eNotizie - April 2013
New York Spring Extravaganza!


NIAF's New York Spring Extravaganza on April 4!!
In just three days! Don't miss NIAF's "New York Spring Extravaganza: A Couture Evening" at Cipriani 42nd Street. There's still time to buy tickets online or by contacting NIAF; tickets will not be sold at the door.

Join Rosanna Scotto, Emmy-award-winning co-host of "Good Day New York," in welcoming this year's honorees: Mark Casella, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers; Gerald Donini, Chief Operating Officer of Corporate and Investment Banking at Barclays; Dino Fusco, Managing Director and Global Co-head of Corporate Services and Real Estate at Goldman, Sachs & Co.; famous New York restaurateur Tony May; and actress and producer Annabella Sciorra.

Barclays Capital CAO and NIAF Board member Gerard LaRocca will chair the extravaganza; and PepsiCo Americas Beverages Senior Vice President Mario Mercurio will be the Honorary Dinner Chairman. Italian-Australian singer ALFIO and Italian American tenor Roberto Iarussi will entertain.

Thursday, April 4. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Attire: Cocktail. Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street (Between Lexington & Park avenues), New York, N.Y.

Tickets will be available online until midnight April 3, or until they're sold out, at For more information or to buy tickets, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 or

Why Join NIAF?
Besides fantastic events like the New York Spring Extravaganza? And the Young Professionals Weekend in Fort Lauderdale? Because NIAF is the premier Italian American organization! With your support, NIAF will continue to help our young leaders of tomorrow, today. And, by joining, you will enjoy our many new and added member benefits, including:
  • Opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders
  • Discounts on NIAF's premier galas
  • 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 about NIAF's exciting new benefits, visit

Alert! Washington Wizards Italian Culture Night – April 2
Slamdunk the Year of Italian Culture with the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, in Washington, D.C., when they take on the Chicago Bulls! Bring your Azzurri jerseys and Italian flags! See NBA action, including the Bull's Italian NBA star Marco Belinelli!

Special discounts courtesy of NIAF and Holy Rosary Church with ticket prices ranging from $22 for Upper Level A section to $150 for VIP floor seats. But don't wait! The game is April 2! For more information or to order tickets, contact Jim Anderson at JANDERSON@MONUMENTALSPORTS.COM or 202-292-1055.

Frank J. Guarini/NIAF Media Forum — April 3
NIAF is launching its 2013 series of the Frank J. Guarini/NIAF Media Forums on April 3, in New York City. The forum's panel of experts will address the subject of Italy's recently elected parliament, Italy and Europe's stability, and major challenges ahead. Italian correspondents, American journalists of Italian ancestry and NIAF Council members invited.

Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; The New York Times Building, Pepper Hamilton LLP Offices, 37th Floor, 620 Eighth Ave, New York, NY. Contact Elissa Ruffino at 202-939-3106 or

Young Professionals Weekend – Ft. Lauderdale, May 25-27
Come mingle with fellow young Italian Americans in fun Fort Lauderdale, Fla.! This weekend at the Bahia Mar Hotel is a great opportunity not only to meet new people and have a good time, but also to learn about leadership, job opportunities, and entering the workforce as a young working professional. For more information or to register, visit, or contact Kyla McKenna at 202-939-3117 or

Celebrate the Year of Italian Culture 2013!
"The Year of Italian Culture 2013" is an initiative by the Italian government to promote Italy's innovative contributions to the world in science, technology and culture, through a program of events around the United States this year. The year-long series of events will include art exhibits, theatrical performances, concerts and conferences focusing on literature, architecture, the sciences, design, fashion and food. To view the entire calendar of events, visit:

Diplomatic Courier
Interested in global affairs? Diplomacy and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. Check out the March/April edition featuring 100 Women in diplomacy, business, politics, entertainment, health and more, including NIAF's own Patricia de Stacy Harrison.

The Diplomatic Courier publishes six print issues annually, as well as weekly online content and a daily blog. Readers can preview print editions and subscribe at, or search the App Store for the iPhone and iPad apps.

Italians in DC – 2013 Wine Tasting Seminars
Italians in DC is hosting a series of wine-tasting seminars continuing through May. Each seminar will focus on a different wine producing region of Italy and include tastings of some of that region's finest wines along with a detailed profile of each wine, best food pairings and information about the region. The next seminar takes place Monday, April 15, 2013; 7:30-9 p.m. Subsequent seminars are scheduled for May 6 and May 20. IDC members, $30 per seminar; nonmembers, $35. For details, location and tickets, visit

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
Help to 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 the go shopping by the type of deal you want.

And each time you purchase something, a portion goes to NIAF. It's like Groupon and Living Social, except while helping yourself, you're also helping your charitable cause. Deals currently listed on Recoup that benefit NIAF include a paying $20 for a $40 certificate for dinner at Assaggi Osteria in McLean, VA., for instance, or $15 for a $30 certificate at Giorgio's of Gramercy in New York City. Or maybe you're looking for a sailing vacation to Cancun, a yoga class, Cuban-seeded cigars, or a Bluetooth sound system. To get started, visit

In Concert: The Music of Alfred Morena Sr.—NYC
On Sunday, April 21, attend the world premiere of the long-lost music of Alfred Morena Sr. (1893 – 1929) whose piano and violin compositions, along with art songs in Italian by Morena and other composers, was discovered by the composer-musician's son and namesake. Performing the compositions will be violinist Anna Heifetz (with her nine-year-old daughter); violinist Michelle Stern; soprano Maureen Smith Setton; and tenor Rinaldo Toglia.

At the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, New York; 2 p.m. The concert is free. For more information, please contact Kyla McKenna at

Pino Daniele Concert—NYC
Legendary Naples-born Italian vocalist, composer and musician, known worldwide for his fusion of pop, blues, jazz, Italian and Middle eastern music into his own unique brand of world music, is coming to Stage 48 in New York City, June 18 and 19, concert at 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets: $65 and $85.

For the first show tickets, CLICK HERE.

And for second show, CLICK HERE.

Cooking with Rossella Rago
Spend a week with Rossella Rago of "Cooking with Nonna" fame, on her "Sorrento with Rossella Culinary Tour" September 14-21, 2013, at a beautiful villa on the Amalfi Coast. Indulge in the traditional masterpiece dishes of Campania! Learn how to cook the Neapolitan way! While there, visit the natural wonders and historic marvels of the Amalfi Coast. Space is limited to 14 guests. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Casa Belvedere
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, located on Staten Island, N.Y., offers a wide variety of educational and cultural events. The Foundation kicks off its Spring culinary classes on April 17 featuring the regional cooking of Emilia Romagna and Bologna. In all, more than 60 classes are scheduled through late June. Cost: $75 per class; buy six or more for discount. For a complete schedule of classes and events, visit, call 718-273-7660 or email The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, N.Y.

NOIAW Gala Celebrating Italian Food, Wine & Opera—April 29
Please join The National Organization of Italian American Women at the 2013 NOIAW Gala "Celebrating Italian Food, Wine & Opera," honoring renowned restaurateur, celebrity chef and author Donatella Arpaia, on Monday, April 29, at The Pierre in New York City.

The exciting evening includes two educational forums on "Italian Women in Wine: A Guided Tasting" and "Wine, Food and Opera: The Perfect Triad." A Gala reception and dinner will follow the presentations. Business Attire (Gentlemen Welcome); Tickets: $375. Preferred Tickets: $600. For more information and to buy tickets, visit: or call 212-642-2003.

Congratulations to NIAF Board Member John F. Scarpa who, on March 24, was honored as "Man of the Year 2013" by Il Circolo—The Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches, at its 37th Anniversary Gala at The Breakers in Palm Beach.
Congratulations to Alfredo de Palchi on the upcoming publication this spring of Chelsea Editions' two-volume set: "Alfredo de Palchi – Paradigm: New and Selected Poems 1947-2009" and "The Poetry of Alfredo de Palchi: An Interview and Three Essays" by Giuseppe Panella. Available on publication at See the Spring 2013 issue of Ambassador magazine for information on Alfredo de Palchi's remarkable life.
Congratulations to NIAF member Alan Ciamporcero on the publication of his second novel "The Italian Mission" (Ciamporcero Publishing; $2.99 Kindle edition). Writing under the pseudonym Alan Champorcher, the author again sets his thriller in Italy and returns protagonist ex-CIA agent John Adams Conti into the middle of an international crisis. Available on
Congratulations to NIAF member Santi Buscemi on his new English translation of Luigi Capuana's classic novel "The Marquis of Roccaverdina" (Dante University Press; $18.95). Considered a masterpiece of Italian literature, "The Mariquis of Roccaverdina" is an engaging story of a Sicilian aristocrat forced to choose between a beautiful peasant woman and his social status. Available at
Congratulations to NIAF member Joe Fiorentino who will receive the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 11, 2013, at the annual gala dinner on historic Ellis Island. Each year the medals are awarded to U.S. citizens from various ethnic backgrounds who exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve the richness of their heritage. Fiorentino is a 14-year veteran in the Cook County (Ill.) Sheriff's Department, a volunteer, a defensive tactics instructor and a Shidokan black belt.

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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: May 2-11 and 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: May 15-22 and 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: May 15-22 and October 11-18. Price: $1,650/person (land only). Discount air available from NYC area.

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