eNotizie - February 2013

Why Join NIAF?
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 now, you will enjoy our many new and added 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 page (coming soon)
  • Discounts on NIAF merchandise
  • Great money-saving deals through NIAF’s partners, and much more!
To learn about NIAF’s exciting new benefits, visit our website.

NIAF Scholarships Deadline March 1
Thirty NIAF scholarships are available to students for the 2013-2014 academic year, but the deadline to apply for a NIAF scholarship is March 1, 2013. So act now!

NIAF scholarship applications are available online at For more information, contact NIAF Grants and Scholarships Manager Alexandra Dall, at 202-939-3118 or

NIAF Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting
Join NIAF at our headquarters in Washington, D.C., on February 28, 6:30 – 9 p.m., for an art exhibition and presentation by internationally-exhibited Vicenza artist Gianluigi Bassanello. The artist will present his works illustrating “the emotion of wine.” Paintings will be paired with wines during the tasting and light hors d’oeuvres; and the presentation will examine the connection between art and wine in Italy, with a brief introduction to wine-tasting technique.

NIAF members, $10; non-members $15. NIAF headquarters, 1860 19th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. Visit for more information on the artist. For more information and to register for the event, contact Kyla McKenna at 202-939-3117 or

The Chairman’s Golf Invitational
Hosted by NIAF Chairman Jerry Colangelo, scratch golfers, duffers and hackers are welcome! Don’t miss this opportunity to support NIAF while playing 18 holes alongside sports celebrities at the beautiful Wigwam Resort Golf Course in Litchfield Park, Ariz. Mark your calendars now for March 16, 2013. For information on becoming a sponsor or to register, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 and

NIAF’s New York Spring Extravaganza
Time to start planning to attend NIAF’s “New York Spring Extravaganza: A Couture Evening at Cipriani 42nd Street.” On April 4, 2013, NIAF will host another grand evening of fine dining, heritage and culture, camaraderie and celebration at the Italian Renaissance-inspired Cipriani 42nd Street, the grand site of last year’s sold-out New York Gala!

Among this year’s honorees will be PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Mark Casella and famous New York restaurateur Tony May. Proceeds from this exclusive tournament will support NIAF’s educational and cultural programs. Tickets available on a limited basis. Great discounts available for members! For more information about sponsorships or tickets, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 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 program was officially launched in December 2012, at the National Gallery of Art, with the rare exhibition of Michelangelo’s David-Apollo statue. Other Italian masterpieces scheduled for U.S. exhibitions include Caravaggio’s “Raising of Lazarus” and Leonardo’s “Codex on the Flight of Birds.”

A selection from the Medici art collection will travel from Houston this year to Los Angeles; Collodi’s “Pinocchio” is already on a 14-city tour; and Verdi and Puccini will heard in concert halls across the country. The year-long series of events will also include performances and conferences focusing on literature, architecture, the sciences, design, fashion and food. To view the entire calendar of events, visit:

Coming Soon: Spring Issue of Ambassador!
Like Spring itself, the Spring issue of Ambassador magazine is just around the corner. Coming out in mid-March, it’ll feature don’t-miss stories on Calabria’s Beaches, baseball in Italy, and a fascinating Italian ancestry search. Make sure to check out the magazine’s redesign! And if you don’t get Ambassador, join NIAF at The magazine is one of the many benefits NIAF members receive.

Valentine’s Day at Café Milano
A culinary institution in the Nation’s Capital, and longtime NIAF partner, Café Milano has created a special, four-course, prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day! Available February 14-16, ordering the $85 prix fixe menu includes a chance to win roundtrip airfare for two to Italy!

Among items on the special menu: citrus marinated crudo-style red shrimp with a steamed choggia beet brunoise, and campofilone strozzapreti pasta with sautéed lightly spicy Maine lobster. Café Milano’s familiar a la carte menu will also be available. Café Milano, 3251 Prospect St. N.W., Washington, D.C. For reservations, call: 202-333-6183.

Recoup—Shopping for Your Cause!
With Valentine’s Day two weeks away, this is a good time to get acquainted with Recoup, the first cause-shopping platform designed to bring consumers, businesses, and nonprofits together. Recoup offers substantial discounts on exclusive promotions, products, services, dining and travel. And with each purchase, Recoup makes a donation to the item’s designated non-profit or charitable organization.

Currently on Recoup, a $40 gift certificate to the outstanding Italian restaurant Assaggi Osteria, in McLean, Va., costs $20 and $2 is donated to NIAF! Or buy a Tonika Lam “Persuade Me” necklace at 34 percent off and NIAF gets $2. Wait! There’s more! Thinking pizza? Il Canale Pizzeria Napoletana in Georgetown is offering $30 gift certificates for half off with $1.50 going to NIAF. Everything from Cuban-seeded cigars and Caribbean vacations to massages and Valentine’s gift baskets, they all are great deals and help to raise funds supporting NIAF’s mission.

Shop by the type of deal or by the cause. To get started, visit and join for free.

Obama in Naples: New Play at the Italian Embassy
For a few strange but telling days, Naples becomes the capital of the world and President Barack Obama becomes the new patron saint of the Italian city. At least that’s the storyline in playwright Claudio Angelini and director Stephan Morrow’s humorous play “Obama in Naples,” on stage for one performance at Embassy of Italy’s Atrium on Monday, February 4, 2013, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

For security reasons, reservations must be made by 2 p.m. the day of the performance. Guests must have photo identification and will be seated on a first-come first-served basis. For more information and reservations, visit: Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Summit: Why Italy Matters to the World
Italy is noted for its food, fashion, furniture and Ferrari’s, among other things. The Italian Business & Investment Initiative will discuss moving beyond that to promote Italian business at the “Italy Meets the United States of America” summit meeting in New York City on February 11, 2013. NIAF is partnering with the launch of this initiative to hold annual business summits focusing on untapped investment opportunities in Italy. 8 – 11:30 a.m. at Peterson Hall, 50 East 68th St., New York, N.Y. For details, visit, and connect to live stream.

Italians in DC – 2013 Wine Tasting Seminars
Italians in DC is hosting a series of wine-tasting seminars starting 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, “Taste of Piedmont,” takes place Monday, Feb. 4, 2013; 7:30-9 p.m., at House Italian (595 1/2 3rd St NW, Washington, DC). Subsequent seminars are scheduled for Feb. 25, March 11, April 15, May 6 and May 20. IDC members, $30 per seminar; nonmembers, $35. For details and tickets, visit

Cooking with Rossella Rago
On March 23, 2013, Rossella Rago, host of “Cooking with Nonna,” will teach a cooking class at the famed La Scuola di Eataly in New York City! During the class, Rossella and Nonna Romana will demonstrate how to make dishes from a traditional Pugliese menu "Primavera in Puglia," including savory scallion pie, and cavatelli with mussels, artichoke hearts and cherry tomatoes. Guests will be served all the dishes and a selection of wines from Puglia. La Scuola Grande at Eataly, 200 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y., 7 – 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $110. To register for the course, visit

Also, spend a week with Rossella 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! And, visit the natural wonders and historic marvels of the Amalfi Coast. Space is limited to 14 guests. For more information please visit:

Annie’s Italy Coming Your Way!
Every year, chef, lecturer, tour guide and Italy expert Anne Robichaud returns to the United States on a six-week tour of cooking classes and talks. This year, her "Feast of Umbrian Rural Cooking" tour begins in early February and continues through March with Italian cooking classes from coast to coast. Her schedule is taking shape online now. For more information, visit

Summer Language Program
Lago del Bosco, Concordia Language Village’s Italian Language Village, is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for need-based scholarships for its youth summer language and culture immersion programs, located at Lake of the Woods, Minn. The scholarship application deadline is February 28, 2013.

More information is available at\scholarships or by contacting us at To learn more about life at Lago del Bosco, check out the camp blog from last summer at

San Gennaro Festivals
The annual San Gennaro Feast is one of the most popular of Italian festivals. This year, The Society of the San Gennaro Feast is bringing its come-one-come-all festivals featuring ethnic foods, live national acts, amusement rides and fun for the whole family to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego from May 30 -June 2; and to Las Vegas on May 8 - 12 and on September 10-15.

For information on these and other festivals, and to buy tickets, visit:

Attenzione: Scholarships for High School Students
The Italian Embassy of Washington, D.C., has announced that 28 scholarships to study in Italy are available for high school students who have taken AP Italian. This initiative promotes Italian language in the United States and is supported by Eduitalia, an association of quali?ed schools and universities that offers courses for foreign students in Italy. For more information, visit

Michelangelo at The National Gallery
The National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., is exhibiting the only presentation in the United States of the “David-Apollo” by Michelangelo, on loan from Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence. In the West Building through March 3, 2013.

Biagio Antonacci Album
Look for the U.S. release on February 19 of the new CD from Italian singer and songwriter Biagio Antonacci. The CD, “Sapressi dire no,” was a #1 album in Italy and features 14 tracks of “sexy modern Italian pop.” And stay tuned: there’s talk of a U.S. tour this year. View his music video of one of his new songs at:

Italy's Top World Music Group’s U.S. Winter Tour
Catch the mesmerizing Pizzica Taranta music and dance traditions of Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino when the band’s 11-city American tour stops in Arlington, Va., at the Artisphere Ballroom on Saturday, February 2, and then on to the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Sunday, February 3, and Spaulding Auditorium at Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. on Wednesday, February 6. The tour continues through New England and the Midwest, and finally to the SXSW Music Festival, March 15-16, in Austin Texas. For upcoming tour dates and more information, visit Tickets are sold through individual venues.

Bare Feet in Italy!
Take a look at Mickela Mallozzi’s new mini-series, “Bare Feet in Italy,” launched just last month. The online travel show follows professional dancer Mallozzi as she travels to Italy uncovering the traditional dances and music culture of every place she visits, sort of a cross between “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations,” she says. The series premiere features Mallozzi returning to her family’s hometown of Minturno to discover her roots through local dance and music at the town’s annual wheat harvest festival. Watch the series at New episodes air weekly on Thursdays.

February Events at Casa Belvedere
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, located on Staten Island, N.Y., offers a wide variety of educational and cultural events. This month, Casa Belvedere kicks off its Winter-Spring 2013 "Parliamo Italiano" Language Program for toddlers, children, teens and adults. Beginning the week of February 25, the courses provide students with a sound basis for learning to communicate effectively and accurately in contemporary spoken and written Italian.

Space is limited. For the schedule of classes and information on prices and registration, visit, call 718-273-7660 or email The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere, 79 Howard Ave., Staten Island, N.Y.

Uffizi Gallery’s “Angel” Exhibit U.S. Tour’s Last Stop
The inspirational exhibition “Offering of the Angels: Tapestries and Paintings from the Uffizi Gallery” has reached the final stop of its U.S. tour at Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts, in Savannah, Ga. The 43 paintings and two tapestries by Baroque and Renaissance masters, including Botticelli, Liberi and Tintoretto, will be on display through March 30, 2013. For more information, visit

Final Deadline! Columbus Awards for Middle School Students
Call for entries! Christopher Columbus Awards challenges middle school students to use the scientific process to solve real-world problems and improve their communities. Sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundations, the contest is free to enter. Finalist teams win trip to Walt Disney World. Deadline is Feb. 4, 2013. For guidelines and information, visit or call 800-291-6020.

Congratulations to President Obama’s reelection campaign manager Jim Messina on receiving the “Machiavelli Award” honoring him as the “Italian American Democrat of the Year” from the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council (IADLC).

Oh, and further congratulations to him: At the award reception, Messina, just back from a month in Italy, announced his engagement to his fiancée Taya Cromley, according to a report in The Hill newspaper.
Congratulations to NIAF member Susan Nus on the publication of her new book “Italian Fluency, Twin Words and Essential Vocabulary” (Susan Elizabeth Nus; $24.99; Kindle $9.99). The Fort Worth author has written a unique vocabulary companion for Italian language students looking for a new and different approach to expanding vocabulary and fluency, with an Italian-made-easy emphasis on cognates between Italian and English. Available online at,, and other bookstores.
Congratulations to NIAF member professor Matthew F. Rusnak on the publication of his new translation of the classic etiquette book of the Italian Renaissance, “Il Galateo” (The University of Chicago Press; $15) by Giovanni Della Casa. Still universally known in Italy where “Galateo” is synonymous with polite behavior, the book is scheduled to be released in May and will be available online at,, and other bookstores.
Congratulations to NIAF member Lawrence A. Baldassaro, author “Beyond DiMaggio: Italian Americans in Baseball,” on the publication of the paperback version (University of Nebraska Press; $24.95) of his remarkable book covering the greatest Italian American ballplayers and characters in Major League history. Available online at,, and other bookstores.

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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 run lake garda pic here
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 (call for more details).

Support Our Sponsors

Michelangelo Screenwriting Retreat • Summer 2013 • Orvieto, Italy

Led this year by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker of the longstanding Los Angeles stage hit “The Thrilling Adventure Hour,” the retreat offers two sessions:
  • Session 1: Practical Screen and TV Writing. Sunday June 16 – Saturday June 29
  • Session 2: Intensive Screen and Television Writing. Sunday June 30 – Saturday July 6
The deadline to apply has been extended to February 28. Visit for more information or to apply for one of the 16 spots. Twitter: @Michel_write


A New Dining Experience in Classica, Plus Alitalia’s Premium Economy Cabin

Alitalia has introduced a new menu in Classica Plus, inspired by our award-winning Magnifica Business Class dining program! When traveling in Classica Plus, passengers now enjoy an enhanced hot meal service, and light snacks or breakfast based on the departure time. The hot meal service allows for a pasta- or meat-based menu selection, and is accompanied by an assortment of warm bread. Both options include an appetizer, a crisp salad and dessert topped off with an espresso upon request. In addition, passengers are offered a welcome drink prior to departure, a hot towel prior to each meal service, soft drinks, and a selection of Italy’s finest wines.

As of January 23, 2013, Classica Plus passengers traveling from Italy enjoy meals designed by Alma, the Italian School of International Cuisine overseen by Gualtiero Marchesi. Menus are inspired by the culinary traditions of a featured Italian region. While from February 1, 2013, Classica Plus passengers traveling from the US and other long-haul points to Italy, enjoy cuisine based on Alitalia’s Magnifica catering, also designed by ALMA, which currently features a selection of the “Best Of” our regional recipes.

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