eNotizie - June 2013
New York Spring Extravaganza!


Why Join NIAF?
Besides member discounts to fantastic events like the New York Spring Extravaganza in April and the Anniversary Gala in October? NIAF is the premier Italian American organization. Its core mission is to preserve Italian American heritage and support through scholarships, grants and other programs the education of new generations of Italian Americans about their remarkable cultural inheritance. By joining, you not only will help to support that mission but also enjoy many new member benefits, including:
  • Opportunities to network with prominent political and business leaders
  • 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

Follow the NIAF Voyage Of Discovery!
Si, they're in Italy! On May 27, the 20 college students participating in NIAF's annual Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery program arrived at Rome Fiumicinio and began an all-expenses-paid, 10-day excursion designed to strengthen their Italian American identity by bonding with the country, culture and heritage of Italy. This year's Voyage of Discovery destination is Calabria, where the program will include educational lectures, service opportunities, meetings with government officials and business leaders, and visits to government offices, international corporations, museums and other cultural attractions. And lots of fun! To follow frequently posted highlights of the VOD expedition online, go to

The United Way 24-Hour Give-A-Thon
United Way is hosting "Do More 24"— a 24-hour day of giving on June 6 when Americans make a special effort to go online and give to their favorite charities. NIAF is proud to be participating and encourages all NIAF members and friends to help support our mission by visiting

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Join the conversation! NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with an insatiable appetite for news, views, recipes, and trivia—anything Italian and Italian American! Plus, contests! Congratulations to our three winners of the Dan Brown "Inferno" strange-happenings-in-Italy contest! In the coming weeks, some lucky reader who "likes" us on Facebook will win a great prize!

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Celebrate the Year of Italian Culture 2013!
This year-long initiative by the Italian government to promote Italy's innovative contributions to the world in science, technology and culture features an extensive program of events around the United States, including art exhibits, theatrical performances, concerts and conferences focusing on literature, architecture, the sciences, design, fashion and food. The June calendar includes:
  • Exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art of the ancient masterpiece sculpture "The Boxer," June 1 - July 15.
  • Top Italian jazz musicians Enrico Rava, Stefano Bollani and the Paolo Fresu and Uri Caine duo play concerts in New York, Boston and San Francisco, June 4-13.
  • Barrique: A Third Life For Wood—Exhibits of design objects by several top Italian designers manufactured by the Community of San Patrignano, touring to Charleston, June 6 – 7, Miami, June 13 – 14, Houston, June 20 – 21, and New York, June 30 – July 2, and other cities through October 11.
For more information and to view the entire calendar of events, visit:

Roberto Bolle & Friends
Don't miss what promises to be a memorable and unique evening with one of Italy's most beloved artists, Roberto Bolle, principal dancer with Etoile for Teatro alla Scala of Milano and the first Italian to be named principal dancer with American Ballet Theater. Bolle returns to New York City to share the spotlight with some of his friends—acclaimed dancers such as Jirí Bubenìcek, Marlon Dino, Lucia Lacarra, Alicia Amatriain and Jason Reilly—performing solos and pas de deux from classic and modern ballets. September 17 at 7 p.m.; the New York City Center. Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit:

Tonight! Italian Heritage Night with the Wilmington Blue Rocks
On June 3, join the Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball team for Italian Heritage Night as they take on the Carolina Mudcats at Frawley Stadium. Enjoy the game along with traditional Italian music, Italian trivia games and specialty Italian food items from Botto's Italian Sausage. Tickets: $7. For information and tickets, call 302-472-5701 or visit

Bel Paese Italian Sport News
Attenzioni sport enthusiasts!!! NIAF member Giovanni Camarchioli, editor of Bel Paese, a newspaper in South Florida, has launched the newspaper's new Italian sports news bulletins. The twice-a-day (morning and afternoon) broadcasts are in Italian and accessible by phone. Just call the local number in any of the following locations and listen to the brief sports updates: Boston (508-955-2150); Chicago (312-929-0935); Philadelphia (267-339-6255); Hartford (203-517-0549); New Jersey (201-815-2229); and New York City (212-537-5187). For more information, e-mail:

Pino Daniele Concert—NYC
Legendary Naples-born Italian vocalist, composer and musician, known worldwide for fusing 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. For second show, CLICK HERE.

A Night in Roma – Fort Lauderdale
Stroll down the re-creation of Mulberry Street and enjoy an array of fare from local restaurants, beer and wine bars, live entertainment, and a bocce ball tournament, at the 3rd Annual "A Night in Roma" benefitting the Tony Segreto Athletics Scholarship Fund. Individual tickets: $100. June 10 at Nova Southeastern University's Arena at the Don Taft University Center. For more information or to buy tickets, call 954-922-7013 or email

Dinner and Music Fundraiser – N.J.
Support the Nottingham High School Italian Club's first ever fundraiser, "An Italian Dinner & Music Night," on Friday, June 14, from 6 -10 p.m. The evening will include music and food displays, and performances by students and professional entertainers such as the traditional Italian folk dancing ensemble Coro d'Italia, comedian Floyd Vivino (Uncle Floyd) and international singing sensation Michael Castaldo. Advance ticket sales only by Wednesday, June 5. For more information, call 609-631-4161 (ext. 5029), or email:

"Da Vinci: The Genius" Exhibit
Planning a trip this summer to Disneyland? Add another day to your itinerary to see the new "Da Vinci: The Genius" exhibition at the Discovery Science Center right down the road in Santa Ana, Calif. The exhibit demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo Da Vinci's remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. And it features a vast array of full-scale machine inventions crafted from Da Vinci's personal codices, reproductions of his most famous Renaissance art, and anatomical sketches that offer new perspectives on his famous works. Through September 8 at the Discovery Science Center, in Santa Ana, Calif. For more information, visit:

Ancient Art of Sicily — Southern Cal
Drop in on the masterpieces of ancient art at the new antiquities exhibition, "Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome," at the J. Paul Getty Villa in Malibu, Calif. The exhibition of about 150 ancient artworks will run through August 19, then travels to the Cleveland Museum of Art where it will be on view September 29 through January 5, 2014. For more information, visit

Cooking with Rossella Rago in Indianapolis
Join Rossella Rago in Indianapolis on June 14-15 where the "Cooking with Nonna" hostess will be the Indianapolis Festa Italiana's celebrity chef.

Meanwhile, Rossella has also added a second week to her "Sorrento with Rossella Culinary Tour." Spots are now available for a second tour from September 7-14 at a beautiful villa on the Amalfi Coast where you'll indulge in the traditional masterpiece dishes of Campania and learn how to cook the Neapolitan way! While there, you'll visit the natural wonders and historic marvels of the Amalfi Coast. For more information please visit:

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

And each time you purchase something, a portion of the proceeds goes to NIAF. It's like Groupon and Living Social, except while helping yourself, you're also helping your charitable cause.

Check out dozens of deals currently listed on Recoup that benefit NIAF, including a four-day sailing vacation in Cancun for 61 percent off, and a $150 gift certificate for just $75 toward purchase of the chic women's accessories from Nepali by TDM! Clothes, jewelry, travel, dining out at restaurants in most major cities, most at discount certificates of 50 percent or more! Get started at

Read Diplomatic Courier
Interested in global affairs? Diplomacy and foreign policy? The Diplomatic Courier is an independent magazine that covers all that and more. The current issue of Diplomatic Courier focuses on Latin America— where trend lines are pointing to unprecedented growth as the 21st century steps into its second decade. Is this the beginning of the "Latin American Decade"? To learn more. visit, or search the App Store for the iPhone and iPad apps.

Congratulazioni to Maria Bartiromo, CNBC anchor and NIAF board member, and to Frank. J. Guarini , former U.S. Congressman from New Jersey and NIAF Chairman Emeritus , who will receive the First Annual Chivalry Awards from the American Foundation of Savoy Orders during the Festa della Primavera Spring Awards Reception at the Columbus Citizens Foundation on June 6. Learn more about this event to benefit Italian language programs in the United States at
Congratulations to former NIAF celebrity spokesman and actor Joe Mantegna (most recently of CBS's "Criminal Minds" fame) who recently received Puglia's Italy Award of Excellence in America honor at a star-studded ceremony at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles.
Congratulations to NIAF member Stephanie Capparell, of The Wall Street Journal, on the publication of "The Birkman Method: Your Personality at Work" (Jossey-Bass; $27.95), a book she co-authored with Birkman International President and CEO Sharon Birkman Fink. The Brinkman Method is a workplace personality assessment that's effective in improving workplace leadership and performance. Available at bookstores including and other online sites.
Congratulations to actor and NIAF member Michael Tassoni on the release of his new Italian-for-children DVD "Ciao Bambolini – Italy for Kids" (Tassoni Films; $19.99), a lively and vibrant show that mixes Italian language, food, culture and art, and entertainment with original music and graphics. To view the trailer go to To learn more about "Ciao Bambolini – Italy for Kids" go to or visit Facebook.
Congratulations to journalist, author and NIAF member Maria Teresa Cometto on the publication of her new book "Tech and the City: The Making of New York's Start Up Community" (Mirandola Press; $19.95). Coauthored with Alessandro Piol, the book is an insider's look at the entrepreneurial high-tech start-ups of New York City. Available at bookstores including and other online sites.
Congratulations to author and NIAF member Arthur Cola on the upcoming publication this summer of his new novel "Stolen Christmas," a heartwarming, family-friendly story reflecting Italian American experiences, faith traditions, and family values. Cola will unveil "Stolen Christmas" on Saturday, July 13, at the famous Al's Beef, at 1079 Taylor Street in Chicago's Little Italy at 11 a.m. And on Thursday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m., Cola will sign books and read from his new novel and two of his other novels, "The Stone Cutter Genius" and "The Brooch," at the Italian American Museum in New York City's Little Italy at 189 Grand Street.

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

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