Ambassador Magazine - Vol. 20, No.1

In this issue...
  • From the NIAF Chairman

    Even as a teenager, the Italian American contribution to music was not lost on me. And at its helm was always Frank Sinatra, the “Chairman of the Board.” In this issue, on the 10-year anniversary of his death, we take a look at what Sinatra’s life and accomplishments meant to Italians and Italian Americans.

    By Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli

  • Production Line

    From fruit to furniture, Italian products add style and innovation to any activity.

    By Christine Conforti

  • Foundation Focus: Roundtable discussion explores U.S.-Italy cooperation

    Hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Italy Hon. Ronald P. Spogli at his residence, Villa Taverna, this year’s NIAF Roman Roundtable brought together internationally known experts to discuss the challenges faced by the U.S. and Italy and cooperation strategies for today’s world.

    By Monica Soladay

  • Foundation Focus: NIAF members, affiliates support AP Italian

    In 2005, the College Board began offering Advanced Placement Italian Language and Culture to high school students. But just three years later, the board announced that it would cancel the program after the 2008-2009 school year unless outside sources of funding became available. Several NIAF members and affiliates founded the Italian Language Foundation and are working to save the program.

    By Monica Soladay

  • Combat Support

    After Italian American Army Staff Sergeant Brian Mancini was injured in Iraq, he and his wife Ashley learned just how strong their marriage could be.

    By Monica Soladay

  • A Saint in the Family

    Ambassador chats with author Justin Catanoso about his new book, “My Cousin the Saint: A Search for Faith, Family and Miracles,” which profiles his distant cousin, recently canonized Calabrian saint Padre Gaetano Catanoso.

  • Remembering Bosco Salice

    A recent book on fascist internment camps in World War II prompts NIAF Council Member Paul Minolfo to divulge his wartime experiences with friends and family.

    By Maria Garcia

  • Ciao Italia: Where Pork is King

    Chef and NIAF Member Mary Ann Esposito salutes the region of Umbria for its assortment of pork products and shares her recipes for salsiccia fresca, fresh pork sausage, and salsiccia all’ uve, pork sausage with grapes.

    By Mary Ann Esposito

  • Logitech: The House That the Mouse Built

    It’s hard to believe that just 27 years ago, the computer mouse was unknown to most of us. Although invented in 1964, it wasn’t until 1982 that two Italians and a Swiss began to recognize its potential.

    By Patricia L. Beemer

  • NIAF Coast to Coast: The NIAF 33rd Anniversary Gala and Convention Weekend

    Join us as we celebrate the 33rd Anniversary of the National Italian American Foundation with our annual Gala and Convention Weekend, held this year from October 17-18, 2008 at the Hilton Washington & Towers in Washington, D.C. Keep reading for more details about this year’s honorees…

    By Monica Soladay

  • On the Cover: Our Way

    Ten years after Frank Sinatra’s Death, his music and life continue to inspire. Ambassador takes a look at how his accomplishments affected musicians and Italian Americans alike.

    By Monica Soladay

  • On Film: Family Ties

    “My Brother Is an Only Child,” Daniele Luchetti’s adaptation of the novel “Il Fasciocomunista” by Antonio Pennacchi, explores family, faith and Italian culture in the 1960s.

    By Maria Garcia

  • A Recipe for Success

    NIAF Area Coordinator Robert Silvani and chef Frank Eucalitto are the faces behind Eucavani’s Italian Sauces, a sauce company poised to take on the nation.

    By Monica Soladay

  • A Career of Excellence: Frank J. Guarini

    NIAF Public Policy Director John Marino examines the many accomplishments in the life of NIAF Chairman Emeritus Frank J. Guarini.

    By John Marino

  • Note from Italy: Tanti Primati Ma

    Despite the current economic crisis, Italy is still counted among the eight most industrialized nations in the world. But it also is true that as a nation, we have defects and anomalies that seem to be embedded in our DNA…Corruption, however, is the most serious defect.

    By Dr. Francesco Nicotra

  • In Italy: Pigeon-feeding ban aims to preserve Venice’s beauty

    In May, Mayor of Venice Massimo Cacciari implemented a pigeon-feeding ban in St. Mark’s Square to improve decorum and cleanliness in the city.

    By Christine Conforti

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