eNotizie - November 2011

NIAF 36th Anniversary Gala 2011 Review

President Barack Obama joins more than 2,000 guests at NIAF Gala.

To read the full review of the NIAF 36th Anniversary Awards Gala and Convention and view photos, please visit

To order photos from the Gala and Convention weekend, please visit the online galleries of NIAF’s official Gala photographers Derek Parks and Nick Khazal at

Delirious Naples
On Nov. 16-19, Hofstra University and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò of New York University will be hosting a conference, “Delirious Naples: For a Cultural, Intellectual, and Urban History of the City of the Sun,” celebrating Naples and exploring all dimensions of the rich Neapolitan culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. Experience a wide array of events, from musical performances, theatrical and poetic readings to tributes to figures who have defined Neapolitan culture and art exhibits. For more information and a complete schedule of events, CLICK HERE to visit their website.

Antico; Bacchus, c. 1520-1522, bronze with gilding; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Antico at National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., will present from Nov. 6 to April 8, 2012, a retrospective on the Italian sculptor Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, a.k.a. Antico (1455-1528). The exhibition, entitled “Antico: the Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes,” is the first dedicated to the work of this major Renaissance artist to be organized in the United States. For more information, visit the National Gallery of Art’s Website:

Culinary Artistry at the National Gallery
While at the National Gallery, dine at its Garden Café Italia where famed Chef Fabio Trabocchi of the Penn Quarter restaurant Fiola welcomes cooler weather adding robust new dishes to the National Gallery of Art Garden Café menu inspired by harvest ingredients and an impressive exhibition of Italian works—Italian Master Drawings from the Wolfgang Ratjen Collection, 1525–1835, on view through November 27, 2011.

The Garden Café Italia is located in the West Building near the entrance at 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. To make reservations for groups of eight or more, please contact the café manager at 202-712-7454.

Congratulations to NIAF’s new Regional Vice President for Greater New York Susan Paolercio and Nicholas R. Caiazzo.

Further congratulations to Nicholas R. Caiazzo, who was honored with a Silk Road Ambassador Award on October 14 at SPQR Restaurant in New York City. The Silk Road Ambassador Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the Marco Polo Festival, benefits the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council and the Chinatown and Little Italy Historic District in New York City. Caiazzo is a partner at Wilson, Elsner, Moskowitz Edelman, and Dicker LLP.

And congratulations to NIAF Board Member Joe DePinto, president and CEO of 7-Eleven Inc., for receiving CSP magazine's “Retail Leader of the Year” award in October.

Attenzione: NIAF Scholarship and Voyage of Discovery Applicants!
Applications for NIAF scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year will be accepted starting Nov. 1, 2011, and closes March 2, 2012. The application is available online at Contact: Alexandra Dall,

NIAF Application for the 2012 Voyage of Discovery opens on Nov. 1, 2011, and closes January 20, 2012. The application is available online at Contact: Alexandra Dall,

Book Your 2012 Trips to Italy with NIAF
Cruise the Mediterranean, spend leisurely days touring the Italy’s scenic regions, or customize your Italian vacation ….

Announcing Spring 2012 Travel Packages to Italy!
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) continues its popular travel programs to Italy by offering four nine-day/seven-night tours departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City beginning in March 2012:
  • Campania…A Land That Will Capture Your Heart” visits the cities of Agropoli, Amalfi, Anacapri, Avellino, Benevento, Capri, Caserta, Naples, Paestum, Pompeii, Positano, Salerno and Sorrento.
  • “The Enchanting Hill Towns of Umbria & Eastern Tuscany” tours the cities of Arezzo, Assisi, Cortona, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Orvieto, Perugia, Pienza, Siena and Todi.
  • “Grand Tour of Sicily 2012” will go to the cities of Agrigento, Catania, Cefalu, Etna, Erice, Monreale, Noto, Palermo, Siracusa and Taormina.
  • “The Jewels of the Riviera with a touch of Piedmont” visits the cities of Cinque Terre, Genoa, Monte Carlo, Nice, Pollenzo, Portofino, Rapallo and Santa Margherita.
Trips include round-trip flights from New York (JFK) to Rome, breakfast and dinner daily, and English-speaking tour manager. Airfare and all current departure taxes and fuel surcharges also are included. Costs range from $2,649 to $3,069 per person based on double occupancy and month of departure.

For information and reservations, contact: Marianna Pisano at or call 800-777-7432. When making reservation, mention the promo code: NIAF.

10-day Mediterranean Cruise in 2012
NIAF and Trek Tours Ltd. are pleased to present a 10-day Mediterranean Cruise with dates from spring through summer 2012. Fly round-trip to Rome and cruise the Mediterranean on the classic MS Noordam to Livorno, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Mallorca, Tunis and Carthage, Palermo and Naples. Joyous patterns of tile work will enliven your path as you experience Renaissance art, see the latest fashions and enjoy the flavor of fresh Italian bread dipped in estate-pressed olive oil.

Pre- and post-cruise vacation packages are available to extend your voyage in Rome. For details or to book your cruise, visit and click “Travel,” or contact Pam Salimeno at NIAF’s partner, Trek Tours, at 1-800-370-0357.

Custom Design Your Vacation to Italy!
Famous for its first-class, fully-escorted tours for 67 years, Perillo Tours is now offering exclusive services to those who would prefer to travel independently or on small hosted tours. Visit Perillo’s for its new one-stop shop to book your flights, hotels, car rentals, train tickets, sightseeing, museum passes, cooking classes, villa rentals, family travel, wedding planning and so much more!

Perillo Tour’s team of experts can custom design your entire trip over the phone! Plus, Perillo’s website is full of information, fun to browse, and filled with tremendous travel deals. And Perillo is giving NIAF members $100 off – just mention the promo code NIAFPT when you book. NIAF receives a donation with every trip you book!

Please visit or call 1-800-ITALY-25 today to book your dream vacation to Italy!

Support Our Sponsors

Enter Ragosta Hotels’ “Ask The Chef” Contest

Whether you’re an aspiring top chef or simply just love cooking, Ragosta Hotels Collection’s “Ask The Chef” Competition gives non-professional gourmands an opportunity not only to broadcast their cooking abilities but also to be rewarded for them with exclusive prizes, including eight nights in Italy at Ragosta Hotels Collections’s elite properties.

To compete, contestants must enter via the Ask The Chef webpage, choose 10 ingredients used in Executive Chef Francesco Russo’s Ask the Chef Cookbook, invent an original recipe, compose an instructional video of the preparation, upload video to their YouTube account and send the video, along with recipe and personal details to Full details and instructions can be found on the competition website and on Facebook. The first place winner receives four two-night stays in Italy – a stay at each of the four luxurious Ragosta properties. All entries must be submitted by December 31st, 2011.

Alitalia Magnifica Class Holiday Fares starting at $1531

Alitalia has made traveling in style this holiday season easy and affordable. Thanksgiving business class holiday fares from the United States to Italy and select destinations in Europe start at just $1531 roundtrip including all taxes and fees. Christmas holiday business class fares start at $2141 roundtrip including all taxes and fees. To take advantage of this special Magnifica Class holiday offer, tickets must be purchased by November 11, 2011, for Thanksgiving week travel, and by December 23, 2011, for Christmas holiday travel. Learn more about this offer.

When you travel in Alitalia’s Magnifica cabin, you will experience the very best of “Made in Italy” the moment you board the plane. Enjoy Alitalia’s award winning regional cuisine served on Richard Ginori china. Then, fall asleep on our fully flat-bed seats complete with Frette linens.

Learn more about Alitalia’s business class cabin

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Register for Alitalia's newsletter and receive an e-coupon for 10% off your next roundtrip economy or business class transatlantic ticket purchase! The e-Coupon offer is valid on new registrations only made on’s U.S. site by December 31, 2011. E-Coupon may be used on eligible economy or business class, U.S.-originating, transatlantic ticket purchases. Classica Plus premium economy class tickets are not eligible for the discount. Round-trip travel must be between the original departure and final destination airports. The 10% will be taken off the entire ticket cost. It may not be combined with any other e-Coupon code(s) or promotional offers and is not valid on previous purchases. CLICK HERE to register and receive your 10% e-coupon!

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