eNotizie - March 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.

Sinatra Sighting!
Join us on March 15 at the Wigwam Resort for "An Italian aFare to Remember" with Sinatra Stylist Sebastian Anzaldo. The foremost Sinatra impersonator, Anzaldo has starred as the "Chairman of the Board" from Vegas' "Tribute To The Rat Pack" show to ABC-TV's "The Next Best Thing, Who Is The Greatest Celebrity Impersonator?" And more recently he has headlined (with singer Sharon Owens) the Vegas show "Barbra & Frank, The Concert That Never Was...," celebrating the music of Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra.

If you never saw Sinatra, this might be the next best thing. So buy tickets while they last! Friday, March 15, at the Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park, Ariz. A cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet-style Italian dinner at 7:30 p.m., and show at 9 p.m. Tickets: $95 per person. For more information and tickets, contact Deb Cooper at 602-224-2302 or

The Chairman's Golf Invitational
Hosted by NIAF Chairman Jerry Colangelo, the Third Annual Chairman's Golf Invitational on March 16 is a fantastic opportunity to support NIAF while playing 18 holes alongside sports celebrities at the beautiful Wigwam Resort Golf Course in Litchfield Park, Ariz. The tournament includes 18 holes of golf, a continental breakfast, lunch on the patio, and special gifts, a raffle and giveaways. Shotgun start begins at 9:30 a.m.

Registration is $500 per golfer. To register your foursome online, visit (And don't forget to buy tickets for the Sinatra show the night before!) For information on sponsoring or registering for the golf tournament, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 and

NIAF's New York Spring Extravaganza
Time to buy your tickets to 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!

Join co-host of Good Day New York, Rosanna Scotto, in welcoming this year's honorees: PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Mark Casella; 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 will entertain.

Tickets available on a limited basis. Discounts available for members! For more information about sponsorships or tickets, contact Jerry Jones at 202-939-3102 or

Frank J. Guarini/NIAF Media Forum in New York City
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 newly elected parliament, Italy and Europe's stability, and major challenges ahead. Italian correspondents, American journalists of Italian ancestry and NIAF Council members are 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

Coming Soon: Spring Issue of Ambassador!
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 an Italian ancestry search that turned up heroics. 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.

Global Affairs Forum
The National Italian American Foundation is co-sponsoring the The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) European Studies Program and US-Italy Global Affairs Forum's panel discussion on "The Italian Elections: Did They Solve Anything?" Will the country be governable? Can Italy address its daunting economic challenges? And what does this mean for the United States-Italy relationship? A panel of senior experts will analyze what the first three weeks following the elections tell us about what's ahead.

Light lunch at 12 noon, panel discussion at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 18; at 1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room 806 (Rome Building), Washington, D.C. Please RSVP to

NIAF's Young Professionals Summer Kick-off
Look for details soon about this fun-filled weekend-long agenda of beach-partying and networking, not to mention the job fair! Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, at the Bahia Mar Hotel, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more information, 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 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:

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, including NIAF's own Patricia de Stacy Harrison, plus business, politics, entertainment and health.

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.

Recoup-Shopping for Your Cause!
Help to raise funds supporting NIAF's mission. Shop by the type of deal or by charitable cause at Recoup. To get started, visit and join for free.

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 takes place Monday, March 11, 2013; 7:30-9 p.m. Subsequent seminars are scheduled for April 15, May 6 and May 20. IDC members, $30 per seminar; nonmembers, $35. For details, location and tickets and for other events visit

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.

For the first show tickets, visit CLICK HERE. And for second show, CLICK HERE.

Biagio Antonacci Album
Look for the U.S. release 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:

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:

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 qualified schools and universities that offers courses for foreign students in Italy. For more information, visit

March 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. On Tuesday, March 5, Casa Belvedere will screen the 2012 award-winning Italian documentary "18 IUS SOLI" ("We are Italians. Just not Legally"), which examines the law that denies citizenship to young people born in Italy of immigrant parents because they are not of Italian blood. Meet the film's director Fred Kudjo Kuwornu. Light fare and screening at The Road House Restaurant, 1400 Clove Road, Staten Island, N.Y. Suggested Donation: $20. Reservations Recommended. For more information or reservations, contact 718-273-7660 or

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.

Last Chance: Uffizi Gallery's "Angel" Exhibit
The inspirational exhibition "Offering of the Angels: Tapestries and Paintings from the Uffizi Gallery" has reached the final month 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

Congratulation to NIAF Board Member Gerard S. LaRocca, who was honored as the 2012 Man of the Year at the 39th Annual Salute Luncheon of the YWCA-NYC.
Congratulations to MLB All-Star and longtime NIAF friend Mike Piazza on the publication of his new book "Long Shot," now on the New York Times National Best Sellers list! The autobiography is the candid story of the greatest hitting catcher in the history of baseball. Available online at,, and other bookstores.
Congratulations to NIAF member Chloe Jon Paul on the publication of her new children's book, "The Girl Who Did Not Like Her Name," the story of how a young girl named Allessandra Theresa Petrucci learns to love her name. 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).

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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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