by 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 The Future of Diplomacy, with special features on The Digital Diplomacy Forum in Washington, D.C., in June and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Internet Age, the Case for Mediated Diplomacy, and Evolving the Handshake, plus more!

For more information, visit, or search the App Store for the iPhone and iPad apps.

Congratulations to Ambassador's culinary columnist Mary Ann Esposito who will be awarded the prestigious Artusi Award 2013 in the city of Forlimpopoli, Italy, hometown of Pellegrino Artusi, author of Italy's most famous cookbook, "La scienza in cucina e l'arte di mangiare bene." The prize will be delivered on September 14 in Forlimpopoli.
Congratulations to NIAF member John Licata on the publication of his new book, "Lessons from Frankenstorm: Investing for Future Power Disruptions" (Wiley e-book; $60), on the future of energy and the global energy markets post-Hurricane Sandy. The Founder and Chief Energy Strategist of Blue Phoenix Inc., Licata has been a NIAF youth and corporate member for more than 20 years. Available on
Congratulations to Gerardo Perrotta on the publication of his new book "Phila-Italy Americana: Italian Themes on United States Postage Stamps" (Xlibris; $29.99 haredcover). A stamp collector since his youth in Paola, Italy, the author tells the story through postage stamps of imprint Italians, Italian-Americans, and lovers of Italian culture have imparted on the United States. Available on, and other online bookstores.

Why Join NIAF?
Besides member discounts to fantastic events like the Anniversary Gala in October? 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

Book Your 2013 Trips to Italy with NIAF

2013 Heritage Tours By Perillo Tours
Join the National Italian American Foundation in 2013 to visit one of the many beautiful regions of Italy. This year we have partnered with Perillo Tours to provide you with the best selection of trips and excursions.

For additional information or to make a reservation, please call 855-PT-GROUP (855-784-7687) or email

Culture and heritage of Southern Italy
Lemon trees and vineyards cascade down the terraced cliffs to the sea. Soft sea breezes mix with the scent of fresh basil, tomatoes and olive oil. Capri sparkles in the distance. Welcome to Southern Italy! Featuring Apulia, Salerno, Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Ravello and Rome! Dates: September 21-28. Price: $2,689/person (land only). Discount air available from NYC area (call for more details).

The Adriatic Pearls
Join fellow NIAF members on a once in a lifetime Journey of Discover to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Set between Lombardy and Tuscany, and stretching from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean, Emilia-Romagna is the heartland of northern Italy. Emilia is a wealthy area whose tone is well-mannered, well-dressed and comfortable. The region excels in many ways, not least in the regional cuisine. Dates: October 11-18. Price: $2,170/person (land only). Discount air available from NYC area (call for more details).

Art & Architecture of the Veneto & Lake Garda
From art to wine, we will travel through the most famous wine producing vineyards in the villa land during our NIAF exclusive full day of food and wines of the Veneto region. Palladian villas, historic towns, fine art, canals and regional cuisine. Dates: October 11-18. Price: $1,650/person (land only). Discount air available from NYC area.

For additional information or to make a reservation, please call 855-PT-GROUP (855-784-7687) or email

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.


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