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January 2011

A monthly bulletin for Italian American organizations and media outlets, dedicated to promoting the language, culture and traditions of Italians and Italian Americans.

Specialty Italian Foods in Palm Beach
Tired of your usual supermarket and want a change? Look no further than the new Amici Market in Palm Beach, Florida! Longtime Palm Beach restaurateur Maurizio Ciminella recently unveiled the retail gourmet grocery and fine-food emporium with NIAF Board Member Bob Cuillo. Amici Market features everything from hormone-free, grass-fed meats to local and seasonal fish and seafood, organic produce, a bakery, pizza, made-to-order sandwiches and much more. Its focus will be daily, prepared dishes to go, including platters, entrees, side dishes and salads. Go to

The Life and Career of Coach Vince Lombardi
Treat yourself and purchase tickets for the 7 p.m. performance in NYC on January 11, 2011 of “Lombardi,” the inspirational American play about the life and career of Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi, starring Dan Lauria from The Wonder Years.

Tickets are $90 each (orchestra seating rows C, D, E) and include a special meet and greet opportunity after the show with the cast. Only 50 tickets are available and will be distributed on a first-come first-served basis, so act now!

For more information on “Lombardi” visit

2011 Tribute to Sinatra with Actor Robert Davi

Actor and singer Robert Davi will perform “DAVI SINGS SINATRA: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, the Great American Songbook, and America,” at the Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 8 p.m. Backed by a 50-piece orchestra, Davi will bring to life his love letter to Sinatra and The Great American Songbook.

On Friday night during NIAF’s 35th Annual Awards Gala Weekend, Robert Davi headlined the Foundation’s evening extravaganza with more than 1,000 guests.

Music industry legend Phil Ramone is currently finishing Robert Davi’s first album “Davi Sings Sinatra: On The Road To Romance,” which will be released in the spring of 2011 by a major label.

Tickets can be purchased at The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza Box Office or through Ticketmaster.

Search for NIAF on Facebook and Twitter for the latest events!
Janaury 21: NIAF’s Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program Deadline
February 2: Frank J. Guarini/NIAF Media Forum in Chicago
March 2: Frank J. Guarini/NIAF Media Forum in San Francisco
March 4: NIAF 2011 Scholarship Deadline
May 18: NIAF West Coast Gala in Los Angeles, Calif.
October 28-29: NIAF 36th Anniversary Gala Convention Weekend in Washington, DC


Please send your group or city’s news on Italian American exhibits, cultural events, scholarships and special events to: Elissa Ruffino, the NIAF, 1860 19th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009. Or write her on the internet, e-mail address:

N.B. Events/programs noted are not necessarily endorsed or sponsored by NIAF.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC and dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans.

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