eNotizie - October 2013
NIAF Anniversary Gala


NIAF's Anniversary Gala! This Month!
You're running out to time! Book your reservations now for NIAF's 38th Anniversary Gala, October 25-26, at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Celebrate your heritage! Embrace your legacy! Come to the party! Tickets and tables are selling fast, so don't wait!

Gala Masters of Ceremonies Maria Bartiromo and Joe Piscopo

Emmy Award-winning journalist and CNBC Anchor Maria Bartiromo and comedian and actor Joe Piscopo will cohost the weekend's Gala Awards Dinner, where guests will mingle with stars and personalities, dine on a Campania-inspired dinner, and salute the evening's distinguished honorees:
  • Diana Bracco, CEO and President of Bracco S.p.A.
  • Roberto Colannino, Chairman and CEO of Piaggio & C. S.p.A.
  • Louis T. Donatelli, Founder and Chairman of Donatelli Development
  • Leon Panetta, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and former secretary of Defense
  • George Randazzo, Founder and Chairman of the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in Chicago
  • Paul Sorvino, award-winning actor and director

The Gala weekend schedule is jammed with socializing, networking, receptions, wine tastings, seminars, lots of entertainment, and pre-Gala Dinner receptions! Saturday's agenda includes the NIAF's Networking Breakfast; a book presentation by Linda Barrett Osborne and Paolo Battaglia, authors of the new book "Explorers Emigrants Citizens"; a screening of "Carnera: The Walking Mountain," the true story of Italy's only heavyweight champion Primo Carnera with a meet-and-greet with the film's star Andrea Iaia afterward; a Wine Tasting and Luncheon; the annual and lively "Ieri, Oggi, Domani" State of the Community discussion; and, for those of stout Italian heart and soul, the NIAF After Hours Celebration, featuring late-night live music, lively singing and partying!

Deal You In? NIAF's Special Vegas-Style Casino Night!
Kicking off the big 38th Anniversary Gala Weekend will be NIAF's Special Casino Night! Located at the lush atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Nation's Capital, this electrifying evening of gaming at the casino tables includes hors d'oeuvre stations, open bar, and live music and dancing to the big band sounds of the Radio King Orchestra! Friday, October 25, 8 p.m. – midnight. Open to the Public; Tickets sold at the door or online at

Going! Going! Gone! NIAF's Live and Silent Auction
And this year, during the Casino Night festivities, high-rollers will join in on NIAF's always popular Live and Silent Auction. Featured auction items include once-in-a-lifetime packages such as a six-day Safari adventure at the Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge in Hluhluwe, South Africa; stays at Terme Rosapepe Thermal Health Spa, in Contursi Terme, Italy, the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento, Italy, and the Grand Wailea in Maui, Hawaii; and an Italian-built wild ride Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring Bike! Get your tickets for the big Friday night party now at!

Register For The Gala Now!
Among the many benefits NIAF members receive are discounts to the Gala and all of the weekend events! So, non-members, join NIAF before registering and save! Visit

Hotel Reservations: For special Gala discount room rates and other benefits, book your hotel reservation directly on the Hilton website at or call the Hilton directly at 202-483-3000 and refer to the "NIAF" room block.

Gala Sponsorships: Give back to the Italian American community and support NIAF's mission! Different levels of sponsorship are available for individuals, families and corporations. Sponsor benefits beyond Gala seating include electronic ads that appear throughout the Gala Awards Dinner on the Hilton's three ballroom monitors, advertising in NIAF's slick magazine Ambassador, and more! For information, download the Sponsorship Form.

Enter NIAF's Photo Contest Today! Deadline—October 4!
Less than a week to enter your incredible photo and show your Italianità!

NIAF's 2013 Photo Contest's topic is the Italian spirit or essence! Italianità in other words! Submit your breathtaking, humorous, provocative, heartbreaking photos now—before it's too late! Technical quality, composition and clarity count, but judges will be looking for images that best express Italianness!

One photo per person, please. You must have taken or own the photo. All entries must be submitted as high resolution (300 dpi) jpegs.

First Prize includes two tickets (winner and guest) to NIAF's 38th Anniversary Gala dinner and all Gala events the weekend of October 25-26 in Washington, D.C.; plus two-night's stay for two at the Washington Hilton during the Gala weekend, roundtrip airfare for two (within continental United States) to the Gala, plus more! Please read official rules at

Voyage of Discovery Alum?
Did you or someone you know participate in NIAF's Voyage of Discovery or NIAF's Gift of Discovery program in past years? If so, we'd love to hear from you! We're creating an alumni database and we need your help! Please contact Alexandra Dall, director of Programming, at with your current contact information.

Celebrate The Year of Italian Culture 2013!
The Year of Italian Culture is a year-long calendar of events throughout the United States promoting Italy's innovative contributions to the world in science, technology and culture. To view the monthly schedule of art exhibits, theatrical performances, concerts and conferences focusing on literature, architecture, the sciences, design, fashion and food, visit

Festa Italiana at the Museum of Design Atlanta
Join us on October 5 for Festa Italiana MODA, a special evening celebrating the exhibition "Barrique: Wine, Design & Social Change." Enjoy a café setting on the piazza in front of the museum, nibble on Italian food, sip Italian cocktails and wine, and enjoy traditional Italian accordion music by Don Discenza!

The remarkable exhibition spotlights a wine barrel (barrique) recycling project that's taking place at Europe's largest residential treatment center located in San Patrignano, Italy. The project recycles discarded wine barrels into designer furniture.

NIAF presents an exclusive cocktail reception immediately prior to Festa Italiana, October 5, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the museum. Free to NIAF members and one guest who are attending Festa Italiana! Presented in collaboration with the NIAF, Pirelli and Landmark Fiat of Atlanta, the Festa Italiana takes place from 7 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $50 ($40 for MODA members) and are available at

The Perfect Martini 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 October 4, Casa Belvedere presents "A night with Cesare Martini," who will demonstrate how to make specially created martinis and aperitifs as well as the perfect Martini. $50 per person includes gourmet spuntini and hors d'oeuvres. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Information and Tickets at 718-273-7660 or

The Arthur Avenue Dinner Series
The inaugural meeting in the Arthur Avenue Dinner Series will take place at Zero Otto Nove (Zagat's has called this Arthur Avenue restaurant the "real deal"). Business, community and political leaders will consider challenges facing the neighborhood and promote solutions for continued economic growth…and enjoy an authentic Italian meal prepared by Chef Roberto Paciullo.

Sponsored by NIAF and the Belmont Business Improvement District, this first in the Dinner Series is on October 7, 6:30-9 p.m.; $75 per person. RSVP by contacting contact Geaner Parkes at or 718-220-7139.

Early Italian American Music—NYC
The Philip V. Cannistraro Seminar Series In Italian American Studies at Queens College/CUNY presents Todd Cambio, a luthier, musician and a collector of 78-rpm records of early Italian American music. Cambio will play selections from his compilation "Paese Mio Bello: An Exploration of Early Italian-American Music," and discuss the music, its performers and composers. Free and open to the public. October 10, 6 p.m., at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute in New York City. RSVP encouraged. Call 212-642-2094. For more information see

Taste of Italy—Los Angeles
The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles will be hosting a "Taste of Italy" on October 12 featuring more than 50 of the region's best restaurants. Tickets: $55 for adults, $25 for children. For more information,

Vendemmia da Vinci
The da Vinci Society of Delaware is holding its annual fall festival Vendemmia da Vinci celebrating the centuries-old tradition of the Italian grape harvest on Sunday, October 13, at Tubman Garrett Park in Wilmington, Del., from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The festival will feature some of the best local Italian wines, Italian cuisine from area restaurants, an Italian beer garden, live entertainment, a homemade gravy-making contest, and Italian vendors. For more information, visit

Columbus Day Invitational at the Bear's Club—Jupiter, Fla.
Enjoy a round of golf with fellow Italian Americans to celebrate our Italian heritage on October 15 at the Columbus Day Invitational at the Bear's Club in Jupiter, Fla. Benefitting the Cancer Alliance of Campy Boggy Creek, the Invitational includes 18 holes of golf, a continental breakfast, golf, caddie, beverages, an Italian lunch and all gratuities. Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Tickets: $375 per player. For more information, contact Bob Silvani at 561-371-6768.

Italian Welfare League—New York City
The Italian Welfare League will be hosting its annual "Autumn in New York Luncheon" to benefit Italian-American children in need. NIAF proudly is a sponsor of the luncheon which will take place on October 19, at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. For more information visit:

San Diego Italian Film Festival
The San Diego Italian Film Festival has announced its lineup of 14 of Italy's finest films, as well as events and receptions, October 19 to November 2. For details, visit

New Paolo Soleri Documentary
Don't miss the New York premiere of "The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet In The Desert," a new documentary by filmmaker Lisa Scafuro, showing at the 2013 New York Architecture & Design Film Festival. The story of the Torino-born master architect who came to America to study under Frank Lloyd Wright before designing his own architectural legacy, the film will screen October 19, at 7:15 p.m., and October 20, 5 p.m., at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. For tickets and information, visit

Italian Crooner Patrizio Coming to America
International superstar Patrizio Buanne is bringing his seductive Julio Iglesias-meets- Tom Jones' vocals to America for an 11-stop U.S. tour promoting his latest CD release, "From Patrizio con amore." The Boston Globe summed up his act as "Think male Celine Dion, Italian style…." Patrizio's scheduled concerts go from September 1 through October 20. For the complete schedule and a profile by Italia Living, visit

Italian Heritage Month—NYC
Celebrate with other Italian Americans at an informal meet and greet on Oct. 24, at Coppola's (378 3rd Avenue) at 6 p.m. Meet young Italian American professionals at the event dedicated to the promotion of NIAF, NOIAW and the Young Executive Committee of the Italian American Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Maryelen Brusco at,

Lo Studio dei Nipoti Exhibition — NYC
The Calandra Institute presents an exhibition by Lo Studio dei Nipoti (The Studio of the Grandchildren), a nonprofit artist collective for U.S. artists of southern Italian ancestry, featuring artists Nancy Agati, Cianne Fragione, Rose Michelle Taverniti and Marisa Tesauro.

The exhibition runs through January 10, 2014, at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, New York City. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 212-642-2094.

The NJIIAHC 10th Annual Congress—Rutgers University
The New Jersey Italian and Italian American Heritage Commission and the Consulate of Italy in Newark, N.J., present the 10th Annual Congress highlighting Italian Achievements in Medicine, Science and Technology on Nov. 2 at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J., with keynote speaker Comm. Fabrizio Michelassi, M.D.; 8:15-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast; 9 a.m.—12:15 p.m. Congress. Register at

Chamber Orchestra of New York's New Season
Maestro Salvatore Di Vittorio and the Chamber Orchestra of New York has announced its Sixth Season 2013-2014, including U.S. premieres of recently published rediscoveries of Alessandro Scarlatti and early works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the debut of its Masterworks Series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. The season opener will be held on October 12 in celebration of Columbus Day Week festivities and Italy Month with Wolf's Italian Serenade, Barber's Adagio for strings, the World Premiere of American composer Ezra Donner's Mountain Suite, and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12. For more information, visit

Turn on Italics TV
For cable-TV programming for the Italian American community, tune in to Italics, the Italian American television magazine produced by The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College in New York and hosted by Anthony J. Tamburri, Dean of The Calandra Institute. Check your local New York and New York State cable-TV listings for Italics, or find it on CUNY-TV website (, and on demand on the YouTube channel (, and Facebook (

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. 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 new issue of Diplomatic Courier focuses on Africa as the next emerging market.

For more information, visit, or search the App Store for the iPhone and iPad apps.

Congratulations to NIAF Vice Chairman Gabriel Battista who was recently named a Knight (Cavaliere) and given the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic! Also, congrats to Gabe on his upcoming induction into Temple University's 2013-14 Gallery of Success at the Fox School of Business and Management, on October 4. The award honors distinguished Temple University alumni whose success in their field can inspire current students.
Congratulations to NIAF member Santo L. Arico on the publication of his new book "Unmasking of Oriana Fallaci: Part II and Conclusion to Her Life Story." Arico's biography highlights Fallaci's career as a journalist, interviewer, war reporter, essayist and novelist, with emphasis on the Florentine Fallaci's psychological dynamism. It's Fallaci's only definitive and authoritative biography in the English-speaking world. The book is available in digital formats and paperback at, and other bookstores.

Why Join NIAF?
Besides member discounts to fantastic events like 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 more about NIAF and its exciting new benefits, visit

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

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.

For additional information or to make a reservation, please call 855-PT-GROUP (855-784-7687) or email

Support Our Sponsors

Friends of Florence

Photo courtesy of Antonio Quattrone
Friends of Florence was founded in 1998 as a U.S.-based 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. Since then, we have restored and made available to the public, in some cases for the first time in centuries, notable treasures including all the marble statues of the Loggia dei Lanzi, the Uffizi's Sala della Niobe, and the Medici's original Tribune. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo's David, we provided funding for the diagnostic analysis and continue to fund the monitoring and maintenance programs for both the David and Michelangelo's Prisoners.

We also organize education and travel programs to Florence twice a year, with expertly-guided visits to private collections and museums, working laboratories, and stunning palaces and gardens where our guests enjoy intimate events hosted by the owners. We invite you to visit our website,, to learn more.


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