eNotizie - November 2012

Anniversary Gala: Wish You’d Been There . . .
If you weren’t able to attend the 2012 NIAF Anniversary Gala last month in the Nation’s Capital, please take a moment to view the Gala slideshow and review at You’ll also find a link there to official Gala photographer Ken Rictor’s huge selection of Gala photos you can order. And, you just might find inspiration to mark your 2013 calendar for next year’s Gala—Oct. 25-26!

Help in Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath
Hurricane Sandy left unbelievable damages in its wake along the Northeastern seaboard and in New York City this week. Last spring, NIAF founded The Italian American Relief Fund with support of organizations throughout the Italian American community as well as corporations and individuals, to help when natural disasters strike. After successfully collecting $200,000 over last summer to aid victims of the destructive earthquake that struck the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, the Relief Fund now turns its focus on helping those whose homes and lives were uprooted by Sandy. Please lend a hand. For more information and updates, please visit

Italian Holiday Cuisine in Next Ambassador Magazine!
Don’t miss the upcoming, appetite-arousing issue of Ambassador Magazine! In the spirit of the holiday season, celebrity chefs once again give readers delectable Italian recipes perfect for holiday entertaining! This December, make recipes from Rocco Dispirito (“Now Eat This! 150 of America's Favorite Comfort Foods, All Under 350 Calories”), Valerie Bertinelli ("One Dish at a Time”), Rossella Rago (“Cooking with Nonna”), Mary Ann Esposito (“Ciao Italia Family Classics) and others! So you want to receive Ambassador magazine? It’s a member benefit when you join NIAF. Visit for more information.

NIAF Scholarship and Voyage of Discovery Applications
NIAF scholarship applications and information will be available online starting Nov. 1 at Deadline to apply is March 1, 2013.
NIAF Voyage of Discovery applications are also available online on Nov. 1 at Deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2013.

For more information, contact NIAF Grants and Scholarships Manager Alexandra Dall, at 202-939-3118 or

Lido Civic Club’s Past President’s Night – D.C.
The Lido Civic Club will host its annual Past President's Night on Jan. 12, 2013, at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. In addition to honoring its past presidents, this year it will be honoring Al Grasso, president and chief executive officer of the Mitre Corporation. NIAF is a proud longtime sponsor of the Lido Civic Club, an Italian American civic organization serving the Washington metropolitan community. For more information, call 301-518-6999 or email

Lo Bianco as Mayor La Guardia
Join award-winning writer, actor, director and producer Tony Lo Bianco starring as Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in “The Little Flower,” a solo play set in the legendary mayor’s office on his final days as a three-term mayor of New York City in 1945. NIAF is proud to sponsor this showing of the limited-engagement off-Broadway production, on Friday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m., at the Dicapo Opera Theatre, 184 East 76th Street (between Lexington and Third Avenue) in New York City. Tickets cost $75, which includes the show and a special dessert and coffee reception following the play with Lo Bianco. For more information, visit To purchase tickets, contact Xavier Atizol at or call 202-939-3100.

Alfio in Los Angeles
NIAF friend and Italo-Australian singer Alfio will be performing at the El Ray Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 13. Doors open at 8 p.m.; tickets are $17. Alfio takes the stage at 8:45 p.m. and UK-European star Caro Emerald on her debut U.S. tour performs at 10 p.m. El Ray Theater, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. Visit for more information. For tickets, go to

NYC Marathon Fundraiser
Friends of the Montecitorio Running Club and Hon. Amato Bernardi invite you to a fundraising cocktail reception joining a team of members of the Italian Parliament (of all political affiliations) who are running the marathon to raise money for La Cooperativa Sociale Il Girasole Onlus, Modena “Progetto Emilia Gemellaggio Giovani.” This student center and art lab for children was damaged by the Earthquake in Emilia Romagna. Friday, Nov. 2; 6-8 p.m. at the Remi Restaurant Rialto Room, 144 West 54th Street, New York, N.Y. Suggested contributions: $150 a person; $200 a couple; $75 young professionals. RSVP to Alma Maddalena at 610-660-8343 or

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, its calendar includes a “Show Everyone Love” Anti-Bullying Youth Leadership Workshop on Nov. 1; a screening of the documentary “Umberto E” with writer, director and producer Anton Evangelista on Nov. 7; a screening of the documentary “Pane Amaro” (Bitter Bread) on Nov. 14; and Italian Passport Renewal Day, offered in conjunction with the Consulate General of Italy in New York, on Nov. 14 (by appointment only). For details, call 718-273-7660 or email

Mamma Agata Cooking School Comes to NYC
You read about her Almalfi Coast Cooking school in the pages of Ambassador. Maybe you already have her “simple and genuine” cookbook. Now you can take the cooking classes in New York City this month. Mamma Agata’s Cooking School is offering four special cooking classes at the International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway, New York, N.Y., on Nov. 16, 17, 19 and 21. Classes will feature Chiara, Mamma Agata’s daughter and the director of the Mamma Agata Cooking School, and her husband, sommelier and chef Gennaro. Cost is $250 per person, per session. For more information and to reserve your place in the classes, call 888-324-2433 or visit:

Check out the Jovanotti profile in the upcoming holiday issue of Ambassador magazine. And don’t forget Italy’s biggest rock star recently released his new retrospective album “Italia 1988-2012.”

Toti Scialoja Exhibition
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimň at New York University is hosting an exhibition of works by important Italian abstract artist Toti Scialoja (Rome, 1914-1998), on view through Dec. 20, Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 24 West 12th Street, New York, N.Y. For more information, call 212-998-8739 or visit:

Uffizi Gallery’s “Angel” Exhibit U.S. Tour Continues
Last chance to see “Offering of the Angels: Tapestries and Paintings from the Uffizi Gallery” at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wis. The exhibition closes Nov. 25. After that, this inspirational exhibit of 43 paintings and two tapestries by such Baroque and Renaissance masters as Botticelli, Liberi and Tintoretto makes its final U.S. stop at the Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts, in Savannah, Ga., from Dec. 7 through March 31, 2013. For more information, visit

San Diego Italian Film Festival
San Diegans should make sure to check out the San Diego Italian Film Festival’s brand new website at for the full schedule of screenings and events this month. Highlights this month include director Ferzan Ozpetek’s 2010 film “Mine Vaganti,” director Riccardo Milani’s haunting bio-film “Piano, Solo” and director Nanni Moretti's wry religious comedy “Habemus Papam.” Plus, on Nov. 10, SDIFF holds its annual Gala. For details, visit the SDIFF website.

Congratulations to longtime NIAF member Charles Santangelo on the publication of his new novel, “Turning Point,” a thrilling political narrative with plot and characters right out of the voting controversies and swing-vote campaigning of recent presidential elections. “Turning Point” is available online at and, and at select bookstores.
Congratulations to Catherine Labadia, winner of NIAF’s flag-design contest. The Connecticut resident whose ancestors come from the small Italian town of Lenoia in the region of Lazio created the winning submission—a symbolic flag celebrating the two rich cultures of the United States and Italy.

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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...

NIAF's 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 10-day Mediterranean Cruises in 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!

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