eNotizie - June 2012
NIAF West Coast Gala

NIAF’s West Coast Gala — June 21!
Now’s the time to show your support for NIAF by buying your tickets and becoming a gala sponsor! NIAF’s 2012 West Coast Gala is right around the corner, less than three weeks away!

If you were at our East Coast Gala in April, you’ve already experienced our new streamlined gala concept which makes for a more relaxed (business attire) and fast-moving evening. If you weren’t there, don’t miss this exciting celebration and primo Golden Gate City networking event at The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel.

This year, the NIAF West Coast Gala will celebrate the rich heritage of Italians and the Italian American community while paying tribute to pioneers in biotechnology, design, high tech and the environment. Honorees will include:
Roberto Crea, Ph.D., founder, chairman of the board, chief operating officer and president of CREAGRI Inc., who will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Biotechnology
John A. Legnitto, vice president and group manager for the San Francisco region at Recology, who will receive the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Environmental Citizenship
Kim Polese, chairman of ClearStreet Inc., who will receive a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Technology
Anna Paola Snaidero, vice president of public relations and advertising of Snaidero USA, who will receive a NIAF Special Achievement Award in Business
NIAF will also honor Aili and Andres McConnon, coauthors of “Road to Valor: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation,” who will receive the Mazzei Award in Thought Leadership.

Photo Credit: Helen Tansey

Blues guitarist and musician Johnny Rivers will lead the list of special guests. Jeffrey M. Capaccio, Esq., and Marcella Leonetti-Tyler, NIAF regional vice presidents for the far west (north) and far west (south), respectively, are co-chairing the event.

The June 21 gala begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception in The Fairmont’s sparkling Fountain and Crystal Room, followed by dinner and the awards program at 7 p.m. in the Venetian Room. Sponsorship ads will be displayed as continuous slideshows on large screens throughout the gala dinner. Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s scholarship and education programs.

Tickets begin at $300 per person. For more ticket information or sponsorship opportunities, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 or, or visit

Road to Valor
Looking for a good book? Pick up Aili and Andres McConnon’s new and highly acclaimed nonfiction account (published this month) of the life of legendary and heroic Italian cycling champion Gino Bartali.

Not just a fascinating history of WWII Italy or how Italians responded to the Holocaust, not just an insightful biography, the authors, whom NIAF is honoring at the West Coast Gala this month, have written a compelling book that reflects the dichotomies in the Italian soul and character through the lens of sports, one amazing athlete, and unthinkable world events. For more details and to see a video book trailer, visit

Kick-Off Reception for New York Golf Tournament
This is the kick off before the tee off! Whether you’re a duffer or a scratch golfer, head over to The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, at 46th Street and 12th Avenue in New York City, on June 13, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., for the reception promoting the upcoming NIAF 8th Annual New York Golf Tournament. And make sure to register for the Golf Tournament which takes place at the beautifully challenging Old Westbury Golf & Country Club on August 13. For more information, contact Nick Caiazzo at

Alton Lane: Tailored for NIAF Members Only — D.C.
Alton Lane cordially invites NIAF members to a private event at the Alton Lane showroom for a discussion from its style experts regarding “Italian Influence on American Style.” Learn more about Alton Lane’s bespoke brand during this evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres. Thursday, June 14, 6 – 8 p.m.; 1506 19th St. NW, 3rd Floor, Washington, D.C. 20036. For more information, call 646-896­1212. To RSVP, email

Italian Trade Seminar — Philadelphia
The Italian Trade Commission, in collaboration with Innova Consulting Group Inc. and Sbarro Health Research Organization, is holding an international training seminar titled “Fostering International Entrepreneurship & Innovation: U.S. & Italian Strategies for Turning Research into Business.” Discussion topics will explore commercializing science research by creating start-up businesses, covering international research models, funding opportunities in Italy and Philadelphia, and successful international case studies.

The program targets scientific researchers who want to translate their work into spin-off businesses in the Philadelphia area or Italy. Speaker highlights include Aleardo Furlani, managing director of INNOVA S.p.A. in Rome; Antonio Giordano, Ph.D., president of SHRO; Aniello Musella, Italian Trade Commissioner; Gennaro Ciliberto, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director of the National Cancer Institute “G Pascale,” Naples, Italy; and NIAF Chief Operating Officer John Viola.

At Temple University’s Main Campus, Bio-Life Sciences Building, Conference Room 234, Tuesday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. (includes lunch buffet). One-to-one sessions by appointment on June 12, 3:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m., and June 13, 10 a.m. – 12 noon. To register online, visit For more information, contact Alexandra Tingas of Innova Consulting Group Inc. at

Voyage of Discovery News — Italy
The 33 college students in NIAF’s 2012 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program arrived in Rome on May 29 and you can follow their journey through Italy online! Just visit for regular updates and photos from their daily excursions. The program is designed to strengthen the students’ Italian American identity by bonding them to the country, culture and heritage of Italy, and to help them gain an understanding of their heritage and a pride in preserving that heritage for the next generation.

Fontanelli Benefit for Caruso Museum — NYC
Renowned soprano Cristina Fontanelli, who recently served as host for PBS-TV specials starring Andrea Bocelli ( “Live From Central Park”), Il Volo, and the Vienna Boys Choir, will perform a benefit concert for the Enrico Caruso Museum in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tuesday, June 5, 8 p.m., at the Enrico Caruso Room at Grotta Azzurra Ristorante where the world-famous Naples-born tenor frequented when in Manhattan’s historic Little Italy. 177 Mulberry Street, New York, N.Y. For more information, visit

NYU Lecture on Sculptor David Smith
“David Smith at the Ferriere di Voltri in 1962,” a lecture by art historian and critic Michael Brenson, reviews the work of this American sculptor who was given free rein to work in an abandoned steel factory in Liguria in 1962. Over 30 days, he created the astonishing 27 sculptures that are now known as the “Voltri Series.”

Presented in partnership with the Bogliasco Foundation, the lecture will feature an exclusive screening of the recently restored short film “L’Officina di David Smith” (1962). Tuesday, June 5, 6 p.m., at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York University, 24 West 12th St., New York, N.Y. 10011. For more information, call 212-998-8739 or email or

What’s Cooking? — New York
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere’s 2012 schedule of In Cucina, an educational and entertaining hands-on cooking series, is well under way. Expand your cooking skills, learn new techniques and gain confidence in the kitchen by enrolling in this hands-on culinary program. This month’s classes include: Pizza (June 1), Antipasto (June 8), Secondi (June 15), and Fresh Ravioli (June 22).

Classes are Friday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, N.Y. Price per class: $75. For more information, visit, call 718-273-7660 or email

Italy in South Florida!
Stroll down the re-creation of Mulberry Street and find an array of fare from local Italian restaurants, beer and wine bars, live entertainment and a bocce ball tournament! The evening’s DJ is Michael Marino (son of NFL great Dan Marino).

Welcome to “A Night in Roma,” benefitting The 2nd Annual Tony Segreto Athletic Scholarship Fund, named for South Florida’s legendary local news and sports broadcaster. Monday, June 11, 6 p.m., at Nova Southeastern University, The Arena at Don Taft University Center, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33314. For ticket information, call 954-922-7013 or email

Durante’s Back! — NYC
“Imagine Dat: The (After) Life of Jimmy Durante,” the one-man show starring Jon Freda, about the ups and downs of one of America's greatest Italian American entertainment icons, is running for six shows this month. Sundays, June 10, 17 and 24, at 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, June 13, 20 and 27, at 7 p.m., at Box The Outside Theatre at the Bruckner Gallery, 1 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx, N.Y. 10454; 718-665-2001. For tickets and clips from the show, visit

New Italian Cinema — NYC
If it’s June, there must be a fresh crop of Italian films and Italian film makers at the Film Society of the Lincoln Theater, which has become North America’s leading showcase for contemporary Italian cinema. From June 8-14, “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema” screens 16 Italian films, starting with Francesco Bruni’s 2011 comedy “Easy!” Friday, June 8 at 1:45 p.m., and Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. (Bruni in person at the June 9 screening). Ermanno Olmi’s 2011 drama “The Cardboard Village,” screens Friday June 8, 4 p.m., and Tuesday, June 12, 8:50 p.m. And there’s so much more!

The Film Society of Lincoln Center, 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam, New York, N.Y. For a complete schedule of screenings and to purchase tickets, visit

More Italian Cinema – New York
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere presents Cinema Sotto Le Stelle 2012, an outdoor Italian film festival featuring 12 evenings of Italian-style comedy, romance and suspense at its best! Admission is free; bring your beach chairs and blankets! The screenings start with Mohsen Melliti’s 2006 award-winning film “Io, l’altro,” June 7, 8 p.m., and continues with a new film weekly through August 30. The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, N.Y. 10301. For more information, call 718-273-7660 or visit

Jovanotti’s 2012 Summer Shows
Good news, Jovanotti fans! The polyglot Tuscan artist’s 2011 Bonnaroo performance won over American live music fans, critics and industry experts alike, as his 2012 concert schedule and new U.S.-release recording illustrate. In August, ATO Records will release “Italia 1988-2012,” Jovanotti’s career retrospective to U.S. audiences. And, starting with his concert at the Luminato Festival, Friday, June 15, in Toronto, the Italy’s biggest rock star will play six scheduled shows through August 19. And, look for him at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, October 12-14. For a complete schedule of Jovanotti’s tour, visit

Uffizi Gallery’s Angel Exhibit U.S. Tour
The U.S. tour of “Offering of the Angels: Tapestries and Paintings from the Uffizi Gallery” is currently showing 43 paintings and two tapestries from such Baroque and Renaissance masters as Botticelli, Liberi and Tintoretto, at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa., through August 10. It makes only two other stops before returning to Florence in March, 2013. See the spring issue of NIAF’s Ambassador magazine for a review of the exhibit! For more information, visit the Michener Art Museum’s website at

Castiglione at The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery is showcasing approximately 80 works on paper by the Italian baroque master Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609–1664), as well as works by his contemporaries and followers. The exhibition, “The Baroque Genius of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione,” will be on view in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, Ground Floor, through July 8. For more information, visit

Study in Italy This Summer and Fall
If you’re thinking about studying in Italy, make sure to check out the new virtual tour of John Cabot University, the only American university located along the banks of the Tiber River in Rome. Located in Rome’s historic and quaint neighborhood of Trastevere, John Cabot University has been welcoming study-abroad students since 1972. Credits transfer back to your home university. All classes are taught in English and include Art History, Business, Classics, English Literature, Mathematics, Science, Political Science, and more.

The campus is an international setting with students from Italy and more than 50 countries. Work study and scholarships are available. The university is extending its offer of a free meal plan for summer and fall sessions to students who mention “NIAF” in their applications. Visit to view the virtual tour. Online applications are available here. For more information, visit or call the university’s U.S. office at 866-457-6160.

Congratulations to renown singer Giada Valenti, a longtime NIAF supporter who was featured recently on Italian TV’s “Sognando Italia,” broadcast by Rete4 (MediaSet). The show, which focuses on someone living and working in the United States who can trace his or her heritage back to Italy, followed Valenti for three days to some of her favorite places in New York City and meeting some of her friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry. For more information about this TV show visit:
Congratulations to NIAF member Paul Salsini on the publication of his new book “The Temptation of Father Lorenzo: Ten Stories of 1970s Tuscany." In his latest novel, Salsini brings his Florence- and Tuscany-based characters from his previous books—"The Cielo,” "Sparrow's Revenge" and "Dino's Story”—into the next decade. For more information, visit
Congratulations to NIAF member Joe Fiorentino, who was honored as a past honoree (2010) at The Italian American National Hall of Fame on May 5 at the Tropicana Hotel and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Joe is pictured here with his wife Heidi and 2012 IANHOF honoree U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. A martial arts champion, Joe currently teaches self defense to seniors at the Hansberry Center in Chicago’s Bronzville neighborhood.
Congratulations to NIAF Council member Tom DePaoli on the publication of his new book, “Growing Up Italian in the 50s: or How Most of Us Became Good Wise Guys” (CreateSpace; 2012), his memoir about growing up in the small town of Royersford, Pa., where he was surrounded by a large Italian family.
Congratulations to NIAF member Francis (Frank) De Mita Sr., of Glen Cove, N.Y., who received the 2012 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award for the Most Influential People for Public Education in Nassau County.

Take a Stroll on NIAF’s Walk of Honor
Now you can pay tribute in a heart-felt and lasting way to your parents, grandparents and ancestors who sacrificed so much in search of a better life! Purchase a commemorative NIAF Walk of Honor brick, custom engraved in their honor or memory, and placed at the entrance of The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Building, NIAF’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Not only will your Walk of Honor brick become a permanent icon paying homage to you and your family’s Italian heritage, it will further help NIAF in its mission to promote and preserve our culture. Order now! Commemorative bricks start at $250. Click Here to order your brick online. For more information please email

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Book Your 2012 Trips to Italy with NIAF
Cruise the Mediterranean, spend leisurely days touring the Italy’s scenic regions, or customize your Italian vacation...

Announcing Spring 2012 Travel Packages to Italy!
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) continues its popular travel programs to Italy by offering four nine-day/seven-night tours departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City beginning in March 2012:

  • Campania…A Land That Will Capture Your Heart” visits the cities of Agropoli, Amalfi, Anacapri, Avellino, Benevento, Capri, Caserta, Naples, Paestum, Pompeii, Positano, Salerno and Sorrento.
  • “The Enchanting Hill Towns of Umbria & Eastern Tuscany” tours the cities of Arezzo, Assisi, Cortona, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Orvieto, Perugia, Pienza, Siena and Todi.
  • “Grand Tour of Sicily 2012” will go to the cities of Agrigento, Catania, Cefalu, Etna, Erice, Monreale, Noto, Palermo, Siracusa and Taormina.
  • “The Jewels of the Riviera with a touch of Piedmont” visits the cities of Cinque Terre, Genoa, Monte Carlo, Nice, Pollenzo, Portofino, Rapallo and Santa Margherita.
Trips include round-trip flights from New York (JFK) to Rome, breakfast and dinner daily, and English-speaking tour manager. Airfare and all current departure taxes and fuel surcharges also are included. Costs range from $2,649 to $3,069 per person based on double occupancy and month of departure.

For information and reservations, contact: Marianna Pisano at or call 800-777-7432. When making reservation, mention the promo code: NIAF.

10-day Mediterranean Cruise in 2012
NIAF and Trek Tours Ltd. are pleased to present a 10-day Mediterranean Cruise with dates from spring through summer 2012. Fly round-trip to Rome and cruise the Mediterranean on the classic MS Noordam to Livorno, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Mallorca, Tunis and Carthage, Palermo and Naples. Joyous patterns of tile work will enliven your path as you experience Renaissance art, see the latest fashions and enjoy the flavor of fresh Italian bread dipped in estate-pressed olive oil.

Pre- and post-cruise vacation packages are available to extend your voyage in Rome. For details or to book your cruise, visit and click “Travel,” or contact Pam Salimeno at NIAF’s partner, Trek Tours, at 1-800-370-0357.

Custom Design Your Vacation to Italy!
Famous for its first-class, fully-escorted tours for 67 years, Perillo Tours is now offering exclusive services to those who would prefer to travel independently or on small hosted tours. Visit Perillo’s for its new one-stop shop to book your flights, hotels, car rentals, train tickets, sightseeing, museum passes, cooking classes, villa rentals, family travel, wedding planning and so much more!

Perillo Tour’s team of experts can custom design your entire trip over the phone! Plus, Perillo’s website is full of information, fun to browse, and filled with tremendous travel deals. And Perillo is giving NIAF members $100 off – just mention the promo code NIAFPT when you book. NIAF receives a donation with every trip you book!

Please visit or call 1-800-ITALY-25 today to book your dream vacation to Italy!

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