eNotizie - May 2012

NIAF Reception: Author Talk & Book Signing in D.C.
On Thursday, May 3, NIAF member and author Piero Rivolta will talk about his life and new novel, “Journey Beyond 2012” (New Chapter Publisher), the story of how the Mayan apocalyptic prophecies affect the lives of three characters. Born in Desio, Italy, in the family of automobile manufacturers, Rivolta moved in 1980 to Sarasota, Fla., where he has prospered as a real estate developer, yacht builder, and author.

This is the first event of NIAF's Victoria J. Mastrobuono Speakers Series. The first dozen NIAF members to arrive receive free copies of his new novel.

Time: 6-8 p.m. Location: NIAF headquarters at 1860 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Reception (wine with hors d’oeuvres) starting at 6 p.m., followed by the talk by the author and book sale and signing. Italian food specialties catered by Casa Nonna.

Piero Rivolta

Plan Now for NIAF’s West Coast Gala
Mark your calendars today for June 21 –NIAF’s West Coast Gala in San Francisco. If you were at our East Coast Gala in April, you’ve already experienced NIAF’s new streamlined and exciting Gala concept. So you won’t want to miss this year’s celebration at The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel. For more information about tickets and sponsorships, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 or

Kick-Off Reception for New York Golf Tournament
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 at the Old Westbury Golf & Country Club. The Golf Tournament takes place August 13. For more information, contact Nick Caiazzo at

Attenzione: Apply for NIAF Grants
Applications for 2012-2013 NIAF Grants are now available online at The deadline for submitting a proposal for a grant project that supports NIAF’s mission in promoting Italian American heritage and culture is June 30.

For more information on NIAF’s scholarship and grant programs, contact Alexandra Dall, or 202-939-3118. To establish a NIAF scholarship and or grant, contact Alice Bernardi, NIAF director of finance, at or 202-939-3111.

Italians in DC Festival
The annual Italians in DC Festival on May 20 presents Italy and contemporary Italian pop culture to Washingtonians! The Festival celebrates Italy through art exhibits, music, food and wine tastings, as well as educational activities for children. Come, learn and have a good time! From 2 – 9 p.m., at the Woodrow Wilson Plaza and Aria Pizzeria & Bar, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. For more information, visit

Futurist Art at New York University
Looking ahead, plan to see the 36 works in various media by Italian futurist artists from the 1st and 2nd wave of futurist art. The exhibit illustrates concepts of energy, color and multimedia possibilities from artists such as Giulio D'Anna, Pippo Rizzo, Gerardo Dottori, Alberto Bragaglia, Roberto Crippa, Giacomo Balla, and Lucio Venna. The exhibit runs through June 1 at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 W 12th Street, New York, N.Y. For more information, call 212-998-8739 or visit

Italian Legend Pino Daniele on Tour
Don’t wait to buy tickets to famous Neapolitan singer Pino Daniele’s U.S. tour because they’re selling fast. An Italian music legend whose fusion music combines rock, blues, tarantella—the traditional and modern, Daniele returns to the United States for only the second time fresh from releasing his new album, “La Grande Madre,” in March. Tickets are still available for his shows in New York City (June 7, 8 p.m., Apollo Theater), Boston (June 9, 8 p.m., Berklee Performance Center) and Washington D.C. (June 10, 8 p.m., Howard Theatre—DC Jazz Festival). For more information, visit for the New York and Washington shows and for the Boston show.

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

Venetian Ball at the Embassy of Italy
On Friday, May 4, experience an evening of Italia at the Venetian Ball at the Embassy of Italy. Hosted by Young Professionals International Cultural Group and Networking Groups–Things To Do, Inc., the black-tie event will feature a full schedule including an open “Italian bar,” dessert buffet, ballroom dancing to a symphony orchestra, performances by two opera singers, and a Venetian casino. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington, D.C.; 8:30 p.m. – midnight. Tickets are $94 (NIAF members can use the coupon code “Italy2012” to receive a $20 discount). For more information, visit

Study in Italy This Summer and Fall
Of all the study-abroad programs that lead to Rome, only one is an American university located along the banks of the Tiber River. John Cabot University, an American university in Rome’s historic and quaint neighborhood of Trastevere, 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. Online applications are available at For more information, visit or call the university’s U.S. office at 866-457-6160.

The Convivio Center – San Diego
The Convivio Center project is underway in San Diego and will serve San Diego’s Italian community as a central facility, a social and educational gathering spot that will include exhibits, events, programs, a retail shop, gallery, reference library/reading room and archives/heritage research room. This project has been long overdue, and we are proud to announce its realization.

The Little Italy Heritage Museum is a vital component of the Convivio Center. The museum will display Italian-community photographs and other artifacts in order to preserve our community’s cultural-heritage assets, increase heritage tourism in the Little Italy neighborhood, and educate the public on the history of the Italian community and its important contribution to San Diego.For more information, please contact or 888-862-4825.

National Museum of the American People
Ask your U.S. Representative to support H. Con. Res.63, a bipartisan resolution that would help to establish a National Museum of the American People to preserve and tell the immigration and migration stories of all people in America. For more information, visit:

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

Join NIAF Today!
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We need your support to keep our message strong, so please visit and sign up today! Enjoy the many benefits of membership, such as invitations to exclusive events, opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders, cultural and educational events, and so much more! Become a member now!

Play ball! Congratulations to Ken Aspromonte, NIAF Board Member and Regional Vice President, who is one of several former ballplayers the Boston Red Sox asked to return to historic Fenway Park (MLL’s oldest venue) on April 20 to join in the iconic stadium’s 100 birthday celebration! Ken was the Red Sox second baseman in 1957 and 1958 and, it’s only appropriate that he revisited his old stomping grounds on a day when the Red Sox faced the New York Yankees!
Congratulazioni Matt DiDomenico Sr.! A NIAF Board Member and Senior Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic Region, DiDomenico will receive “Il Premio Salernitani illustri nel mondo” on June 29, 2012, in Salerno, Italy. The President of the Province of Salerno, Hon. Edmondo Cirielli, will present the prestigious honor to DiDomenico, who will be joined by his sons.
Congratulations to longtime NIAF friend Frank Pelligrino Jr., owner of the world-renowned Rao’s restaurant, a New York City culinary legend and landmark—and the most difficult reservation to score in New York City. Pelligrino’s new cookbook, “Rao’s on the Grill” (St. Martin’s Press) comes out this month—just in time for prime patio cooking!
Congratulations to NIAF member Dr. Michael A. Grandillo who, after more than three decades of dynamic private higher education and community leadership, was recently named the next president of Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis. Grandillo is the 15th president of Lakeland, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

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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Manifattura Italiana Bandiere

Walk into the entrance at NIAF headquarters in Washington, D.C., and you’ll be impressed by our beautiful display of the U.S. and Italian flags. The flags came from the Rome-based manufacturer Manifattura Italiana Bandiere, which has been manufacturing quality Italian flags since 1936 and sells its products internationally. Visit its website at for its catalog of flags, banners, medal ribbons and other products.

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