eNotizie - July 2013
New York Spring Extravaganza!


NIAF Reaches 20,000 Facebook Fans!
Last month, NIAF's Facebook page reached a milestone of 20,000 followers! Congratulations to Ricardo Scibona who by "liking" NIAF on Facebook hit the magic number and won a grand prize that includes tickets to NIAF's Anniversary Gala, October 25-26 in Washington, D.C. And thanks to all of you who helped to make it happen!

Not following NIAF on Facebook yet? Join the conversation! NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with an insatiable appetite for news, views, recipes, and trivia—anything Italian and Italian American! Plus, contests and winners!

Frank J. Guarini / NIAF Media Forum—Chicago
Join us on Monday, July 15, for the Frank J. Guarini/NIAF Media Forum panel discussion: "Marshal of the Air Italo Balbo's Historic Trans-Atlantic Flight of 1933." The panel includes Dominic Candeloro, adjunct professor of History at Loyola University; Don Fiore, governor of the Italic Institute of America; and John R. Schmidt, writer and historian, and will discuss Balbo's legacy, the 1930s depression era and life in the Italian American community. CBS feature reporter Vince Gerasole will serve as moderator. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Elissa Ruffino at

Frank J. Guarini / NIAF Media Forum—New York
Be our guest on Thursday, July 25, for the Frank J. Guarini/NIAF Media Forum panel discussion: "Austerity vs. Growth: Is It Time for Growth Policies in Italy?" Panelists include Massimo Gaggi, author and U.S. Correspondent for Corriere Della Sera; Marco Martella, U.S. Representative for Banca d' Italia; and Fabio Schiantarelli, professor of Economics at Boston College.

Our Media Forum in April filled quickly, so if you're interested in attending this one, please contact Elissa Ruffino at At Pirelli's New York office, 546 5th Ave., 8th Floor, New York, N.Y. Reception at 6 p.m. followed by panel discussion and Q & A from 7-8:30 p.m.

Mark Your Calendar for the NIAF Gala
Hard to believe it's already July, right? Well, October's not far off and it's not too soon to mark your calendar for October 25-26. Start making plans now to attend NIAF's 38th Anniversary Gala in the Nation's Capital!

To reserve a discounted room at the Washington Hilton, please visit

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Gala weekend, please 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.

Why Join NIAF?
Besides member discounts to fantastic events like the New York Spring Extravaganza in April and 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

Celebrate the Year of Italian Culture 2013!
This year-long initiative by the Italian government to promote Italy's innovative contributions to the world in science, technology and culture features an extensive program of events around the United States, including art exhibits, theatrical performances, concerts and conferences focusing on literature, architecture, the sciences, design, fashion and food. The July calendar includes:
  • More than 300 original prints by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) on exhibit at The San Diego Museum of Art, through July 7.
  • Exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art of the ancient masterpiece sculpture "The Boxer," through July 15.
  • "Italy of The Future" exhibition dedicated to Italian excellence science and technology, July 12—August 23, in San Francisco at Italian Cultural Institute.
  • "Bice Lazzari: Signature Line" exhibition dedicated to Italian artist Bice Lazzari, at National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C., through September 22.
For more information and to view the entire calendar of events, visit:

Golf For Good
Sign up now for NIAF's 9th Annual New York Golf Tournament benefitting the Foundation's scholarship and educational programs for the New York area. Foursome packages include registration, 18 holes of golf, breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, silent auction and awards dinner. Sponsorship packages are available. August 13, 2013. Registration and breakfast at 10:30 a.m. Old Westbury Golf & Country Club in Old Westbury, N.Y. For more information, contact Nick Caiazzo at

Mario Canali Exhibit—Los Angeles
An exhibition of the new works by Italian artist Mario Canali, whose work explores the complexity, beauty and discrepancy of the contemporary human being, runs through July 11 at the Downtown Art Center (DAC), in collaboration with NIAF, COM.IT.ES, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles, and the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles. For more information, contact or 213-627-7374.

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 with Etoile for Teatro alla Scala of Milano and the first Italian to be made principal dancer with American Ballet Theater. Bolle returns to New York City to share the spotlight with some of his friends—acclaimed dancers such as Jirí Bubenìcek, Marlon Dino, Lucia Lacarra, Alicia Amatriain and Jason Reilly—performing solos and pas de deux from classic and modern ballets. September 17 at 7 p.m.; the New York City Center. Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit:

Casa Belvedere Outdoor Cinema Season
Catch some of the most-awarded Italian films at outdoor evening screenings this summer at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere on Staten Island! Coming July 11, at 8 p.m., it's the 2010 hit comedy "Benvenuti al sud" ("Welcome to the South"); on July 18, the 2012 comedy "Benvenuti al nord" ("Welcome to the North"); and July 25, the 2011 comedy "La peggior settimana della mia vita" ("The Worst Week of My Life"). The movies are in Italian with English subtitles. Admission is free; donations welcome. For the complete schedule, visit

Bel Paese Italian Sport News
Attenzioni sport enthusiasts!!! NIAF member Giovanni Camarchioli, editor of Bel Paese, a newspaper in South Florida, has launched the newspaper's new Italian sports news bulletins. The twice-a-day (morning and afternoon) broadcasts are in Italian and accessible by phone. Just call the local number in any of the following locations and listen to the brief sports updates: Boston (508-955-2150); Chicago (312-929-0935); Philadelphia (267-339-6255); Hartford (203-517-0549); New Jersey (201-815-2229); and New York City (212-537-5187). For more information, e-mail:

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. This month, look for performances from of In Scena! Italian Theatre Festival, plus news, interviews, features and more arts. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV (, YouTube, Facebook.

Ancient Art of Sicily — Southern Cal
Drop in on the masterpieces of ancient art at the new antiquities exhibition, "Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome," at the J. Paul Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif. The exhibition of about 150 ancient artworks will run through August 19, then travels to the Cleveland Museum of Art where it will be on view September 29 through January 5, 2014. For more information, visit

Exhibit: "Da Vinci—The Genius"
Planning a trip this summer to Disneyland? Add another day to your itinerary to see the new "Da Vinci—The Genius" exhibition at the Discovery Science Center right down the road in Santa Ana, Calif. The exhibit demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo Da Vinci's remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. And it features a vast array of full-scale machine inventions crafted from Da Vinci's personal codices, reproductions of his most famous Renaissance art, and anatomical sketches that offer new perspectives on his famous works. Through September 8 at the Discovery Science Center, in Santa Ana, Calif. For more information, visit:

Cooking with Nonna
Rossella Rago, host of "Cooking with Nonna," has added a second week to her "Sorrento with Rossella Tour." In addition to the September 14-21 week, spots are now available September 7-14 at a beautiful villa on the Amalfi Coast where you'll indulge in the traditional masterpiece dishes of Campania! While there, you'll visit the natural wonders and historic marvels of the Amalfi Coast. For more information please visit:

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 Africa as the next emerging market. To learn more. visit, or search the App Store for the iPhone and iPad apps.

Congratulations to NIAF member, author and New York-based journalist Maria Teresa Cometto on the publication of her new book "Guadagnare con la crisi" or "How to Earn Money During Bad Economic Times" (Sperling & Kupfer; 14.90 euros). Coauthored with her husband Glauco Maggi, the book, currently in Italian, gives "Ten Suggestions to Protect Our Savings" and how to invest in a safe and profitable way. Available at Italian bookstores including
Congratulations to NIAF member Pat Mitchell on the publication of her new book "A Girl from the Hill: My Mother's Journey from Italian Girl to American Woman" (Balboa Press; $11.99), a loving memoir of her mother's difficult yet rewarding life spanning her years in Italy and America. Available at, and
Congratulations to NIAF member and professor Frank A. Salamone on the publication of his new book "The Italians of Rochester, New York, Post-World War II: Immigration, Prosperity, and Change" (Edwin Mellen Press; $150 hardback, $74.95 paperback), an in-depth, multi-generational chronicling of the lives of major personalities and institutions that shaped the Italian American experience in Rochester. Available at, and other online bookstores.
Congratulations to longtime NIAF supporter and friend Pete D'Alessandro on his new appointment as General Manager of the Sacramento Kings, the National Basketball Association's franchise in California's capital city.
Congratulations to Mario V. Mirabelli, Esq., president of the The John R. Mott Scholarship Foundation, who last month at the foundation's annual awards ceremony and reception, held in Campara San Giovani, Cosenza, Italy, awarded 128 academic scholarships to students from the region of Calabria.

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

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