eNotizie - September 2020


NIAF’s Virtual 45th Anniversary Gala – Members Receive a Free Ticket!
Be our guest at our virtual 45th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 31, as we honor Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, with the 2020 Leonardo da Vinci Award for Leadership in Health and Science. An exciting cameo from the Russo Brothers and more is in store for the evening! As a membership benefit, NIAF Sustaining Members and higher-level members will receive a free invitation upon registration. Please visit www.niaf.org/gala to register for the Gala. Non-members who would like to register for our virtual Gala can purchase a Gala ticket and receive a one-year Sustaining Membership as our thanks for supporting NIAF’s Virtual Gala. But hurry, this membership opportunity will expire on October 1, 2020, when Gala ticket prices will cost $100. For more information, please visit www.niaf.org/gala.

NIAF Virtual Events: Upcoming & Past Webinars Available!
NIAF is bringing you exciting virtual events through Zoom to enjoy as we head into the fall season! This month, we are offering the following webinars:

  • My Italian Family – US & Italian Records: Your Questions Answered by Bianca Ottone, September 10, 6 – 7 p.m. EST
  • Your Italian Passport – Successfully Navigating the Consulates: What to Expect Before, During, and After Your Appointment, September 15, 6 – 7 p.m. EST
  • Italy in Our Hearts and Minds: Venice, The Most Improbable of Cities Part 1, September 24, 7 – 8 p.m. EST
  • Italy in Our Hearts and Minds: Venice, The Most Improbable of Cities Part 2, September 30, 7 – 8 p.m. EST

Since May, we have presented a host of webinars on dual citizenship, genealogy and history to Italian cuisine, wine and, culture and more. So if you missed any of this outstanding  programming, you can access the recordings on our website! Please register for events that require a fee to support NIAF and its mission as the Foundation’s traditional source of fundraising is on pause as a result of the pandemic. All of our past and upcoming events can be found here: www.niaf.org/virtualevents.

Dolce Italiana Luxury Phone Case Giveaway!
NIAF is partnering with Dolce Italiana to give a gorgeous new luxury phone case to a NIAF follower this month! To enter, email media@niaf.org with a pic of the Italian holiday destination the case reminds you of and our friends at Dolce Italiana will choose their favorite. Deadline is September 25 and the winner will be announced on September 30. Buona fortuna!

NIAF’s “Make Sunday Italian Again” Wooden Spoon
Sunday Dinner is one of our time-honored traditions that make us Italian American, so plan to make treasured family recipes this fall with NIAF’s wooden spoon. Order now: http://bit.ly/2PINvtw.

Announcing NIAF’s 2020 Photo Contest—Now Accepting Entries!
Calling all photographers—amateur-or professional! We are now accepting submissions to our Seventh Annual NIAF Photo Contest! Granted, this year’s contest is like none before it. The pandemic has changed everything for all of us, sometimes tragically. But we’re looking for uplifting images that represent your hopes and dreams during these difficult times.

So, please enter your photo that best captures this year’s theme: Non Mollare! (In Italian, that means “Don’t Give Up!”) Use your imagination! Show us your resilience. Focus on what’s getting you through this Covid-19 catastrophe. Our judges will choose five winners. Each will be awarded a one-year NIAF Sustaining Membership.

NIAF Discount for Fall Virtual Italian Language Classes
As part of NIAF’s virtual events, the Foundation has renewed its partnership with the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C., to offer discounted virtual Italian language and culture classes to its NIAF Members for this fall! Classes start on September 14 and updates on NIAF’s Membership discount will be made available soon. In the meantime, check out the course schedule for this fall: https://bit.ly/3besY9F.

NIAF’s 2020 Expo Italiana Cancelled
NIAF was looking forward to celebrating Expo Italiana with you this year, however, based on the developments that COVID-19 continues to present in the United States, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Expo Italiana 2020. NIAF looks forward to celebrating all things Italian at Expo Italiana on Saturday, October 23, 2021, during its 46th Anniversary Gala Weekend. Please save the date! In the meantime, check out last year’s exciting Expo Italiana video here!

NIAF’s Virtual Repository!
NIAF brings you Italian and Italian American virtual tours, shows, podcasts, performances and films—all for free and to the comfort and convenience of your own home. We have added new content since last month so be sure to check it out: www.niaf.org/repository.

NIAF COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Efforts – Thank You Donors
NIAF has helped to address the critical situation in Italy and America and provided medical and safety guidance for Americans. Thank you to those of you who have donated to the fundraising campaigns we have listed on our website. Most of these campaigns have concluded and achieved impressive goals to aid those living in both countries we love so much. To find out the status of these campaigns, which helped feed EMTs, provide medical supplies to hospitals, fund COVID-19 vaccine research, and sew masks, visit: www.niaf.org/coronavirusrelief.

Temporarily Closed: The Museum on Italian Immigration at NIAF
The Museum is closed until further notice. The safety and enjoyment of our guests is our foremost concern. For general information about the museum, visit https://www.niaf.org/culture/niaf-museum/.

USA News & Events

Physical Storefront Closed – Support I AM Books Online
I AM Books, the country’s only bookstore dedicated to the promotion of Italian and Italian American literature, recently announced the closure of its physical storefront. Opened in Boston’s North End neighborhood in 2015, I AM Books’ owners Nicola Orichuia and Jim Pinzino have vowed to continue the business online, with a particular focus on books in Italian for children and adults, as well as literature on Italian American identity and culture.

“We hope to someday be back in a brick-and-mortar setting,” said Orichuia, who hails from Rome, Italy. “The current world circumstances have forced us to take this difficult decision, but there’s no way we’re throwing in the towel just yet.”

In five years, I AM Books grew to become one of Boston’s go-to cultural venues, featuring children’s readings, author events, musical concerts, art exhibits, and much more. In 2018, Orichuia and Pinzino also launched IDEA Boston, a two-day festival in Cambridge, Mass., focusing entirely on Italian and Italian American issues. “It was a very difficult decision to close the physical store,” said Orichuia, “but it is the only way we can pivot and focus on growing online, perhaps giving us a solid base on which to restart once the pandemic is over.” You can stay up to date with I AM Books by subscribing to their newsletter and following them on their website: www.iambooksboston.com.

We Reached 500 – Support Your Italian Restaurants!
NIAF has an ever-growing list of Italian restaurants, delis and eateries that are providing curbside, pick-up and delivery services to help your community during these difficult times. Got a restaurant you want to tell us about? If you know of any Italian restaurants anywhere in the United States assisting the community, send it to us. So far, we have 517 Italian restaurants located in 34 states and Washington, D.C. See NIAF’s list and details on how to submit your favorite Italian restaurant at: www.niaf.org/restaurants.

Sotto Le Stelle At Casa Belvedere—Staten Island 

Casa Belvedere invites you to its Cinema Sotto Le Stelle, an annual outdoor Italian film festival that features a film every Tuesday evening during the summer. This year’s theme is celebrating 100 years of Alberto Sordi, the famous Italian actor who depicted Italy’s virtues and vices in more than 160 movies and contributed to making Italian comedy famous worldwide. September films include Il medico della Mutua, Il Presidente del Borgorosso, and Il Marchese del grillo. Space is limited and registration is required. Social distance practices will be in place and guests are required to wear a face-covering until seated. For more information on Sotto Le Stelle, visit https://bit.ly/3fXFLij. For a full list of Casa Belvedere’s current programs, including Italian classes for children, visit: https://casa-belvedere.org/ or call 718-273-7660.

IAMLA’s Object Collection is Now Online!
Last August, the Italian American Museum in Los Angeles (IAMLA) made its photographic collection accessible online. Since then, scores of people from around the world have used the museum’s online platform to search the photographic collection. It has proven to be a valuable tool for researchers and the general public. Several people have contacted the IAMLA to report that they discovered never-before-seen images of family members! As the museum continues to catalog and digitize its collection, the online databases will expand, eventually providing access to the museum’s vast archival collection and additions from the object collection as well. View the online collection at: http://bit.ly/2OtzoHS.

Una Storia Segreta Exhibit Now Online
The exhibit Una Storia Segreta: When Italian Americans Were “Enemy Aliens” opened at the Museo Italo Americano in San Francisco in 1994 and is now available online, providing access to facts about Italian American restriction, internment and evacuation during World War II. Visit: https://unastoriasegreta.com/.


Dick Rosano’s Crossroads of The Mediterranean
Congratulations to NIAF Member, novelist and Ambassador magazine’s wine columnist Dick Rosano for his latest novel Crossroads of the Mediterranean. The second of a two-part historical fiction series about Sicily, it takes the reader on a journey through time, from the volcanic origins of the island to the era of the Roman Empire. It chronicles the island’s history as a waystation in the Middle Sea at the heart of western history. Islands of Fire is the first novel in the series. Available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3hvqo1q.

Support our Sponsors

Order Italian Groceries from Sogno Toscano!
Sogno Toscano has partnered with NIAF to give 10% off your order from sognotoscano.com. Enter our discount code NIAF10 to receive the 10% discount. You will also help the Foundation because for every purchase that uses our discount, NIAF receives a percentage from the sale to help us continue our mission through these times. So order your Italian go-to basics and delicacies at www.sognotoscano.com.

Your Italian Passport
Looking for professional help with building your application for Italian citizenship? Your Italian Passport is here to help!

Your Italian Passport is a U.S.-based company offering comprehensive services for Italian Americans seeking to obtain Italian dual citizenship. Like so many things Italian, Your Italian Passport is a business of organic roots grown over time with care and committed to giving personalized attention to each and every client.

Visit our website www.youritalianpassport.com and be on your way to living la dolce vita! As always, NIAF members receive a discount on all services offered. A new world awaits with Your Italian Passport! Contact us today!

Alitalia has received important international recognition for Rome’s airports in the fight against the spread of Covid-19. Fiumicino and Ciampino airports are the first airports in the European Union – and third in the world – to receive the Airport Health Accreditation issued by Airports Council International (ACI), the international association that represents more than 1,900 airports and that develops standards, policies and best practices for airports, providing information and training opportunities to increase worldwide safety standards.

This recognition demonstrates how the protocols and measures taken at “Leonardo da Vinci” and “G.B. Pastine” are at the forefront in the procedures for containing the spread of the virus and are examples of best practices to be followed in the air transport industry. Furthermore, the Venice airport has also received the accreditation for its commitment to prioritizing health and safety measures for a healthy passenger experience at the airport.

The safety of our passengers continues to be our priority. In compliance with the current laws, all Alitalia aircraft are sanitized with high-powered sanitizing products every day and, thanks to HEPA filters and vertical circulation, the air on board is not only renewed every three minutes, but it is also 99.7% pure, just like in a sterile medical room. All passengers are also required to complete a self-certification form before boarding, which certifies that they have not had close contact with people diagnosed with Covid-19. In addition, passengers must bring protective masks to be worn from their arrival at the airport and during the flight, considering that they must bring an adequate number of protective masks according to the duration of the flight, since it is necessary to replace the mask with a new one every 4 hours.

Visit www.alitalia.com.

Get Involved with NIAF and the Italian American Community!

Become a NIAF Member Today & Get a Free Ticket to NIAF’s Virtual Gala!
By becoming a NIAF Sustaining Member or higher-level member before October 1, you will receive a free ticket to attend NIAF’s Virtual 45th Anniversary Gala as a membership benefit! Beyond this benefit, NIAF is disseminating information, hope, and virtual events to our hundreds of thousands of members, friends and followers during this pandemic, continuing in our daily mission of preserving, protecting and promoting our Italian American heritage. Purchasing a NIAF Membership goes beyond exclusive discounts, membership benefits, and cultural events. Being a NIAF Member means contributing to the continuation of Italian American culture, heritage and relief efforts – work we could not do without your support. Join today: www.niaf.org/join.

Next Month is Italian American Heritage Month!
October is commemorated as Italian American Heritage Month to recognize the significant contributions Italian Americans have made to this country and the world throughout our history. Stay tuned by following NIAF’s social media accounts where we will be highlighting notable Italian Americans as well!

Follow NIAF on Social Media!
As we head into the fall season, stay up-to-date with the latest news and stay in touch with members of the Italian American community by following NIAF’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter accounts! Join our ever-growing audience of Italians, Italian Americans and Italophiles and learn something new everyday with NIAF.

Italian American World War II Heroes – Send Yours to NIAF!
To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war. If a family member served during World War II and you would like to share that with us, email media@niaf.org with the following: a photo, a brief description of your relative’s service, where he/she was from and where his/her Italian origins can be traced to. NIAF is sharing special submissions on NIAF’s social media with the hashtag: #IAWW2Heroes.

Italian Language Foundation
The Italian Language Foundation (ILF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining Italian language education in the United States and Canada. The Foundation supports the growth of the Advanced Placement AP Italian Language and Culture Exam, administered by the College Board. ILF also provides Awards of Excellence, which are cash stipends to student members who take the AP Italian exam and earn a score of 3, 4 or 5. This year, ILF has introduced internships to its student members (high school juniors, seniors and college students) via our Corporate Internship Program (CIP).

CIP aims to: Expose students to career pathways as they embark on the road to college; Enrich their AP Italian study experiences with an internship placement with U.S. companies with Italian-based products and services; and Provide real life workplace experiences to help students focus on their future.  For ILF teacher members, the Foundation offers free professional development workshops and webinars. Teacher Recognition Awards will acknowledge teachers’ commitment to excellence.

Please visit ILF’s website to learn how the Italian Language Foundation is enhancing and expanding Italian language learning in the United States. Visit: www.italianlanguagefoundation.org. Contact: info@italianlanguagefoundation.org.

Support NIAF through AmazonSmile with No Extra Cost!
Ordering from Amazon more during the pandemic? Consider supporting NIAF for future purchases by going to http://smile.amazon.com/ and selecting the National Italian American Foundation as your charity of choice. This is a wonderful opportunity to support NIAF programs and its mission during these difficult times. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to NIAF. AmazonSmile offers the same selection and low prices as Amazon, and customers can still use their Amazon account. The only difference is that, at no extra cost, you are donating to a great cause!

Calling All Voyage of Discovery Alumni
We’re creating an alumni database of past participants in NIAF’s Voyage of Discovery and NIAF’s Gift of Discovery programs and we need your help! Did you or someone you know participate? If so, let us know. Please fill out the form on our website: https://bit.ly/2UzEaXF.

Italian Community Services on the West Coast

Italian Community Services (ICS) welcomes all NIAF members to visit its website www.italiancs.com  and learn how ICS helps the broader Italian American Community. Under Covid-19 our mission and scope of services have expanded exponentially. Since March, our numbers have tripled. Once shelter in place was enforced, ICS stepped up to the opportunity to serve the community. ICS have made 3,400 wellness checks, delivered over 2000 care packages, run over 300 errands and now financially support more than 55 Italian families. ICS’s impact has made news globally as both the Wall Street Journal and Rai TV have showcased our story. ICS depends on donors like you to support its mission. If you like the work we are doing please consider supporting us. Lastly, if you know of any projects that ICS can initiate or people we can assist in the Italian San Francisco community, please contact us. Grazie!

The Italian American Podcast
Has staying home got you down? Spend your time in quarantine with The Italian American Podcast! The Italian American Podcast is the first and most engaging podcast dedicated to helping Italian Americans learn and celebrate their brilliant heritage. Hosts John, Dolores, Pat, Rossella, and Anthony have been dedicating their time to creating content to keep Italian Americans in tune with their heritage during lockdown—including movie watch-along parties, virtual chats and more! New episodes launch every Monday and there is a plentiful archive of more than 130 past episodes on their website to keep you entertained during these trying times. Tune in to be entertained, educated, and brought back to where you belong—among famiglia! Start listening here: https://italianamericanpodcast.com/episodes/.

Turn on Italics TV
For monthly cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American TV magazine, produced by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York and hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, dean of The Calandra Institute. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV website, and on-demand on the YouTube channel and Facebook.

Everybody Loves Italian! On the Radio!  
Join hosts Frank Granieri and Dominic Mevoli to celebrate the everyday Italian American family and experience, plus interviews with personalities, stories, recipes and more! Sundays 6 a.m. and 5 p.m., on WWDB 860 AM Philadelphia; and streaming worldwide! Find them on Facebook. For more information visit: www.everybodylovesitalian.us.


Reach more than 175,000 NIAF members and Italophile readers by
advertising in an upcoming edition of NIAF’s monthly e-Newsletter!
Contact: nwulderk@niaf.org.

NIAF e-Newsletter edited by Natalie Wulderk