eNotizie - May 2013
New York Spring Extravaganza!


NIAF Lecture and Book Signing: "Saving Italy" author Robert Edsel
Don't miss this exclusive lecture, discussion and book signing by Robert Edsel, the bestselling author of the critically acclaimed 2013 book "Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis."

Edsel's dramatic story chronicles the little-known heroic effort of two U.S. soldiers—an artist and an historian—dispatched to Italy on the eve of the Allied invasion to find and protect mankind's greatest art treasures from combat destruction and ransacking Nazis. The author's previous book, "The Monuments Men," about saving masterpieces and cultural artifacts throughout Europe during WWII, is being filmed as a major motion picture starring George Clooney, and scheduled for a Winter 2013 release.

The event is free and open to the public. Monday, May 20, 6-8 p.m., at NIAF Headquarters, 1860 19th St. NW, Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Kyla at or 202-939-3117.

Why Join NIAF?
Besides member discounts to fantastic events like the New York Spring Extravaganza last month and the Anniversary Gala in October in Washington? Because NIAF is the premier Italian American organization! With your support, NIAF will continue to help our young leaders of tomorrow. And, by joining, you will enjoy our many new and added 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

Like NIAF on Facebook!
Like Us on Facebook!Join the conversation! NIAF on Facebook is a rapidly growing online community with an insatiable appetite for news, views, recipes, trivia—anything Italian and Italian American! Plus, contests! In the coming weeks, some lucky reader who "likes" us on Facebook will win a great prize to be announced!

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 this year, including art exhibits, theatrical performances, concerts and conferences focusing on literature, architecture, the sciences, design, fashion and food.

This month's packed nationwide calendar includes an exhibition of early bronze sculptures and drawings of Giorgio De Chirico at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. (through June 15); Maestro Maurizio Pollini in concert at Carnegie Hall (May 5); and a screening of "Maratona Infernale" by director Lamberto lambertini at the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts in Cambridge, Mass. (May 9). For more information and to view the entire calendar of events, visit:

Book Event: Chris Lehane in San Francisco
The Silicon Valley Italian Executive Council invites you to a special lecture and book signing on May 14, featuring Chris Lehane, coauthor of the recently published book "Masters of Disaster: The Ten Commandments of Damage Control." Lehane is one of the nation's premier consultants to corporations, professional sports leagues, teams and athletes, Hollywood studios and national politicians who've run into public relations disasters.

The event will feature the boutique wines of Lorenzo Scarpone's Villa Italia. Admission is free. Attire is Business Casual. Tuesday, May 14, 6 - 8:30 p.m.; GoPago, 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 250, San Francisco, Calif. Please make reservations no later than May 10 by contacting Jeff Capaccio at

Is Pope Francis I a Global Game Changer?
You are invited to the NIAF-supported panel discussion "Francis I: A New Pope for a Globalized World?" on May 2, 5-7 p.m., held by The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and The US-Italy Global Affairs Forum. The panel of experts will analyze what the early days of the new Papacy tell us. Please RSVP to 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room 500 Bernstein-Offit, Washington, D.C.

Ancient Art of Sicily — Southern Cal
In Southern California this summer? 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. The exhibition of about 150 ancient artworks will run through August 19, then travel 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. Rossella is looking for a nonna from the Indianapolis area to cook with her on stage at the festival. Interested? For more information, visit Rossella's website and apply before May 20.

Only two spots remain open on Rossella's "Sorrento with Rossella Culinary Tour" September 14-21, 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. 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 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 $20 gift certificate valued at $40 for dinner at Assaggi Osteria in McLean, Va., a $15 certificate valued at $30 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. Get started at

Events at Casa Belvedere
The Italian Cultural Foundation at Casa Belvedere (Staten Island, N.Y.) offers a wide variety of educational and cultural events. The Foundation's Spring culinary classes continue through late June.

May events at Casa Belvedere include an evening of staged readings of excerpts from "A Brooklyn Love Story" and "Garbo Dreams," two plays written and performed by Italian-American playwrights Chiara Montalto and Lauren LoGiudice (May 3; 6:30 p.m.; space limited so RSVP; $20 donation). And on May 31 at 7 p.m., a special cooking demonstration with Chef Vincent Tropepe; $100 per person includes a three-course dinner, wine pairings and cooking demonstration. Reservations with pre-payment required.

For a complete schedule of classes and events, visit, call 718-273-7660 or email

Calandra Italian American Institute — NYC
On May 7, at 6 p.m., at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, historian David Aliano will make a presentation based on his 2012 book "Mussolini's National Project in Argentina," focusing on Mussolini's propaganda campaign in the 1920's and '30s to promote fascist Italian ideology in Argentina. And, on May 9, at 6:30 p.m., the Institute presents a symposium on elder care: "Caring for Your Loved One: Planning Strategies for Elder Care; Options for the Italian American Family."

Free and open to the public. Seating limited, so RSVP at 212-642-2094. John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, the City University of New York. For more information, visit

Italy and the United States — 1860-2000
The Center for Italian Studies at Stony Brook University will hold a conference, "Economic And Social Relations Between Italy and the United States, 1860-2000," on May 3, 1:30-6 p.m., at The Center for Italian Studies, Stony Brook University, Frank Melville Memorial Library, Room E4340. Free and open to public. Call 631-632-7444 or visit

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, "Taste of Lombardia," takes place Monday, May 6; 7:30-9 p.m. IDC members, $30 per seminar; nonmembers, $35. For details, location and tickets, visit

Mother's Day Brunch at Café Milano—Washington, D.C.
Cured citrus salmon carpaccio? Genovese style braised veal roulade? That just a sampling from Café Milano's special Mother's Day Brunch menu on Sunday, May 12, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 202-333-6183 for reservations. For more information, visit

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

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

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, visit For second show, click here.

Read Diplomatic Courier
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Congratulations to NIAF Vice Chair Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and CEO of The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, who on April 27 was honored with the 2013 Medallion Award at PBS SoCaL's "A Lifetime of Learning" Annual Gala. The PBS SoCaL Medallion award recognizes public media leaders committed to advancing education and encouraging lifelong learning.
Congratulations to NIAF member, attorney and former Secret Service agent J.A. Ballarotto on the publication of his debut novel, "Worthy of Trust and Confidence" (Pirate143Press). A thriller about a young Italian American Secret Service agent investigating events at the time of the JFK assassination, the book is available at, and
Congratulations to NIAF member Filomena Abys-Smith on the publication of her memoir, "A Bit of Myself" (Xlibris), that takes readers on her journey from Bagnoli in Naples, Italy, to the streets of the South Bronx describing the immigrant passion in search of the American Dream. The book is available online at, and other bookstores
Congratulations to NIAF Patron Member Roy L. De Barbieri, Esq., founding partner of the New Haven, Conn., and New York law firm of De Barbieri & Associates, on being elected last month to the Board of Directors of The College of Commercial Arbitrators. The College of Commercial Arbitrators is a national organization of independent commercial arbitrators who have distinguished themselves within the profession.

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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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